January 2018


Distributed Lab Releases An Anti-Corruption Solution To Increase Business Transparency

Blockchain expertise center Distributed Lab has announced a solution based on blockchain technology, which will increase management transparency in the corporate sector and public sector.

“This solution is effectively a prototype for how transparency can be increased in management in the public sector and in state bodies. Testing of this approach in the business world currently looks hugely more realistic by comparison with implementation of the same solution a priori in the state sector. On the other hand, the corporate sector will be getting a usable tool which comes with a large number of features for solving the pressing task of increasing transparency in management and accounting,” commented Vladimir Dubinin, CEO of Distributed Lab.

Minimizing abuses and illegal activities carried out by company officials is an urgent problem in the Ukrainian corporate sector. Normally, the facts and details of such abuses in a particular company are known to those who directly commit them, but also by third parties (let’s call them witnesses) in ‘corrupt deals’. In the majority of cases, these witnesses have no direct interest to make any public declaration of the facts of the corruption – since they would be compelled to reveal their identities, and thus put their future professional development at risk. Of course, anonymous accusations can’t be used in evidence – firstly, because there is no confirmation of the witness’s identity, while in the second place, there is no guarantee that one and the same person hasn’t given multiple witness statements.

“It would be ideal if a witness had some way of proving their identity anonymously, as well as their membership in the organization. They could then also give anonymous statements about facts of any ‘corrupt deal’ which took place,” Pavel Kravchenko, founder of Distributed Lab, went on to explain.

In such circumstances, the statement couldn’t then be attributed to a specific individual for outside observers. The witness could independently assert their anonymity to various categories of observers – who might be representatives of the company’s regulators, or of state authorities – as well as to journalists, or auditors. One single witness would be unable to file multiple statements, witnesses and observers would get the opportunity of tracking the number of statements filed against different parties – and should the case then go to court, there would be the opportunity to confirm who actually filed the statements, and when.

Blockchain expertise center Distributed Lab envisages a solution to these problems through the use of a so-called ‘ring signature’.

“Here we are talking about a mechanism using electronic signatures, in which a document is signed by one staff member on behalf of all other employees. However, it would remain unknown exactly which staffer had signed the document. Identification of the employees could be made using existing keys (a staffer’s certificate of electronic signature). Anyone would be able to confirm the signature – all this requires is knowledge of the public keys of all the staff members. Published statements and their relevant public keys would be stored in a public blockchain – with […]

The post Distributed Lab Releases An Anti-Corruption Solution To Increase Business Transparency appeared first on VentureBreak.


New York City, January 18, 2018

★★★★ The sun came on so pure and unimpeded that rooftop steam plumes cast meaningful moving shadows into apartments. The ground was clear and dry. Pigeons’ wingtips looked translucent; zippers on coats glittered. The brightness was expansive, unfaltering. It was cold enough to numb the face—correctly, appropriately, perfectly cold. A whole solid winter might be […]


Amazon updates the Alexa app so you can actually use Alexa


Amazon’s Alexa app is about to get a lot more useful.

That’s because the company is finally bringing the full powers of its assistant to the Alexa smartphone app. 

Until now, the Alexa app was primarily used for controlling settings, timers, and various Alexa-enabled devices, but you couldn’t actually use any of Alexa’s assistant capabilities. That’s finally changing.

It’s not the first time the full-fledged Alexa assistant has made its way to the smartphone screen. The company previously partnered with HTC and Huawei on integrations specifically for the HTC U11 and the Huawei Mate 9. Read more…

More about Tech, Mobile, Android, Amazon, and Ios


Build an app from scratch with this full stack development course


Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

In the world of tech, full stack developers tend to sit at the top of the mountain — and for good reason. While most technical roles are highly specialized, full stack developers are kind of like Swiss Army knives. Whether it’s frontend or backend, database work or debugging, a full stack developer is an expert in the entire lifecycle of app creation, beginning to end. 

As a result, full stack developers can command an impressive salary and a diverse and exciting range of responsibilities. The education you need to get a foot in the door is understandably varied. With The Full Stack Web Development Course, you’ll cover the tools and techniques you need to master to this role with total proficiency.  Read more…

More about Twitter, Apple, Coding, Apps And Software, and Android Apps


Learn the skills you need to launch a successful startup with these online courses


Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field.

More about Business, Startups, Google, Blogging, and Entrepreneurship


Patreon changes ‘archaic’ reporting tool, adds more human moderators


Patreon, the crowdfunding site popular with vloggers, podcasters, and other content creators, is updating its Trust and Safety department with better tools and more human moderators, making it easier to report inappropriate content.

The decision comes as the 4-year-old startup becomes an even more of an attractive source of revenue for content creators, especially in the wake of YouTube’s rule changes for monetization.

With the update, there are no changes to Patreon’s terms of service or community guidelines. Rather, it’s fixing Patreon’s “archaic” content reporting tool, Patreon’s head of legal Colin Sullivan told Mashable.  Read more…

More about Youtube, Crowdfunding, Online Video, Patreon, and Human Moderators


TPG Growth and CAA’s investment firm Evolution Media buy into Africa’s music business

 Private equity and media giants from the U.S.  are starting to pay attention to Africa’s burgeoning online media and culture scene. TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment arm of private equity giant TPG, and Evolution Media, the investment and advisory services firm created by Creative Artists Agency and TPG, have acquired a majority stake in the South African… Read More


Significant Digits For Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 6 minutes Aggregate amount of sunshine Moscow recorded in the entire month of December, the lowest ever. [NPR] $130,000 The Wall Street Journal has uncovered a paper trail linking President Donald Trump’s lawyer to a $130,000 payment to an adult film […]


14 predictions for the future of media

henry blodget ignition 2017BII

The media landscape is almost shifting more quickly than consumers can keep up.

But certain trends have emerged that will carry the media industry into the future.

For the past eight years, IGNITION, Business Insider’s flagship conference, has collected the best minds in media and technology to share what they see as the future. Through unscripted interviews, cutting-edge demos, and insights from industry pioneers, attendees learn what key trends to be aware of and what they need to do to stay ahead.

Henry Blodget opened the latest sold-out IGNITION conference with a presentation entitled 14 Things You’ll Want to Know About The Future of Media. And he should know…Blodget is co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Business Insider, one of the most-read business and tech news sites in the world with more than 80 million visitors a month worldwide.

The presentation was put together with the help of the team at BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • We’re nearing “peak media” in the U.S.
  • This phenomenon will spread to the rest of the world as four billion more people come online
  • Digital ad spending is still growing
  • Video is not the be-all, end-all of media
  • And much more

To get your copy of this FREE slide deck, simply click here.


Can You Stay Awake For 50 Hours And Solve 150 Puzzles?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — At the MIT Mystery Hunt, frightening screams are signs of progress. Last weekend, a New York Times crossword constructor and a game show champion sat together in a hallway on campus, watching their laptops play cartoon movies spliced with terror-stricken screams. The viewers’ faces were drawn with curious bemusement. Wheels were turning. […]