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Ripple executive on blockchain startup’s outlook: ‘We’re planning aggressive growth’San Francisco-based Ripple sees a deal to buy about 10 percent of MoneyGram for $30 million as a means to expand a key part of its operations.Bizjournals - Banking and FinancialJun 19FRESHLY RELATED

How Secure Are Zip Files? Senator Wyden Asks NIST To Develop Standards For Safely Sending and Receiving FilesFederal workers and the public in general might be mistaken about the security of .zip files, Sen. Ron Wyden said on Wednesday [PDF], and he's asking the National Institute of Standards and Technology to issue guidance on the best way to send sensitive files over the internet. Wyden wrote: Government agencies routinely share and receive sensitive data through insecure methods -- such as emailing . [...]SlashdotJun 19

Euroclear to press ahead with blockchain pilot for commercial paperSecurities house Euroclear said on Wednesday it would push ahead with building a pilot blockchain-based platform for issuing and settling commercial paper transactions used by companies to grease the wheels of the economy.Reuters - TechnologyJun 19FRESHLY RELATED

TCS Teams Up with SAP to Transform Surgical Kit Handling with an IoT and Blockchain Solution Powered by SAP® LeonardoTata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has partnered with SAP to launch an Intelligent Field Inventory Management (iFIM) solution, powered by SAP® Leonardo, which leverages IoT and blockchain to help medical device manufacturers streamline surgical kit handling. [...]BioSpace - Pharm CountryJun 17

Security Cameras + AI = Dawn of Non-Stop Robot SurveillanceAmiMoJo shared this post from one of the ACLU's senior technology policy analysts about what happens when security cameras get AI upgrades: [I]magine that all that video were being watched -- that millions of security guards were monitoring them all 24/7. Imagine this army is made up of guards who don't need to be paid, who never get bored, who never sleep, who never miss a detail, and who have total recall for everything they've seen. [...]SlashdotJun 16

Target stores’ registers are working again after hours-long outageThe retailer said the outage was “an internal technology issue and was not caused by a data breach or security-related problem.Washington Post - Top StoriesJun 15FRESHLY RELATED

A No-Nonsense Look at Aurora Cannabis' Bottom LineIt s no secret that the marijuana industry is pretty much the hottest thing on Wall Street right now and with a few small exceptions e g cryptocurrency and blockchain it s been that way for the better part of three years The allure of cannabis is that the market is proven ThereNasdaq - StocksJun 15

Factbox: Global tech companies shun Huawei after U.S. banGlobal technology companies are cutting ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd after the U.S. government put the world's largest telecom equipment maker on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.Reuters - TechnologyJun 14

Uber, MasterCard, Visa and other big companies have reportedly signed on to Facebook's blockchain efforts (FB)Facebook has enlisted some high-profile companies to back its forthcoming cryptocurrency. Uber, Stripe, Visa, and are among the firms to support the secretive effort, according to a new report. The Silicon Valley tech giant is expected to formally announce what it has been building next week. [...]INSIDERJun 13

Dark Horse Cryptocurrency Spikes 60% After Surprise Google Shout-OutA little-known cryptocurrency spiked more than 60% after Google gave the project a surprise shout-out in an equally-unexpected blog post on how to use Ethereum and Google Cloud to build hybrid blockchain applications. From a report: That cryptocurrency, Chainlink (LINK), enjoyed a parabolic swing that launched its price as high as $2. [...]SlashdotJun 13

Your blockchain project is going to fail because you made one of these seven mistakesDistributed ledger technologies promise many benefits. But there are plenty of pitfalls to avoid, too.ZDNetJun 13

How a service mesh helps manage distributed microservicesOne of the shifts occurring in IT under the banner of digital transformation is the breaking down of large, monolithic applications into microservices—small, discrete units of functionality—that run in containers—software packages that include all of the service’s code and dependencies that can be isolated and easily moved from one server to another. [...]InfoWorldJun 13FRESHLY RELATED

Risky partner: Top U.S. universities took funds from Chinese firm tied to Xinjiang securityThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at least one other university have research partnerships with a Chinese artificial intelligence company that has business ties with police in China's Xinjiang region, where a sweeping crackdown on Uighurs has drawn international condemnation.Reuters - TechnologyJun 13

Google Expands Android's Built-in Security Key To iOS DevicesAn anonymous reader shares a report: In April, Google announced a groundbreaking technology that could allow Android users to use their smartphones as hardware security keys whenever logging into Google accounts on their laptops or work PCs. Initially, the technology was made available for Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows 10 devices. [...]SlashdotJun 12

UK insurer Legal & General picks Amazon for first pensions blockchain dealBritish insurer Legal & General has teamed up with Amazon to establish what it said is the first blockchain system for corporate pension deals.Reuters - TechnologyJun 11FRESHLY RELATED

KC insurance tech company hires former DST exec as first CTOThe National Insurance Producer Registry hired its first chief technology officer, positioning the company to be more innovative and progressive, CEO Karen Hornig said. The insurance industry has evolved since the Kansas City-based legacy technology company launched more than 20 years ago. Cyber security and data privacy, for example, now are top concerns. [...]Bizjournals - Legal ServicesJun 11

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