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Cybersecurity is now a boardroom issue

The past year-and-a-half has been an inflection point in cybersecurity with the battle against lack of awareness among businesses and the public sector largely being won, mainly following the two global ransomware attacks — WannaCry and NotPetya — according to Maninder Singh, corporate VP, cybersecurity services, HCL Technologies. Read the full story at https://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/hcl-and-cybersecurity/article26831242.ece SOURCE: […]

Verifying the food chain using blockchain

From egg suppliers to coffee houses, blockchain technology is being used by businesses in an innovative way, allowing shoppers and diners to check how their produce was sourced and transported. SOURCE: Reuters (4)

Are the fears being spread about 5G real? – Part 1

Image – Geographic distribution of 5G patents – courtesy Godfree Roberts Unz Review By Charles F. Moreira, Editor There are plenty of videos on You Tube and articles online by various people and organisations claiming that 5G (fifth-generation) cellular signal frequencies are dangerous to human health, that 5G technology belongs to China-based telecommunications equipment and […]

Cryptocurrency and Taxes: A Starter Guide

As the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin passes by, murky waters continue to cloud the crypto seascape. Skeptics, supporters and talking heads alike have tabled the same questions that arose when cryptocurrency cannonballed into the public discourse in 2009: How exactly does it work? How can we ensure its security? Which cryptocurrency might emerge as the dominant medium […]

Social media and 5G in focus at Mobile World Congress

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech-savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown. But, as Ivor Bennett reports, from Barcelona, it’s got plenty of competition from others at the Mobile World Congress. SOURCE: Reuters (3)

The socio-politics of crypto

Image: Blockchain illustrated – courtesy Simply Explained – Savjee You Tube channel By Charles F. Moreira, Editor Let me say upfront that I have stayed clear of the exuberance and hype over cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and the over 2,000 others called “altcoins” currently listed on CoinMarketCap.com and others listed on other sites. Also, I […]

BreadTalk founder on building an F&B powerhouse

George Quek, founder and chairman of the BreadTalk Group, reflects on how his days in the army taught him “strength and resilience” to overcome hardships. SOURCE: CNBC (6)

Power Ledger & Sharing Energy announce partnership to evolve renewable energy in Japan

Power Ledger announced a partnership to drive renewable energy trading in Japan alongside Sharing Energy Co. Ltd. Sharing Energy is a provider in the installation and provision of solar energy. Power Ledger’s blockchain-powered platform will allow Sharing Energy to track renewable energy consumption from 100 pre-identified Sharing customers across Kansai, Chubu and Kyushu regions. The […]

RippleNet surpasses 200 customers worldwide

Ripple, provider of leading enterprise blockchain solutions for payments, announced that 13 new financial institutions have signed up for the company’s payment network, RippleNet. The companies include Euro Exim Bank, SendFriend, JNFX, FTCS, Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Transpaygo, BFC Bahrain, ConnectPay, GMT, WorldCom Finance, Olympia Trust Company, Pontual/USEND and Rendimento. With these additions, there are […]

Here’s what nine cryptocurrency experts say to expect in 2019

The crypto craze started off 2018 with a bang, but 12 months later, bitcoin prices have sunk to below $4,000. Can bitcoin and other digital currencies mount a comeback in 2019? Here’s what nine experts say to expect from digital currencies in 2019. SOURCE: CNBC The crypto craze ended 2018 with a whimper — Here’s […]

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