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- On May 8, Fortune Magazine published an excerpt from Alex Tapscott and Don Tapscott’s newly released book “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World.” The article includes a video interview with the authors.
- The IBM Bluemix Dev blog announced on May 9 that IBM Blockchain service on Bluemix is now available in beta. The service includes new features to quickly enable users to build blockchain applications in the cloud, spinning up a blockchain network and circumventing the complexities involved with manually creating a development environment. The service is a peer-to-peer permissioned network built on top of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger fabric code.
- Also on May 9, CoinTelegraph reporeted that the Swiss town Zug in northern Switzerland began accepting bitcoin for public services as part of a trial run. Municipal services will be capped at 200 francs’ worth of Bitcoin and will include services like public utilities. The trial run will extend through the end of 2016.
- A new type of Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, will soon be available. FarmShare is a decentralized platform for CSA organizations that utilizes the blockchain to tokenize shares and enable community governance. FarmShare takes advantage of new tools made possible by Ethereum and the blockchain to take CSAs into the 21st century.
- Deep dive in the DAO smart contracts with Slock.it CTO Christoph Jentzsch. Nearly two hours of The DAO smart contract dissection.
- On May 10th, the number of Ethereum full nodes surpassed the number of Bitcoin full nodes. Any computer that connects to a blockchain network such as the Ethereum or Bitcoin public networks is called a node. For a given blockchain protocol, nodes that enforce all the rules of the protocol are referred to as full nodes. They form the backbone of the network, (re)broadcasting all transactions and blocks they find valid. The higher the number of full nodes, the more secure and robust the network becomes, as it’s harder for invalid txs/blocks to propagate. It also increases scalability of blockchain downloads – the more nodes available, the more people can download and synchronise their local nodes.
- Are Ethereum and bitcoin browsers the next Google? Ethereum, Bitcoin, and blockchain expert William Mougayar joined David Seaman’s video blog to discuss on May 12. Mougayar is the author of the new book, The Business Blockchain.
- Ethan and Sarah’s Other Podcast. TellThemISaidSomething.net