When Sierra Riddle stormed into the conference room at Denver’s child protective services office, the director of the agency was seated there, along with her son’s team of doctors, top administrators from the Children’s Hospital Colorado oncology department and lawyers. She recalls looking one of the physicians in the eye, defiant. “I’m done with this shit,” she remembers saying. “I’m done with you guys bullying us.”

Then, she took out a bag and dumped the contents on the table: nine months of cancer drugs prescribed to her son, Landon, who was 4 at the time. He had been diagnosed more than a year before with an aggressive form of leukemia and undergone months of grueling treatment. But his mother was now refusing to follow his doctors’ orders. “Listen: Here’s all this chemo you told CPS he cannot live without, and if I didn’t give it to him, he would relapse and die.”

How blockchain is used in media and advertising

It suddenly feels like blockchain is everywhere — and that includes media and advertising. Here’s what to know.

What it is
Blockchain is the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin; it’s essentially a massive Excel sheet that operates in a decentralized network format. That means that the data can have large amounts of information that can be transmitted and added onto, without compromising on security. You can’t change the blockchain — and for data purposes, not one person or entity can destroy it.

What it isn’t
Blockchain is not bitcoin. While that’s what it is best known for, bitcoin is basically a digital currency that operates on blockchain. The blockchain developed for bitcoin was developed specifically for it — which is why other uses for it were only developed much later. And while bitcoin works because it is anonymous, blockchain for other types of businesses don’t have to be anonymous. In fact, they shouldn’t be: Participants are able to tell where data came from so they can trust that it’s real.

Boston startup dives into marijuana industry with high-tech sensor to weed out impurities

The compact, high-tech chemical sensors made by the Boston startup 908 Devices are used by emergency responders to scan for toxins after industrial accidents, and by researchers in the pharmaceutical and energy industries to profile the composition of drugs and petroleum products.

Now, the firm has unveiled a new sensor intended to give it a foothold in a less conventional but fast-growing industry: commercial marijuana.

How Blockchain Gaming Is Evolving The Way Games Are Played

n recent years, games have entered the markets using Blockchain features such as wallets or tokens to secure and back in-game items. This way players have more ownership of the items or currency they loot and purchase. With a Blockchain record, players are guaranteed ownership which gives their items value to both the owner and other players.

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent

While Edward Lloyd is largely credited with commercializing the insurance industry, with the creation of his namesake firm, Lloyd’s, over 330 years ago, the original concept of spreading risk (or “mutualizing”) goes back even further. Hundreds of years before Lloyd’s was formed, Chinese merchants would spread their valuable cargo across multiple vessels, with each one carrying an equal share of another merchant’s goods. In this manner, no single loss would be catastrophic. This spread of risk, of course, also prevented a merchant from absconding with his ship’s goods and never reuniting with the other traders; he’d have too much to lose. In effect, they all had skin in the game, which remains one of the most elusive elements of modern finance. Both then and in 1686, when Lloyd’s was born in a London coffee house, the global insurance industry was a business of utmost good faith, as it remains today.

Nevada marijuana supply running low, state of emergency declared, governor says

Nevada state officials declared a state of emergency after stores that sell recreational marijuana reported that their supply is running out just less than two weeks after the drug went on sale legally.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., issued the state of emergency on Friday, which will allow state officials to decide on new rules that could ease the shortage of marijuana, according to Fox 13 Now.

How Blockchain Can Prevent Storage Scams That Hit Banks

Blockchain is a distributed ledger that holds records of digital data or events in a way that makes them tamper-resistant. While many users may access, inspect or add to the data, they can’t change or delete it. The original information stays put, leaving a permanent and public information trail, or chain of transactions.

Blockchain technology enables participants who do not necessarily trust each other to engage in transactions without a trusted intermediary. This powerful disintermediation could find many uses in the supply chain management field, especially in warehouse receipts, which are suffering from massive-scale forgeries.

Blockchain: An Emerging Solution for Fraud Prevention

Fraud prevention is a critical and ongoing consideration for companies all over the world. According to the 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) (, the total loss caused by fraud events in 2016 exceeded $6.3 billion, with an estimated 5% loss of annual revenues in a typical organization. Altering or deleting information in the companies’ accounting systems, changing electronic documents, and creating fraudulent electronic files were the main methods to conceal frauds. In order to reduce fraud risk or even prevent frauds, a more secure accounting information system that can deter tampering from either outside parties (e.g., cyber attackers) or inside parties (e.g., employees) is needed.


Big Data Will Help Revolutionize The Pot Industry

Getting a Rocky Mountain high may soon be legal in all 50 states, which means pot is fast on its way to becoming just another industry, albeit an exploding one. And as the marijuana industry comes aboveground, it’s opening a huge space for the usual disruptors — tech startups and data analytics firms.

Startups like Eaze in California began with medical marijuana, using technology to provide on-demand marijuana deliveries via an app. Eaze also provides data to help retailers predict supply and demand. MJ Freeway offers an agricultural tracking product that helps marijuana license holders manage their businesses and comply with regulations in Colorado. Both companies can be scaled up easily as more states come online with recreational use.

Port of Call: Blockchain's Impact on Supply Chains is Broader Than It Seems

As CoinDesk reported last week, the European port of Antwerp has launched its first blockchain pilot.

While on the surface this seems like another step towards supply chains moving onto blockchain platforms, the greater impact could end up being elsewhere.

Tie the project in with two other recent trends – container shipping consolidation and an increase in security hacks – and you begin to get a feel for how this project could help both smooth the industry’s growing complexity and consolidate its role in the world economy.

China's plans for lithium-ion battery production could overtake Tesla

As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust.

Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report published this week by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

REITs Expect To See Their Money Grow Along With Marijuana

Marijuana industry insiders agree that it isn't easy to make money on the cultivation side of the business anymore, but that isn't stopping the money that is flooding into the real estate side of the business. According to New Frontier Data and Viridian Capital Partners, cultivation and retail was the top sector for capital raises with $478 million of private cannabis investment.

Marijuana REITs are multiplying as real estate professionals believe it is easy money to build a grow facility, use the latest technology to make the crop yield as efficient as possible, bring in someone else to actually grow the marijuana (so they don't run afoul of the law) and then collect a nice rent from the cultivator that is selling tons of pot.

How Blockchain Can Improve The Health Information Exchange

Health information exchange is probably that one thing that keeps hindering healthcare IT. The challenges are in data security and privacy, as well as in multiple operational inefficiencies, which inevitably concern those partaking in sensitive interactions.

There are multiple reasons why assuring PHI (protected health information) privacy remains challenging, but the major one is that there are no uniform architectures and standards to ensure trusted access to PHI and PII (personally identifiable information) and safe data exchange between all stakeholders, including patients.

It hinders patient engagement due to patients’ limited ownership of their health data, hurts care cooperation between providers from different networks, and also back-pedals population health management since caregivers can’t effectively exchange their insights in a secure way.

However, there can be one technology to create a new health information exchange framework and solve related problems: the blockchain technology.

This medical marijuana start-up uses artificial intelligence to find which strain is best for you

Artificial intelligence is being used to improve bankingmarketingthe legal field — and now to find which one of the more than 30,000 strains of medical marijuana is best for you.

Potbot uses AI to "read" through peer-reviewed medical journals to find studies on cannabinoids, the active compounds in marijuana. Using the research, it pairs 37 symptoms like insomnia, asthma and cancer with branded marijuana strains to find which type of weed is best suited to treat each one.

CIAU Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Could Top Bitcoin Ethereum And Dash

Ciao Group, Inc. (USOTC: CIAU) recently entered the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector with a strategy to penetrate a target market that could make a CIAU Initial Coin Offering (ICO) the biggest one yet and see a CIAU cryptocurrency with a market capitalization greater than Bitcoin, Ethereum or Dash.  In the last 30 days since CIAU came public with its yearlong efforts in Africa, the Company’s stock price has increased 900% from $0.05 to reaching a high of $0.50 with a market capitalization exceeding $100 million. 

Why bitcoin could thrive in a country like India

At 1.32 billion, India’s population may have already taken over China’s - making it the most populous country in the world. According to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers', at least a whopping 233 million Indians still don’t have bank accounts.

Although due to demonetization (a government’s move that got rid of 86% currency notes in circulation) and under Prime Minister’s Jan-dhan Yojna (an initiative to open bank accounts for every Indian household), a lot of people have managed to get their bank accounts, but that number is far from 200 million mark.

Ironically, India has one of the largest remittance markets in the world with a total value of close to $70 billion. On every transaction, an average user pays up to 15% in bank charges and conversion fees.

Canada Ponders an Unusual Drug Problem: a Shortage of Marijuana

The biggest challenge for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legal recreational marijuana market is a shortage of pot, the finance minister of Canada’s most-populous province says.

Ontario’s Charles Sousa said a supply crunch was discussed during a meeting with provincial and federal counterparts this week. Canada is aiming to legalize recreational pot in the next 12 months, the first major economy to do so. One analyst said he’s concerned the government could use a supply shortage as an excuse to delay rolling out the program.