US Leads in Blockchain-Related Job Offerings Globally: Report

The United States is the world’s leader in blockchain-related jobs, according to a research by The NextWeb (TNW) published on March 8. To prepare the report, TNW gathered information from job and recruiting site Glassdoor, finding all the job offerings that had the term “blockchain” in the job listing in countries around the world. The…

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SEC’s ‘Crypto Mom’ Sounds Note of Caution About National Action Plans

A blockchain-friendly member of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) sounded a note of caution in response to an industry lobbyist’s call for a national strategy for the technology. The Digital Chamber of Commerce’s National Action Plan calls on the federal government to “make blockchain technology a priority,” by publicly supporting development in the space, adopting…

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Singapore Launches Pilot of TradeTrust Blockchain Shipping Initiative

The Singapore government will press ahead with a pilot of its blockchain-based maritime trade platform TradeTrust through an official partnership, trade news outlet Asia Middle East Maritime Focus reported on March 7. TradeTrust, which aims to leverage blockchain to streamline complex manual processes involved in international shipping, will first focus on blockchain-powered electronic bills of…

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US State of Connecticut Introduces Bill to Authorize Smart Contract Use in Commerce

A committee of the Connecticut state legislature has proposed to authorize the use of smart contracts in commerce in the state, according to official documentation introduced on March 7. The Commerce Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) has introduced House Bill 7310, suggesting that blockchain-powered smart contracts may be used in commerce conducted or…

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Facebook Blockchain Job Openings Top 20 Amid Staffing Spree

Social media giant Facebook keeps looking to expand its blockchain-related staff. Facebook’s careers website now lists 20 job openings related to the technology in a wide range of areas, including: technology communications director, threat investigator, data scientist, two product managers and a product designer, brand strategy and marketing managers, community, media and web manager, engineers, various…

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Crypto Skeptic Massachusetts Secretary Creates Fintech Advisory Group

The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which oversees the state’s securities regulator, has reportedly formed a fintech advisory group, banking trade publication American Banker reports on March 7. The office of Secretary William Gavin has reportedly formed a group comprising representatives from Eastern Bank in Boston, a blockchain firm called Arwen,…

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OKEx Lists Tron on Customer-to-Customer Trading Platform

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has began listing Tron (TRX) on its customer-to-customer (C2C) trading market, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 7. OKEx’s decentralized C2C trading platform enables users to trade digital assets directly with each other, much like a peer-to-peer (p2p) model. On the platform, users are able to place…

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Ruling Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-Based E-Voting

The ruling party of the Russian Federation, United Russia, has launched a blockchain-based platform for electronic voting, local news agency TASS reported on March 6. United Russia has reportedly launched an updated website for its primaries with the added function of e-voting. The party’s head of IT projects Vyacheslav Sateyev said that the vote counting…

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Thai Petroleum Company Tests Blockchain Energy Trading Platform

Thai petroleum refining firm Bangchak Corporation Public Co. Limited (BCP) is testing a blockchain-based energy trading platform and commercial microgrid, distributed energy news site Microgrid Knowledge reports on March 7. BCP is testing the new platform at a shopping mall attached to one of its fuel stations in Bangkok. The new system will purportedly combine…

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Coinbase Bought Neutrino for $13.5 Million, Acquisition Contract Allegedly Shows

Major United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase had bought blockchain intelligence startup Neutrino for $13.5 million, according to an acquisition contract reportedly obtained by Bitcoin Magazine on Wednesday, Mar. 6. The legal document, whose authenticity has not been independently verified by Cointelegraph, is dated Feb. 15, and it reportedly provides the exact amount of the two…

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Alibaba Exec: E-Commerce Giant Considering Blockchain Use in Complex Supply Chains

Liu Song, vice president of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has said in an interview that the company is considering blockchain tech implementation for cross-border  supply chains. Song’s remarks were noted in an article published by China’s largest state-owned newspaper, People’s Daily, on Wednesday, March 6. Song underlined that in the future, Alibaba can implement…

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Ripple CEO Says JPM Coin Lacks Interoperability: ‘Just Use the Dollar, I Don’t Get It!’

Ripple (XRP) CEO Brad Garlinghouse says the recently-announced digital asset from United States banking giant JPMorgan Chase lacks the interoperability that would make it a significant innovation. Garlinghouse made his remarks during an interview at the 4th Annual DC Blockchain Summit in Washington D.C. on March 6. As Cointelegraph has reported, JPMorgan Chase announced the…

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Swiss Stock Exchange SIX to Use R3 Corda Enterprise for Blockchain-Based Trading Platform

Switzerland's principal stock exchange, SIX Swiss Exchange, has chosen to use blockchain consortium R3’s Corda Enterprise platform for its forthcoming blockchain-powered digital exchange. The news was revealed during the R3-hosted Corda Day event in Singapore on March 6. The SIX Swiss Exchange sees roughly 4.62 billion Swiss Francs (CHF) (~$4.6 billion) in daily turnover, and…

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