The Week In Bitcoin - Issue #69: Chains, Chains, Chains

Chains, Chains, ChainsThis week we've got Pork chain, Lading Chain and BHP Chain. The trend of blockc
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The Week In Bitcoin - Issue #69: Chains, Chains, Chains
By The Week In Bitcoin • Issue #11
Chains, Chains, Chains
This week we’ve got Pork chain, Lading Chain and BHP Chain. The trend of blockchaining ‘all the things’ continues to gain momentum. 
I’ll leave you to explore how one might go about putting Chinese pork on a blockchain 🐷⬛️⛓.
— Alan Tsen, @alantsen 👊💯
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Blockchain All The Things
Walmart, IBM, and Tsinghua University are tracking Chinese pork on a blockchain to overhaul supply chain and food safety record-keeping.
Maersk took part in a proof of concept, with blockchain expertise from the IT University of Copenhagen.
BHP is one of many large businesses putting blockchain to use as the technology booms.
News This Week
Our latest video series explores the world of bitcoin and the blockchain, and you can now watch all six episodes on YouTube and TechCrunch.com.
The rise of distributed ledger tech is changing the way banks deal with payments around the world.
Visa is putting a bitcoin-style network to work as it aims to take on a new market, the large and complex cross-border payments made between businesses.
On October 10th and 11th, following Scaling Bitcoin Milan, participants implementing the Bitcoin Lightning Network produced a general outline for agreement on the Lightning Network protocol scope and specification.
A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world’s biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available, in what could become the industry standard for the nascent technology.
More than 60 of financial institutions around the world (including many top-tier banks) are involved in the R3 consortium, with considerable financial and resource commitments.
Recently, Google launched a video calling tool (yes, another one). Google Hangouts has been sidelined to Enterprise, and Google Duo is supposed to be the next big thing in video calling.
It all started in 2009 with Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology. For the first time in history, developers could establish rules and run computer programs — smart contracts — in a distributed network without a central authority.
Leibniz’s Dream
Gottfried Leibniz—who died 300 years ago this November—worked on many things. But a theme that recurred throughout his life was the goal of turning human law into an exercise in computation.
According to Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, the technology behind Bitcoin could create decentralized businesses unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Nearing the ripe age of 50, Gavin Andresen graces us with an appearance as an expert on Bitcoin. He has worked on the project in some way or other since 2010 and is still one of its best-known figures. 
I’m pro-appcoin. There, I said it. Haters take note. Other lawyers take note. I think appcoin sales (often called “initial coin offerings” or ICOs) are a new form of crowdfunding and some can have as much legal merit as a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign. On the other hand, when executed inelegantly, some can break the law.
One of the main problems with Bitcoin for ordinary users is that, while the network may be a great way of sending payments, with lower transaction costs, much more expansive global reach, and a very high level of censorship resistance, Bitcoin the currency is a very volatile means of storing value. 
From Cold Storage
Will decentralized networks disrupt today’s tech giants? If so, who pays for the network infrastructure? We ask the experts at the Decentralized Web Summit.
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