As the month of July comes to a close, and August shines bright on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on the latest developments from the last 31 days. We’ve selected ten of the best Blockchain articles of July 2018, to help you get up to speed with what’s been going on in the world of Blockchain over the last month.
By Arjun Kharpal
The crypto world has been like Game of Thrones over the last couple of years, with a seemingly endless army of new currencies marching to the battlefield, declaring themselves to be the true King of Westeros. And like Game of Thrones, over 800 cryptocurrencies have been slain, regardless of which viewers were rooting for them. Nothing is certain, no success is assured, as we saw from the lightning rise and plummet of Bitcoin, from its $20,000 high to a 70% drop within a matter of weeks.
Breakthrough: South Korea Will Officially Legalize Cryptocurrency and Blockchain-Based Industries (Daily Hodl)
By Daily Hodl Staff
Crypto is going legit in South Korea, a smart move that the West might certainly learn from. Blockchain isn’t going anywhere, so the sooner everyone wakes up to that fact and puts the necessary regulations, the better. In this way, SK is ahead of the curve. Governments across the globe will no doubt be watching closely to see how this early adopter fares.
By Madeline Meng Shi
From one extreme to the other, we now focus on US Representative, Brad Sherman, who is calling for an outright ban on all crypto mining and buying. Following a committee hearing in Congress, in which Sherman made his stance known once more, Twitter – somewhat unsurprisingly – blew up. Accusations of hypocrisy, ignorance and double standards abound. Best tweets featured herein.
By Tang See Kit
With the aim of creating a positive reinforcing system, Singapore-based ride-hailing app, TADA has announced that it will be using blockchain technology as part of its unique strategy, a first for the ride-hailing industry. The company’s vision is to create a community where drivers and riders are equal, with an incentive-based initiative that rewards points that can be converted into MVL cryptocurrency (MVL – or Mass Vehicle Ledger – is the name of TADA’s parent company). Drivers are not charged commission, and riders are not charged cancellation penalties – Ta-da!
Vitalik Buterin: “I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible” (TechCrunch)
By Romain Dillet
For those who don’t know, Vitalik Buterin is the founder of Ethereum, one of the most successful and well-known cryptocurrencies. At TechCrunch Sessions: Blockchain event this month, wearing a wonderfully weird t-shirt sporting a pair of llamas in a psychedelic dreamscape, he voiced some strong opinions about the issue of decentralised versus centralised currencies, took a pop at Bitcoin, and called for the crypto community to pull together under the right values, to be simultaneously inclusive and exclusive as a unified entity.
By Ron Miller
A survey of 400 large companies by UK firm Juniper Research, conducted in July 2017, found 6 in 10 respondents were “either actively considering, or are in the process of, deploying blockchain technology.” So, the hype is converting. There are, admittedly, obstacles, as discussed in the article, including the issue of volatility and identification.
By Neil Strauss
Brock Pierce, once child actor and more recently Bitcoin billionaire, is giving away his entire fortune, all $1 billion of it, to charity. Indeed, the state of the market on the day the transaction took place means that he could actually lose up to 130% of his fortune. So, what makes a billionaire voluntarily make himself broke? The answer may (or may not) surprise you…
By Talib Visram
If you keep an eye on goings-on in blockchain, you may already be aware of Malta’s quest to be a blockchain capital. Actually ahead of South Korea’s announcement that it’s bringing blockchain into the mainstream, Malta has also taken steps towards setting up a regulatory framework with the passing of three bills in Parliament. The aim is to pull in FinTech companies from overseas and make Malta a hub for what it sees as a promising industry that has the potential for massive economic growth for the country.
By Nathaniel Popper
Malta has competition. Gibraltar and Bermuda, too, are vying for the title of blockchain capital of the world. Laws are being passed and legislation has been drafted, now it’s a match to see who will sit on the Iron Throne… as it were.
By Shannon Liao
Google has announced a second partnership in the blockchain arena. Following its relationship with BlockApps, the search giant has now made best friends with New York-based startup, Digital Asset. Both BlockApps and Digital Asset have their fingers in the app-building pie, with BlockApps focusing on the decentralised variety, and Digital Asset using blockchain itself. Google wrote in a blog post that its Cloud customers can “now explore ways they might use distributed ledger technology (DLT) frameworks” by using Digital Asset and BlockApps. But what does it all mean for customers?
These articles represent our team’s recommendations for the best Robotics articles in July 2018, but you may have other suggestions. Drop us a link in the comments, so others can enjoy the articles you have also found interesting this month.
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