Insurance Blockchain Startup B3i Raises $16 Million

Zurich-based blockchain startup B3i Service AG has increased its capital by $16 million in February, according to recently published filings from the Swiss commercial register. B3i Service AG — a blockchain initiative formed by “Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative” B3i in 2018 and run by several international insurance companies including Munich Re and Swiss Re —…

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E-Commerce Firm Rakuten Readies Cryptocurrency Exchange for April Launch After Name Change

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has completed registration of its cryptocurrency exchange Rakuten Wallet, which will go live next month, the company confirmed in a press release on March 25. Rakuten, which follows several major Japanese tech players in entering the crypto exchange market, renamed its product from Everybody’s Bitcoin earlier this month. The company had…

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Fintech Firm trueDigital Expands Over-the-Counter BTC, ETH Reference Rate Distribution

New York-based fintech infrastructure provider trueDigital Holdings (TDH) is partnering with crypto data firm Kaiko and digital assets analytics company Inca Digital Securities to widen the distribution of its over-the-counter (OTC) reference rates for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). The development was shared with Cointelegraph in a press release on March 25. As reported last…

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Singapore Blockchain Accelerator Nets BMW and Intel Among New Partners

Singapore government-backed blockchain accelerator Tribe has gained BMW and Intel as two major strategic partners, local English-language technology news outlet Tech In Asia reported on March 22. Tribe, which began operations late last year, is the brainchild of Tri5 Ventures, a venture capital firm aiming to support later-stage startups. Existing partners of the scheme include…

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BMW, Intel Partner With Government-Backed Blockchain Accelerator

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BMW Group Asia, Intel and Nielsen are now corporate partners of the Singapore government-supported blockchain accelerator Tribe. Tribe Accelerator announced the news Friday, saying that the three firms will share their knowledge and subject expertise in their respective fields with Tribe’s startups in order to help build an “inclusive” ecosystem “ready for industry 4.0.” BMW…

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BitMart Labs Hosts China Digital Economy Global Innovation Forum, Dedicated to Boosting China’s Blockchain Market

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On March 24th, BitMart Labs, an international blockchain incubator launched by BitMart Exchange, will host the China Digital Economy Global Innovation Forum and BitMart One Year Anniversary Convention in Shanghai, China. Sheldon Xia, Founder, and CEO of BitMart Exchange will attend the forum and speak on BitMart’s past success. Co-hosted by HPOOL, China’s largest hard…

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France Won’t Launch Cryptocurrency Anytime Soon: PwC Blockchain Exec

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France’s central bank won’t issue its own digital currency anytime soon because doing so would be a complex undertaking that could hurt the country’s flailing economy. That’s the assessment of Pauline Adam Kalfon, a blockchain and cryptocurrency partner at PwC France. Pauline Kalfon: Bitcoin is Great, But Cool Your Heels Kalfon admits there’s growing interest…

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China’s 11th Crypto Rankings: EOS First, TRON Second, Ethereum Third, Bitcoin Fifteenth

China has released its latest government-sponsored rankings of major cryptocurrencies on March 22, placing Bitcoin (BTC) in 15th, while EOS keeps its top spot. Tron (TRX) came in second, after overtaking Ethereum (ETH) in February. The crypto rankings by China’s Center for Information and Industry Development (CCID) were first announced in May last year. In this eleventh…

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Bayer’s Agricultural Division Partners With ConsenSys-Backed Startup BlockApps

The agricultural division of pharmaceutical and life science giant Bayer AG, Bayer CropScience, is collaborating with ConsenSys-backed Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) startup BlockApps. BlockApps revealed the news to Cointelegraph on March 22. Germany-based Bayer CropScience has been working on a number of blockchain initiatives with BlockApps since early 2018, a BlockApps spokesperson told Cointelegraph. One of the…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Binance Coin, Stellar, Tron, Cardano: Price Analysis, March 22

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. The crypto markets are eagerly awaiting the launch of…

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Swiss Federal Council Initiates Blockchain Law Consultation Period

The Swiss Federal Council has started its consultation period on the adaptation of federal law for blockchain development, according to an official press release published on March 22. By initiating the consultation, the Federal Council intends to improve legal certainty over blockchain applications in order to build a basis for regulatory framework for the industry…

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Prediction Startup Numerai Raises $11 Million in ICO

American prediction market startup and hedge fund Numerai (NMR) has raised $11 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to launch its project Erasure, Numerai tweeted on March 21. Introduced in late 2016, Numeraire network provides a blockchain and cryptographic token-based ecosystem for incentivizing anonymous data scientists to create predictive models. Based on the Ethereum…

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UPS Integrates Blockchain Platform to Improve Merchant Supply Chains

Major American postal carrier UPS and e-commerce technology company Inxeption have jointly rolled out a blockchain-powered platform to improve merchant supply chains. The development was announced in a press release published on March 21. The new blockchain platform dubbed Inxeption Zippy is designed to help companies list, market and distribute their products to customers. The…

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China’s Alibaba Partners With Chinese Software Giant to Promote Blockchain Development

Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba and Aerospace Information Co., a major software developer and provider, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement for cloud computing, blockchain and other technological services development. Chinese finance publication Securities Daily reported on the deal on March 21. The two parties have agreed to take advantage of their respective brand technologies “to…

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WSJ Claim of $9 Mln Laundered Via Shapeshift Based on Flawed Investigation, Analysts Say

Blockchain intelligence firm CipherBlade has accused the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) of using flawed investigative methods and thus overestimating the extent of alleged money laundering via crypto exchange ShapeShift. CipherBlade’s analysis of the WSJ report was published in a blog post on March 20. As reported, the WSJ published a lengthy exposé in fall 2018…

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