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Aws Blockchain Partners Portal: An Amazon About Face?

Aws Blockchain Partners Portal: An Amazon About Face?

In the past, you would work on a Word document, and while you were editing it, others in your company were unable to access the document for editing. Then came Google Docs, and the ability to edit documents in real time with multiple people. The same situation applied to databases for applications and software programs. While a program or person was editing one part of the database, it would lock everyone else out of accessing and editing the same data. The creation of blockchain technology has done something similar to the creation of Google Docs. Through blockchain technology, data exists as a shared and continually reconciled database. The blockchain database isnt stored in any single location and is hosted by millions of computers simultaneously. According to AWS , Blockchain is the application of a technology in which a list of records, or blocks, are cryptographically linked to one another via timestamps and other attributes. Blockchains are resistant to data modification since the alteration of one block requires consensus across the recorded chain or ledger. Although blockchain was originallycreated for use with Bitcoin, the technology is now being used in many new ways. Since the technology is built on a system of checks and balances, its use in the financial sector makes the most sense, but other industries are now also seeing the benefits. From healthcare to supply chain management to security, the technology is paving the way for a new version of the internet. This week AWS announced theAWS Blockchain Partners Portal. This move is an effort tosupports customers integration of blockchain solutions with systems built on Amazon Web Services. Some folks consider the announcement an about-face of sorts. During AWS re:Invent 2017 in November, AWS CEO Andy Jassy s Continue reading >>

Luxoft One Of Six Companies Collaborating With Amazon Web Services To Accelerate Blockchain Adoption

Luxoft One Of Six Companies Collaborating With Amazon Web Services To Accelerate Blockchain Adoption

Luxoft One of Six Companies Collaborating with Amazon Web Services to Accelerate Blockchain Adoption February 21, 2018 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time SEATTLE--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Luxoft Holding Inc (NYSE:LXFT), a global IT service provider, announces today that it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable corporates to adopt blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT). Luxoft is one of six IT and consulting services companies to make its blockchain advisory and development services available to AWS users. We are very excited to be working with AWS to help users engage with blockchain and DLTs, said Vasiliy Suvorov, Vice President of Technology Strategy at Luxoft . Blockchain is about removing data silos, improving trust and operational efficiencies. By using AWS to deploy and integrate DLTs into day-to-day processes, businesses can revolutionize how they operate. Luxoft helps accelerate the deployment and integration of blockchain and DLT-based projects on AWS and is already working on a number of DLT projects using the cloud. For example, Luxoft is building a healthcare claims processing system for a leading healthcare provider using DLT. By using AWS, which unifies tools and configurations while keeping data separate, Luxoft simplified the building of the network and accelerated its deployment as a result. Through Luxofts Digital Enterprise practice, both Luxoft and AWS can transform organizational processes by enabling companies to adopt a blockchain strategy that quickly and easily adds new participants to a projects ecosystem. This enables corporates to innovate new products and services, explore emerging decentralized business models and operate securely at a global scale - delivering improved business results. This is the second time Luxo Continue reading >>

Latest Industry: Blockchain, Amazon Music, Alexa, Viacom, Sony, Bmg, Pay Gaps

Latest Industry: Blockchain, Amazon Music, Alexa, Viacom, Sony, Bmg, Pay Gaps

Latest Industry: Blockchain, Amazon Music, Alexa, Viacom, Sony, BMG, Pay Gaps 89 artists have added their names to a petition urging Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act. If passed, the bipartisan legislation would require digital services to pay both rightsholders and artists for the use of recordings made before 1972. The number of artists now supporting the act totals 302. UK company Future Publishing has acquired US technology publisher NewBay Media for $13.8 million. NewBays B2B portfolio operates in verticals, including Electronics and Education, TV, and Audio. It also has a large consumer division in the Music vertical where it publishes magazines including Music Week, Bass Player, Guitar World and Electronic Musician. Alexa, bring some live radio into my Routine. Amazon has announced that people can now add music or live radio to Alexa Routines. Routines can include a specific artist, playlist, album, or station onstreaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Amazon Music has confirmed that it now has tens of millions of paid customers using its music streaming platforms. Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions alone have more than doubled in the past six months. Music VP Steve Boom attributes the explosive growth to Amazon Prime and its popular smart speakers. This solidifies the e-commerce giants position as the third-largest music streaming service, right behind Spotify and Apple Music. Unfair competition? Not Vimeos problem. A New York judge has found Vimeo not liable for unfair competition over unlicensed music. Universals Capitol Records employed a legal technicality to make the video platform liable for the use of unlicensed music. A noticeable pay gap for men and women at all 3 major labels. The three major labels have Continue reading >>

Ibm. Azure. Aws. Blockchain As A Service Market Booming - Business Insider

Ibm. Azure. Aws. Blockchain As A Service Market Booming - Business Insider

A vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. * Copyright 2018 Business Insider Inc. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our What is Blockchain Technology as a Service? Don & Alex Tapscott , authors of the Blockchain Revolution 2016, define the blockchain technology as an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions, but virtually everything of value. The blockchain is a ledger, or list, of all of a cryptocurrency's transactions, and is the technology underlying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As for blockchain technology itself, it has numerous applications, from banking to the Internet of Things. In the next few years, BI Intelligence , Business Insider's premium research service, expects companies to flesh out their blockchain IoT solutions. But a few companies have already released their blockchain technology as a service. IBM Blockchain empowers businesses to digitize transaction workflow through a highly secured, shared, and replicated ledger. It is a public cloud service that customers can use to construct secure blockchain networks. IBM Blockchain has joined The Hyperledger Project to evolve and improve upon earlier forms of the blockchain. IBM Blockchain Platform states itself as the only fully integrated enterprise-ready blockchain platform designed to accelerate the development, governance, and operation of multi-institution business networks. IBM claims their blockchain product is built in a highly auditable way to track all of the activity that happens within a network, which would give administrators an audit trail in the event something did go awry. Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) by Microsoft Azure claims to provide a r Continue reading >>

Global Apn Leader - Blockchain Job

Global Apn Leader - Blockchain Job

We're a company of pioneers. It's our job to make bold bets, and we get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers. Success is measured against the possible, not the probable. For today's pioneers, that's exactly why there's no place on Earth they'd rather build than Amazon. AWS is one of Amazon s fastest growing businesses, servicing millions of customers in more than 190 countries, reshaping the way global enterprises consume information technology and powering the developers who are building the next generation of global industry leaders. AWS customers include some of the most innovative startups like NetFlix, Pintrest, Spotify, airbnb, and Instagram as well as some of the largest global enterprises like Shell International, Unilever, Hitachi, Sharp, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Samsung. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for an experienced candidate to build and manage the strategic plan for our top partners focused on the Blockchain market segment globally. The role works with other Ecosystem leaders at AWS who are responsible for the overall partner strategy for segments like Financial Services and Healthcare, and includes aligning go to market plans with our top consulting and technology partners in those segments along with supporting programs that are focused on driving demand for Blockchain solutions running on AWS. As a senior leader on the global partner team, you will have the opportunity to dramatically accelerate adoption of AWS by owning the partner strategy and execution of our Blockchain segment. This role has global responsibility and will work closely with AWS product teams, partner development managers, solution architects, professional services, and our sales teams. AWS customers are developing some of the most exciting and innovative new bus Continue reading >>

Poll Shows People Want An Amazon Cryptocurrency, Starbucks Hints Of A Blockchain App

Poll Shows People Want An Amazon Cryptocurrency, Starbucks Hints Of A Blockchain App

Poll Shows People Want An Amazon Cryptocurrency, Starbucks Hints Of A Blockchain App A poll has shown that people would respond favorably to the creation of an Amazon digital currency, while Starbucks hinted at launching its own Blockchain-based app. Online retailer Amazon this week received feedback that its hypothetical creation of an Amazon Coin would be positively received, while Starbucks , another large traditional consumer company, spoke of plans to use Blockchain on the Starbucks app, also hinting of the possibility of creating their own currency for the apps use. A little over half of 1000 respondents who used Amazon in the last month have indicated that they would use the online retailers cryptocurrency in the case that Amazon ever branched out into creating the provisionally dubbed Amazon Coin, a Feb. 27 survey by LendEDU shows. LendEDU also asked the same respondents if they would use a bank account created by Amazon as their primary account -- 44.50 percent said yes -- or if they would use an Amazon savings account -- 49.6 percent said they would. In total, the survey asked 17 questions about the respondents views on possible expansions of Amazon beyond online retail, like involvement in pharmaceuticals, mortgage lending, life insurance, and more. In answer to the general question of whether these respondents trust Amazon to handle their finances more than a traditional bank, a combined around 61 percent said that they either trust Amazon more than or the same as traditional banks. While Amazon has not announced any plans to create their own digital currency, they have ventured into the Blockchain technologies that are behind most cryptocurrencies. In December of last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) signed a deal with R3 to use their Blockchain-based Corda Continue reading >>

Next Level For Cryptocurrencies: When Will Amazon Accept Bitcoin Payments?

Next Level For Cryptocurrencies: When Will Amazon Accept Bitcoin Payments?

Next Level for Cryptocurrencies: When Will Amazon Accept Bitcoin Payments? Join our community of 10 000 traders on Hacked.com for just $39 per month. Experts agree that the future of cryptocurrencies will critically depend on whether they are accepted as a regular payment from leading online retailers. The signs for that are not bad. For all the euphoria that cryptocurrencies have triggered in recent months, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Co. have not yet arrived in the so-called real economy. Aside from some (sometimes shady) online retailers and some less permanent shops, cryptocurrencies are not accepted as a means of payment. This is completely understandable if you look at the problems that cryptocurrencies would make today for a giant in the industry like Amazon. There is enormous volatility. Fluctuations of 20 30 percent have not been rare recently. The adoption would, therefore, involve a considerable risk for the retailer. Well, in the era of exchange-traded Bitcoin futures, hedging via the futures market would be possible. But it would be connected with transaction costs, which would increase the already high fees for Bitcoin. But another point is actually much more important: the transaction speed. The Bitcoin Blockchain currently allows just seven transactions per second. For Ethereum, this value is about twice as high. Amazon reported 600 transactions per second last year at its peak. Even if only a small proportion of Amazon customers would pay with Bitcoin or Ethereum (and no other Bitcoin transactions would take place worldwide), the current state of the art would quickly lead to unreasonable waiting times. But the masterminds of cryptocurrencies tell us that these are just teething troubles that will be resolved in the foreseeable future. Either through Continue reading >>

All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

By Werner Vogels on 31 October 2019 10:00 AM PDT | Comments ( Today, I am happy to announce our plans to open a new AWS Region in Spain in late 2022 or early 2023! I'm excited by the opportunities the availability of hyper scale infrastructure will bring to Spanish organizations of all sizes. When the AWS Europe (Spain) Region is launched, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations will be able to run their applications and serve end users across the region from data centers located in Spain. Currently, AWS provides 69 Availability Zones across 22 infrastructure regions worldwide, with announced plans for thirteen more Availability Zones and four more Regions in Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and Spain in the next few years. The new AWS Europe (Spain)Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) at launch, and will be AWS's seventh region in Europe, joining existing regions in Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Stockholm, and the upcoming Milan region launching in early 2020. AZs refer to data centers in separate distinct locations within a single Region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other AZs, with independent power, cooling, physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. AWS customers focused on running highly available applications can architect their applications to run in multiple AZs to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. Today is another milestone for us in Spain. This Region adds to other investments we have been making, over the past years, to provide customers with advanced and secure cloud technologies. By Werner Vogels on 16 October 2019 10:00 AM PDT | Comments ( There are places so remote, so harsh that humans can't safely explore them (for example Continue reading >>

This Is Why Amazon, Google Haven't Launched Their Own Cryptocurrencies

This Is Why Amazon, Google Haven't Launched Their Own Cryptocurrencies

Home Cryptocurrency Why Amazon, Google Havent Launched Their Own Cryptocurrencies Yet Why Amazon, Google Haven't Launched Their Own Cryptocurrencies Yet Palwasha Saaim B.Sc Profit Confidential 2018-03-13T10:44:30Z 2018-03-13 10:44:55 amazon cryptocurrency google cryptocurrency technology companies blockchain amazon blockchain amazon coin google blockchain bill gates on cryptocurrencies jamie dimon on bitcoin will amazon create cryptocurrency Despite the growing success of blockchain, technology giants like Amazon and Google have so far avoided creating their own cryptocurrencies. We divulge the three possible reasons that may be influencing their decision. Cryptocurrency [caption id="attachment_123321" align="alignleft" width="300"] Three Reasons Why Tech Giants Steer Clear of Cryptos If Bitcoins blockchain technology really is as disruptive as its purported to be, then why arent bigwigs like Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Googlelaunching their own cryptocurrencies? Its a question we mull over often. After all, for companies like Amazon, which already have a digital currency in circulation (hint: Amazon Coin), creating a cryptocurrency should make all the more sense.But its not that simple, you see. There are at least three reasons that may help explain why these technology behemoths have so far steered clear of cryptos.The first and the most obvious reason is that creating a cryptocurrency doesnt make economic sense. Try to be in their shoes to understand this concept.Corporations like Google and Amazon have a primary motive behind furthering any technology they createthat is, to make money off it.On the contrary, blockchain is built on a non-profit concept. The underlying idea is to decentralize power, to uphold anonymity, to take control out of the hands of the Continue reading >>

Amazon And Starbucks Interested In Cryptocurrency And Blockchain

Amazon And Starbucks Interested In Cryptocurrency And Blockchain

Amazon and Starbucks Interested in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain The past week was pretty major for both the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector. Why? Because two big-league companies (Amazon and Starbucks) hinted at incorporating either a virtual currency or blockchain technology into their corporate models. Will Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Create an Amazon Cryptocurrency? On February 27, LendEDU conducted a study which asked 1000 Amazon customers if they would be open to using an Amazon virtual currency in case the Seattle, Washington-based company decided to branch out into creating what has been dubbed the Amazon Coin. More than half of the respondents indicated that they would use an Amazon cryptocurrency. The survey also asked respondents to indicatehow they feel about Amazon possibly expanding their business into other sectors, such as life insurance, mortgage lending, and more. However, the cryptocurrency question took the cake. Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Caught the Blockchain Feels Now we all know that Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Shultz is interested in cryptocurrency, with one exception: he doesnt like bitcoin. I suppose this is fair, considering bitcoins volatility. However, now we know that Shultz is seriously considering integrating blockchain technology into Starbucks business plan going forward. During a Fox Business interview this week, Shultz stated that he sees blockchain technology as something that the Seattle, Washington-based company (is Seattle becoming a crypto and blockchain hub?) will use in the near-future. He then went on to drop hints about a potential blockchain mobile application. Cool, right? It makes sense that these two major U.S. companies are thinking about moving into these industries. After all, they have taken the world by storm la Continue reading >>

Don Tapscott: Ten 2018 Predictions From The Co-founder Of The Blockchain Research Institute Quartz

Don Tapscott: Ten 2018 Predictions From The Co-founder Of The Blockchain Research Institute Quartz

A year ago, Alex Tapscott (my co-author of Blockchain Revolution) and I made some predictions for 2017. At the end of the year we compared those predictions to what had actually occurred. Overall they stood up well. Notably we said: Bitcoin will hit $2,000 (thats right: one bitcoin will be worth $2,000). Ethereum will not collapse, post-DAO, but will become a dominant platform for new apps and new business models. We were ridiculed by some for forecasting that bitcoin would nearly triple in value. You guys are nuts, was a popular tweet. Of course, only in the wild world of cryptocurrencies can you set a one-year price target implying a near 200% return, and miss the mark by a factor of nearly 10! As for ethereum, the fork happened and ethereum kept on chugging away, became the de-facto platform for the ICO ( initial coin offering ) boom that launched a thousand Dapps (distributed applications), from distributed file storage and prediction markets to collectible kittens. 2017 was a year when cryptocurrency markets dominated the public imagination. While some of us grew excited by the explosion of new applications, platforms and technologies being launched, many others were simply happy to ride the wave of higher prices. Indeed, the value of these assets grew from $15 billion to $500 billion, one of the great bull markets of our time. Is this justified? Valuations today reflect tomorrows valueand tomorrows value could be significant and revolutionary. So, taking the market as a whole as the best representation for the future value of blockchain technology, todays value could be argued to be conservative. However, its hard to look at the dizzying price escalation of virtually every cryptoasset, and the euphoria driving the market ever higher, and not feel some vertigo-ind Continue reading >>

Deloitte Aws Relationship | Deloitte Us

Deloitte Aws Relationship | Deloitte Us

Deloitte alongwith Amazon Web Services brings a holistic approach to our clients' business model and infrastructure transformation that doesn't just look at the technology, but the strategic planning and execution needed across compliance, governance, data, cyber risk, and analytics. We also consider the perspective of the C-suite and the board, addressing issues to help our clients be effective at all levels in the organization. Deloitte has built a dynamic and deep range of professional services to assist our clients with business transformation and IT transformation that takes advantage of the AWS cloud and its ecosystem of technology vendors that run their products on AWS. Deloitte's professional services include Cloud Strategy & Readiness, Cloud Package Implementation, Cloud Custom Implementation, Cloud Migration, Cloud Managed Services, and Deloitte Cloud products. Deloitte is a member of the Amazon Partner Network (APN) providing specialization in a host of AWS solutions. Commercial and public sector customers around the world have leveraged Deloitte's capabilities to help transform their business and unlock the potential of the AWS cloud. Smart cities and the journey to the cloud Imagine a city where interconnected technology works to improve public safety, transportation, energy efficiency, economic development and operating expenses.But you dont have to imagine it: in cities such as Singapore, London and San Francisco, smart technology is already solving problems. With its ability to track everything from cleanliness to traffic, the digital infrastructure of smart cities can create safer, healthier, more informed communities while generating data of tremendous value to the public and private sectors. "Smart city" is a term with varied implications. But the un Continue reading >>

Big Techs Growing Interest In Blockchain

Big Techs Growing Interest In Blockchain

Author of #digitaldiplomacy (2015), Twitter for Diplomats (2013). Now at @ItalyinUS. Ex @UN @ItalyUN_NY. My views here on @Medium, on @HuffingtonPost and more. Big Techs growing interest in blockchain Google, Amazon, Facebook, Square And the list is growing. It seems that everyone wants a seat at thetable. Like many new technologies, we have individuals in various teams exploring potential uses of blockchain but its way too early for us to speculate about any possible uses or plans, a Google spokesman recently told Bloomberg . Already back in 2016, Google Cloud joined Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM to test blockchain services beyond cryptocurrencies and onboard bank clients on its cloud, offering services like clearing and settlement. Now, the company is exploring much more expansive ways to deploy this much talked-about technology. According to Bloomberg, among tech giants, IBM and Microsoft have so far led the charge in offering blockchain-related tools and letting companies tinker with digital ledgers using their cloud services. Two other Big Tech companies, Amazon and Facebook are also experimenting with blockchain. The first helps companies build blockchain applications, while the second, according to founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is looking at cryptocurrencies, encryption, and other decentralized computing approaches. When it comes to Google, one of the goals is exactly to hedge off competition not only from big players that have already been testing blockchain for years, but also from emerging startups that are now crowding the space. Google is developing its own distributed digital ledger that third parties can use to post and verify transactions, Bloomberg reports. Although the timing of any product release is unclear, the company plans to offer this to differe Continue reading >>

This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turkon The Blockchain

This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turkon The Blockchain

This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turkon the Blockchain This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turkon the Blockchain This Startup Is Challenging Mechanical Turkon the Blockchain The promise of the gig economythat it would empower workers to be their own bosses, liberate them from tyrannical office culture, and let creative types chase their dreams while maintaining a side hustleis wearing thin. On-demand startups like Uber and Postmates have spawned countless lawsuits from workers claiming theyve been misclassified and underpaid, while platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk have become infamous for pocketing 20 percent fees on microtasks that pay an average wage of $2 per hour. Now, two entrepreneurial brothers think they can rehabilitate a corner of the gig economy with blockchain technology and theyve just raised just over $60 million to do so. Gems is the brainchild of Rory and Kieran OReilly, brothers who dropped out of Harvard in 2014 to cofound gifs.com and soon found themselves under the tutelage of the Thiel Fellowship. Their ambitious mission to challenge Mechanical Turk might stand a chance: Crowdwork, in which tens of thousands of workers clean data, train AI, and moderate online content for notoriously little pay , is ripe for disruption. Gems has attracted a fair amount of buzz, including a 45,000-person Telegram chat group, plus help from big-name advisers such as Twitter cofounder Biz Stone and Recaptcha cofounder Ben Maurer. Its also earned the support of some 350 Facebook, Google, and Apple employees, who banded together to contribute about $1.2 million to the recent funding through an initial coin offering, alongside investors like Pantera Capital and Alphacoin Fund. But for Gems to succeed, it will need to inspire the people and companies farming Continue reading >>

Op Ed: Could An Amazon Token Become A Viable Worldwide Cryptocurrency?

Op Ed: Could An Amazon Token Become A Viable Worldwide Cryptocurrency?

Op Ed: Could an Amazon Token Become a Viable Worldwide Cryptocurrency? Op Ed: Could an Amazon Token Become a Viable Worldwide Cryptocurrency? Op Ed: Could an Amazon Token Become a Viable Worldwide Cryptocurrency? Combining the benefits of a utility-based cryptocurrency and a company that exhibits the characteristics of a power law network creates the perfect opportunity for a globally adopted cryptocurrency the Amazon Token. In this hypothetical futuristic scenario, Amazon extends on the suite of products and services it provides customers in 2018 including: online shopping, physical grocery, web services, artificial intelligence, internet of things, video and music streaming, healthcare (in development) and banking (small business loans). For reference, Amazon ships to 100 countries and has separate retail websites for 15 countries. In the United States alone, 55 percent of online shoppers begin their searches on Amazon and over 80 million shoppers subscribe to Amazon Prime. In the future, the customer-obsessed, low-priced Amazon economy could expand into all industries and become self-sufficient. In other words, Amazon will be selling everything to everybody in the best and cheapest way possible. In this hypothetical scenario, instead of 15 individual Amazon marketplaces scattered across the world operating in country-specific currencies, imagine a global Amazon e-commerce store with a single sign-on, billions of unique ASIN s, and the Amazon Token as a single payment method. In a recent study by LendEDU, 52 percent of 1,000 Amazon customers surveyed responded that they would use an Amazon-created cryptocurrency to make purchases on the Amazon website. So, what might the Amazon token look like? Amazons Past Attempt at Tokenization: Amazon Coin In 2013, Amazon release Continue reading >>

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