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Gladius blockchain solution to solve net neutrality?

Gladius is a startup founded by Max Niebylski, Alex Godwin, and Marcelo McAndrew. It claims to offer decentralized Content Delivery Network (CDN) and DDoS protection via blockchain. The Gladius goal is to create a fully decentralized, peer to peer, serverless node network to connect bandwidth and storage pools to websites looking for DDoS protection and…

Blockchain scalability addressed by two more startups

Blockchain throughput is, arguably, the dagger hanging over widespread blockchain adoption. There are two fundamental and interrelated problems. A blockchain’s size and its ability to transact (to register additional transactions which ad to the blockchain size. After all a blockchain is the immutable record of all transactions. It cannot shrink to order. To ‘picture’ this,…

ModulTrade: a blockchain-based trade platform for MSMEs

ModulTrade has launched a blockchain-based global trade platform specifically aimed at micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It claims it represents a new marketplace to meet, commit and execute safe and secure trade anywhere in the world. The ModulTrade platform addresses many of the barriers MSMEs face when working to complete a successful trade cycle.…

FortKnoxster’s blockchain-secured platform

FortKnoxster has announced (yet another) token sale for its secure privacy platform. It claims this is one of the few token sales backed by a working product, which is an indictment of the whole ICO scene. Yet what interests is less the token sale and more that product. The FortKnoxster platform claims to be an…

Could Substratum’s blockchain combinations decentralise web content?

Substratum is a start-up developing a decentralized approach web, one which may seeks to free and provide unrestricted access to content. The Substratum network is a worldwide collection of nodes that uses blockchain-based cryptography to deliver secure content anywhere, all without the need for VPNs or Tor. Substratum hopes to revolutionise the hosting industry by…

Mastercard opens access to blockchain API and disintermediates

Mastercard is opening access to its blockchain technology via an API published on ‘Mastercard Developers‘. Mastercard hopes its blockchain solution will enable new ways for consumers, businesses and banks to transact. It claims it is key to the company’s strategy to provide payment solutions that meet all needs of financial institutions and their end-customers. The…

Might SDRs turn into IMFcoins?

In October 2016 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched consultations on the future of its SDRs (Special Drawing Rights). It was part of a conversation at a gathering to celebrate the Bank of England’s 20th anniversary of independence. At this, Christine Lagarde (the head of the IMF) mused on the idea of SDRs replacing international currencies.…

BitVault, a blockchain smartphone

Embedded Downloads – based in Limerick, Ireland and New Delhi, India – has announced BitVault, allegedly the world’s first crypto communicator and blockchain-supporting smart phone. It will ship in November at a price of €949.00. The BitVault was introduced, via prototypes, to the fintech community earlier this year. Now it is almost real. BitVault features…

Utility Settlement Coin, PBOC and cryptocurrency risk

UBS, the Swiss bank started work on what it calls USC or Utility Settlement Coin in 2015. It hopes USC will be the digital equivalent of fiat currencies offered by major central banks. After UBS initiated USC, it attracted the support of BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, Santander, NEX and blockchain startup Clearmatics in 2016. In…

Trickbot targets cryptocurrency

Security researchers at Forcepoint have detected banking trojan Trickbot targeting crypto-currencies. The attack begins with an email from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). The email tells the user that they have a personal/confidential message. The message comes as a Microsoft Word attachment. Interestingly the user is told they must be connected to the…