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Blockchain’s Future: Major Giants Trying Blockchain in 2019 (Microsoft, IBM...)

Blockchain’s Future: Major Giants Trying Blockchain in 2019 (Microsoft, IBM...)
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Since blockchain renders a myriad of possibilities, not only ICOs and startups come up with new innovative services – top dogs also pay attention to the technology and search for ways to implement it. From finance companies to restaurants and transportation operators, many businesses understand the value of advanced tech and strive to reap benefits from it.

What companies are trying to adopt distributed ledger? Which problems does it help to solve? Let’s find out how leading companies will transform our future via the prism of blockchain tech.

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Benefits of distributed ledgers

Before we observe the ten leading companies utilizing blockchain technologies, we should understand exactly how it can benefit them.

  • Companies can use prepared tools and instruments to manage their clientele and build the infrastructure. There’s a simple verification process to check the authenticity of documents and participants, transparent fee structure, convenient and reliable data storage solutions, and lower cost of compliance reporting.

  • Managers enjoy simplified onboarding, easy access to clients, and quality verification.

  • Safe and secure account keeping becomes way easier. Thanks to a tamper-proof ledger of transfers in the system, they can be sure of 100% reliability of data and account.

  • Blockchain replaces anti-malware solutions and gate-keeping to prevent unauthorized access to all stored assets.

  • Voting and staking that are organized on blockchain allow reaching agreements and making mission-critical decisions. Tamper-proof voting allows for fair management of the system. This might be useful for all companies

  • The use of smart contracts also simplifies and automates a lot of tasks, and eliminates the issue of trust. They ensure data integrity and even help to save money on workforce.

  • Unlimited and unbounded storage of assets becomes possible thanks to distribution of data. It means there are no more risks of data loss/forgery.

  • Individual users can manage their data and financial assets, monetize their data, use smart contracts for P2P transactions, and make cryptocurrency installments and exchanges.

The list of advantages can go on and on. They depend on the sphere and organization using blockchain. Theoretically, any business, be that a small store or a large corporation, can find benefits in the decentralized ledger.

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Top 10 companies that have already adopted blockchain

These corporations have made tremendous steps on the way to implementation of distributed ledger. Here’s what they’ve already achieved.

Overstock

Overstock has been one of the greatest supporters of blockchain from the earliest starting point, giving clients the chance to buy anything on their site by paying with BTC. The organization sells home decorations, furniture, bedclothing, and numerous products that are closeout stock. The founder of the organization, P. Byrne, is a supporter of digital forms of money who has been known for his love of decentralized cash.

Mastercard

The company has documented more than 30 blockchain-connected patents, some of which are related to instant payments and guarantee records. This appears to infer that they are developing their own blockchain based payment system. Since BTC has been said to be troublesome for the payment process, Mastercard and Visa will rather find their private BTC replacements and even introduce their own cryptocurrencies.

Huawei Technologies

They utilize blockchains to reduce the vulnerability of their mobile business, e.g. eliminate the risk of frauds and tricks. Huawei asserted in their public statement that blockchain provides them with the whole gamut of opportunities to transform their business model and infrastructure through the tech layers which can improve data integrity and help them track how subscriber rights are protected.

FedEx

FedEx is one of the world's greatest transportation companies: its turnout is billions of dollars worth of freight each year. FedEx has now turned into the primary huge transportation goliath to leverage blockchain tech into their production network. Up until now, they are utilizing blockchains to track valuable parcels and are intending to apply the function to practically all of their shipments. Aside from that, they are likewise building up the blockchain-connected business standards for supply chain networks, setting themselves up as industry leaders.

Burger King Russia

 In Russia, you can buy a whopper for 1,700 WhopperCoins
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The well-known fast food chain has propelled its digital money token in Russia, called WhopperCoin. It’s now the part of their Waves app. Named after the brand's most popular burger, WhopperCoin is the key part of their endeavor at utilizing blockchain to control their rewards program. What's great about this methodology is that unlike usual reward systems, WhopperCoin tokens can be kept online, traded or even exchanged to other individuals utilizing the Waves app. Clients would get a WhopperCoin for each rouble spent. Afterward, a Whopper could be purchased for 1,700 WhopperCoins. This is a noteworthy move that can serve as an example for other rewards programs – from cinemas to airlines.

KIK

KIK is one of the greatest online chats with more than 300 mln customers. KIK closed its ICO in 2017 and has recently added the Kin cryptographic money to their app, which can be utilized to make payments to other users without fees. It’s possible thanks to their special network. KIK plans to introduce blockchain payments into the existing services to build a new economy based on their own token.

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Microsoft

Microsoft is another tech goliath that has been paying particular attention to blockchain since its origin. It started accepting BTC payments on its site in 2014 when nobody even knew about cryptographic forms of money. Microsoft has likewise verified approximately 40 licenses connected with the utilization of distributed ledger as means of payment and for secure keeping. Bill Gates and a few of his charitable decentralized organizations have introduced blockchain to improve the activities inside their association. Microsoft is likewise giving organizations and devs a chance to implement their own distributed ledgers in Microsoft Azure, the cloud infrastructure for creating, testing, conveying, and controlling applications.

Walmart

Walmart and nine other similar organizations have cooperated with IBM to make a Blockchain for tracking food transportation through its supply network. Relevant information will be obtained at each point, on each and every nourishment item. This project is used by the Food Trust Blockchain, group which incorporates Nestlé, Unilever, and a few others. These organizations have been teaming up with IBM on the activity since 2016 and started testing the tracking technology in August, a year ago. Using this innovation, they intend to improve the organizations' capacity to recognize issues connected with products recalls, to reduce the risks. Walmart seems to have joined the activity after the flare-up of salmonella in the production network a year ago.

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IBM

IBM is turning out to be one of the leaders in the digital money space by establishing the foundation of blockchain related services to customers. Thanks to the Hyperledger instrument, they allow the associations to create their own decentralized infrastructure and introduce smart contracts. They have just joined forces with certain organizations that manage logistics to boost productivity and lower expenses for them. The list of partners is a mile long and incorporates a lot of banks. With nourishment logistics as on account of Walmart, the objective is to make the supply network more secure and ensure the safety of food. Meanwhile, the banks have come to build up a blockchain trading platform.

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Bank of America

Bank of America has as of late filed for nine more blockchain related licenses, a sign that the bank is up to utilizing blockchains in its activities. Bank of America would like to utilize publicly available ledgers to boost the efficiency of transactions for shoppers and businesses. Together with the XRP token, the bank could spare billions of dollars consistently in international installments

Summary

All things considered, blockchain is such a significant technology it cannot stay unnoticed and be overestimated by large international companies. There are many ways it can benefit business – the spheres of application are close to unlimited. What we see is only the start: in some ten years, the technology is likely to be widely implemented in all spheres.

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Bitcoin in Danger as New Research Shows Google Has Achieved Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

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    Google's quantum computer is still too primitive to pose a threat for Bitcoin's cryptography, but things could escalate quickly

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According to a new research paper published in science journal Nature, Google's quantum computer is able to perform calculations in just three minutes. To put this into perspective, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 10,000 years to perform the same operation, which signifies a major tech milestone for the search behemoth. 

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Google achieves "quantum supremacy"

Back in September, the Financial Times reported that Google has managed to achieve "quantum supremacy," which means that its beast is able to perform calculations that would be impossible to pull off with any other computer. 

However, technology is still way too fragile for commercialization, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon. There is hardly any practical application for quantum computers, but they do have great potential for disrupting a lot of industries, such as finance and transportation.   

Considering that the Trump administration has funneled a whopping $1.2 bln into the development of quantum computing, it might stop being just a buzz word. 

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Will Google's quantum success affect Bitcoin

There is also one notable application for quantum computing -- hacking Bitcoin. The headlines about Google's super-powerful juggernaut has made many wonder whether Bitcoin, whose value derives from the immutability of its Blockchain, is in danger. 

However, ex-Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd reassured the confused crypto crowd that Google was nowhere near breaking the top coin's cryptography. On top of that, it's not even clear whether quantum computers could potentially be scalable enough for commercial use. 

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos also opined that Google's quantum breakthrough would have no impact on the orange coin. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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