BBVA Leads Blockchain-Based Syndicated Loan of $150 Million with BNP Paribas and MUFG

Spain’s second largest bank, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), has carried out a blockchain-based syndicated loan of $150 million, U.K.-based global financial news agency Finextra reports Wednesday, Nov. 7. The syndicated bank transaction has been conducted on a private blockchain network through a group of three funding banks including French banking group BNP Paribas, Japan’s…

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‘Free Transactions Cleared in Five Seconds’: Platform to Help Businesses Use Blockchain

A startup is aiming to attract social networks, gaming companies and mobile payment providers through a “full-service platform” that eliminates the headaches associated with using blockchain technology to reach customers. Aerum says its offering is geared towards entrepreneurs and businesses that create DApps (decentralized apps) based on the Ethereum protocol. According to the company, its…

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China’s Central Bank Issues Warning Against Blockchain Investment ‘Bubble’

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has warned of “bubbles” in blockchain-related financing and investment, Reuters reported Nov. 6. The PBoC, which is known for its anti-cryptocurrency stance, has reportedly advised that the government strengthen its supervision of “speculation, market manipulation and other irregularities,” which it claims are common in domestic blockchain…

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Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Issues Thought Paper on Crypto and Blockchain

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) has issued a thought paper on cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure for issuing digital assets, reports the Emirati government news agency WAM Nov. 6.                                 The document was reportedly issued in collaboration with the Central Securities Depositories and under the auspices of the International Securities Service Association, ISSA. In publishing…

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Port Authority of Valencia Joins Maersk, IBM Blockchain Project for Shipping

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), Spain, has integrated into the TradeLens platform, a blockchain ecosystem jointly developed by IBM and shipping giant Maersk, according to an official announcement published Nov. 5. Launched in August 2018, the TradeLens platform applies blockchain technology to global supply chains. The product aims to improve trade efficiency and security,…

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Thai Revenue Department to Track Tax Payments Using Blockchain

The Thai Revenue Department has revealed its plans to track tax payments using blockchain and maсhine learning, local news outlet Bangkok Post reported Nov. 5. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, the Revenue Department’s director-general, told reporters that blockchain will be used to verify the validity of taxes paid and to speed up the tax refund process. Machine learning,…

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After ‘Negligible’ Mining-Related Sales, AMD Launches 8 New ‘Blockchain Compute Solutions’

AMD, a California-based semiconductor manufacturer, has evidently partnered with seven major tech companies to produce eight new cryptocurrency mining rigs, according to AMD’s official website as of today, Nov. 5. As per the list of newly-released miners on AMD’s site under the title “AMD and Blockchain Technology,” the firm has partnered with Sapphire, ASROCK, ASUS,…

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HSBC India Completes Joint Blockchain-Enabled Transaction With India Holding Giant RIL

The Indian subsidiary of major global banking and financial services firm HSBC and India’s holding giant Reliance Industries (RIL) have completed a blockchain-enabled trade finance transaction, Indian business newspaper The Hindu Business Line reports Sunday, Nov. 4. The blockchain-powered letter of credit (LoC) transaction, reportedly the first of its kind in India, involved export by…

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Overstock’s Medici Ventures & Rwanada Government Partner for Blockchain Property Rights Platform

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Advertisement Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock, one of the most cryptocurrency friendly businesses in the world, whose CEO has frequently promoted the use of bitcoin and other cryptos. Medici is specifically geared toward blockchain businesses, development, and technology, and on Thursday it signed a second Memorandum of Understanding…

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Precious Ledgers: Why Blockchain Is the Right Fit for Gold and Diamonds

This week, two major news within the precious metals industry broke. First, the world’s largest diamond company, Russia’s Alrosa, joined a blockchain project aimed at increasing transparency. Secondly, the world’s largest bank, JPMorgan, reportedly started to use its blockchain to tokenize gold. Indeed, blockchain has been pioneering both gold and diamond industries — complex ecosystems…

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Cboe’s Head of Equity Options Just Joined a Blockchain Startup

Blockchain startup AlphaPoint has hired a senior executive from Cboe Global Markets, the parent of the Chicago Board of Exchange. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Kapil Rathi joined AlphaPoint as global head of trading markets,  a newly created position, and will be in charge of the company's trading and exchange business. He was previously Cboe's head of…

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Azerbaijan Targets Utilities, Justice System for Blockchain, Smart Contracts Use

Azerbaijan is planning to use blockchain and smart contracts in the country’s legal system and housing sector, Central Asian-focused Trend News Agency reported Nov. 2. Speaking to the publication, chairman of the Azerbaijani Internet Forum Osman Gunduz noted that plans for smart contract introduction in these areas by the country’s justice ministry had “attracted attention”…

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After Becoming ‘Blockchain Island,’ Malta to Develop Artificial Intelligence Strategy

The Maltese government has announced the formation of a taskforce to develop a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, Cointelegraph reports Tuesday, Nov. 1 from the Malta Blockchain Summit. The Junior Minister for Financial services, Digital economy and Innovation, Silvio Schembri announced the launch of the governmental initiative “Malta.ai,” stating that Malta is aiming to become…

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Sia Completes Hard Fork as Bricked Miners Form Rival Blockchain

The distributed cloud storage blockchain network Sia has successfully completed a planned hard fork, changing its consensus rules in a way that prevents some specialized hardware from mining on the network. "All is working normally now," David Vorick, co-founder and CEO of Nebulous, the for-profit company behind the Sia network, told CoinDesk on Thursday. The…

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Intel Meets Blockchain: Cloud Computing Platform Releases New Solution For Data Protection

On Nov. 1, 2018, iExec, a decentralized marketplace for computing power based in Lyon, France, released its end-to-end trusted execution environment. The developers of iExec describe the technology as “the first Intel SGX scalable solution for businesses to achieve privacy and security in blockchain-based computing.” What is Intel SGX? Intel SGX, or Software Guard Extensions,…

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CryptoZink to Present at Malta Blockchain Summit

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Mars Blockchain Summit NYC 2018 Successfully Held, Summit Dialogues Explored What’s Next in Blockchain

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Blockchain Software Firm ConsenSys Acquires Asteroid Mining Company

Blockchain software technology firm ConsenSys Inc. has acquired American asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, Inc. through an asset-purchase transaction, according to an announcement published Oct. 31. Founded in 2009 and formerly known as Arkyd Astronautics, Planetary Resources is supposedly engaged in the exploration, extracting and refining of resources from asteroids. The company, which reportedly has…

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