Google Dives into the Ethereum Blockchain with its Big Data Analytics Platform

Google BigQuery, Google Cloud’s Petabyte-scale data warehousing solution, has made the Ethereum dataset available to enable the exploration of smart contract analytics, the company announced on a blog. BigQuery has made it possible to explore all of Ethereum’s historical data. Ethereum’s ETL project on GitHub includes all source code that can be extracted from the blockchain and entered into BigQuery. Google is seeking new contributors and blockchains. Making Blockchain Data Accessible The purpose of making the Ethereum blockchain data accessible on Google Cloud is to make all data stored on the…

A Bitcoin ETF is Inevitable, but Damaging

Author of the book ‘Mastering Bitcoin’ and noted bitcoin advocate Andreas Antonopoulos believes that a Bitcoin ETF is imminent. However, he insists that the long-term implication of such fund will do more harm than good for the original cryptocurrency. Intermediary Bitcoin ownership Antonopoulos described an exchange traded fund(ETF) as a fund that has a custodian or a manager who creates a financial instrument that can be traded like a stock but in the actual sense of it, it isn’t a stock. So for a Bitcoin ETF, this fund is expected…

Bitcoin as a Privacycoin: This Tech is Making Bitcoin More Private

Ever since its inception Bitcoin has never really been private. Although Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper suggests privacy was a design goal of the protocol, government agencies, analytics companies and other interested parties — let’s call them “spies” — have ways to analyze the public blockchain and peer-to-peer network, to cluster Bitcoin addresses and tie them to IP addresses or other identifying information. A lack of privacy is a problem. Bitcoin users might not necessarily want the world to know where they spend their money, what they earn or how much…

Dogecoin Recovers Losses, Rises More than 18 Percent

Dogecoin on Monday recorded more than 18 percent gains against the US Dollar. The DOGE/USD kickstarted the day adding value to its prevailing upside momentum. During the early Asian trading session, the pair had made higher highs towards 0.00572-fiat. It only began to stumble as the session matured and fell towards 0.00498-fiat at the beginning of the European session. Thenceforth, DOGE/USD is consolidating sideways within a narrow trading range. The Dogethereum announcement impact continues to stay, but there are concerns in the markets as selling sentiment near the intraday highs…

Life’s Code: Blockchain and the Future of Genomics

In an era of hotly contested debates surrounding data ownership, privacy and monetization, one particular piece of data could be said to be the most personal of all: the human genome. While we are 99.9 percent identical in our genetic makeup across the species, the remaining 0.1 percent contains unique variations in code that are thought to influence our predisposition toward certain diseases and even our temperamental biases — a blueprint for how susceptible we are to everything from heart disease and Alzheimer’s to jealousy, recklessness and anxiety. 2018 offered…

In a First, Japanese City Deploys Online Blockchain Voting System

The government of the Japanese city of Tsukuba has introduced an online voting system, powered by blockchain, to enable residents to vote for social development programs. The first-of-its-kind digital vote in Japan, Tsukuba will use Japan’s “My Number” system – a 12-digit social security identifier afforded to all Japanese residents – to verify voters’ credentials before securing the vote from being falsified or accessed through decentralized blockchain technology, the Japan Times reports. Specifically, the voting system has been put to use for the city’s residents voting for proposals on local…

Bitcoin Price Watch: BTC/USD Correcting Gains After Hitting $7,300 Target

Key Points Bitcoin price traded higher and moved above the $7,300 resistance area against the US Dollar. There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support at $7,260 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is likely to correct lower further as long as there is no close above the $7,300 resistance. Bitcoin price climbed further higher above $7,200 against the US Dollar. BTC/USD traded above the $7,300 target and it is currently correcting lower. Bitcoin Price Analysis In the…

Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USD Remains in Range above $0.1000

Key Highlights ADA price traded higher recently above $0.1050 before facing sellers near $0.1100 against the US Dollar (tethered). There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support at $0.1035 on the hourly chart of the ADA/USD pair (data feed via Bittrex). The pair is likely to extend slides towards the $0.1000 and $0.0980 support levels in the short term. Cardano price is struggling to gain traction against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ADA/USD may correct lower towards the $0.1000 support zone. Cardano Price Analysis After closing…

Ripple Price Analysis: XRP/USD Could Retest $0.3200 Support

Key Highlights Ripple price traded above the $0.3500 level and later faced resistance near $0.3530 against the US dollar. There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support at $0.3380 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken). The pair is currently under pressure and it could revisit the $0.3200 support area in the near term. Ripple price is correcting the recent gains against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD may continue to move down towards the $0.3200 support area. Ripple Price Support…

Korean Entertainment Project Taps Ethereum Blockchain in K-Pop Idol Search

Z-POP Dream Project, a South Korea based entertainment provider, plans to use blockchain technology to find the next K-pop talent and develop a new entertainment platform. K-pop is a form of South Korean popular music. CEO Jun Kang, who played a key role in creating the company, wants to build a global entertainment ecosystem to support and discover new talent for the $46 billion global music business, according to Korea Herald. Blockchain To Provide Transparency Z-POP will use the Ethereum blockchain to enable fans to vote for their favorite entertainers in…