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Blockchain ID Solution Aims to Tackle Spike in Delivery Fraud Amid Coronavirus Measures

Nuggets, a digital identity and payments platform, has developed a way to accept deliveries without needing a physical signature to combat a spike in fraud and chargebacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using biometrically verified contactless delivery technology secured with blockchain technology, the London-based firm wants to equip consumers with the means to provide verified proof …

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How Contact Tracing Can Be Effective While Guarding Privacy

Vipin Bharathan is chair of the Hyperledger Identity Working Group where he researches solutions for privacy in public settings. As the nCovid-19 virus has spread unchecked in the U.S., complete shutdowns are the adopted solution. Contact tracing and isolation along with the necessary corollary, testing, are needed for opening the economy safely and to prevent …

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Yamaha’s “Remote Cheerer” brings fan applause back to empty stadiums

Yamaha staged a field test for its Remote Cheerer at Japan’s Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA on May 13. This week, Yamaha announced a plan to put fans back in the stadiums for major sporting events this summer—virtually, at least. The company’s new smartphone application, Remote Cheerer, is designed to allow sports fans to cheer from home …

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Dangerous SHA-1 crypto function will die in SSH linking millions of computers

Enlarge Chaval Brasil Developers of two open source code libraries for Secure Shell—the protocol millions of computers use to create encrypted connections to each other—are retiring the SHA-1 hashing algorithm, four months after researchers piled a final nail in its coffin. The moves, announced in release notes and a code update for OpenSSH and libssh respectively, …

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‘Decentralized ID at All Costs’: Adviser Quits ID2020 Over Blockchain Fixation

A member of the ID2020 Alliance, which aims to bring digital identities to billions of people, has resigned over the organization’s direction on digital immunity passes and COVID-19.  In her resignation email last Friday, Elizabeth Renieris cited ID2020’s opacity, “techno-solutionism,” and corporate influence along with the risks of applying blockchain to immunity passes. Renieris (an …

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CryptoKitties Creator Debuts NBA Game on Its Own Blockchain

Blockchain meets basketball in the newest game from the developers of CryptoKitties. Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot has launched into private beta following the game’s initial product announcement in July 2019. The game is looking to fill a product niche by combining manager-style sports games with digitally scarce goods called non-fungible tokens (NFTs). “Fans can …

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Choosing 2FA authenticator apps can be hard. Ars did it so you don’t have to

Enlarge Aurich & Hannah Lawson Last year, Sergio Caltagirone found himself in a tough spot. While traveling, his phone broke and stopped working completely. With no access to his Google and Microsoft authenticator apps, he lost access to two-factor authentication when he needed it most—when he was logging in from IP addresses not recognized by …

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Meet unc0ver, the new jailbreak that pops shell—and much more—on any iPhone

Enlarge Maurizio Pesce / Flickr Hackers have released a new jailbreak that any user can employ to gain root access on any iPhone, regardless of the hardware as long as it runs iOS 11 or later. Dubbed unc0ver, the exploit works only when someone has physical access to an unlocked device and connects it to …

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Look to Design, Not Laws, to Protect Privacy in the Surveillance Age

Raullen Chai is the co-founder of IoTeX, a Silicon Valley company building the Internet of Trusted Things with blockchain-powered smart devices that protect privacy. Cameras, thermostats, virtual assistants and other smart devices are being installed in our homes at a blistering rate – in 2020, a new smart bulb will be installed in the world …

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Thailand Turns to Blockchain to Boost Renewable Energy Push

Thailand is teaming up with a blockchain firm to encourage peer-to-peer trading of renewable energy. Announced on Monday, Thai Digital Energy Development (TDED) – a public-private joint venture – has inked a deal with blockchain energy startup Power Ledger to develop a blockchain-based digital energy business. The deal, also in collaboration with energy suppliers in …

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