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Alibaba integrates blockchain into intellectual property system
Alibaba has built a new intellectual property system on blockchain. It will upgrade the filing of intellectual property rights by using distributed ledger technology. The Chinese ecommerce giant plans to roll the technology out by September. Alibaba, which has filed 262 blockchain patents, also plans to implement the technology for cross-border supply chains.
Cloud company Options announces partnership with Darktrace
Cloud management services firm Options has partnership with Darktrace, the an AI company for cyber defence. The new partnership will optimise keys aspects of the firm’s data analytics and threat detection capabilities in tandem with the deployment of Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System solution. Darktrace will enhance security capabilities across Options’ performance-sensitive operations.
Standard Chartered and IBM launch Trade AI Engine
Standard Chartered has officially launched the Trade AI Engine, a joint solution developed in partnership with IBM . It has been designed to enhance the client experience in trade document processing through increased operational efficiency and strengthened operational control. It is currently live in key markets across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with more markets to follow.
AT&T becomes first US mobile carrier to accept crypto payments
AT&T is now accepting cryptocurrency payments for phone bills. By using BitPay, it has become the first US mobile carrier to take such a step. BitPay, utilised by more than 20,000 businesses, converts cryptocurrencies to fiat currency. Last year, AT&T announced that it was building new blockchain solutions compatible with Microsoft Azure and IBM Blockchain.
Facebook to launch crypto next year, according to reports
Facebook is ready to launch its native cryptocurrency in 2020, according to new reports. Details of the social media giant's plans have slowly emerged over the last few months. Now the BBC is reporting that 'GlobalCoin' will in next year's first quarter. Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) is thought to have held related conversations with Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England.
IoT cyberattacks could cost the UK £1 billion each year, says study
Security has long been a concern when it comes to IoT. Now, with the proliferation of devices across the enterprise, a new study from Irdeto claims that IoT cyberattacks could cost the UK economy £1 billion every year. "Insecure IoT devices and companion apps are essentially low-hanging fruit for cyber criminals," said a spokesperson. Attacks cost UK businesses £244,000 on average last year.
Wipro builds blockchain-based payments system for Travacoin
Wipro has built a payments platform based on blockchain. It was commissioned by Travacoin, a digital payment system which enables airlines to refund and compensate passengers in a timely manner. Using blockchain technology, passengers will be notified of a delay or cancellation and refunded in a digital currency, which can then be used to immediately purchase other travel services.
AWS announces availability of AWS Ground Station
Amazon Web Services has announced the general availability of AWS Ground Station. AWS says the makes it easy and cost-effective for customers to control satellites from AWS and download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed global network of ground station antennas. Customers will pay-by-the-minute for antenna access time used.
IT professionals face looming backlog
IT professionals are facing a backlog in their workloads, according to new research conducted by OutSystems. At companies with 500 employees or more, 65% of IT professionals had 10 or more apps slated for delivery, compared to 42% in 2018. Of them, 15% have 100 or more apps in their pipeline, figures show. Across all companies, 39% said they had seen an improvement with their backlog.
SurveyMonkey opens European data centre in Dublin
SurveyMonkey has launched a European data centre in Dublin that will be available this month to new enterprise customers. The facility will allow SurveyMonkey to host data locally for customers located or doing business in the region. Migrations for existing enterprise customers are expected to take place later in 2019. A final migration for self-serve customers is planned for a later time.
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