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April 2017 / 44 posts found

Blockchain Lets This Startup Trade Gold That’s Still in the Ground

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Blockchain Lets This Startup Trade Gold That's Still in the Ground    A number of Blockchain Projects have focused on Trading Bullion During the past year, a number of blockchain projects have focused on trading bullion, but what about gold that's still in the ground? That seemingly unlikely business model is precisely the aim of a new partnership announced last month between Orebits, a startup providing asset-digitization for precious metal reserves, and blockchain product provider Symbiont. The deal would see the creation of so-called smart certificates, or smart contract investment instruments, tied to proven gold reserves (supplies of the metal known to be in [...]

Reasons Social Media Marketing Is Still Underrated

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Reasons Social Media Marketing Is Still Underrated    The numbers on social media marketing are impressive. More than half of small businesses in the United States are planning to increase their social media marketing budgets in 2017, and the number of businesses using social media marketing has increased, year over year, for more than a decade.Still, social media marketing remains underrated. Business owners and marketers frequently treat it as a second thought—something for an intern to handle, rather than a strategically deep mode of building your reputation and attracting new traffic. Some have even abandoned the idea altogether, refusing to [...]

Cryptocurrency Exchange Poloniex Set to Delist 17 Altcoins

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Cryptocurrency Exchange Poloniex Set to Delist 17 Altcoins Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex recently announced that it will be delisting 17 altcoins, effective May 2, which saw the price of the coins drop significantly. On Twitter, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange said: On May 2, 2017, the following will be delisted: BBR, BITS, C2, CURE, HZ, IOC, MYR, NOBL, NSR, QBK, QORA, OTL, RBY, SDC, UNITY, VOX [and] XMG. Since Poloniex’s tweet, the prices of the listed currencies have dropped in value by between 31 percent and 92 percent over the past seven days. The biggest drop in value was C2, which is currently [...]

Syscoin Becomes First Cryptocurrency To Debut Mainnet Lightning Network

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Syscoin Becomes First Cryptocurrency To Debut Mainnet Lightning Network Syscoin has confirmed it has introduced the Lightning Network (LN) on its mainnet, becoming the first cryptocurrency to achieve the milestone. In transaction records reproduced on its Twitter page on Thursday, Syscoin demonstrated the first successful transaction sent using the technology. The Lightning Network uses existing Blockchain technology to provide rapid payments between participants. Its implementation is a key goal for cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, where it could serve to decrease transaction processing times considerably. While LN is not dependent on consensus for its implementation, progress has stalled on Bitcoin amid the [...]

Suddenly, Europe is Starting to Become Bitcoin Haven

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Suddenly, Europe is Starting to Become Bitcoin Haven    Suddenly, Europe is Starting to Become Bitcoin Haven Countries like France, Germany and the UK have already established regulatory frameworks for Bitcoin companies, users and traders. Other European countries have offered their unique regulatory frameworks with clarity, to ensure there exists no conflict between local businesses and regulators due to ambiguous regulations and policies like India. Smaller countries such as Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, have begun to consider Bitcoin as a legitimate currency and revolutionary technology. Bitcoin and Blockchain included in [...]

Bitcoin breaches $1,300, now just $25 off all-time high

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Bitcoin breaches $1,300, now just $25 off all-time high                 The price for Bitcoin broke through $1,300 on Thursday, within spitting distance of its all-time high, but investors are growing cautious. The cryptocurrency's price has risen around 4.5 percent since the start of the week, according to CoinDesk data and spiked yesterday to $1,306 on hopes that U.S. regulators would approve a key trading product for the digital currency. The price fell overnight but is back around $1,300, not far from its all-time high of $1,325, which it hit on March 10. However, some [...]

Blockchain Innovation Means Greater Financial Inclusion in the Middle East

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Blockchain Innovation Means Greater Financial Inclusion in the Middle East    Financial inclusion, something as simple as possessing a basic chequing account is significantly lacking in the Middle East, especially when compared on a global scale. Digital innovation, coupled with high mobile penetration rates, especially those aged 25 and under, can, however, open the door to reshaping the fate of the region’s estimated 85 million unbanked adults. According to the 2014 World Bank Global Findex Database, a report that measures global financial inclusion, account penetration in the Middle East, that is, individuals without access to even the most basic financial [...]

Spotify acquires Mediachain to develop blockchain technology that matches royalties with rightsholders

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Spotify acquires Mediachain to develop blockchain technology that matches royalties with rightsholders    Spotify has acquired Mediachain, the New York-based startup behind an open source peer-to-peer database and protocol for registering, identifying, and tracking creative works across the internet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Launched in 2016 with seed backing from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, Mediachain has been working toward using blockchain technology to entrench timestamps and data regarding ownership within a specific media asset. It’s all about enabling creators and rightsholders to prove they are the owner of a piece of work — in Spotify’s case, music —…

Tips for Combining SEO and Content Marketing

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Tips for Combining SEO and Content Marketing    Gone are the days when search engine optimisation was enough to land your website onto Google's good graces. Now you must to add content marketing to your arsenal of digital marketing tool if you want to gain search engines’ approval and ultimately win the heart of online users. Given the important role content marketing now plays in the success of an online business, it's time that SEO ties the knot with content marketing. The two digital marketing tools that were once viewed as separate entities are now an inseparable couple, promising to [...]

Business Development Executive Job Description

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Business Development Executive Job Description A business development executive is a senior manager tasked with the job of helping his or her business grow and therefore, they are high-level sales professionals. Their priority is to assist their own companies acquire new customers and sell additional products or services to existing ones; this means the role is a crucial one for any business with the ambition to expand or the necessity to diversify its clientele. It also means that effective business development managers are in high demand in nearly every job sector there is, including business-to-business, business-to-customer, and even non-profit organisations.  [...]