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Bitcoin Technology Harnessed to Push Electricity Revolution. Bitcoin technology is starting to seep into the electricity business, shaking up the way payments are managed every time a light switch is flipped.

Bitcoin Technology Harnessed to Push Electricity Revolution

From New York to Vienna, researchers and utilities are adapting the cloud-based ledger system used to track bitcoins as a replacement for slower administrative systems that require constant human input and multiple spreadsheets. Once set up, the database, called blockchain, automatically records individual actions within a system, formats them, and stores the results in a secure online listing available to anyone anywhere with access. The need for such speed? Utilities are shifting away from a century-old arrangement where they monopolized both supply and distribution. $72 Million In Bitcoins Stolen From Hong Kong Exchange. A man walks past a display cabinet containing models of bitcoins in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

$72 Million In Bitcoins Stolen From Hong Kong Exchange

Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images A man walks past a display cabinet containing models of bitcoins in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images A bitcoin exchange in Hong Kong has been hit by a major theft: Nearly 120,000 units of the digital currency were stolen. Central banks want to issue natl digital currencies, but are govts ready? #blockchain. FCA OK with blockchain as Innovation Hub builds momentum. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has no immediate plans to regulate the blockchain industry, believing the technology needs space to grow.

FCA OK with blockchain as Innovation Hub builds momentum

The Future of Money: Ten Megatrends and Six Movers and Shakers to Watch. Money is the primary mechanism for storing and exchanging value, especially in our daily purchases, and it’s heading rapidly into a faster, smarter and more mobile future.

The Future of Money: Ten Megatrends and Six Movers and Shakers to Watch

Nevertheless, the constant in the midst of change will remain levels of human trust in the proliferating forms of money. That’s because we have an ancient and abiding partnership with money and no relationship is ever sustainable without trust. It’s a time of accelerated innovation in this field due to the rapid global expansion of digital banking, especially online and mobile financial services. However, while payments and transfer of money shift inexorably towards mobile devices as the consumer technology of choice, digital currencies expand in scope and number and online shopping begins to enter a golden age, cash is still the most successful and popular form of money ever.

Its trust level, as public money backed up by a promise to pay from the government which minted and manufactured it, remains extremely high. The Tech Under Bitcoin Could Verify Your Real Estate Records Online. Welcome to Forbes. MIT's 'Enigma' Uses Bitcoin Blockchain to Create Privacy-Enhancing, Decentralized Computation Platform. The MIT Media Lab has unveiled that it is working on a Bitcoin-based encryption system that lets users securely share data over a decentralized computational network.

MIT's 'Enigma' Uses Bitcoin Blockchain to Create Privacy-Enhancing, Decentralized Computation Platform

The system, called Enigma, could offer drastically improved privacy features on the Internet. Enigma, which is still in its prototype phase, is set to solve a classic problem in data security. Similar to a process known as “homomorphic encryption,” the system would allow data to be shared and used for computation while remaining undecipherable. Interestingly, this could potentially enable the recreation of all sorts of Internet services – be it search engines, data bases or web shops – without the need to share any personal information with these services. MIT's 'Enigma' Uses Bitcoin Blockchain to Create Privacy-Enhancing, Decentralized Computation Platform. Brian Forde joins the MIT Media Lab as director of digital currency.

Brian Forde, former White House senior advisor for mobile and data innovation, has joined the MIT Media Lab as director of digital currency.

Brian Forde joins the MIT Media Lab as director of digital currency

In this newly created position, Forde will work with researchers across the Institute and leading experts at other universities around the world in a new initiative to address some of the most critical challenges to creating a safe, stable, and secure digital currency. “We are fortunate to have Brian join the Media Lab to help organize an important research agenda to get cryptocurrencies right,” Media Lab Director Joi Ito says. Bitcoin Is Pointless as a Currency, But It Could Change the World Anyway.

Sovereign governments everywhere are petrified.

Bitcoin Is Pointless as a Currency, But It Could Change the World Anyway

An ingenious new invention that allows people to make payments across borders without leaving a trace in the official monetary system is spreading like wildfire. Its workings are so clever that few understand them. How the Bitcoin protocol actually works. Many thousands of articles have been written purporting to explain Bitcoin, the online, peer-to-peer currency.

How the Bitcoin protocol actually works

Most of those articles give a hand-wavy account of the underlying cryptographic protocol, omitting many details. Even those articles which delve deeper often gloss over crucial points. Where can I use bitcoin? Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency. Goldman Sachs thinks that bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up. In the wake of Mt.

Gox’s collapse, the supposed outing of Bitcoin’s creator, and some high profile arrests the financial services firm has put together an exhaustive survey of “Bitcoin” and “bitcoin” and ultimately finds the technology promising but the currency wanting. The key takeaway: Bitcoin likely can’t work as a currency, but … the ledger-based technology that underlies it could hold promise.