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Blockchain Startup Signs MOU With Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Barbados-based fintech startup Bitt Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) to research...

Hong Kong University Receives $20 Mln Research Grant for Payment Systems, Blockchain

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School has received a $20 million research grant to improve the security capabilities of electronic payment systems,...

China’s Communist Party Publishes Blockchain Tech 101

China's Communist Party is moving to make blockchain literacy the norm across public offices with the publication of an explainer for officials and members.Released...

Microsoft Looks to Trusted Computing for Boosting Blockchain Security

Two newly-published patent applications from Microsoft suggest that the software giant is looking at the use of trusted execution environments, or TEEs, within its...

Blockchain Music Startup Raises $5.5 Million in Series A Funding

Audius, a decentralised, community-owned music sharing platform billed as the blockchain’s answer to Soundcloud has announced the successful completion of a $5.5 million Series...

South Korean Government to Promote Blockchain Training as Part of ‘4th Industrial Revolution’

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT will promote the training of blockchain technology as part of an effort to prepare young people for what it...

China Issues First Tax Authority-Approved Invoice on Blockchain

China’s first digital invoice on the blockchain has been issued in the southeastern city of Shenzhen, local news platform EEO reports August 10.This is the first implementation of...

CEVA Logistics: IBM-Maersk Blockchain Platform Is ‘Big Step Forward’

Swiss-registered logistics giant CEVA Logistics has announced its participation in IBM and Maersk’s new joint blockchain platform TradeLens in a press release August 10.The partners unveiled TradeLens, which is dedicated to enhancing shipping...

Blockchain Encyclopedia Launches as Developers Iron Out Token ‘Challenges’

Cayman Islands-based blockchain startup Everipedia formally launched its peer-to-peer (P2P) encyclopedia August 9, a press release confirmed.Designed to be an “autonomous encyclopedia without the need for advertisements or...

This Free Tool Helps Check Your Diamond’s Provenance on a Blockchain

Rare Carat, an American company that helps users in finding authentic diamond rings, has partnered with blockchain firm Everledger to launch a product that...

WeChat Eyes Blockchain for Faster Corporate Expense Refunds

Tech giant Tencent thinks blockchain can speed up the reimbursement of expenses for company employees, and it's trialing a feature on its WeChat app...

The World Bank is preparing for the world’s first blockchain bond

The World Bank has mandated Commonwealth Bank of Australia to arrange the world's first blockchain bond.The Kangaroo bond, referring to foreign bonds issued in Australia in...

World Bank Mandates Commonwealth Bank of Australia to Issue Bond Using Blockchain Tech

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the largest bank in the country, has been mandated by the World Bank to arrange a bond issue exclusively on a blockchain, according to a press release Aug....

Bank of China CIO Says Bank to Increase Investments in Blockchain, Fintech

The commercial, state-run Bank of China, not to be confused with the People’s Bank of China, announced its plans to invest further in fintech innovation,...

Overstock Blockchain Spin-Off Raises $134 Million – With Millions More Committed

Overstock.com subsidiary tZero raised $134 million in its security token offering, the company said Thursday.The announcement – revealed as part of Overstock's second-quarter results...

94 Companies Join IBM and Maersk’s Blockchain Supply Chain

IBM and shipping giant Maersk have recruited a sturdy crew for their global trade blockchain platform.Revealed Wednesday, the companies have already signed up 94 firms...

Barclays Is Pitting Blockchains Against Each Other (For a Cause)

U.K. banking giant Barclays is challenging up-and-coming blockchain coders to help revamp the global derivatives market at a hackathon next month.Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk,...

Blockchain Startup Raises $24.8 Million to Bring Tax Auditing to Crypto Assets

Libra, a provider of financial reporting services for the crypto assets ecosystem, has closed a $15 million Series B funding round, bringing the company’s...

South Korean Biotech Firm to Use Blockchain for Genomic Big Data Ecosystem

Public South Korean biotech enterprise Macrogen, the country’s leading gene sequencing service provider, is developing a genomic big data blockchain-based platform together with local tech firm Bigster,...

Ohio Becomes Latest US State to Legally Recognize Blockchain Data

Ohio has become the latest U.S. state to legally recognize data stored and transacted on a blockchain.The news comes after lawmakers from the state introduced a...

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