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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Swiss Post, Swisscom Developing New Blockchain Platform on Hyperledger

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Swiss Post, the country’s national postal service, and state-owned telecoms provider Swisscom have united to develop a blockchain platform. The two announced Thursday that they are using Hyperledger Fabric to build their “simple, secure and sustainable” private blockchain infrastructure, intended to be utilized by their own, as well as other companies’, applications. The infrastructure is designed…

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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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HHS expects ATO for blockchain acquisition solution this month – FCW.com

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Blockchain HHS expects ATO for blockchain acquisition solution this month By Sara Friedman Dec 05, 2018   The Department of Health and Human Services is making a big push to have the first blockchain-based program in the federal government with authority to operate certification. Jose Arrieta, associate deputy assistant secretary for the HHS Division of…

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Bitfinex, Ethfinex Add Four More USD-Backed Stablecoins

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and its spin-off Ethfinex have added support for four new major USD-backed stablecoins, according to an blog post published Dec. 4. Per the announcement, both exchanges have introduced stablecoins USDC, True USD (TUSD), Paxos (PAX) and the Gemini dollar (GUSD) in a bid to keep the platforms “agnostic.” The four new stablecoins…

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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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7 Southern EU Nations Unite to Take Lead on Blockchain Adoption

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Seven EU member nations have come together to promote the use of blockchain tech to boost government services and economic well-being. The southern European states – France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain – signed a joint declaration on Tuesday to promote the adoption of blockchain in the region in order to “transform” their…

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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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Hyperledger Announces New ‘Cryptography Library’ for DLT Development

The Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee has approved the Ursa project, a modular cryptography software library, according to an official announcement Dec. 4. According to the statement, as Hyperledger has matured, projects “have started to find a need for sophisticated cryptographic implementations.” The post describes Ursa as a shift from having each project implementing its own…

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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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Thai Crypto Exchange Satang Plans to Raise $10 Million in Security Token Offering

Thai cryptocurrency exchange Satang Corp. plans to raise nearly $10 million in a security token offering (STO), despite the recent market meltdown, Asia-focused business publication Nikkei Asian Review reported Dec. 4. Satang’s plans are reportedly supported by the Government of Thailand in a bid to make the country a blockchain center and develop a regulatory…

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Air Force Grad School Launches Blockchain Demo Site

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The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), a graduate school run by the U.S. Air Force, has launched an educational tool for blockchain. Modern Materials Handling magazine reported Monday that the school had launched a free demonstration website for supply chain management professionals in particular, aimed at helping students learn more about blockchain and its…

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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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