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What’s new in blockchain, AI and IoT: April 21-27, 2017

Following are highlights from the past week's news developments in blockchain, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things technologies: Spotify acquires Mediachain Labs for tracking music rights Music-streaming firm Spotify revealed on April 26 that it had acquired Mediachain Labs, which has built the blockchain-based Mediachain for tracking creative rights ownership in the music industry. Spotify did not provide financial…

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California seeks — again — OK to restrict carbon emissions

California officials are hoping the new atmosphere in Washington, DC, will mean a renewed opportunity for them to regulate greenhouse gases in the state's atmosphere. On Wednesday, Mary Nichols, chairman of California's Air Resources Board (ARB), asked the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider a decision that prevents the state from setting its own standards…

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California OKs solar thermal contract

Solar thermal is the way to go, says California's Public Utilities Commission. Commissioners this week approved a contract between Southern California Edison and eSolar, a firm that plans to build solar thermal energy facilities that could generate up to 245 megawatts of electricity. Under the 20-year contract, inked earlier this year, Southern California Edison will purchase…

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