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The Blockchain’s Biggest Problems

The blockchain technology has taken the world by storm. Initially, blockchain was synonymous with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general but it’s now in most industries and it’s changing the way we have done things for ages. From cost efficiency and…


Getting NASDAQ data per minute using Python

If analysis is the body, data is the soul.

In our project of stock market analysis based on Twitter sentiments, we selected a few sample companies. We decided what we needed but we still had to cast some spells to get to the core data.

As much as we dream about attending Hogwarts, we can’t simply say ‘Accio’ to make the data come to us. The computer generally doesn’t understand the spells of the wizarding world yet. So, we will just go create some of our own spells using Python.

Now that choice of language has been made, let’s dive into coding. To get the data, I need an API which can provide me with reliable data of NASDAQ. With numerous searches on Google, I found one named ‘Alpha Vantage’. It provides simple, easy to use API to retrieve around last 10 days of per minute data. Good enough to go ahead with it.

Now, with this API, either I can just simply download the JSON file everyday by making changes to the API call or I can simply write some code to get me the real-time data. Downloading it every day is one way but I chose the later one.


How the Amazon-Google feud is hurting customers | IOL Business Report

INTERNATIONAL – Last fall, I uploaded some family videos to YouTube. Then I bought my mother an Amazon Fire TV so she could access them on her living room television.

Well, so much for being a good son. At the end of the year, as you may have heard, Google cut off access to YouTube from Amazon’s popular line of connected TV devices. Now, when my mom presses the remote-control button for YouTube, Amazon invites her to select between two web browsers, instead of taking her to the popular video sharing app.

It’s all part of an ongoing standoff between the two tech giants that’s nearly gotten lost amid the bitcoin boom, the big chip flaw, SoftBank-Uber and Donald Trump’s tweets. But the fight is significant and even frightening in its implications for customers and the principles of internet openness. Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., two of the largest companies in the world, are slugging it out in pursuit of their own agendas, hurting customers in the process.

The battle goes back years. Back in 2011, Amazon developed its own version of the Android operating system for its Kindle Fire tablets, leaving apps like Google’s Play Store off the device and offering its own app store. More recently, Amazon has kept its Prime Video app—the service that offers up shows like the Man in the High Castle and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—off Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast set-top-boxes.


Blockchain Technology Will Transform the Practice of Law

The term “blockchain” refers to a decentralized digital ledger that combines powerful cryptography algorithms with a system of decentralized computing power that redundantly verifies transactions, which are ultimately recorded on a public digital ledger available to the world. … In the future, transactional lawyers may draft contracts that resemble how developers code software applications. In fact, future lawyers will likely need basic-to-intermediate training in coding in order to implement smart contracts based on the blockchain — a phenomenon that is already taking hold in the general population. In addition, lawyers will need to understand the intricacies of how these systems work in order to counsel clients on potential pitfalls and best practices in utilizing these systems for their business. … While this technology is only in its infancy, its application to business is developing at a rapid pace. With Goldman Sachs, Nasdaq and many other leading financial firms and companies investing hundreds of millions of dollars into blockchain technologies, one thing is clear — the lasting legacy of the blockchain is likely to be far greater than Bitcoin or any other single cryptocurrency. This has significant implications for lawyers and the business of law. Ultimately, however, this technology offers a great opportunity for those firms who can innovate. Those firms that are willing to adapt and embrace this technology will be able to provide more effective and efficient services, which will lead to a competitive advantage over those firms who do not evolve.