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Ocean Protocol blockchain-based platform launches beta to kick-start a new Data Economy with safe, privacy-preserving and borderless data sharing

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Ocean Protocol, the world’s first data sharing platform powered by blockchain technology connecting individuals, industries, startups, governments and data and AI experts, announces today the launch of its beta network. Ocean Protocol is a substrate that allows anyone to build data services and marketplaces on top and is launching with a mission to provide safe, privacy-preserving and borderless data sharing, to unlock the Data Economy.

Ocean’s beta network paves the ground for a series of private and public partnerships from the research, insurance, retail and healthcare sectors to deploy their Proof of Concept solutions on the blockchain-enabled data-sharing platform. Existing collaborators include AI Singapore, Aviva, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Roche, all aiming at using Ocean Protocol to set standards and demonstrate how to share data safely and securely without compromising privacy or ownership.

“Today’s beta release is a big milestone for our project and society as a whole. It marks the beginning of a new and open global Data Economy. With the beta network going live, data scientists and developers can start building and experimenting with new services and applications using Ocean Protocol,” said Bruce Pon, co-founder of Ocean Protocol.

Though the world has been generating massive volumes of data, until now there has not been a safe, privacy-preserving and borderless solution to unlock the new Data Economy. Every day, the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data[1] and thanks to digitization and advances in IoT technologies, data continues to be generated in an unprecedented rate. However, only 1% of this glut of data is ever analyzed.[2,3] Data supply and demand are currently disjointed. Data remains inaccessible — locked in silos and hardly shared. This is because data owners fear of losing control and violating privacy laws with data sharing.

According to the recent Digital Reality Data Economy Report,[4] many countries are only achieving about half of their current data economy potential. In the UK and Germany alone, research shows that there were approximately EUR140 billion of data-driven economic value not realized in 2016.

Ocean Protocol uses blockchain technology, smart contracts, and tokens to enable safe and secure sharing of data, guaranteeing control and auditability while protecting privacy. The technology allows organizations and individuals to set pricing and trade data without losing control of their data assets. Smart contracts allow data owners to program the conditions of access, which are then executed with precision. This gives data owners and buyers transparency, security and guarantees of payment and use.

Ocean also enables algorithms and models to travel to the data, get trained and then leave without exposing the data or taking a copy, thereby retaining privacy, ensuring regulatory compliance, and freeing up data to advance AI and solve problems for the economy and society.

“Ocean allows people to unlock the value of data without necessarily unlocking the data itself. It is a substrate to finally realize the potential of an open permission-less data economy while still preserving privacy,” said Trent McConaghy, co-founder of Ocean Protocol. “We welcome early collaborators already deploying their solutions on our network today, and we look forward to seeing tens, hundreds, even thousands of other marketplaces and applications to be built on top of Ocean, so that data can be freed from their existing silos to deliver world-changing solutions for many verticals including automotive, energy, healthcare and so on.”

Ocean Protocol is an open source project. Developers from around the world can run Ocean’s full stack and connect to the Ocean beta network. Data Scientists and engineers can leverage the underlying Ocean API to search, publish, and consume data assets in the Ocean Protocol network. They can initiate personal JupyterLab instances running in local browsers, with Ocean Protocol pre-configured. Coupled with the launch is a reference marketplace for free and public data, to serve as a meeting point for public health, sustainability and environmental use cases.

“Data and AI related service providers can use Ocean as a launchpad offering relevant services to data providers and consumers. In addition, Ocean gives data and AI professionals a means to monetize their findings and models,” McConaghy added.

The Ocean network will continue to deliver software and network updates over the next two years, with five phases planned, each providing more sophisticated features, incentives and enhanced performance.

 

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Traditional Chinese music on trend with song featuring a 5-note scale, “Engagement”

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Recently, a beautiful traditional Chinese song has won overwhelming popularity online. The song named “Engagement” tells the fascinating vows of newly-wedded lovers. Many netizens have expressed that they are attracted by the melody and uniqueness of the song.

The song “Engagement” was from an original music show called “Chuang”. The show is co-produced by Tencent Music Entertainment Group and Shanghai Canxing Cultural and Broadcast Company Ltd., and exclusively broadcasted on Youku (a Chinese video streaming platform). As one of the members of “This is” series (previously there were “This is Street Dance”, “This is Fighting Robots”, etc.), “Chuang” again has won a great many compliments. The show presents various music elements such as pop, classics, hip-hop, etc. From the show, one can also learn about the current status of Chinese music and Chinese songwriters. The song “Engagement” was created with the traditional Chinese 5-note scale. The classical tones embody Chinese people’s dream and praises of beautiful life.

“Engagement” was written by two Chinese songwriters (born in the 1990s), Deng Jianchao and Meng Huiyuan, in only a few days. The song is sweet and relaxing. The performance of Deng Jianchao and Meng Huiyuan has also won the support of many people. Audiences have praised this song for its Chinese-style charm. The Chinese famous musician Jam Hsiao (also called “the catcher of original music” in the program) was also deeply touched by this song and commented:This is the most beautiful Chinese five-note song I have heard in the past ten years.” At the beginning of the performance, Deng Jianchao personally played the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the Erhu. The graceful melody of the ancient instrument added more attraction to the performance, allowing audiences to better indulge in this Chinese-style song.

The charming traditional Chinese elements are integrated not only in music nowadays but also in different fields such as clothing, technology, film, television, etc. The Disney animation films “Mulan” and “Kung Fu Panda” are both set in China. Many luxury brands tend to adopt Chinese elements in the design of their products. They don’t only hire Chinese designers, but also love to add Chinese flavor to their works. Rihanna, the super star, is a loyal fan of garments with Chinese elements. She is often seen wearing Chinese-style dresses when attending many ceremonies. Around the world, an increasing number of people are attracted to Chinese traditional culture. It has become a trend for many people to eat Chinese food, learn the Chinese language and travel in China. This beautiful song “Engagement” will bring a new cultural experience to many people and make more exchanges between cultures happen.

 

SOURCE: youku.com

SpaceChain opens operation in the United Kingdom to explore opportunities in Europe’s commercial space ecosystem

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Singapore-based SpaceChain has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom to leverage Europe’s advanced space technologies and to drive economic development through SpaceChain’s satellite infrastructure and blockchain technology.

SpaceChain UK Limited will be based in Harwell, Oxfordshire at the Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC), an independent innovation and technology company created by Innovate UK.

To kick off its new business venture, SpaceChain collaborated with SAC to host a workshop that explored the benefits of blockchain technologies and its applications for the commercial space industry. Attended by more than 60 professionals from all over the UK, the workshop introduced the potential of a community-based space platform.

“Last year, I travelled to the UK about six to seven times. During those visits, I met a lot of potential partners from various UK-based space companies and learned more about the ecosystem there. From tracking satellites to building new rockets, the UK has played a vital role in the development of the space industry and we see more opportunities on the horizon,” said Zee Zheng, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SpaceChain.

SpaceChain has already partnered with several UK-based companies, including: Open Cosmos, a microsatellite platform designed to manage the process of bringing satellite services to businesses; NanoAvionics, a nanosatellite mission integrator that delivers new generation satellite buses and propulsion systems; and Alba Orbital, a pioneer in the development of PocketQube satellites.

Heading the new UK office as Director is SpaceChain’s Chief Commercial Officer Nick Trudgen. A native of the UK, Trudgen speaks fluent Mandarin and specializes in UK-China trade and investment, with a focus on space, satellite, and telecommunications.

“We are very excited to explore the UK space ecosystem and bring the next generation of institutional grade blockchain services to existing and future satellite infrastructure. We have also received positive feedback from the entities we have met and we’re looking forward to working more closely with our partners in the UK,” said Trudgen.

 

SOURCE SpaceChain

Argus appoints David Fyfe as chief economist

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Global commodity price reporting and news agency Argus has appointed David Fyfe as chief economist, effective today.

David has more than 30 years’ experience of working in energy markets. Prior to joining Argus, David was most recently chief economist at commodity trading company Gunvor. Before this, he managed the oil industry and markets division of the International Energy Agency and edited its influential monthly Oil Market Report.

David has a master’s degree in energy policy and economics from Imperial College London.

“We are delighted to welcome David to Argus,” chairman and chief executive Adrian Binks said. “David is a veteran of the oil industry and his deep understanding of markets fits with Argus’ strengths.”

David said: “I have worked with Argus extensively over the years and I am pleased to join the company as its chief economist. I am looking forward to helping to develop and showcase Argus’ high-quality business intelligence, which illuminates energy and commodity markets.”

 

SOURCE Argus Media

Covesting and PrimeXBT to Launch Copy Trading in Groundbreaking New Partnership

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Covesting, a Europe-based, licensed digital currency exchange and professional trading platform offering a secure and technologically-advanced infrastructure for investors and traders worldwide, have announced their first ever B2B partnership.

Covesting has long been working to develop bank-grade infrastructure suitable for institutions and other global players. The scalable architecture allows Covesting to integrate with and license their cutting-edge technology to other platforms.

One of Covesting’s most anticipated features, copy trading, allows novice traders to follow the industry’s top traders and mimic tried-and-true trading strategies, giving them a competitive edge and a shortcut to profit.

The COV token, a utility token designed to unlock the potential of the copy-trading module, will be integrated into the PrimeXBT’s third-party platform and become an essential part of the copy trading experience.

The two companies anticipate finalizing the integration of both the copy trading module and COV utility token within the next four months.

Covesting Founder and CEO, Dmitrij Pruglo, spoke of the groundbreaking partnership, stating that “PrimeXBT is one of the fastest growing startups in the crypto industry, offering among the best platforms for competitive trading conditions. We firmly believe our copy trading module will be extremely beneficial for PrimeXBT platform, which allows trading with 100x leverage across a variety of digital assets.”

“Copy trading is at the core of Covesting, and we’re proud to offer the state of the art, proprietary technology to integrate with other industry players,” – Pruglo added.

DISCLAIMER: Covesting solely provides technology within the scope of a licensing agreement and is not liable for any risks related to the service quality or any products offered by a third-party partner.

 

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Global Vegan Cheese Markets 2019-2023 – Growing Awareness of Lactose-Intolerant Conditions is Driving the Market

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The “Global Vegan Cheese Market 2019-2023” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The analysts have predicted that the vegan cheese market will register a CAGR of nearly 8% by 2023.

The growing awareness of lactose-intolerant conditions is the key factors driving the global vegan cheese market growth. The sales of dairy products have been adversely affected by the increasing incidences of lactose intolerance across the globe. Therefore, consumers are buying dairy alternative products such as almond milk, vegan cheese, and vegan margarine. This will increase the sales of vegan cheese and is expected to fuel the growth of the global vegan cheese market during the forecast period.

Market Overview

An increasing number of organized retailing outlets worldwide

One of the growth drivers of the global vegan cheese market is the increasing number of organized retailing outlets. Supermarkets make fresh and ready-to-consume packaged vegan food and beverages such as plant-based milk alternatives and vegan cheese easily accessible to consumers.

High price and limited awareness

One of the challenges in the growth of the market is the high price of vegan cheese compared to conventional dairy cheese. In addition, the awareness among consumer for vegan cheese is limited, especially in the European market. Such factors will hamper the vegan cheese market growth during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The market appears to be moderately fragmented and with the presence of several vendors. The vendors in the market are expanding their distribution channels, which will improve the sales for the market. This market research report will help clients identify new growth opportunities and design unique growth strategies by providing a comprehensive analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and offering information on the products offered by companies.

Key Topics Covered: 

PART 01: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PART 02: SCOPE OF THE REPORT

PART 03: MARKET LANDSCAPE

  • Market ecosystem
  • Market characteristics
  • Market segmentation analysis

PART 04: MARKET SIZING

  • Market definition
  • Market sizing 2018
  • Market size and forecast 2018-2023

PART 05: FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS

PART 06: CUSTOMER LANDSCAPE

PART 07: GEOGRAPHIC LANDSCAPE

  • Bargaining power of buyers
  • Bargaining power of suppliers
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Threat of rivalry
  • Market condition

PART 08: MARKET SEGMENTATION BY SOURCE

  • Market segmentation by source
  • Comparison by source
  • Soy milk – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Almond milk – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Rice milk – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Other milk alternatives – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Market opportunity by source

PART 09: MARKET SEGMENTATION BY VARIANT

  • Market segmentation by variant

PART 10: CUSTOMER LANDSCAPE

PART 11: GEOGRAPHIC LANDSCAPE

  • Geographic segmentation
  • Geographic comparison
  • Key leading countries
  • Market opportunity

PART 12: DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 13: MARKET TRENDS

  • Increasing number of new product launches
  • Rising investments in vegan cheese sector
  • Rising focus on strengthening supply chain and expansion of production capacities

PART 14: VENDOR LANDSCAPE

  • Overview
  • Landscape disruption
  • Competitive scenario

PART 15: VENDOR ANALYSIS

  • Vendors covered
  • Vendor classification
  • Market positioning of vendors
  • Bute Island Foods Ltd
  • Market segmentation by variant
  • GreenSpace Brands
  • Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Violife

PART 16: APPENDIX

SOURCE: Research and Markets

Los Angeles Launches CSS IMPACT Financial Cloud

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The City of Los Angeles Office of Finance officially went live on March 4thwith their new NextGen Collections Financial Ecosystem cloud platform, “CSS IMPACT! HD™ 2.0”. CSS, Inc., the developer of “IMPACT! HD™ 2.0”, is the leading provider of Cloud Financial Ecosystem platforms for enterprises and government.

Shahid Chaudhry (pictured right), Chief Tax Compliance Officer for the City of Los Angeles, spearheaded the city’s NextGen Financial Ecosystem Collections platform project and stated, “The implementation of IMPACT HD™ 2.0 has provided the city an unprecedented level of control over all of our procedures. We are now able to streamline and systematically automate many of our business processes. With IMPACT HD™ 2.0 we anticipate a significant uplift in productivity and efficiency as well as clear visibility into our current processes so we can continuously improve upon them in order to better serve our citizens.”

“The City of Los Angeles is ranked as one of the top most innovative cities in the country and continues its legacy as a technology leader by adopting revolutionary cloud solutions. CSS is truly honored to have been entrusted with the City’s NextGen Tax and Legal Collections processing system project and to have been able to switch from their old system with complete success to the IMPACT! HD™ 2.0 Platform in only 6 months. We are truly excited with this partnership and look forward for a long and successful relationship with the City of Los Angeles,” said Sergio Seplovh ic(pictured left), Projects Director at CSS, Inc.

Fluency Featured as a 5-Star Storage and Security Vendor in 2019 CRN Partner Program Guide

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Fluency® today announced it was designated a 5-Star Storage Vendor and 5-Star Security Vendor in the 2019 CRN Partner Program Guide. Fluency is the first high-capacity next generation SIEM or Central Log Management provider to be awarded the 5-Star designation in the storage category.

The exponential increase in the volume of log data and longer retention requirements have driven a dramatic increase in the amount of storage required by security operations. Additionally, compliance and privacy requirements have further accelerated the dramatic growth in the storage footprint needed to support log management.

The quickly changing landscape and the fact that Fluency had the forethought to incorporate the future needs of the industry, make the designation as a 5-Star vendor in both categories’ particularly noteworthy. Providing both log management and enterprise class storage for SOCs, Fluency maintains Peer Persistence data storage across all internal services and offers In-Database Data Reduction, adding a layer of data reduction above the hardware level. These unique capabilities are accompanied by:

  • Unmatched data retention
  • Extremely cost-effective pricing
  • The fastest search speeds available today
  • Strong default high-availability and high durability
  • Real-time situational awareness
  • Pseudonym-based privatization built into proprietary streaming database

“This 5-Star distinction recognizes the uniqueness of Fluency’s focus on data storage and quick access,” said Chris Jordan, CEO at Fluency. “Our focus on data storage places us on the top list alongside Hitachi and HPE data storage portfolios. Fluency is the only security vendor to recognize that security log management requires a robust enterprise-class data storage component. Fluency provides this superior approach at a price point that is at least 40% lower than the nearest legacy competitors.”

Watch a brief video to learn why partners are turning to Fluency to address today’s challenges and contact Fluency today for a no-cost proof of concept that will change your perspective on security operations and data retention.

 

SOURCE Fluency

ALTBalaji to Launch its New Web-series ‘Baarish’ Starring Asha Negi and Priya Banerjee at vIDEA 2019

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vIDEA 2019 is a video industry awards and conference being organized in Mumbai by Inkspell Media

The much awaited web series by ALTBalaji – ‘Baarish’ will be officially launched at vIDEA 2019 – the Video Media Awards and Summit. vIDEA is a unique initiative by Inkspell Media to recognize and acknowledge the champions of the video content and media industry, and bring them to the center stage at a national forum with global exposure. Additionally, the idea behind developing this program is to get the veterans and experts from the industry together to discuss the leading trends and opportunities, address key concerns in the domains, and draw a roadmap for the growth of the video media.

Leading brands, agencies, and individuals in the video content space will be recognized through several categories of awards viz. Video Marketing Awards, Sector Specific Video Awards, Website Awards, App Awards, Genre Specific Awards, Video Enabler Awards, and Apex Awards. vIDEA Short-film Contest is another interesting addition to the program wherein both budding as well as professional filmmakers can submit their movies.

Veterans and experts from the industry shall come together to discuss and share insights on the key topics pertaining to the video media industry, including:

  • Democratization of Media in a ‘Video First’ ecosystem
  • Video Monetization: Contextualizing the money-making model with the media and audience type
  • Product Placement: Role of video content in expanding the scope of embedded marketing for brands

Some of the eminent speakers at the event include actors Asha NegiPriya Banerjee and Ssumier Pasricha along with corporate stalwarts including Manav Sethi, Group CMO at Eros Now, Binda Dey, Head of Marketing at Red Chillies Entertainment, Hitesh Malhotra, CMO, Nykaa.com, Priyanka Sehgal, Vice President- Content and Strategy, TV and Digital at Network 18, Balaji Vaidyanathan, Marketing Director (CEEMEA) at Franklin Templeton Investments, Sameer Seth, Director (Marketing) at Dolby Laboratories, Prachi Mohapatra, CMO at Future Retail India and Siddharth Bhardwaj, Chief Marketing Officer at UFO Movies among many others.

The rise of the social media platforms, the affordability of video production devices through sophisticated mobile phones and gadgets, and the availability of unlimited high-speed internet and data services for the common man have come together to democratize the entire video media space.

Brands have taken cognizance of the great influence and impact that user generated content can have in the exponentially expanding market. Every day brings the news of how legacy production houses and media companies are launching new platforms to reach out to the consumers at a time, place, medium and device of their choice. Hence, video has transformed from being just a content format to becoming a media platform. Rather, video has evolved into a phenomenon that now influences strategy-level decisions at the largest corporations in India and globally. While this format of content has emerged as the greatest tool for brand marketers, it has also led to the rise of a whole new industry that specializes in video conceptualization, production, editing, packaging, publishing, and promoting. Hence, its impact can be seen in industry trends, consumer behavior, and the economy at large.

 

SOURCE Inkspell Media

American College of Radiology Launches ACR AI-LAB™ to Engage Radiologists in AI Model Development

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The new American College of Radiology (ACR) Data Science Institute® (DSI) ACR AI-LAB™, a groundbreaking free software platform, will empower local radiologists to participate in the creation, validation and use of health care artificial intelligence (AI).

The ACR DSI is committed to unlocking the potential of AI and helping radiology advance this technology throughout health care. As part of that strategy, ACR AI-LAB™ will provide radiologists with tools to develop AI algorithms at their own facilities, using their own data, to meet their own clinical needs. All of this will be done securely behind their own institutional firewalls. By combining ACR’s vast member network, its institutional connectivity to facilities and an industry community working to advance AI in healthcare, radiologists will be able to engage in all phases of the radiology AI development process.

ACR AI-LAB™ is an important step in an extraordinary ACR project that will help radiologists advance the use of AI throughout health care. ACR has been collaborating with industry, government and others throughout health care to promote a thriving AI ecosystem targeted towards patient and clinician needs. Standards, clinical pathways, education, and tools are all part of harnessing the potential of AI, and ACR AI-LAB™ is an important step in that journey.

ACR AI-LAB™ “democratizes” AI by allowing for the direct participation of radiology departments throughout the AI development life-cycle. Through a freely available, open, vendor-neutral framework, radiologists will be able to learn about AI, contribute AI datasets, share AI algorithms, evaluate AI models, develop AI models and even combine these models though transfer learning and model ensembles to address their local clinical needs. The ACR AI-LAB™ platform will also support any future FDA initiatives that use real world data for local adaptive learning for algorithm improvement and monitoring of continuously learning algorithms.

“By enabling radiologists to actively participate in all aspects of AI development, we can expect to see high impact healthcare solutions grow rapidly,” said Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, ACR DSI Chief Medical Officer. “This new initiative fills existing gaps and permits direct participation throughout the AI development life-cycle.”

“Acquiring the necessary large amounts of patient data for algorithm training has been a huge problem for developers up to this point,” said Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, ACR DSI Chief Science Officer. “Consequently, AI has been slow to develop and has not spread widely to improve patient care. Enabling radiologists to develop AI on-premises, at their own institutions, will unlock massively larger data stores available for the development of AI. This will rapidly expand the AI solutions available to us all.”

The initial version of ACR AI-LAB™ will be shown at the 2019 ACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from May 18-22, 2019 and will demonstrate how radiologists can apply their clinical knowledge to generate and improve AI.

 

SOURCE American College of Radiology