Blockchain Exec Reveals the Facebook Crypto’s Unspoken Advantage

By CCN Markets: Blockchain.com Head of Growth Haider Rafique believes that Facebook’s Libra project will be a boon to cryptocurrency as a whole, for numerous reasons. As Head of Growth at Blockchain, adoption is the executive’s primary drive, and he believes Facebook’s crypto entry will have a positive impact. The growth expert laid out his case for Facebook’s potentially positive impact on cryptocurrency in an exclusive interview with CCN. He also revealed Libra’s “unspoken advantage” as it seeks to make its blockbuster entry into the crypto industry. Crypto Exec Haider Rafique: People Still Trust Facebook Despite Scandals For starters, despite

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Media Alert: Intel at Cyber Week Tel Aviv 2019

Join Intel at Cyber Week to learn more about how Intel’s innovation, together with partners and customers, is building the trusted foundation for computing in a data-centric world.

Where: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

When: June 23-27, 2019

Donald ParkerEvent: Main Plenary Keynote

Donald Parker, vice president of Intel Product Assurance and Security Group and general manager of Incident Response, is delivering a keynote with the theme of “Trust in the technology that powers our data-centric world is critical.” Join him as he discusses how trust plays a key role in the data-centric world.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 10-10:30 a.m., Tel Aviv Time

Where: Tel Aviv University; Smolarz Auditorium

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Avner Goren
Event: Securing the IoT

Learn about how artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive markets with Avner Goren, vice president of Intel Architecture Graphics and software director of IoTG and Imaging Architecture teams.

When: Monday, June 24, 2:30-3 p.m., Tel Aviv Time

Where: Tel Aviv University; Check Point Building, Auditorium 001

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Anand Pashupathy
Event: Blockchain: The New Digital Age

Anand Pashupathy, general manager of Intel’s Security Solutions Engineering Division is delivering the keynote for the blockchain event. Intel has brought transformative technologies to the market in the past and Intel’s focus on blockchain is no different. It has the potential to change the way enterprises, governments and users exchange data and coordinating workflows. Intel focuses its blockchain efforts in three pillars: silicon, standards and software.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 4:40-5 p.m., Tel Aviv Time

Where: Tel Aviv University; Bar Shira Auditorium

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Dr. Casimir Wierzynski
Event: AI – Pushing the Limits of Artificial Intelligence

Join Dr. Casimir Wierzynski, senior director in the Office of the CTO, Intel Artificial Intelligence Product Group, discusses privacy-preserving machine learning.

When: Thursday, June 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tel Aviv Time

Where: Tel Aviv University; Mexico Building, Fastlicht Auditorium

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Event: Privacy, Security and Competition Forum

AI innovation depends on data collection, modeling and use, applying pressure on organizations in the public and private sectors to open data coffers for access to researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs. Join David A. Hoffman, Intel associate general counsel and global privacy officer, as he discusses this hot topic with other industry experts.

When: Thursday, June 27, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tel Aviv Time

Where: Tel Aviv University; Senate Building, Jaglom Auditorium

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Training: UEFI & CHIPSEC Development for Security Researchers @ BSides TLV

Maggie Jauregui is a security researcher for Intel’s Platform Armoring and Resiliency team. Join her as she teaches a hands-on course focused on coding, compiling and testing platform firmware.

When: Sunday, June 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tel Aviv Time

Where: Tel Aviv University; Naftali Building, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Most Blockchain Platforms Will Need Replacing in a Couple Years: Report

By CCN: Most enterprise blockchains have been mistargeted. They will need replacing in a couple of years. Gartner did a study that found up to 90% of the blockchains in use today will need to be replaced in just a couple short years. “By 2021, 90% of current enterprise blockchain platform implementations will require replacement within 18 months to remain competitive, secure and avoid obsolescence, according to Gartner, Inc.” Impact to Business: $200 Billion The report isn’t all doom and gloom, though. It also points out that the value blockchains add to regular enterprises will be nearly $200 billion by

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World’s Biggest Banks Splash $63 million on a Blockchain Digital Currency

By CCN: Some of the world’s biggest banks are partnering with London-based Fnality International to create a blockchain digital currency for faster cross-border transfers. These banks from Japan, Europe, and the United States are hoping that issuing a utility settlement coin (USC) will lower transaction costs of cross-border payments by cutting out intermediaries. Fnality International has received $63.1 million in capital from the 14 participating banks. These banks include Barclays of Europe and the United States’ State Street; Japan’s MUFG Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp as well as UBS and Credit Suisse. The Japanese Banks are reported to have

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Bitcoin, Not Blockchain: People Feverishly Search for World’s First Crypto

By CCN: Around the world, the majority of searches related to cryptocurrency involve the word “Bitcoin,” a new report by ConsenSys concludes. Excepting a few Asian countries, most of the world wants to find information about Bitcoin. In the U.S., UK, Nigeria, Brazil, France, and elsewhere, roughly 70% or more of all crypto-related searches are for Bitcoin. Comparatively, Taiwan and Japan have an abiding interest in Ethereum, blockchain, and related cryptocurrency more broadly. Key Markets for dApp Development ConsenSys, which was among the first companies to develop for Ethereum, needs the data to understand where key markets might be. While

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British Throne Heir Prince Charles Calls Bitcoin a ‘Very Interesting Development’

By CCN: Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, is apparently a budding fan of bitcoin and blockchain. During a May 8 visit to Berlin, Germany, a crypto fan asked the Prince of Wales the following question: “Prince Charles, what do you think of bitcoin?” Prince Charles is in Germany this week on a four-day royal visit to honor the Royal Family’s German heritage. Prince Charles: ‘It’s a very interesting development’ The Prince initially sounded confused and replied, “Ehhh??” But when prompted by the questioner with the keywords “bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency,” Prince Charles replied, “Yes, yes! It’s a

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Crypto Payments: Canada and Singapore Central Banks Send Each Other Digital Currencies

By CCN.com: The Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has conducted a successful pilot test of central bank-backed crypto assets to clear cross-border and cross-currency payments. The official statement of MAS released on May 2 described the potential of “central bank digital currencies” in increasing the efficiency and reducing risks for international transactions. “The Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have conducted a successful experiment on cross-border and cross-currency payments using central bank digital currencies. This is the first such trial between two central banks, and has great potential to increase efficiencies

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Blockchain Hype Turns to Mainstream Adoption in Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations: Study

By CCN.com: Forty percent of senior finance executives expect their firms to invest in blockchain technology over the next two years, according to a recent survey by audit firm Grant Thornton LLP. That’s in addition to the 22 percent who report their firms have already implemented the technology. This marks a dramatic change from only a year ago, when blockchain was more talked about than practiced, according to Chris Stephenson, Business Consulting principal at Grant Thornton LLP and author of the report. In its 2019 CFO Survey, Grant Thornton along with partner CFO Research surveyed 378 senior finance executives in

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Moody’s Misses the Point on Blockchain Tech, Fears ‘Systemic’ Risk

By CCN: Moody’s is one of the world’s best-known rating agencies, and it appears they are ready to admit they see some upside in blockchain technology. They also claim there are systemic risks to conventional finance from the adoption of the tech. Moody’s Is Concerned About “Concentrated Risk” When Using Blockchain Yes, you heard that correctly. Moody’s angle is not that blockchain technology is displacing and disrupting archaic financial systems. Instead, they argue that its application is risky: “New key transaction parties will be introduced to the process, namely the entities that serve as developer, provider, and operator of a

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Pro-Bitcoin Ohio Bill Promotes Government Adoption of Blockchain

By CCN.com: A bill introduced this week in the Ohio House of Representatives urges government entities to adopt blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin. Republican state representative Rick Carfagna sponsored the bill. The legislation, called House Bill 220, is part of Ohio’s plan to provide a legal framework for distributed ledger technology such as blockchain (see text below). Rep. Carfagna did not return CCN’s calls for comment. The legislation would enable the establishment of a decentralized online record for transactions such as car titles or hunting licenses, according to Cleveland.com. Ohio has been making strides to become more crypto-friendly as part

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