Blockchain and Crypto in the Labor Market: Overview of Salaries, Taxes and the Most In-Demand Jobs

Over the past months, the cryptocurrency market has been demonstrating bearish sentiment, with crypto prices falling to a yearly lows. This is making some blockchain companies rethink their business models and cut employees. However, the slump didn’t prevent the blockchain industry from experiencing a human resources boom, as evidenced by an active growth of vacancies…

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Institute Announces Australia’s First Fully Accredited Blockchain Courses

Advertisement Australia’s first and fully accredited blockchain course is here. Developed by Australian institute Blockchain Collective and titled the ‘Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain,’ the course comes with eight modules, including six core modules and two electives, Australia’s Finder reports. The educational institute stated that the course would be delivered through registered training bodies, intensive…

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SBI Holdings, R3 Embark on ‘Joint Venture’ to Boost Corda Blockchain Use in Asia

Japanese financial services company SBI Holdings will partner with software firm R3 to expand local use of its Corda blockchain platform, Cointelegraph Japan reported Dec. 5. Quoting local news outlet Nikkei, the report reveals that SBI, which is involved in multiple cryptocurrency and blockchain-related activities, will expand on its existing investment in R3 to create…

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US Dept. Homeland Security Calls on Blockchain Startups for Anti-Forgery Solutions

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking blockchain-based solutions from startups to prevent the forgery and counterfeiting of digital documents, according to a press release published Dec. 4. According to the release, the request has been published under the aegis of DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).…

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Over One Third of German Big Business Finds Blockchain Tech as Impactful as Internet

According to a recent survey, over one third of big businesses in Germany consider blockchain technology as revolutionary as the Internet, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported, Dec. 4. In addition to artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT), blockchain technology is one of the current three areas of development with “tremendous potential,” the survey…

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Seven EU States Sign Declaration to Promote Blockchain Use

Seven southern European Union member states have released a declaration calling for help in the promotion of Distributed Ledger Technology’s (DLT) use in the region, the Financial Times (FT) reports Dec. 4. The declaration was reportedly initiated by Malta and signed by six other member states, France, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain and Greece, during a…

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Ripple, NEM & Two Others Launch ‘Blockchain for Europe’ Association

Four major blockchain companies have formed a “Blockchain for Europe” Association, according to a press release Dec. 5. The association seeks to promote the understanding and proactive regulation of blockchain and other distributed ledger (DLT) technologies across the continent. The four participant companies are Ripple, the NEM Foundation, Emurgo – which supports commercial ventures based…

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Blockchain ‘Radically Simplifies’ KYC, Say UAE Trial Participants

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial free zone within the United Arab Emirates, says it has successfully completed the trial of a blockchain-based know-your-customer (KYC) application. ADGM announced Tuesday that the first phase the project has been concluded in association with its regulatory body, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), and project advisor…

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Hong Kong Blockchain Startup Hires China’s Bitcoin Evangelist After He “Quits”

Although China has continued to relentlessly clamp down certain subsets of the crypto industry, the nation’s blockchain scene continues to swell at an unbridled pace, backed by hotshot entrepreneurs, billions in Renminbi (China’s currency), and world-renowned incubators and venture capital consortiums. Most recently, a notable Chinese blockchain startup hired a legendary Bitcoin investor, accentuating that…

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Overstock’s Medici Ventures Acquires Stake in Agricultural Blockchain Firm

Medici Ventures, the blockchain venture arm of Overstock.com Inc., has purchased $2.5 million in equity in agricultural blockchain project GrainChain, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Dec. 4. Founded in 2003, GrainChain has developed a blockchain-powered system that enables supply chain parties to track the distribution process of harvests. GrainChain’s blockchain-based financial settlement…

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New York Financial Regulators Approve Blockchain Payments System

The Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDFS) has authorized a blockchain-based digital platform offered by a local bank, an official NYDFS press release states Dec. 4. NYDFS superintendent Maria T. Vullo announced today that the department authorized New York-based Signature Bank to offer its digital payment platform Signet in the state. The approved…

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Major Latin American Bank Conglomerate Itau to Create Blockchain Platform for Small Loans

Brazil’s largest private bank has partnered with United Kingdom bank Standard Chartered to create a blockchain-based platform for small loans, according to a press release published by Itau Tuesday, Dec. 4. Itau Unibanco, also a major Latin American banking group, and Standard Chartered both offer international banking services. The two entities have successfully conducted a…

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How Significant Is Blockchain in Internet of Things?

The spotlight was placed back on the Internet of Things (IoT) recently when Bosch, the multinational engineering and electronics company, tweeted on Nov. 12 about their Cross Domain Development Kit (XDK), a programmable sensor device and IoT prototyping platform, in partnership with IOTA. A number of definitions for IoT exist, of which Ernst and Young…

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Argo Blockchain Sees 146% Increase in Crypto Mining Package Sales

A shattered crypto market has not deterred miners from purchasing crypto mining software packages, revealed Argo Blockchain.The U.K.-based Mining-as-a-Service (MaaS) firm noted a 146% jump in its sales between October 1 and December 4 after selling a new batch of packages.It led the company to beat its January 2019 sales targets ahead of time and…

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Hyperledger Launches Cryptography Toolbox for Blockchain Developers

Blockchain consortium Hyperledger has launched a new tool for developers – a modular, shared cryptographic library dubbed Ursa. The Linux Foundation-led group announced Tuesday that Hyperledger Ursa will act as a repository of “trusted” cryptographic implementations, aimed to make it easier for blockchain developers within its community and the wider open-source space to avoid duplication of…

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