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IBM-Maersk blockchain alliance cuts oceanic shipping times by 40%

Did you just get a TV from Tokyo or flowers from France? Blockchain, that potentially disruptive but much-derided technology, might have helped deliver the goods.<p>A blockchain-based IBM partnership with global shipping colossus Maersk has now expanded to include 94 partners, Big Blue said Thursday. …

Blockchain

Your Amazon orders could be counterfeits 🤐

It feels like evvveryone is hopping on the Amazon train. With one-hour delivery, massive Whole Foods discounts, and...

Whole Foods

Overstock is making a push into real estate

Online retailer Overstock recently hitched its wagon to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. And now the company is hoping to cash in on another volatile market: real estate.<p>Overstock announced Monday that it is relaunching Houserie, a real estate property management site it bought in February. The …

Real Estate

Chinese City of Nanjing Launches $1.5 Billion Fund for Local Blockchain Projects

Nanjing, the capital of China's Jiangsu province, has launched a $1.48 billion blockchain investment fund to promote public blockchain …

China

Malta wants to become 'Blockchain Island'

The small European island of Malta is becoming a blockchain hub.<p>Striving to turn the Mediterranean nation into "Blockchain Island," the government is opening its doors to blockchain and other so-called distributed ledger technologies.<p>These technologies allow transactions to quickly be carried out …

Blockchain

Inside a Swiss blockchain factory

The leafy district of Rüschlikon on the outskirts of Zurich is home to many of the city’s well-heeled residents. It is also where researchers at an …

Blockchain

Pharma Scandal Prompts Calls to Put Vaccine Data on a Blockchain

A scandal around the fraudulent actions of a vaccine manufacturer in China has sparking a heated debate over the last week – and now the Chinese …

Blockchain

Entrepreneur Building A Blockchain For Impact Measurement

<i>You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes or Google Play.</i><p>It is only a slight exaggeration to say that impact measurement is something of a holy grail for impact investors with an impact first approach. Shaun Conway and the Ixo team are building a new blockchain and tokens to be …

Blockchain

Google wants to bring blockchain technology to its cloud services

Today, Google announced a partnership with the New York-based startup Digital Asset, which makes tools to build blockchain-based apps. The partnership adds to one Google already has with BlockApps, another startup that helps people make decentralized apps, which announced the collaboration last …

Blockchain

A struggling smartphone maker's expansion to blockchain tech is 'baffling' to some

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is turning to the blockchain as the company tries to breathe new life into its flagging business.<p>But some analysts are …

Mobile

Blockchain: 6 great non-cryptocurrency uses

Blockchain is well-known for being Bitcoin's underlying technology, but many believe blockchain has the power to radically transform whole …

Blockchain

On Amazon, Fake Products Plague Smaller Brands

Counterfeiters hijack companies’ own listings with low-quality products and cut-rate prices<p>Amazon.com Inc. has made it easy for small brands to sell their products to large numbers of customers, but that has also enabled some counterfeiters to cut into their business.<p>Sassa Akervall gets much of the …

eCommerce

Burberry Burned $37 Million Worth of Products to Protect Its Brand

British luxury fashion brand Burberry has allegedly burned more than £28.6 million (more than $37.6 million) of its merchandise in the past year in …

Luxury Lifestyle

How the sale of stolen antiquities funds organized crime

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the early hours of July 4, more than 250 police officers simultaneously searched 40 buildings in Italy, Germany, England and Spain. The raids followed a four-year investigation by Italy's Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Anti-Counterfeiting , the world's …

Microsoft launches ambitious blockchain project to help creators get paid

It seems that Microsoft isn’t done experimenting with blockchain technology.<p>Microsoft and Ernst & Young (EY) announced the launch of a blockchain solution for content rights and royalties management on Wednesday.<p>The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners. …

Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized

HONG KONG — Xue Qiulian has been a die-hard fan of Argentina’s national soccer team since his junior high school days in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese megacity. But his dream of seeing the team play live was always out of reach — until this year, when he could finally afford to attend the World …

Counterfeit spirits and wine costs European countries €2.7 billion each year

Counterfeit spirits and wine cost the European economy €2.7 billion a year, a new report has revealed. In the UK alone, fraud in the sector cost €249 …

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Chinese Customs Seizes Huge Amounts of Counterfeit FIFA Merchandise

Among the counterfeit products impounded by customs officers are soccer balls, jerseys and shirts, China Daily reported.<p>© REUTERS / Brendan …

Toxic and untaxed: perils of global trade in bootleg liquor exposed

Up to half of all alcoholic drinks consumed in Africa and Latin America are illicit, often with fatal consequences<p>Up to half of all alcoholic drinks consumed in countries across Africa and Latin America are illicit – more than double previous estimates – according to new analysis.<p>Methanol, mortuary …

Fake Fortnite for Android apps are appearing online - whatever you do, DON'T download them

It’s one of the most popular games on the App Store, with a version expected to drop for Android ‘this summer.’<p>But ahead of the Android launch, …

No Bull: Chinese Brand Creates Knockoff Lamborghini Urus

Huansu Auto's X-Series will go on sale in China in just a few days.<p>The Lamborghini Urus is a 650-horsepower (484-kilowatt) supercar disguised as an …

Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It

Ari Walker had been working in the wine business for a few months when the dreams started. He didn’t know much about wine; he’d left college and …

Wine

‘20% of all wine in the world is fake’ – this expert’s guide will save you a fortune

Last month we placed the fake wines coming out of China under the microscope, asking our followers if they could spot the two fakes from the real …

25 people hospitalized in New York from what police suspect was synthetic marijuana

<b>(CNN) —</b> Twenty-five people have been hospitalized in the same area of Brooklyn after having negative reactions from what's believed to be synthetic marijuana known as K2, according to Lt. Paul Ng with the New York Police Department.<p>There have been no fatalities, Ng said Saturday night. According to …

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Microsoft responds to e-waste recycler’s jail sentence: ‘he was counterfeiting Windows software’

The company feels its role has been ‘misrepresented’<p>In response to stories about the 15-month jail sentence given to Eric Lundgren, Microsoft has written a strident blog post detailing its perspective on the case. The post, titled “The facts about a recent counterfeiting case brought by the U.S. …

DeBeers rolls out app to clean up Sierra Leone diamond supply chain

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global diamond giant De Beers is rolling out an app to help small-scale, artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone certify that gems they pry from the soil are legal, the Anglo American unit said on Thursday.<p>The initiative is the latest attempt by the industry to clean up …

Buying a Watch Online? This Site Will Make Sure It’s Not a Counterfeit

Buying a pre-owned watch on the Internet can be a little bit of a crapshoot. While there are a handful of reputable sites that rigorously test and …

How to Spot a Fake Rolex

Since 1905, Rolex SA has produced some of the finest and highest quality luxury timepieces the world has ever seen. Of course, if you’re reading …