IBM Integrates Upgraded Blockchain Platform with Kubernetes

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IBM Integrates Upgraded Blockchain Platform with Kubernetes
IBM revealed the new version of its Enterprise Blockchain platform intended to work with even more cloud services, thus increasing its reach and scope. It also added support for app management and deployment platform Kubernetes.
IBM Integrates Upgraded Blockchain Platform with Kubernetes

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Microsoft, Ethereum Foundation and Chinese Government Agency Joins Hyperledger

Hyperledger, today announced new general members t0 its the organization; Gloscad, Microsoft, Milligan Partners, Nornickel and Salesforce. The new associate members included Ethereum Foundation and Chinese Government agency, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).
Hyper-ledger is an industry-wide open source initiative to advance blockchain technology, governed by The Linux Foundation. Hyperledger team assists with licensing to governance to release management to ecosystem development on Blockchain. Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger noted in the press release,
“The mix of blue chip technology companies, international organizations, logistics and manufacturing players and academia that have joined us from point around the world show the widespread interest and investment in open source enterprise blockchain technologies.”
Hyperledger has more than 100 members, which include Accenture, Airbus, American Express, Cisco, JP Morgan, IBM, Intel, and so on.  It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing, and Technology. Currently, it is working on thirteen blockchain projects which aims to transform the internet.
Microsoft has worked with blockchain through its cloud platform, Azure. It also released an identity solution based on Bitcoin itself.  Marley Gray, Principal Architect, Blockchain Engineering at Microsoft noted,
“We are proud of our contributions to such a diverse blockchain ecosystem, from our Azure service offerings and developer toolkits to our leadership in driving open specifications. We look forward to contributing to the community’s projects as well as initiating new ones based on emerging standards.”
Hyperledger projects (Source) 
Blockchain finds application in supply-chain management, remittance, recordkeeping, and numerous other applications. Hyperledger provides legal and other developmental assistance to firms engaging in Blockchain projects. They noted that the organizations mentioned above and our other members would be joining us in Tokyo at the end of July for our annual Member Summit.
Do you think the organization will be able to transform the Fintech industry with their projects? Please share your views with us. 
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Nornickel’s Crypto Tokens Will Be Launched by the End of This Year

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Nornickel’s Crypto Tokens Will Be Launched by the End of This Year
Norilsk Nickel’s Stablecoin backed by contracts for palladium and nickel trading, is planned for launch by the end of 2019. The pilot project will be rolled put in partnership with IBM and Hyperledger Fabric.
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IBM and Maersk Announced 2 New Partners For Shipping Blockchain

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IBM and Maersk Announced 2 New Partners For Shipping Blockchain
Shipping blockchain TradeLens, developed by IBM and Maersk, recruited two major marine cargo carriers to the platform: Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the second largest after Maersk; and CMA-CGM, the fourth largest per cargo carrying capacity.
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U.S. Telecom Giant AT&T Joins Hands With BitPay to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments

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U.S. Telecom Giant AT&T Joins Hands With BitPay to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments
In an effort to expand its services to its users using cryptocurrencies, AT&T will now allow paying bills in crypto with BitPay acting as its payment processor.
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Networking on Vessel: New A-list Speakers Announced for Coinsbank Blockchain Cruise 2019

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Networking on Vessel: New A-list Speakers Announced for Coinsbank Blockchain Cruise 2019
IBM Blockchain Director and Ajit Tirtha from ConsenSys join main conference lineup.
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Bitcoin on Wallstreet: BTC Related Companies Trading on the Stock Exchange

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Bitcoin on Wallstreet: BTC Related Companies Trading on the Stock Exchange
In this article, professional stock trader and investor, Baran Giresunluoglu goes over Bitcoin-friendly companies trading on the public U.S. Stock Exchange.
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Multibillion Banking Giant SABB Launches Cross-Border Transfers with Ripple’s XRP

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Multibillion Banking Giant SABB Launches Cross-Border Transfers with Ripple’s XRP
SABB notes that the instant cross-border payment service powered by the Ripple blockchain network will help to bring digital transformation and better customer experience.
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Why IBM Chose Stellar (XLM) for Its World Wire Network?

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Why IBM Chose Stellar (XLM) for Its World Wire Network?
Watch the video and discover what IBM developers working on World Wire think about Stellar technology and why they like it.
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26 Stablecoins Launched on Stellar Blockchain, the New Era in Crypto on the Way

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26 Stablecoins Launched on Stellar Blockchain, the New Era in Crypto on the Way
Wirex, a UK-based payment platform,has revealed that it is planning to launch 26 fiat-backed stablecoins on the Stellar Network.
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Is Ripple (XRP) Fading Due To Competitors As Hyperledger Fabric and IBM?

Ripple (XRP) range bound, 34 cents immediate resistance
IBM Hyperledger Fabric and World Wire offer stiff competition

All in all, Ripple Inc haven been prosperous in their promotions. Banks in the Middle East, SE Asia, and India are using their solutions. Despite that, Ripple (XRP) prices are stagnant and stuck within a 4 cents range.
Ripple Price Analysis
Fundamentals
It may be seven years down the line and with more than 200 banks leveraging Ripple Inc’s solutions, the blockchain start-up is successful. With Banco Santander, SBI Group, Federal Bank, Western Union and a foothold in the Middle East and Asia, investors are eager for more.
If anything, a measure of success would be on how financial institutions and processors respond to xRapid and XRP. The latter is the enabler that facilitates near instant payment settlement which Inter Ledger and a couple of other payment apps seek to achieve. Of the three solutions, xCurrent—an option that allows end-to-end tracking of transactions is popular.
However, if there is a regulatory clarification on XRP and the US SEC comes forth, declaring the asset as a utility with no central point of control, then we expect processors and even banks to jump in the fray, enjoy security, transparency, and cost-cutting that XRP and xRapid tags along.
Nevertheless, the sphere is heating up, and IBM’s World Wire, JP Morgan’s JPM Coin designed for institutions as well as its Hyperledger Fabric—in use by firms featured in Forbes Blockchain 50 List promise to slow down progress as clients do have options.
Candlestick Arrangement

Price wise and Ripple (XRP) is bouncing off the 30 cents support. Even so, prices are ranging within a 4 cents zone and yet to break off above the 34 cents buy trigger line.
In line with our previous XRP/USD trade plan, the coin’s performance is mostly dependent on how prices react at this level—flashing with the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level of Dec 2018 high low.
If buyers build up enough momentum and break off from this zone at the back of high transaction volumes, then from an effort versus result point of view, we expect the momentum of Jan 30 to continue as XRP surge past 34 cents towards 40 cents.
Technical Indicators
As aforementioned, buyers are in control despite the headwinds of Apr-11. Nonetheless, it is imperative that XRP prices edge past 34 cents and feeding this momentum should be an influx of buyers reversing Apr-11 losses with high volumes exceeding 32 million and recent averages of 15 million.
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J.P. Morgan Blockchain Tops Ripple Signing Up 201 Global Banks

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J.P. Morgan Blockchain Tops Ripple Signing Up 201 Global Banks
JPMorgan rapidly expands its Interbank Information Network (IIN) reporting a whopping 201 banks joining its blockchain. Meanwhile, IBM and Stellar also push it hard to win over leading banking institutions globally. Is it time for Ripple to move a bit?
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Global Fintech Leaders Collaborate to Built a Universal Blockchain Architecture under the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is a member-led organization that aims to use the Ethereum Blockchain technology to develop an open-source standard which can be implemented by all industry fields.
The Alliance announced the formation of a ‘Token Taxonomy Initiative’ to define and classify ‘blockchain tokens’. The blockchain tokens will be defined and classified from a non-technical perspective to foster the growth of real-world application of these tokens.
The members of the organization include Accenture, Banco Santander SA, Bank of New York Melon, ConsenSys AG, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Deloitte, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland, T-Mobile USA Inc, Wipro, Web3 labs, Microsoft, JP Mogan and so on.
John Whelan, chairman of the Board of the EEA, and head of Digital Investment Banking at Banco Santander said:
“Token Taxonomy Initiative will be key to ensuring that this next wave of financial innovation will start with cross-platform standards in mind”
Token ‘Taxonomy’ Initiative: The Need of the Hour
Classification of ‘blockchain tokens’ has been the biggest hurdle faced by technology companies and financial institutions in going mainstream about ‘blockchain tokens.’ Securitization or ‘assets being deemed as equity’ is seen as a potential threat to the growth of a decentralized future.
However, ‘interoperability‘ enabled between these protocols would surely benefit the entire blockchain ecosystem; each token will be accountable, transparent and would run autonomously.
The Initiative aims to define and classify the blockchain tokens which can represent anything from financial securities to small value tokens like tickets to an amusement park. The initiative will be Blockchain-neutral i.e. it will be applicable across different blockchain platforms.
The Executive Director of EEA, Ron Resnick said:
“Standardizing tokens to work anywhere could hold the key to one of the greatest economic opportunities in modern history… will enable the enterprise to use tokens to serve as, or provide access to, a set of goods, financial assets, securities, services, value or content through enterprise blockchain applications,”
The members of the Enterprise include major technology firms and financial corporations. They are independently working on blockchain based solutions to their existing functions and protocols like the JPM coin and IBM World-Wire.
Moreover, the biggest advantage of Blockchain is its transparency and its ubiquitous nature. There a plethora of tokens, some of which are fungible or non-fungible, utility or security offerings which create more chaos than efficiency. Therefore, a framework for inter-changeability and price finding devoid of speculation and regulatory disapproval of ‘blockchain tokens’ would benefit the world economy greatly.
The VP of IBM Blockchain,  Jerry Cuomo commented on the alliance:
“A common framework to classify tokens, and common language to describe them is an important step towards broader blockchain platform interoperability.”
The FinTech industry is in the process of a transformation towards a tokenized economy. Do you support the transition? Please share your views with us. 
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IBM Food Trust Blockchain Signs Up World’s Second Largest Supermarket Company

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IBM Food Trust Blockchain Signs Up World’s Second Largest Supermarket Company
Albertsons Companies will start piloting IBM Food Trust to help overcome the hurdles appearing when a traceback is initiated for high-risk food products.
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Max’s Corner: Cryptography of the Present, Past, and Future

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Max’s Corner: Cryptography of the Present, Past, and Future
This edition of Max’s Corner takes a look at some recent developments in cryptography, Mastercard’s quest to find unicorns, and the emerging quantum cryptography arms race.
Max’s Corner: Cryptography of the Present, Past, and Future

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