Tierion Microsoft Blockchain Digital Decentralized Identity collab

Microsoft has announced a collaboration with Tierion in the vein of having decentralized digital identities (in a different manner from say the Estonian e-passport). General use cases of having a digital identity on a blockchain online usually goes towards say authentication in authorizations, or saving costs on know your customer anti money laundering requirements. The Microsoft Press Release: Microsoft and Tierion collaborate on attestations & Blockchain proofs Posted on January 30, 2017 Cale Teeter DX TED SDE Daniel Buchner from the Identity team is working with a wide…
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Technological credit default swaps and smart contract blockchains

Abridged Version of a piece written earlier this year:   What is it that we look to in technology? Technology at its core about solving problems, finding new problems and creating better problems. One can hone or refine a solution, learn or explore new problems (and solutions) and then create or synthesize new solutions (and new problems). At times it performs the role of scarcity transformation (much as a bank does maturity transformation); china has traded “free” clean air for cheap production, rare earths prices are more extraction…
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Singapore Blockchain Ledger in works by DBS and Stanchart

Trade finance has always been one possible application of irrevocability as a feature Standard Chartered Plc is working with DBS Group Holdings Ltd. on developing distributed ledger technology for trade finance in Singapore, in a bid to make such transactions simpler and more transparent. ... In pursuing the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Standard Chartered and DBS are developing a new approach that could improve the trade finance business by speeding up banking transactions, while cutting costs and boosting transparency. This is the world’s first application of…
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Hearthstone makes $20m per month, Dota 2 $18m, LoL $123m

According to superdataresearch, Hearthstone makes $20m per month, Dota 2 $18m, LoL $123m, with World of Warcraft still retaining its spot as the MMO to beat. And that hearthstone jumped 31% off its mobile debut in monthly revenue. With the grand tournament coming out, I guess they will only make more!     Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft managed to disrupt the category in the same way World of WarCraft transformed massively-multiplayer online games (MMOs). Blizzard’s first digital card game has deep mechanics, but it is more accessible and streamlined than long-running…
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Fred Wilson marvels at Bitcoin resilience

Fred Wilson has made a blog post () marveling at bitcoin's resilience and staying power. (He is a venture capitalist at Union Square ventures with notable hits;  Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Bug Labs, Meetup, Zynga, Covestor, , Etsy: ) Resilience One of the things about Bitcoin that I’ve always been amazed by is its resilience. It goes up, it gets knocked down, but it hangs in there, and then it goes up again. It’s happening again now. It is unclear what is driving this recent move, maybe its Greece,…
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New Yorker details Marc Andressen

A very long piece but possibly a rare view into one half of Andressen Horowitz. And perhaps the future, and then booms and busts. Names within run from Peter Thiel to Sequoia to Balaji who has left Andressen for bitcoin pastures. It is quite the read, though its length does make it one for long commutes on the trains or planes.   Two decades ago, he was the animating spirit of Netscape, the Web browser that launched the Internet boom. He believes that tech products will soon erase…
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