ShapeShift report cites Cosmos, Polkadot, and NEAR as key emerging smart contracts tech

Cryptocurrency exchange platform ShapeShift has released a new in-depth report on new smart contracts protocols - and has cited Cosmos, Polkadot, and NEAR with particular potential for decentralised applications (dApps).

The report, authored by Kent Barton, head of research and development at ShapeShift, is the first in a series of three reports to be published this year aimed at providing an in-depth review of the opportunity and state of evolution within the blockchain,...

Elder Research partners with Smarter Contracts in blockchain and AI play

Elder Research, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science technologies, has signed a strategic partnership with Smarter Contracts, a UK based fintech company focused on data privacy. The two businesses are preparing to launch the first of its kind data privacy platform, by combining the unique features of blockchain technology with artificial intelligence.

Together they plan to incorporate elements of Elder Research’s AI and machine learning knowledge into an...

Charles Hoskinson, Founder, Cardano: On restoring trust through decentralisation

The Block spoke with Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson about the blockchain industry and restoring trust through decentralisation ahead of the platform’s upcoming launch of smart contracts.

Hoskinson co-founded the current decentralised app platform leader, Ethereum, but left the project following a dispute about accepting venture capital and the need for a more formal governing structure. He went on to found Cardano in 2015 and became the CEO of the project’s main developer,...

Cardano is ‘building bridges’ to Ethereum with new KEVM testnet

Cardano is launching a new KEVM (K Ethereum Virtual Machine) to build a bridge with the leading smart contract platform’s developers.

Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and CEO of IOHK, was a co-founder of Ethereum. 

Disagreements over Ethereum’s direction led Hoskinson to create Cardano, taking a more academic approach to its development and fixing the notorious problems which have plagued the largest smart contract platform.

Cardano launched after...

Xbox to use blockchain for gaming royalties with Microsoft and EY collaboration

Ernst & Young (EY) and Microsoft have announced the expansion of Microsoft's blockchain-based solution for gaming right and royalties management - to help Xbox gaming partners and content creators.

The expansion looks to accelerate contract digitalisation by creating contracts faster using AI based on Microsoft Azure, as well as seamlessly generate and integrate statements and invoices with ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications. Accounting entries will be generated...

EY ramps up blockchain offering with procurement and visualisation tools

EY (Ernst & Young) has continued its blockchain momentum with two new releases of an enterprise network procurement offering and visualisation tool.

The EY OpsChain Network Procurement tool, built on the EY OpsChain platform, will aim to allow companies to run private, secure, end-to-end procurement activities on Ethereum.

"As more and more companies work as part of global business networks, it has become difficult to manage network-level agreements from inside a...

South Korea’s biggest job site using blockchain to verify applications in ‘full implementation’

South Korean technology provider ICONLOOP and recruitment platform SaraminHR have announced success in a pilot to prevent job application fraud through blockchain technologies.

The two companies signed an agreement earlier this year to build and promote a blockchain-based decentralised identity ecosystem, among other services. The announcement relates to what is claimed as 'the first full implementation of blockchain technology in the recruitment and staffing industry in South...

DAML becomes available on Corda – with production and enterprise features to come

DAML, an open source language for constructing smart contracts, is now available commercially on R3's Corda.

The announcement came from digital finance technology provider IntellectEU. The company said that the move will enable developers to move beyond Kotlin, a general purpose programming language, to write and run applications on the platform.

DAML on Corda is available now for development and testing, while production use and enterprise features are expected later...

Alibaba offshoot Ant Financial launches SMB blockchain platform following enterprise move

Ant Financial Services, an offshoot of Alibaba, has launched a new blockchain platform for small enterprises and developers.

OpenChain aims to provide developers and organisations access to Ant Financial's proprietary consortium of blockchain technologies, enabling them to deploy smart contracts and decentralised apps with greater efficiency and lower cost.

The product 'features industry-leading blockchain technologies developed by Ant Financial to build trust in...

Libra changes course after regulatory hurdles with more ties to local currencies

Meet the new Libra - not quite the same as the old Libra. The Facebook-backed digital currency initaitive has today launched a redesigned roadmap after encountering blowback from regulators.

The vision for Libra is now to create a more traditional payment system tied to local currencies, including USD, EUR and GBP. The Libra coin (LBR) - therein the original concept of a digital currency backed by assets - remains, but as co-creator David Marcus noted, will be a "smart contract...