Weekly Blockchain News 9/28/19-10/4/19

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Weekly Blockchain News 9/28/19-10/4/19

Five articles on blockchain and data security and six articles on the commercial uses of blockchain have been presented in the attached spreadsheet.

BLOCKCHAIN / DATA SECURITY

  • Mark Cuban bullish on blockchain, but would take bananas over bitcoin — Mark Cuban, the famous technology investor, said he thinks blockchain technology will thrive in the future, but that Bitcoin does not have any intrinsic value.
  • SEC fines blockchain company Block.one $24 million over coin offering — Block.One will pay a fine of $24 million to settle a case with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, for conducting an unregistered ICO.
  • Morningstar ratings agency to serve blockchain businesses - report — The credit ratings agency Morningstar will add blockchain assets to its ratings service, and those ratings will themselves be published on a blockchain.
  • Blockchain wins backing in Japan as Libra tips scales — Several large brokers in Japan have started implementing blockchain technology after Facebook's Libra project gave legitimacy to the technology.
  • First Political Party to Embrace Blockchain Technology — Digital Party, a political party from Uruguay will use blockchain for its internal democracy processes.

COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAIN

  • New Balance Joins Blockchain, Uses Cardano For Users To Authenticate Sneakers — The sneaker company New Balance will start using blockchain technology to fight counterfeiting, by allowing customers to verify their sneakers.
  • Axon boosts encryption, weighs blockchain to tackle body-cam 'deepfakes' — The manufacturer of police body cameras Axon is considering using blockchain technology to fight the rising issue of "deepfakes".
  • Art on blockchain pioneer Verisart raises $2.5M for art and collectibles certification — Verisart raised $2.5 million to create a blockchain certification platform for fine art.
  • Vanguard begins testing blockchain technology for FX trading — Mutual fund manager Vanguard is testing Forex trading using blockchain technology.
  • Social channel Telegram races towards TON blockchain launch by end of October — The messaging app Telegram is still on track to launch its much anticipated TON blockchain project by the end of October.
  • Walmart To Use Blockchain To Track Shrimp Exports From India To US — Walmart is launching a blockchain technology that will enable complete traceability of transportation and food safety procedures for shrimp sourced from India.

POP CULTURE THIS WEEK (9/28/2019 – 10/4/2019)

RESEARCH STRATEGY

Twitter does not have an explicit API to track retweet counts. The social media platform does not allow outside entities like statistics and analytics websites to track the retweets and other statistics for any timeframe longer than 24 hours. Therefore, determining the most retweeted tweet for the past week was impossible due to technical limitations. Media outlets and pop culture websites track the most retweeted tweets of all time, but that information is not relevant for the past week. Therefore, we have provided the most retweeted tweet for the end of the week, 10/4/2019, because that information is the only relevant publicly available information.
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