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IBM withdraws its full-year 2020 financial guidance due to coronavirus

New York (CNN Business)IBM’s cloud division, one of its most important business units, had strong growth in the first three months of 2020, despite disruption caused by coronavirus. Krishna, who previously ran IBM’s cloud business, took over as chief executive of the company earlier this month, replacing Ginni Rometty. On Monday, IBM also withdrew its […]

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New York (CNN Business)IBM’s cloud division, one of its most important business units, had strong growth in the first three months of 2020, despite disruption caused by coronavirus.

Overall, the company’s financial results for the three months ending in March were largely in line with Wall Street analysts’ expectations. IBM reported quarterly revenue of $17.6 billion, down 3.4% from the prior year, and earnings per share of $1.84, compared to analysts’ projections of $1.80 EPS. The company’s stock fell around 3.8% in after-hours trading.

“IBM remains focused on helping our clients adapt to the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, while we continue to enable them to shift their mission-critical workloads to hybrid cloud and expand their use of AI to help transform their operations,” CEO Arvind Krishna said in a statement.

Krishna, who previously ran IBM’s cloud business, took over as chief executive of the company earlier this month, replacing Ginni Rometty.
On Monday, IBM also withdrew its full-year 2020 guidance because of uncertainty surrounding coronavirus. The company had been projecting full-year 2020 earnings per share of at least $13.35, according to its last earnings report.

“The company will reassess this position based on the clarity of the macroeconomic recovery at the end of the second quarter,” IBM said in its release.

The company has been making a big bet on cloud computing after its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat in 2018. But it’s up against fierce competition from cloud industry leaders Amazon (AMZN) Web Services and Microsoft (MSFT) Azure.
Some analysts have wondered whether coronavirus could hurt the cloud industry in the short term, as companies have less money to spend on such services. However, Krishna told CNBC earlier this month that he believes the pandemic could actually accelerate companies’ adoption of technologies key to IBM’s success, including cloud computing and artificial intelligence, as companies are largely forced to manage their workforces from home.

“I believe that what we are going through today, with the shift to remote work, automation … will accelerate our client’s shift to hybrid cloud,” Krishna said on a call with Wall Street analysts Monday. “This gives me immense confidence in our future.”

CFO James Kavanaugh said on the call that in late February, IBM began to see a “notable change” in its clients’ priorities, particularly in its enterprise software business and in buying from clients in hard-hit industries such as retail and travel.

“There was effectively a pause as clients understandably dealt with their most pressing needs,” Kavanaugh said.

However, Kavanaugh stressed that IBM sees opportunities as clients consider more long-term shifts to remote working. He also said the company has ample liquidity and cash flow to continue investing in the business despite the disruption.

Executives on the call also detailed more immediate actions the company is taking to handle the pandemic, including managing costs, leveraging AI and blockchain capabilities in its supply chain and implementing safety provisions to maintain manufacturing capacity adequate to meet clients’ needs.

“Our recurring revenue stream, continued gross profit margin expansion and strong balance sheet and liquidity position remain stabilizing elements in an unprecedented business climate,” James Kavanaugh said in a statement.

And while the company’s growth has recently struggled to keep up with other dominant tech leaders such as Amazon, Apple and Google, coronavirus has presented an opportunity for IBM to flex its innovation muscle.
The company partnered with the White House to form a supercomputing consortium to accelerate coronavirus-related research and development. One of its supercomputers identified promising compounds to be tested as possible coronavirus treatments. It also created a coronavirus tracking feature in the Weather Channel app, which IBM owns.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/tech/ibm-earnings-cloud/index.html

Source: https://blockchainconsultants.io/ibm-withdraws-its-full-year-2020-financial-guidance-due-to-coronavirus/

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All Eyes on Ethereum

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One Ether now costs more than US$3000. Did you ever think you’d see the day?

You gotta hand it to the crypto markets: in some ways they’re comically predictable. A month ago, Ethereum was everyone’s favourite whipping boy, a bloated, expensive under-achiever that couldn’t even double its 2017 all-time high. Lol what a weakling.

And with competitors like Cosmos, Solana, Polygon and Polkadot nipping at its heels, perhaps this was the beginning of the end for the network that gave us smart contracts, ICOs, ERC-20 tokens, DeFi, yield farming, NFTs and, to be honest, the entire idea that blockchain was a multi-functional and era-shaping technological breakthrough that you ignored at your peril.

How things have changed. On Monday Ethereum blasted through the US$3000 mark like it was barely there, throwing on an extra 15% while it was at it. The network is now worth a shade under US$400 billion, putting it on par with Mastercard and Walmart, and officially making Vitalik Buterin, the 27-year-old prodigy who created Ethereum, a bona fide billionaire. So, is this how the Flippening begins?

Network to net worth

Due to the speed with which things move in crypto, we tend to underestimate some of the metrics that actually speak to a technology’s success. The new shiny thing is almost always more exciting than some dusty old contraption built in the positively prehistoric year of 2015. Did they even have electricity back then?

But Ethereum stands out from almost all other blockchains in that it’s already being used, at scale, by millions of people and companies. While that may seem like Business 101 – get more customers, be more successful – when it comes to blockchain usage is a particularly powerful factor because of the way it harnesses network effects to improve the value of the system itself. Use it more and the whole system becomes more valuable, both financially and practically, for the network’s users, miners, stakers, investors and developers. Oh, and Vitalik, of course.

How far we’ve come

Ethereum’s issue has always been its inability to scale. If you can’t handle hundreds or even thousands of transactions a second, then you’re not really fit for purpose as a global computer. The result for Ethereum has been a year of increasing network congestion and brutally high transaction fees. Yet the fact that so much continues to be built and transacted on Ethereum tells you exactly how strong these network effects already are.

There’s also an increasing focus on three major changes to the Ethereum network due to arrive before the end of the year:

  • EIP-1559: Lifts one of DeFi’s major innovations in the field of ‘tokenomics’ by implementing a token burn system on every transaction. You use the Ethereum network, you burn some ETH, never to be seen again.
  • Optimism: due for a full launch in July, the Optimism sidechain should significantly improve the speed of Ethereum by leveraging largely incomprehensible processes such as ZK-Rollups and Sharding. It’s already being used by the Synthetix protocol, where it has saved users over $10 million dollars in transaction fees.
  • Ethereum 2.0: This is the big one, Ethereum’s transition from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake. It’s been coming for years, but the importance of the change cannot be overstated. Already more than 4 million Ethereum are being staked on the Ethereum 2.0 contract, offering an insight into how much ETH might fall out of circulation once the entire thing goes live (potentially in November).

In short, Ethereum is just getting started. The price might seem gaspingly high right now, but remember that Ethereum isn’t trying to be Walmart or Mastercard. It wants to be the thing that Walmart and Mastercard are built on – and that’s a prospect worth having a stake in.

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Source: https://blog.coinjar.com/all-eyes-on-ethereum/

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CARBON: A perfect avenue for showcasing talent

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Creative professionals sometimes find themselves figuring out where to showcase their creations and profit from them. 

It’s a tough situation to be in. But with CARBON, the dilemma is lessened. 

CARBON creates an avenue that gives creators both a place to show off their talents and a chance to earn money.

CARBON features an ecosystem of a global scale that integrates open finance, fashion, art, music, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

One of its objectives is to enable a community that can inspire, support, and reward professionals.

What the CARBON marketplace looks like

As what an ideal marketplace should be, CARBON has a lot to offer, helping emerging brands and artists have a shot even at the highest levels of competition they have to deal with.

Items related to fashion, art pieces, music, and digital assets such as NFTs are offered in the CARBON marketplace. A dedicated team will carefully select these products.

The market will also see exclusive collaborations featuring various artists and brands for physical commodities and digital items that will be dropped on a weekly basis.

As for its audience, they should prepare for a diverse experience brought by a market evolving into a global ecosystem.

About CARBON

CARBON was founded by Chad Pickard who also acts as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). It is an open finance wallet and super ecosystem that is built for the whole world of fashion, art, music, and culture while also integrating digital assets through NFT offerings.

It has its native token, the $GEMS, and its wallet integrates Neobank functions like the financial technology company Revolut and a non-custodial smart wallet for decentralized finance (DeFi) and cryptocurrencies.

This integration allows users to hold fiat (government-backed) and digital currencies as well as NFTs in a single platform.

The wallet is linked to the market, giving users the ability to directly select items that they desire.

CARBON doesn’t just work as a marketplace where purchases can be made, but also as an avenue where professional creators get to showcase their talents and inspire others to promote their own. It provides them with a winning environment.

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Source: https://bitcoinerx.com/bitcoin/carbon-a-perfect-avenue-for-showcasing-talent/

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How Tokenplace can help crypto traders get the best buy and sell prices

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Any seasoned crypto trader knows that the price of a digital currency can vary across different exchanges worldwide.

Thus, one of the basic strategies for investing in digital currencies is to scout for the best buy or sell price and that’s where Tokenplace comes in.

Access to different crypto exchanges via one platform

To take full advantage of the price variance across exchanges, some traders often resort to opening accounts on different platforms. But Tokenplace eliminates this need because the platform allows one to access different exchanges worldwide.

This means that a user will only need his Tokenplace account and password to gain access to the entire crypto market. This is a lot simpler compared to having to main multiple accounts and passwords for other exchanges for different trading pairs.

Tokenplace is basically an online trading platform and exchange aggregator. With its automated order-splitting, orders are automatically broken up to ensure that traders get the best price for every coin they want to trade.

Easy to use and features-packed trading terminal

Tokenplace is also very appealing to newer investors because it is very easy to use. For instance, users will only need to access a single window for their deposits, withdrawals, trading, and exchanging.

The platform can be accessed from both desktop and mobile devices. Tokenplace’s onboarding and one-time registration process are also one of the quickest in the industry.

Tokenplace uses advanced algorithms for its multi-exchange order splitting feature. With this high-tech tool, users can get the best buy and sell price every time they trade.

Website: https://tokenplace.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TokenplaceTOK
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tokenplace

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