How to Get Zcash, Bitcoin’s Anonymous Baby Cousin

How to get Zcash, bitcoin’s anonymous baby cousin:

  • Zcash also notably addresses another of the biggest pitfalls of bitcoin and its ilk: that big corporations with tons of dedicated computers are pretty much the only ones with any shot at mining the cryptocurrency.
  • Zcash, which went live on Friday with version 1.0 “Sprout,” is essentially an experimental fork of bitcoin that attempts to address an inherent contradiction of the supposedly “untraceable” cryptocurrency.
  • A newly-launched cryptocurrency created by expert cryptographers holds the distinction of being the only one explicitly designed to provide bitcoin’s biggest missing feature: anonymity.
  • As Zcash’s creators put it: “If bitcoin is like http for money, Zcash is https,” referring to the now-ubiquitous secure protocol that protects a website’s visitors from eavesdropping.
  • A zero-knowledge proof is a way to mathematically prove a statement is true without revealing any of the information you’d normally need to prove it.

The most promising cryptocurrency since bitcoin is ready to be mined—if you dare.
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Walmart and IBM will use blockchain to track pork from China

Walmart and IBM will use blockchain to track pork from China  $WMT $IBM

  • Walmart, which has global annual revenue of $482 billion, does not break out revenue numbers for China, but a Reuters report from last year suggested that its business in China, where it has more than 400 stores, was slipping.
  • Walmart and IBM will use blockchain to track pork from China
  • A blockchain is “immutable,” says Ramesh Gopinath, IBM’s VP of blockchain solutions. “
  • The retail giant, which opened a new “food safety collaboration center” in Beijing today, will partner up with IBM ( IBM ) and Tsinghua University to track the pork supply chain in China using blockchain, the decentralized, open ledger technology that originated with the digital currency bitcoin.
  • As IBM’s Jerry Cuomo told Yahoo Finance last month, the year began with “blockchain tourism running rampant.”

For the first time, Walmart (WMT) is turning to blockchain. The retail giant, which opened a new “food safety collaboration center” in Beijing today, will partner up with IBM (IBM) and Tsinghua University to track the pork supply chain in China using blockchain, the decentralized, open ledger technology
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Walmart Is Hoping a Blockchain Can Clean Up China’s Dirty Pork Industry

Walmart Is Hoping a #Blockchain Can Clean Up China’s Dirty Pork Industry

  • China’s appetite for pork has spiked over the last decade, and its farming sector has struggled to meet demand.
  • In 2006, the country consumed 46 million metric tons of pork, according to the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.
  • A customer buys pork at a supermarket in Yichang city, central China’s Hubei province.
  • Blockchain may be a good solution for health risks in the short term, but in the long term, experts agree we need to focus on how to curb global meat consumption to a more sustainable level-not make it even easier and cheaper to get pork chops at Walmart.
  • China has been trying to counteract the rising popularity of more Western meats like pork and beef by pledging to reduce the country’s overall meat consumption by 50 percent by 2030.

A new pilot project aims to track the food supply more closely, to avoid the safety scares of the past.
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Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency

Swiss railway ticket machines to sell #bitcoin digital currency - BBC News

  • Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency
  • One Bitcoin currently equals around 708.64 Swiss Francs, but it is possible to buy fractions of the currency.
  • From 11 November, customers will be able to trade Swiss francs for Bitcoins using ticket machines.
  • Transactions will be capped at 500 Swiss Francs (£415 / $500) each.
  • How one Chinese woman bought herself a house

Switzerland’s national rail service will begin selling the digital currency Bitcoin at ticket machines.
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Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops

Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops #FinTech #GeneticallyModifiedFood(GMOs)

  • s Were Supposed to Increase Crop Yields
  • Genetically modified varieties introduced in the U.S.
  • s Were Supposed to Lessen Pesticide Use
  • In the last three decades, corn yields in Western Europe have largely kept pace with those in the United States.
  • Europe did not embrace the technology it achieved increases in yield and decreases in pesticide use on a par with, or even better than, the United States, where genetically modified crops are widely grown.

About 20 years ago, the United States and Canada began introducing genetic modifications in agriculture. Europe did not embrace the technology, yet it achieved increases in yield and decreases in pesticide use on a par with, or even better than, the United States, where genetically modified crops are widely grown.
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Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency

  • Swiss railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin digital currency
  • One Bitcoin currently equals around 708.64 Swiss Francs, but it is possible to buy fractions of the currency.
  • From 11 November, customers will be able to trade Swiss francs for Bitcoins using ticket machines.
  • Transactions will be capped at 500 Swiss Francs (£415 / $500) each.
  • How one Chinese woman bought herself a house

Switzerland’s national rail service will begin selling the digital currency Bitcoin at ticket machines.
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