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    With Vakt investment, five of the biggest energy companies bet on blockchain

    The oil and gas industry is embracing blockchain technology for everything from tracking products to financing sales

    With the announcement on Jan. 16 that three major oil and gas firms including Chevron, Total, and Reliance Industries have joined Vakt, the energy-industry enterprise blockchain company now has five of the 10 largest oil firms by market capitalization on board.

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    Must-reads for Nov. 6, 2018: Bitfury’s billion, crypto’s energy costs, and Pomp get dumped

    These are the crypto stories you should be following today

    Billionaire Novogratz Invests in Cryptocurrency Firm Bitfury (Bloomberg) Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital has joined Naver Group of Korea in an $80 million round of funding for Bitfury. The company “sells gear used to mine cryptocurrencies and develops blockchain technology for clients including the Ukrainian government,” notes Bloomberg’s Ruben Munsterman and Ruth David. That puts its valuation above $1 billion. “If it conducts the IPO in the next two years, Bitfury will seek a valuation of $3 billion to $5 billion,” concluded Munsterman and David.   Quantification of energy and carbon costs for mining cryptocurrencies (Nature) Another day, another Nature study on the impact of cryptocurrency mining. A week ago, the…

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    Must-reads for Nov. 5, 2018: EOS is BS, ETH may go POS, and WEF touts BCH

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    Interview: Researcher Argues EOS isn’t a Blockchain — Just a Distributed Database (CCN) A paper by Whiteblock, a blockchain testing firm, has come down hard on EOS, the controversial protocol started by Block.one (helmed by none other than Brock Pierce). “EOS is not a blockchain, rather a distributed homogeneous database management system, a clear distinction in that their transactions are not cryptographically validated,” Whiteblock said. CCN interviewed Whiteblock’s CTO, Zak Cole, about their findings.   Bitcoin is 10 years old: This is how it began and where it’s headed (World Economic Forum) One of the most bitterly debated topics in crypto is Bitcoin Cash. That makes this particular post provocative;…

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    Must-reads for September 5, 2018: Goldman backs off crypto trading, Iran welcomes mining while Washington not so much, and more!

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    Goldman Sachs is ditching near-term plans to open a bitcoin trading desk, instead focusing on a key business for driving Wall Street investment in crypto (Business Insider) If you’re wondering why cryptos took a hit Wednesday, this is it. Remember all the hype about Goldman Sachs trading Bitcoin from HODL Bros and your brother’s friend who just seems a little off? You know what I’m talking about. “Goldman’s going to be trading it, bro! It’s going to the moon!” Yeah, well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. “The bank is ditching plans to open a desk for trading cryptocurrencies in the foreseeable future, according to…