At the 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin. Putin also spoke about Russia’s economic reform and the digital economy, while the central bank discussed Bitcoin’s taxation and its own digital currency.
Some of the world's biggest central securities depositories (CSDs) are uniting to build their own blockchain consortium.
Informally called the CSD Working Group on DLT, and comprised of institutions tasked with holding vast amounts of the world's financial instruments, the fledgling consortium is emerging from talks that have been ongoing since last year.
Japanese technology giant Fujitsu has announced it is developing Blockchain software for data handling, access and distribution.
Like IBM’s competitor Blockchain platform, Fujitsu is leveraging Hyperledger technology to build its solution, while a prototype demonstration will go live at the upcoming Interop Tokyo 2017 conference, taking place from June 7-9.
Blockchain application platform The Qtum Project has introduced a Decentralized Governance Protocol (DGP) that allows blockchain parameters to be modified quickly and easily without ecosystem disruption. For the users of Qtum, this means no new software would have to be downloaded, and no actions need to be taken from network stakeholders and node operators when DGP network upgrades occur.
According to a report by Digitimes, both Nvidia and AMD are both preparing to release GPUs specifically designed for Bitcoin mining at reduced costs due to lower specifications compared to their gaming GPU cousins.