UPS Unveils Equity Investment and Partnership With Blockchain B2B Firm Inxeption

The investment arm of logistics giant UPS has made an undisclosed equity investment in United States enterprise blockchain company Inxeption, the firm confirmed in a press release Jan 16. Inxeption, which began operations in 2017, aims to use blockchain technology to improve various processes for businesses, including product design, manufacturing and supply chain management. Neither…

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WWF Launches Blockchain Tool to Track Food Along Supply Chain

World Wildlife Fund-Australia (WWF-Australia) has announced the launch of a supply chain tool that uses blockchain to allow businesses and consumers to track food items, according to a tweet today, Jan. 17. The platform, dubbed OpenSC, is the product of a partnership between WWF-Australia and BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) — the global corporate venture, investment…

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Blockchain Tech Firm Blockstream Launches Beta Version of Satellite API for Data Broadcast

Blockchain technology company Blockstream is launching the beta version of its Blockstream Satellite API, designed to help developers broadcast data via the company’s satellite network. The launch was revealed in the official announcement published Jan. 16. The move follows the company’s satellite service expansion back in December, when it started broadcasting Bitcoin’s (BTC) blockchain on…

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Genesis Partners With Blockchain Security Firm to Provide Direct Custody Operations

Blockchain security firm BitGo has partnered with Bitcoin (BTC) over-the-counter (OTC) trading platform Genesis Global Trading. The partnership intends to allow clients to trade crypto directly from BitGo custody, according to a press release posted today, Jan. 16. Following the recent acquisition of a crypto custodian qualification, BitGo has endeavored to improve its custodial services…

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More Oil Giants to Join Blockchain-Based Platform Vakt for Energy Commodity Trading

Chevron, one of largest American multinational energy corporations, and two other major energy companies have joined Vakt, a United Kingdom-based blockchain platform for energy commodity trading. Reuters reported on the development on Jan. 16. Along with Chevron, Total, a leading French multinational integrated oil and gas company, and major Indian refiner Reliance Industries have become…

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South Korean District to Implement Blockchain for Administrative Transparency

A district in the South Korean capital has announced it will apply blockchain to its proposal evaluation system, privately owned local news agency Newsis reports on Jan. 16 According to the article, South Korea’s Yeongdeungpo-gu — an administrative district in southwest Seoul — aims to strengthen its administrative transparency by applying a blockchain-based evaluation system.…

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Banking Giant HSBC’s Blockchain Platform Processed $250 Billion in Forex in 2018

International banking giant HSBC settled $250 billion of forex trades using blockchain technology in 2018. The company has revealed the figure in a press release quoted by the Financial Times (FT) Jan. 14. Through its proprietary blockchain platform dubbed “FX Everywhere,” HSBC handled 3 million transactions, which translated into 150,000 payments since it launched in…

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Iceland: Draper Associates Leads $5 Million Funding Round for Blockchain-Based ID Platform

Iceland’s blockchain-based identity verification platform Authenteq has raised $5 million in a funding round led by Draper Associates and Capital300, the American tech website VentureBeat reports on Jan. 14. Following the two-week funding round, the company revealed its intention to conduct the second closing of the Series A financing for additional investors in the coming…

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Blockchain-Powered Prediction Platforms: Governance and Uses Beyond Gimmick Markets & Death Pools

The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Cointelegraph.com Like many other ICO success stories and subsequent leaders in their respective market segments, Augur, the preeminent platform for decentralized predictions, faces constant public scrutiny. The latest episode that drew public attention is the allegation, voiced by cryptocurrency…

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University of Bahrain Will Issue Diplomas on the Blockchain Employing Blockcerts

The University of Bahrain will issue diplomas on the blockchain, English-language local media Trade Arabia reports on Jan. 13. According to the aforementioned article, the university employs the Blockcerts open standard in partnership with Learning Machine, a startup providing a system to issue verifiable official records using a blockchain-anchored format. As Cointelegraph reported in September…

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Blockchain Research Now Granted Tax Credit in South Korea

South Korea’s government has added blockchain to the fields of research and development eligible for a tax credit meant to boost innovation, English-language local media TheNews.Asia reports on Jan. 8. The local Ministry of Strategy and Finance announced the proposed changes to the enforcement decree of last year’s tax law, which will be enforced in…

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Washington’s Douglas County is Looking to Build a Blockchain Innovation Campus

Local officials of United States’ Douglas County located in central Washington want to build a blockchain innovation campus, local daily newspaper The Seattle Times reports on Jan. 11. According to the aforementioned article, the county is already used to hosting a substantial crypto mining industry. Crypto miners have been attracted to various central Washington counties…

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