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UNICEF Joins the Blockchain Movement, Set to Fund Various Blockchain Projects in Emerging Economies

Category: Adoption, Blockchain, Development, Finance, News

UNICEF Joins the Blockchain Movement, Set to Fund Various Blockchain Projects in Emerging Economies

In a bid to make it easier for innovators in emerging economies to solve real-life problems with distributed ledger technology (DLT ), the UNICEF Innovation Fund, has announced a move to invest heavily in six blockchain startups in developing and emerging economies, according to a press release on December 10, 2018.    UNICEF Using DLT to Help Humanity The UNICEF…

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South Korea: Shinhan Bank Turns to Blockchain Technology to Augment Financial Services

Category: Adoption, Blockchain, Business, Finance, News

South Korea: Shinhan Bank Turns to Blockchain Technology to Augment Financial Services

South Korea’s second largest bank has started a pilot project to implement a blockchain-based work process across a range of financial services and internal protocol management systems, reported Korea Times on December 10, 2018. Leading Blockchain Adoption Managing assets of over $260 billion and storing $192 billion worth of the Korean won, Shinhan Bank is one of the largest financial…

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Swiss Post and Swisscom to Develop Hyperledger-based Blockchain Platform

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, Finance, News, Platform, Tech

Swiss Post and Swisscom to Develop Hyperledger-based Blockchain Platform

According to a joint press release published by Swisscom and Swiss Post, on December 6, 2018, the two state-owned entities have come together to form a “simple, secure, and sustainable” platform for blockchain applications in Switzerland. Private Blockchain-based Project While the Swiss Post is Switzerland’s national postal service, Swisscom is one of the country’s largest state-owned telecom service providers. The…

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U.S. Department of Defense Uncertain about Viability of Blockchains amid Soaring Hype

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U.S. Department of Defense Uncertain about Viability of Blockchains amid Soaring Hype

The U.S. Department of Defense is currently assessing the viability of blockchain technology for military-related applications, according to a recent report from C4ISRNET, a publication covering technological advancements in the defense sector. In a document published November 19, 2018, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said that it was looking to understand the “Applications and Barriers” to distributed consensus…

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Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare BuyCoin squares BlockEQ Wallet for $9 Million

Category: Blockchain, Finance, News, Platform, Regulation

Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare BuyCoin squares BlockEQ Wallet for $9 Million

Coinsquare, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in Canada, has acquired BlockEQ, Stellar’s non-custodial crypto wallet, in a bid to expand its offerings beyond just digital asset trading, the company announced in a press release on December 6, 2018. “Coinbase of Canada” Acquires BlockEQ While many still speculate about how long the bearish market will last, some companies in the…

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Seven E.U. Nations Sign Declaration to Explore Use Cases for Distributed Ledgers

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, News, Platform, Tech

Seven E.U. Nations Sign Declaration to Explore Use Cases for Distributed Ledgers

As many as seven countries in the European Union are banding together to help promote blockchain technology throughout the continent, Financial Times reported December 4, 2018. The list of countries mostly comprises of southern members, including France, Italy, and Spain. The governments of these nations will reportedly explore applications for distributed ledger technology (DLT) outside of digital currencies. The group…

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The U.S. Air Force Release Interactive Tools to Help Supply Chain Professionals Use Blockchain Technology 

Category: Adoption, Blockchain, News, Platform, Tech

The U.S. Air Force Release Interactive Tools to Help Supply Chain Professionals Use Blockchain Technology 

The United States Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has launched interactive tools targeted at making it easier for supply chain professionals to understand and effectively use distributed ledger technology (DLT) according to a press release on December 3, 2018. AFIT Set to Revolutionize the Military Supply Chain System In a bid to help supply chain professionals in the U.S….

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Australia: Perth Sees its First Blockchain Center

Category: Blockchain, Business, Exchange, Finance, News, Platform, Tech

Australia: Perth Sees its First Blockchain Center

Western Australia’s capital city, Perth saw its first blockchain center open on December 3, 2018, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, December 4, 2018. The blockchain center will allow startups to share resources and ideas with like-minded business personnel and entrepreneurs. Blockchain Centre Will Help Retain Local Tech Talent According to Sam Lee, brains behind the newly opened blockchain center, the…

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SEC Believes International Cooperation Is Vital In Pursuing Illegal And Fraudulent ICOs

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SEC Believes International Cooperation Is Vital In Pursuing Illegal And Fraudulent ICOs

Steven Peikin, the co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement gave a speech at the Harvard Law School’s Program on the importance of international cooperation in pursuing fraudulent ICOs on December 3, 2018. Peikin highlighted the need for global assistance when it comes to fighting fraud in the ICO and cryptocurrency sector, as many of the sponsors and founders are…

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26 French Firms Test R3 Consortium’s PoC Blockchain Solution for KYC

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26 French Firms Test R3 Consortium’s PoC Blockchain Solution for KYC

Twenty-six France-based companies including RCI Bank, Allianz France, Alten, BNP Paribas, and others, have tested R3‘s proof-of-concept blockchain solution with support from the French Association of Corporate Treasurers (AFTE). The system is targeted at helping firms conduct better know-your-customer (KYC) checks, according to a press release by RCI Bank on December 3, 2018. KYC on the Blockchain RCI Bank and…

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