Welcome to the 2019’s first edition of Blockchain Descomplicada

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Back to Square One
One of the most discussed issues regarding the Blockchain Technology is its disruptive potential. To remind how Blockchain can improve or even revolutionize traditional business models, we bring an infographic from BitFortune, published by James Bourne at Blockchain Technology News.

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Block News

Investment in companies listed on the Stock Exchange with the use of cryptoassets – DX.Exchange has announced that it will allow investors from outside the United States to invest in companies such as Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., and Tesla Inc., even when the stock exchange is closed. DX.Exchange, based in Estonia and Israel, will offer stock-based cryptoassets of ten NASDAQ-listed companies and plans to expand to the New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong stock exchanges. In practice, each cryptoasset will be backed by a share and its holder will be entitled to the same dividends received by the holder of the share itself, even if the companies that issued such shares are not directly involved in the transaction. (BLOOMBERG, 01.03.2019)

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Fortnite official store accepts crypto as a payment method – Since January 1st of this year, Fortnite, one of the most accessed games in 2018, is accepting Monero as a form of payment. This represents a considerable opportunity for Monero, given that the game has more than 125 million players. (THE BLOCKCRYPTO; 04.01.2019)

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Volatility of criptoassets may continue in 2019 – According to SFOX – a cryptoassets Exchange focused on Institutional Investors –, cryptoassets volatility may continue in 2019, being pointed out as some of the key events the theft of cryptoassets, postponement of the SEC decision on crypto ETFs, comments from Coinbase CEO on the maturity of the cryptoassets market, among others. According to SFOX, factors such as new ICOs, the performance of the US economy, speculation about new products and data regarding the worldwide adoption of cryptoassets may influence market volatility in 2019. (FORBES; 09.01.2019)

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MTonomy launches a streaming platform for Ethereum users – Like Netflix, Google Play or Amazon Prime, MTonomy delivers media content through streaming service. Its differential consists of using Ethereum to process payments. The goal is to enable anyone, anywhere in the world, to acquire content with the cryptoasset, as well as to facilitate – and make more transparent –the payment to content creators that will not have to deal with different national currencies and payment systems. (CCN, 04.01.2019)

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Omniaz partners with WineConnection to create a smartbottle – The DNRK project, which means “drink, rewards, network, knowledge,” aims to combine blockchain technology and the internet of things to develop a smart bottle. The app will allow users to access detailed information on wines, beers and other alcoholic beverages purchased that will be authenticated in a blockchain. In addition, users can earn rewards and benefits, such as coupons and credits, by scanningthe barcodes of bottles. The main purpose of the app is to deal with counterfeit alcohol, parallel markets, and fraud, major problems experienced in the traditional market of alcoholic beverages. (THE BLOCK, 03.12.2018)

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The State of Nevada issues nearly 1,000 Marriage Certificates on the Ethereum network – The state of Nevada, USA, has registered in the blockchain Ethereum nine hundred and fifty marriage certificates of residents or not in the state since April 2018. Despite cases of success in introducing the blockchain technology in the real world, there is no consensus among public agencies about the acceptance and validity of these certificates, which is a reality observed in several American states.(COINTELEGRAPH; 07.01.2019)

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Blockchain Desk Indica
New year, new themes. In this issue we recommend the article “Blockchain and Big Data” from the Data Science Academy, which brings the intersection of Blockchain technology and Data Science, addressing current issues and possible solutions involving both themes, in a simple and practical way.

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