Biotron: Control and Monetize the Data You Create

Users generate valuable data every single day. An average person creates approximately 0.5 GB of information per day from their internet likes, posts, tweets, location, commerce, meta-data, and more. This amount is actually increasing by 45% each year as more of activities and transactions go online. Thousands of companies worldwide collect, analyze, and resell data, often without the consent or knowledge of the original owner. Generally, people have no idea as to what data they generate or how it is used, and they receive no benefit from it. Biotron corrects this, by giving back control and transparency to the person who created the data. Their ethos is that the person who creates the data should also get to share in the revenue that it generates.

 “People must have the power to control where their data flows. Biotron will not only help them do this, but they’ll also receive shares from the revenue their data generates,” says Pavol Magic, CEO of Biotron.

Once installed, the Biotron mobile application and web browser extension are able to collect user information automatically to create highly accurate and complex user profiles. Biotron users can also choose to manually input data to make their information more useful and valuable. User profiles that are created are then uniquely matched with location data to generate a wide variety of analytics products. Blockchain allows Biotron to provide transparency within their platform while facilitating the instant micro-transactions needed to pay the users. The model developed by the Slovak-based technology brand already complies with the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (EU) that protects the data privacy of EU citizens.

Thanks to the explicit user consent inherent in Biotron’s data collection process, they can quickly collate information that is validated and highly accurate. No funnel of data collectors, brokers, or other low-key entities exists between the data creator and the consumer. Data goes directly from user to Biotron, where it is processed, and then on to the customer. The solution creates a wide range of analytics and surveys covering marketing intelligence, financial intelligence, health-care analytics, fraud detection, and more. The analysis provided ensures that the business intelligence their customers receive can be quickly actioned, for a fast return on investment. When customers purchase a Biotron product a ‘smart contract’ is created. This smart contract exists within the blockchain and ensures that the revenue generated is distributed back to users, leaving Biotron its commission.

About Biotron

Biotron is a user-permissioned and revenue sharing personal data warehouse benefiting from blockchain transparency to provide the most accurate user analytics, helping organizations make timely and correct decisions.


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Betrium, the worldwide bookmaker & betting exchange, has successfully raised 982 ETH so far in its pre-ICO, ending on February 14, 2018. Only a day left to get a chance to win the jackpot by participating in its on-going Betrium ICO and invest in the platform’s further development. The pre-ICO will end on 14th February 2018 at 19:00 EST. It is the last call for interested participants to hurry up to be part of exciting opportunity.

About the Platform

Betrium is a worldwide bookmaker and betting exchange offering zero fees, innovative Volatility Stabilization System for professional traders, API for developers and a platform for event organizers. With all these features, the platform is all set to revolutionize a $1 trillion industry segment in the near future.

Betrium has already launched the desktop demo (MVP) of the sports betting platform, which is available on http://sport.patyplay.ga.

Betrium’s Upcoming Marketing & Promotion Activities

Betrium successfully sponsored a racing car on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East race in Abu Dhabi on 2nd of February 2018.  The platform has also made plans for full participation in different popular roadshows in March 2018 as a part of its marketing and promotion campaign. As per the company’s recent announcement, the Betrium team is going to visit the following conferences as an exhibitor:

  • d10e, Seoul, South Korea, 3-6th of March 2018.
  • Vietnam Blockchain Week, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 7-8th of March 2018.
  • Money20/20 Asia, Singapore, 13-15th of March 2018.
  • Token29, Hong Kong, 20-21th of March 2018.

In addition, Betrium will be an exhibitor and sponsor of APAC Blockchain Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia from March 13 to 15 2018.

Betrium To Be Seen in FIFA World Cup 2018

The company is planning to be associated with the world’s most popular and much-awaited sports event FIFA World Cup 2018, by offering betting lines for customers. The betting will start as early as in May in order to earn first revenue and some traction.

Betrium has already entered into a partnership with VAVEL.com, a leading sports media group. Vavel is the official sports media and information partner of Betrium and will endorse the platform all through the World Cup event.

CEO Javier Robles, the CEO of VAVEL Media, says:

“For VAVEL, this partnership with Betrium guarantees, our willingness to support and backup a project since its inception is called to revolutionize the sports betting industry from scratch given the brilliant idea of decentralizing the way to bet making it accessible globally without depending on different international laws and regulations. We believe in Betrium because of the ease with which its users can perform transactions through cryptocurrencies and their roadmap is frankly hopeful. VAVEL trusts Betrium simply because it is the future of betting in sports.”

Luke MacDonald, well-known professional gambler with over $1.9 mil turnover, supported Betrium and entered to Advisory board of the project. Betrium’s mission is to expand and to become a global key-player in the gambling market and the 982 ETH raised so far in the on-going pre-ICO indicates that the company is going to achieve its mission successfully.

The pre-ICO is ending on February 14, 2018. It’s the high time to participate. For participation and more information, please visit https://betrium.co/.

 

Bitcoin and all things cryptocurrency have found themselves at the top of a list of most highly demanded skills for freelancers in 2018. Leading freelance marketplace, Upwork, recently surveyed their users and found that skills relating to digital currency were the fastest-growing sector of freelancer talents on their platform. The results were also dominated by emerging technologies. Along with Bitcoin, AI and AR related skills were noted as growing rapidly. Evidently, the appetite for those with skills relating to cryptocurrency is not following suit with the price of a single Bitcoin which recently took a tumble from its all-time highs.

According to reports from Upwork and the Freelancers Union, those independently employed are preparing for the mass upheavals in the way people work with every great technological leap forward in a more effective way than their peers who work for a single employer. The findings of the two mentioned sources indicate that sixty-five percent of freelancers claimed to be keeping up to date with further career preparation in line with evolving technological sophistication and greater machine learning.

According to news outlet Fast Company, the list of skills that clients are seeking from the online talent marketplaces like Upwork are indicative of future work trends in general. This is based on the fact that the number of people working as freelancers is growing three times faster than the rest of the more traditionally employed US workforce. This figure is based on the findings from the survey by Upwork and the Freelancers Union entitled “Freelancing in America”.

Meanwhile, the planet’s top-ranked, private sector think tank, the McKinsey Global Institute, predicts that if freelancing talent platforms such as Upwork continue to grow at the rate mentioned earlier, they could add an additional $2.7 trillion to the global Gross Domestic Product by 2025. The would equate to almost two percent of the nations entire GDP.

 

 

 

All eyes are on MediChain now as Keith Teare, a globally-recognized serial entrepreneur with big ideas and an impressive record of winning high returns for the investors joins the MediChain Advisory Board. The recent addition of Teare in MediChain’s team is being seen as one of the greatest achievements of the company, since the executive chairman of Accelerated Digital Ventures has previously advised on the successful ICOBox, Crypterium, FluzFluz and EnergiMine ICOs.

Stating his views about MediChain, Teare said,

“Medichain represents a bold attempt to leverage the blockchain for patient records. It has long been recognized that patient-centric records represent a goal that would make health care far more efficient and enable doctors the benefit of seeing a patient’s entire medical history. Medichain is executing on that vision. Unlike others, it is also using machine learning to allow insights that can be gleaned from aggregate data. If it reaches its potential this will be a significant contribution to humanity.”

About Keith Teare & His Successful Journey

Keith is the co-founder of Archimedes Ventures where Mike Arrington’s TechCrunch was born and incubated along with Edgeio. He and Arrington were co-founders in both companies. Teare ran Edgeio and Arrington ran TechCrunch. He was the founder and CEO of RealNames Corporation and earlier the co-founder and CTO of EasyNet – the first European ISP.

Working at RealNames, he created a multi-lingual naming system, with distinct national namespaces, sitting on top of the DNS. It used natural language keywords, mapped to URIs to allow native language navigation. Teare raised more than $130 million in venture funding and filed for an IPO in 1999. After negotiating a worldwide agreement to include RealNames in the Microsoft browser in early 2000, the company had an implied valuation of more than $1.5 billion. By 2002, it was responsible for over 1 billion keyword navigations per quarter. It had agreements in Japan, China, and Korea, and was responsible for supporting the nascent multi-lingual DNS system run by Verisign.

He was the Seed funder and chair of NetNames, the founder of Clerkswell — a leading UK systems integrator as well as the Co-founder of CYBERIA, the world’s first Internet Café.  Teare also served fotopedia being its founding board member.

Keith Teare Foresees Blockchain as the Future of Most of the Industries

Being a blockchain enthusiast and a start-up expert, Keith Teare strongly believes that moments of change represent the best time to invest in tech. His prediction is based on the fact that blockchain is going to be just everywhere in near future, and that’s what the transition in his professional journey shows:

  • In 1981, he was focused on networking and shared data.
  • In 1994, he initiated to harness the power of the Internet (EasyNet).
  • In 1997, he turned to web services (RealNames).
  • In 2005, his focus was on Web 2.0 (Archimedes Ventures, Edgeio, and TechCrunch).
  • In 2010, he extensively worked on mobile (Archimedes Labs, Quixey, M.Dot).
  • In 2018, he is all set to exploit the Blockchain (Accelerated Digital Ventures and MediChain).

MediChain, leveraging the advisor-ship of Keith Teare, is planning ground-breaking developments on the platform in near future.

To know more about MediChain and Keith Teare being its advisor, please visit https://medichain.online/

Seven of the largest crypto companies are forming a UK cryptocurrency trade body named CryptoUK, bringing the first self-regulation to the booming industry. This news comes just days after Brian Quintenz, a commissioner with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, advised the crypto industry to form such a group to help regulate itself.

CryptoUK, with members including exchange and trading platforms such as Coinbase, eToro and CryptoCompare, said it had produced the first code of conduct for the industry to abide by. The companies said they hoped the regulations would form the first part of broader UK rules around volatile cryptocurrency trading. CryptoUK chair Iqbal Gandham said there was a risk of “rogue operators,” but the new body had been established “to promote best practice and to work with government and regulators.”

Members are expected to sign up to a code of conduct, which CryptoUK said will ensure greater due diligence against illegal activities and ensure customer funds can pay out in the event of insolvency, as well as safeguards against hacking of customer accounts. Mr. Gandham added: “We hope it [the code of conduct] can form the blueprint for what a future regulatory framework will look like.”

The group said the new body did not include Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, which see investors buying digital tokens in startups, often with no guarantees for their investment. It is also seeking buy-in from the government and official regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority.

CryptoUK includes Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges with more than 1 million account holders worldwide. Coinbase UK chief executive Zeeshan Feroz said: “The fundamentals are engaging as a single industry with the government. Regulation is imminent and that’s a good thing.” The trade body will also include cryptocurrency companies BlockEx, CEX.IO, CoinShares, and CommerceBlock.

Both the UK government and EU regulators have threatened to crack down on cryptocurrencies, with the EU issuing stark warnings that investors are at risk of a Bitcoin bubble.

This past Monday, the European Supervising Authorities — which includes top banking, securities, insurance, and pensions watchdogs — issued a warning to cryptocurrency investors that they could lose all their money if Bitcoin enters a pricing bubble: “[Cryptocurrencies] are highly risky, generally not backed by any tangible assets and unregulated under EU law, and do not, therefore, offer any legal protection to consumers,” the agency said in a statement. 

The blockchain-based game that caused the Ethereum network to grind to halt in December last year could be about to draw in a lot more users. This is because CryptoKitties is getting launched as a Chinese-language iOS application. The mobile edition is expected to be available on February 16 in Greater China and Singapore. The game’s production studio, Axiom Zen, are unsure how successful the new version will be, more so because they were in no way expecting the game to reach the popularity it did the first time around. Benny Giang, the game’s co-founder, spoke to Fortune about his project’s viral success last year:

“We did some models and we some made spreadsheets and had everyone take a guess at how many users we’d see. We ended up hitting every one of those numbers within the first three days.”

Since the game was so successful, the influx of transactions on the Ethereum blockchain actually clogged the network. At the height of CryptoKitty mania, digital felines accounted for close to 30% of all transactions on Ethereum. This caused delays and many transactions to remain unprocessed. This culminated in a backlog of around 30,000 pending transactions.

This time around, the damage to the Ethereum network could be even more severe. In China, mobile gaming is big business. It’s not uncommon for top mobile games to receive millions of players every day. Giang admits that Ethereum probably isn’t ready to handle that. Based on last December’s evidence, he’s almost certainly correct. Other factors that point to a further Ethereum meltdown are the estimated number of mobile gamers in China – 520 million – and the fact that the mobile version will be optimised for Chinese gamers to “pick up and play”. Previously, users would have to play in English and were required to use a VPN to get around China’s “Great Firewall”. The new iOS game will get around this by using a built-in extension.

Despite Giang being sceptical about the game’s potential to grind Ethereum to a halt in the coming weeks, the studio has taken some precautions. For one, they have decided to launch on Apple products only for now. Android devices are much more popular in the region targeted for the first mobile version of CryptoKitties so the decision was made to limit the potential market in this way.

As well as targeting new players, there has been an effort made to excite the estimated 250,000 existing players of the game. The new version, being launched at Chinese New Year, will feature a new cast of New Year-themed cats. In addition, every new feline has been given a Chinese-back story and three incredibly rare, holiday-themed “Fancy Cats” will also be included.

One of the game’s co-founders, Mack Flavelle, spoke to Fortune of the decision to launch the new mobile game in the Far East:

“We’re targeting China, Singapore and other Asian countries because to be honest, we think they’ll love the kitties. The area has a sophisticated and passionate crypto community … plus a long time appreciation for cute things.”

It’s unclear for now whether CryptoKitties will garner the same appeal the second time around and once again force the Ethereum blockchain to grind to a halt, overwhelmed by unique digital cats, or if the game will be a complete flop. Judging by the irrationality of the cryptocurrency market, we’re guessing it’ll be the former. Flavelle summed up the situation for CryptoKitties and cryptocurrency itself (albeit inadvertently):

“The future is deeply exciting and completely impossible to predict.”

Cryptocurrencies exploded in 2017, minting billionaires and transforming entire industries, and now the standard investor can get involved.

Cryptocurrencies are minting new millionaires faster than any other asset class in history. Blockchain, the backbone of cryptocurrency and expected to become the biggest market disrupter we have ever seen, is creating incredible wealth for some investors and generating massive returns.

A $1,000 investment in Bitcoin in 2010 would have earned you $35 million by mid-2017, although that would have dropped back a bit since then. FOMO (fear of missing out) is an epidemic at this point, but most investors don’t understand crypto… or the blockchain… or even how to invest in these new assets.

But those who missed the first crypto run up are dying to get in on the most exciting market sector of our time can now do it in their portfolio.

How? Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. (CSE: BLOC; OTC: BLKCF) is a publicly traded blockchain “hedge fund” and “incubator” that you can purchase with a few clicks in your online brokerage account.

It doesn’t get any easier than this, but it does get better:

The company, Global Blockchain Technologies Corp., is the brainchild of the same man who co-created the $100 BILLION dollar Ethereum project, Steven Nerayoff. Not only are they investing in crypto projects (as one expects a private equity fund to), but they are also incubating blockchain companies.

Again…

You don’t need to know anything about Bitcoin… blockchain… or have your own crypto investing system… Because you can add Global Blockchain to your portfolio with just a few clicks, and let the only publicly traded crypto investment team do the work for you.

This is a stock not many people know… but will soon.  Here’s why…

5 Reasons to keep a close eye on Global Blockchain Technologies right now:

#1 How Blockchain Works (for YOU)

Tech heads can explain how the blockchain works until they’re blue in the face, but for many would-be investors, it still seems complicated. Knowing that helps, but this fact helps even more: You don’t need to be a blockchain expert to reap the rewards.

Global Blockchain has put together a core team that aims to be “incubating” 12 or more new digital currencies every year. This means that Global Blockchain will be providing the funding for these new currencies in return for an equity stake and a significant percentage of the founders’ tokens. And it isn’t just any team: There is some serious blockchain power at work here.

Again, this is all headed up by the Nerayoff, the co-creator of Ethereum.

If you’ve been living under a rock, it’s time to crawl out: Ethereum has gained over 357,000 percent since its launch, with Nerayoff as its advisor. He was also a senior advisor to the Lisk Cryptocurrency project which now has a market cap of over 2 billion dollars. And he’s not alone:

  • Global Blockchain’s Rick Willard is the co-founder of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society and an advisor to Luxembourg on blockchain initiative.
  • Kyle Kemper is the executive director of the Blockchain Association of Canada.
  • Jeff Pulver has consulted and invested in 350 startups.
  • Michael Terpin is the managing partner of the first blockchain incubator in the world and founded Marketwire, which sold to Nasdaq in 2006 for $200 million.

Bottom line? Let the experts do everything for you.

You don’t have to conquer the blockchain, figure out how to “mine” any coins by solving math problems with a computer “rig” or even try to wade through the risky sea of 1,400 cryptocurrencies or questionable ICOs. But you will get exposure to what could turn out to be the top tokens…

#2 Average Gains of Top Tokens Will Blow Your Mind

Large-cap cryptocurrencies, or tokens, like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple will continue to lead the crypto space for now. And the path to leadership has been unbelievably rewarding.

Bitcoin gained over 1,300 percent last year; Ripple gained a whopping 36,000 percent, and Ethereum gained over 9,000 percent. That means that if you had made a $1000 investment at the beginning of last year in Ripple (which is only around $1 per coin compared to Bitcoin’s $10,000+), your investment would have increased half a million by year’s end.

#3 Diverse Investment Flanks Crypto on All Sides

 But it’s not just about getting exposure to the potentially top tokens…

Global Blockchain’s strategy goes beyond that.  In fact, it’s key attraction is exposure to even bigger potential gains. Not only does it give you exposure only to the top trading tokens, but also early-in, exclusive access to the tokens that are expected to trade in the future. It invests in large-cap, small-cap and pre-ICO/ICO tokens all at the same time.

 The returns on investment for small-cap tokens have been extraordinary, and this is just a snapshot of some of the top 25:

 (Source: Cryptocurrencychart.com)

And beyond this, there is huge potential for future growth. So far this year, some small-caps have been outpacing large-cap gains:

(Source: Coindesk.com) (NOTE: “Price Today” in chart above refers to an article from Coindesk.com dated January 4, 2018, after market close).

These are the precisely the types of tokens Global Blockchain is targeting. Bitcoin is the ‘gateway drug’ to other cryptocurrencies, and to Bitcoin-sized returns for early-in investors. But Global Blockchain’s team have special insight because of their connections in the industry.

Exposure gets even juicier through Global Blockchain with access to pre-ICO and ICO tokens. ICOs (initial coin offerings—the crypto world’s answer to the initial public offering, or IPO) exist in a murky world that is difficult to navigate without the expertise of people like Nerayoff and his core team.

ICOs are sort of the “wild west” of the cryptocurrency world and are best left to the connected experts in the crypto space… and Global Blockchain knows the difference. After all, they are ICO masters with Ethereum and others to back them up.

#4 Way Beyond Coin: A Major Blockchain Upside

Even tokens and ICOs doesn’t represent the entire game here: Global Blockchain is also building a portfolio of startups focused on blockchain-based services. That means acquiring … and tokenizing software that could further benefit blockchain.

 

kodak one, global blockchain

One of the first projects they invested in that gained international exposure was Kodak One, a blockchain solution for this age-old company that needed serious resuscitation. The result? The stock price of Kodak jumped an astounding 321 percent.

And then there’s their partnership with Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) and its tZero subsidiary.

Blockchain—and its rewards—are only limited by the imagination.

Every industry in the world is about to be upended by blockchain, and the gaming industry is just one of them: Exciting things are afoot as Global Blockchain plans to tokenize gaming platforms too. And with a game like Second Life having a virtual economy of $500 million, there is plenty of opportunity for an ‘incubator’ looking to bring the best blockchain startups to the market.

We have seen big announcements from Global Blockchain over the past weeks.

#5 Expect Announcements from Global Blockchain

Headed up by Ethereum’s co-creator, Global Blockchain is aiming to become a multi-billion dollar crypto hedge fund and incubator… And you can’t get this kind of market exposure anywhere else.

So, judging by the past few weeks of announcements, not only can you expect a series of announcements on portfolio purchases, ICO investments, and blockchain acquisitions…

But you can also expect series of announcements on exclusive token deals you can’t get access to through any other instrument.

A couple clicks with your online broker, and you’ve got a piece of the crypto universe hand selected by some of the brightest and most connected minds in crypto.

The potential in this current US$64 million market cap company is truly unparalleled for diversity in this industry. The time to pay attention is now because over the coming weeks, with each new announcement, this company could become an industry darling.

In short: Global Blockchain should be on the radar of anyone who wants intelligent exposure to the crypto space.

Honorable Mentions:

Veeva (NYSE: VEEV) Veeva is one of the most prominent cloud services providers out there, focusing specifically on the pharmaceutical sector. The company’s cloud platform for the world’s pharma companies is more popular than ever before.

After rallying to an all-time high last July, its share price has fallen a bit since. While its bigger brother ‘Salesforce’ has a stronger cash flow, Veeva has seen some healthy profits lately. Analysts now argue that the company might be ‘expensive’, but worth it. With an expected growth rate of 24% this year, it looks like investors will be rewarded for their patience.

Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNE) is a tech heavyweight. From TVs to video games, Sony covers anything and everything media-related. The company’s infamous Walkman was in the hands of every young person throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But Sony’s biggest hit was arguably the PlayStation gaming console.

With over 100-million units sold, the original console sparked a new wave of gaming. The incredible success continued with the PlayStation 2, 3, and the current series, the PlayStation 4. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is now a multi-platform entertainment device, with the ability to stream movies and music, play Blu-ray and DVDs, purchase and play video games, and even browse the web.

Sony’s partnerships and innovative technology make it an appealing investment for those looking for a company with longevity. Sony isn’t going anywhere and is sure to continue its entertainment dominance for years to come.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is an emerging tech company specializing in defense and other government markets. Raytheon’s major selling point is its strong command of cybersecurity. While its specialty is in government-centric markets, Raytheon also develops products, services, and solutions in various other markets.

Raytheon reach is far reaching and its potential market share is huge. Smart investors are looking toward cybersecurity firms early. With the recent high-profile attacks, and likely more to come, cybersecurity companies will be the saving grace of the tech boom.

SecureWorks Corp (NASDAQ: SCWX) SecureWorks Corp is a company specializing in intelligence-driven information security solutions. Clients are protected from cyber-attacks including hacking, ransomware, and the like. The company’s solutions enable its clients to strengthen their defenses in order to prevent security breaches and detect malicious activity in real time. SecureWorks Corp is definitely a great pick for those looking to invest in cybersecurity.

Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG) Data platforms are also a key asset in protecting companies against cyber-attacks. Pure Storage, Inc is a data platform focused on delivering fast, optimized and cloud-capable solutions for its customers while keeping data security as a top priority. This is another company about which investors can be optimistic.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX: DSG): Descartes is a Canadian technology company specializing in supply chain management software, logistics software, and cloud-based services for logistics businesses.

The company is becoming a giant in the tech industry with its visionary leadership and futuristic projects.

Its market cap of over 2.5 billion is evidence of just how big a player this giant is in the space, and should give investors confidence in its ability to take advantage of the coming developments in the technology market.

Kuuhubb Inc. (TSX: KUU.V): While its headquarter is in Helsinki, Finland, Kuuhubb operates in the U.S. and Asian market. This international company is active in the acquisition and development of lifestyle and video game applications. It looks for undervalued but proven applications and extracts long-term growth for its shareholders.

In the market of technological incubators, this is one of the companies to watch, using expertise to spot value in a market that has seen considerable growth in recent times. The recent drop in its stock price points to the possibility of it being oversold, a promising sign for potential investors.

Mogo Finance Technology Inc. (TSX: GO): The FinTech sector is one of the hottest sectors for investors right now, but finding the right company can be tough. Moho may well be one of those company, taking a new approach to unsecured credit. It provides loan management and the ability to track spending, stress-free mortgages and even credit score tracking. The online movement to assist users with finances is one of the fastest growing out there, and Mogo is one of the best in the space.

Its software analyzes clients financial habits instantly, reducing the notoriously arduous process of underwriting loans. The overhead for this company, as with many new FinTech companies in the space, is remarkably low, meaning more upside for investors and more liquidity for dealing with other issues.

Labelled as the Uber of finance, this stock may not have the most attractive story in the market, but there are undoubtedly profits to be made here.

EXFO Inc (TSX:EXFO): The long-term growth potential for this tech company is hard to argue with. It has come a long what since its inception in 1985, when it was producing testing products for optical networks. It has acquired and built products including 3G, LTE, IMS, and others.

Its new baseband unit offers operators a faster revenue stream and reduces cost, two advantages that can prove priceless in this competitive environment.

The telecom industry is undoubtedly a space to watch, and with product production and acquisition EXFO looks like a steady bet. With a steady growth over the last six months and a market cap of $239 million.

Power Financial Corp (TSX:PWF): Power Financial Corp is not new to the industry, having been founded in 1984 and creating a market cap of over $23 billion. This giant has the added bonus of providing investors with a nice dividend to hold the stock, giving shareholders financial upside while the company moves to take advantage of the latest opportunities in the space.

Power Financial Corp operates three segments: Pargesa Holding SA, Lifeco, and IGM. It is these holdings, which span the United States and Europe, that this giant grew its dominance in the financial services sector.

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BLOC has no assets except cash from a recently closed financing and this article is based on the business plan of BLOC which at this point is purely conceptual in nature. There is no assurance that the business plan will be implemented as set out herein, or at all.

Making cryptocurrency payments more convenient to use is a difficult task. Consumers often struggle to find platforms or shops accepting this form of payment. Store owners are not too convinced whether or not such payments offer them any benefits. Coinbase has come up with a solution which may resolve some of the concerns. Their new merchant service is very similar to PayPal and provides a lot of convenience.

The new Coinbase Commerce platform is pretty appealing for merchants. They can seamlessly integrate cryptocurrency payments on their online platform. In many ways, it seems tor example a PayPal checkout option, but for establishing cryptocurrencies. Payment options accepted include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. These are all the major currencies supported by Coinbase at this time. Moreover, this new solution no longer requires buyers to have an account with the cryptocurrency company either.

Coinbase Commerce is an Intriguing Solution

Making the whole ordeal of dealing with cryptocurrency more convenient is a smart decision. Coinbase is seemingly intent on rivaling BitPay when it comes to processing cryptocurrency payments. More competition among payment processors can only be considered to be a good thing. Not only will it give retailers more options, but it also makes it more convenient for customers to make purchases. No longer needing a Coinbase account is definitely a step in the right direction.

For now, the new Commerce service is not open to new signups. This seems to indicate a version of the platform was either leaked or simply demoed to the public. Some merchants are apparently using this new service as we speak, which is rather interesting. It is possible this is all part of a private beta test, but the company remains rather quiet on that front. With its seamless integration, this Commerce option will certainly prove to be enticing to e-commerce players.

What is rather interesting is which coins as prioritized. Rather than using an alphabetical order, Coinbase Commerce lists Ethereum as the first option. It is a bit unclear why that is the case, but it may be subject to change. Even so, the checkout process for all four currencies appears to be identical and very convenient. Payments can be made by copying the wallet address or scanning a QR code. Whether or not this solution can compete with PayPal, is a different matter, though. Credit cards are still far more convenient and commonly used than cryptocurrencies.

Want to earn a little extra money on the side, without compromising your current schedule? Ditch-it, a new app is here to help you get started quickly, and that too without many of the startup costs generally associated with traditional businesses.

Ditch-It is a decentralized local mobile marketplace on the blockchain that enables users to locally buy and sell the things they love for Electroneum cryptocurrency. The platform, to encourage individuals and businesses to have alternative sources of revenue is now running its crowdsale campaign. (ICO)

What is Ditch-It?

The platform aims to decentralize the buying and selling process, creating a strong channel for people to buy and sell goods from one another. By supporting a broad range of cryptocurrencies, the platform has made it incredibly easier for the users to earn cryptocurrency by selling their used stuff. Users can search for the desired goods based on location, find secondhand products and goods as well as services instantly via this crypto classified ad platform.

High Security & Privacy

The platform offers encrypted communication between the users, ensuring maximum privacy and security. The platform rewards the buyers with “crypto-back” bonus. It allows the users to post their ads, promote them using DICH Tokens and post videos of their goods or services.

About the ICO

The Ditch-It ICO has created quite the buzz in the world of digital currencies as investors flock to the best ICO’s hoping to cash in on the ground floor and pave the way for their retirement. Analysts have been predicting that this ICO may be among the top ICO’s of the year because of the exponential growth of the Ditch-It user base as well as company expansion.

The Ditch-it platform is a novel approach to bring classified ads to the blockchain and benefits from the added advantage of biometric facial recognition security features. Historically, it has been difficult for internet-based platforms to create a currency more convenient than fiat cash as a medium of exchange during secondhand goods sales, the added security and transparency provided by Ditch-it have impressively resolved the challenge.

To learn more about this ICO or purchasing tokens for investment purposes, visit their official website at http://www.ditchit.io

A lot of things are happening behind the scenes of Ethereum. While the scaling issues are being sorted, there is another project worth keeping an eye on. Introducing two new identity standards on top of this ecosystem will be a big challenge. Even though ERC20 is a standard associated with digital data, it seems separate identity standards will be introduced. Known as ERC725 and ERC735, these proposals are well worth keeping an eye on.

Blockchain technology is about so much more than financial transactions. Recording transaction data has become second nature when distributed ledgers are the talking point. In the case of Ethereum, the ecosystem has always been about so much more than just doing the same as Bitcoin. More specifically, we may very well see identity standards be introduced in the near future. Two of such standards are currently in development by Fabian Vogelsteller, the creator of the Mist browser.

Two Possible Identity Standards

There is a growing need for digital identity solutions as we speak. Using the blockchain will make a lot of sense in this regard. It is evident Ethereum is in a prime position to offer such innovative solutions. Real world applications will benefit from such a digital solution as well. Most current systems are inadequate and are not exactly immune to hacking either. With a blockchain-based system, the central point of failure is removed automatically.

For now, it remains to be seen how these identity standards will pan out. One option is to introduce formal verification proofs for ERC735. Additionally, ERC725 may not see any official use cases in the near future, as it is not designed for that purpose. Using zero-knowledge proof contains is something Vogelsteller is actively considering right now. As such, the container can validate inputs without revealing any of the data itself to the public. It’s a mix of public and private verification rolled into one.

If Ethereum can offer identity and ID management, things will get very interesting. So far, no other project comes close to realizing such an ordeal in a convenient manner. It will also help address money laundering concerns associated with cryptocurrency in general. This doesn’t mean everyone will see the merit of such a solution, though. For now, we will have to wait and see if and when Ethereum’s identity standards comes to fruition. A lot of work has yet to be conducted as we speak.