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  • Move over Bitcoin, the blockchain is only just getting started

    What is the blockchain and why should people use it?

    wired.co.uk 07 Nov '16, 6pm

    Many firms are already using the blockchain to trace and record ownership, and to cut out middlemen. In the first group, there's London-based Everledger, which uses the distributed ledger to track individual diamonds from the mine to the consumer, helping identify conflict diamonds an...

  • Forget bitcoin. Your life is destined for the blockchain

    Forget bitcoin. From Augur to Everledger, your life is destined for the blockchain

    wired.co.uk 08 Jun '16, 10am

    So far, 858,890 diamonds have been entered onto the firm's ledger. Each gem is scanned to glean forty unique points that are condensed into what Kemp calls "the diamond’s digital thumbprint". This ID is then attached to the smallest quantity of bitcoin available (a satoshi, in homage ...

  • WIRED Money 2016 Startup Stage: working with blockchain

    Money 2016 Startup Stage: working with blockchain

    wired.co.uk 05 Jul '16, 11am

    "Blockchain is here to stay," says Tramonex CEO Amine Berraoui. But to succeed it needs to be safer, stronger and available to more people. His startup provides FCA-regulated international payments to the SME sector using digital wallets. The system works by putting 'mirror' national ...

  • Singapore can't expand outwards -- so it's going underground

    Singapore's man-made Jurong cavern allows it to expand

    wired.co.uk 27 Nov '15, 10am

    Shot at 18m diameter access shaft JTC Corporation This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online . As a ...

  • Bitcoin users are all tech enthusiasts or criminals, study concludes

    Bitcoin users are all tech enthusiasts or criminals, study concludes

    wired.co.uk 03 Aug '15, 4pm

    The study was conducted over a 31-month period, and analysed various search terms related to Bitcoin. The authors recognised that the sensitive nature of some Bitcoin activity could make the data difficult to analyse, but ultimately drew the conclusion that it was unlikely that Google...

  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos: 'Bitcoin is punk-rock, you can't control it' (Wired UK)

    Andreas M. Antonopoulos: 'Bitcoin is punk-rock, you can't control it'

    wired.co.uk 08 Jul '15, 10am

    If you only read the financial press, you might assume the only way to 'master' Bitcoin is to go back in time to November 29, 2013 when it hit an all-time record price of $1,242 (£808), and sell. That volatility is irrelevant, said Antonopoulos, when it comes to the long-term future o...

  • Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters

    Reid Hoffman: Why the block chain matters

    wired.co.uk 15 May '15, 7am

    First, it distributes transaction-clearing responsibilities across a broadly distributed network of computers known as "miners", eliminating the need for expensive centralised third parties such as banks and payments processors to authenticate and verify online exchanges of value. Any...

  • It's not too late to get into Bitcoin, insists Bitcoin Jesus

    It's not too late to get into Bitcoin, insists Bitcoin Jesus

    wired.co.uk 29 May '15, 2pm

    One of the things that will increase confidence in Bitcoin is the extensive startup and VC investment in the cryptocurrencies infrastructure that is currently "exploding". Once upon a time there was only one Bitcoin exchange, but now there are many and they're getting better and bette...

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