Blockchain Startup Mattereum Takes Home $9 Million Violin

Fancy part of a Picasso painting? Want to play a Stradivarius violin or spend the night in an Italian palace? According to Mattereum, these dreams might not be so far-fetched. The London-based startup hopes to revolutionise property rights by tokenizing the real world — starting with a centuries-old instrument. Mattereum recently bought a Stradivarius violin…

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Poll: One Third of German Logistic Managers Think Blockchain Will Improve Supply Chains

More than a third of German logistics managers believe that blockchain technology has the potential to significantly improve cooperation in supply chains, according to a Hermes survey published Nov. 12. The survey polled participants on which technologies they believed were important for improving cooperation within the supply chain. 35 percent of respondents recognized the importance…

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Thailand Uses Blockchain-Supported Electronic Voting System in Primaries

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Thailand's Democrat Party has become the first political party to use blockchain technology to elect its leaders in a primary election, which was held from November 1–9, 2018. In a live e-voting system, more than 120,000 party faithful cast their votes in a transparent way that saw former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva winning his…

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Mattereum Tokenizes $9M Stradivarius Violin

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Singapore Embraces Tokenization Of Assets

. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), in alliance with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced the completion of their Delivery vs. Payment (DvP) platform, created to develop a mechanism that will work for the liquidation of tokenized assets in different blockchains. This platform was mainly developed by Anquan, Deloitte and Nasdaq. According to Sopnendu Mohanty,…

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Russia: Raiffeisen Bank, Gazprom Partner to Issue Bank Guarantee on Blockchain

The Russian subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International has partnered with local state-owned oil giant Gazprom Neft to issue a bank guarantee on blockchain, Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported Nov. 12. According to Kommersant, the bank guarantee was issued to conduct a trade finance transaction involving four parties, Raiffeisen, Gazprom Neft, Belarusian firm Mozyr Oil Refinery,…

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Japan: Crypto Exchange Coincheck Resumes NEM Trading Almost 10 Months After Major Hack

Recently re-opened Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck has announced it has resumed NEM (XEM) crypto token trading after a restructuring of its platform by external “security experts,” South Korean news outlet FNNews reports Nov. 13. In January of this year, Coincheck suffered an industry record-breaking hack when $534 million worth of NEM was stolen from its…

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Australia’s Biggest Bank Trials Blockchain-Based ‘Smart Money’ for Disability Insurance

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and government-run digital innovation center Data61 have released the results of their trial for a blockchain-powered “smart money” system for Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The development was reported by local financial and business news platform Business Insider Australia today, Nov. 13. Data61 is a digital innovation hub…

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While Waiting for Reg A+ Security Token Offering to Qualify, StartEngine Launches Reg D STO

Investment crowdfunding platform StartEngine launched a Reg A+ self-crowdfunding offer for security tokens some time ago. Unfortunately, the offering has not yet been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last week, StartEngine opened up a “limited time” $10 million security token offering (STO) using the Reg D 506c securities exemption – an offering only…

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Commodities Firms Complete Blockchain Pilot for Black Sea Wheat

Swiss-based Transoil International and Solaris Commodities have conducted a blockchain pilot transaction of Black Sea wheat, S&P Global reports Nov. 12. Both companies are involved in the trading of international agricultural commodities like milling wheat, vegetable oil and flour. The two firms completed the pilot using the blockchain-based agri-commodities trading and financing platform of Swiss…

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Marshall Islands President Survives No Confidence Vote Prompted by National Crypto Plans

The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine has narrowly survived a no confidence vote that was partly prompted by her plans to introduce a national digital currency, Asia-focused English-language publication Nikkei Asian Review reports Nov. 12. The Marshallese parliament was reportedly split 16-16, just one vote short of the number needed…

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Major Oil Firms, Banks Partner to Launch Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodity Trading

Major oil companies BP, Shell, and Equinor have united with large banks and trading houses to launch a blockchain-driven platform Vakt for energy commodity trading. The partnership was reported by independent news agency covering energy and commodities markets S&P Global Platts Monday, Nov. 12. Apart from the three oil companies mentioned above, Vakt includes banks…

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Consulting Company Accenture Deploys DLT Platform for Software License Management

Global management consultancy firm Accenture has deployed a distributed ledger (DLT) platform created to manage and track software licenses, a press release reveals Monday, Nov. 12. To develop the solution for software management, Accenture has partnered with Digital Assets, a U.S.-based company providing DLT products for financial institutions. The new app uses Digital Assets’ smart…

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Crimean Government Considers Creation of Blockchain-Cluster and Crypto Fund

Crimean authorities are considering creating a blockchain-cluster in the form of a cryptocurrency investment fund to attract tech businesses to the territory. The cluster would be located within the special economic zones (SEZ) in Crimea and its largest city Sevastopol, major state-operated Russian news agency TASS reported Nov. 9. Georgy Muradov, the Permanent Representative of…

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