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twitter-sept05.jpg Twitter temporarily turned off the facility to tweet via text messages, saying that the move is intended to protect people's accounts. The company's decision comes just days after the feature was misused by a group to hack Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account on the social network. Twitter has plans to reactivate this option in markets that depend on text messages for reliable communication soon.

yang-modernvoting-090419.jpg 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang advocates modernization of voting by using blockchain technology, according to his campaign website. He says there is no reason why one should still be waiting in line at polling stations to cast votes considering the technological advancement.

tefood-migros-090319.jpg Swiss supermarket chain Migros implemented blockchain-powered food traceability for its fresh fruits and vegetables supply chains to enable quicker distribution and reduced food waste. The Supply chain optimization is also part of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) initiatives for the next years.

thinkthailand2-083019.jpg The Customs Department of Thailand is set to join the blockchain-enabled shipping platform TradeLens to track shipments at Thai ports. The solution is jointly developed by Danish transport and logistics giant Maersk and IBM by applying blockchain to the world's global supply chain. On the TradeLens blockchain network, the Thai Customs Department is expected to operate a blockchain node.

pnc-ripplenet-082919.jpg U.S.-based PNC Bank has perhaps become the first American bank to start using Ripple's enterprise blockchain network RippleNet for faster and secure processing of inward real-time cross-border remittances for its commercial clients of PNC Treasury Management, according to report in FintechFutures. PNC, the ninth largest U.S. bank by assets, had joined the RippleNet network in September 2018.

tesla-aug29.jpg Tesla Inc. has launched a car insurance offering, which the company claims will offer owners of its electric vehicles up to 30 percent lower rates in some cases. CEO Elon Musk had announced in April the company's plans to launch an insurance product. The new program, called Tesla Insurance, will initially be available only to customers in California.

siriaudio-aug29.jpg Apple Inc. apologized for allowing contractors to listen to users' recorded conversations with its digital assistant Siri, and said it will no longer retain audio recordings of users' interactions with Siri. The move comes after the tech giant was accused of violating users' privacy by allowing the practice even as it has maintained that privacy is a fundamental human right.

spacex-aug28.jpg SpaceX's next-generation rocket made its second and final test flight on Tuesday from the company's Boca Chica test facility in Texas. The second test flight of Starhopper - the prototype of a reusable space vehicle for SpaceX's ambitious Starship project was its highest and longest flight yet. The launch was initially scheduled for Monday, but was canceled just before lift-off.

google-aug28.jpg Google said it is shutting down its "Hire by Google" job application tracking system in September 2020, with the announcement coming just two years after the product was launched.

smartspeaker-aug27.jpg China's Baidu.com Inc. has overtaken Google to become the world's second biggest smart speaker vendor, according to the latest analysis from research firm Canalys. Google occupied the top position in the year-ago period. The data also showed that the global smart speaker market grew 55.4 percent in the second quarter of 2019 to reach 26.1 million units.

asx-blockchain-082719.jpg The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) confirmed its intention to use blockchain in its operations in Australia and New Zealand after teaming up with New York-based blockchain developer Digital Asset and cloud computing provider VMware. On the strength of the deal, the ASX will develop a DLT-based system to replace the exchanges 25-year old Clearing House Electronic Subregister (CHESS) system.

standardbank-082619.jpg South Africa's Standard Bank Group joined the Marco Polo trade finance network to use the platform's distributed ledger technology (DLT) to enhance transparency and efficiency in trade financing and optimize working capital. It is the first member of the African continent and South African bank to join the platform.

spacex-aug26.jpg Residents of a village near the Space X-operated launch site have been asked to leave their homes ahead of the launch of an experimental rocket on Monday, the Brownsville Herald reported. According to the report, Cameron County's Office of Emergency Management warned residents of the Boca Chica Village in Texas to leave as a malfunctioning of the rocket could shatter the glass in buildings nearby.

powerledger2-082319.jpg Australian blockchain-powered energy trading company Power Ledger will conduct a trial for letting households in Fremantle, Western Australia to set their own electricity prices to be traded with neighbours who do not have solar. The renewable energy marketplace, created by Power Ledger's platform, will enable Fremantle residents to set their own prices and trade solar energy generated by them.

projectbondi2-082119.jpg The World Bank said it raised an additional A$50 million or about $34 million by issuing the second tranche of its Australian dollar-denominated blockchain bond called Kangaroo bond or bond-I, due August 2020. The bond-I tap issue is managed by by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), RBC Capital Markets (RBC) and TD Securities (TD).

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