Report: ‘Blockchain Is A Rapidly Maturing Technology in China’ December 7, 2019

Forkast Insights, the research arm of Asia-based Forkast, took an in-depth, comprehensive look at how blockchain technology is integrated in China. On Dec. 5, Forkast Insights presented its first report on how blockchain is being applied by the Chinese government and companies across the country. According to the report, blockchain technology is rapidly maturing and […]

American Citizen Arrested For Educating North Korea On Blockchain And Crypto November 30, 2019

Today United States prosecutors announced the arrest of Virgil Griffith, who allegedly traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to deliver a presentation on how to use cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology to circumvent sanctions. According to the November 29 announcement, the 36-year-old Griffith was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport, and will […]

China's Dive Into Blockchain, Digital ID Spurs Rest of World to Action November 25, 2019

News on crypto and blockchain technology is coming in abundance from China. This became especially true in late October 2019, when the Chinese President Xi Jinping called for accelerating the use of blockchain technology in the country. President Xi identified dozens of use cases that should be promoted: loans, health care, anti-counterfeiting, charity and food […]

Longhash Blockchain Researchers Dispute 2017 ‘Single Whale’ Theory November 19, 2019

Blockchain education platform Longhash has released research that it claims debunks the recent single-whale theory of the 2017 Bitcoin (BTC) bull run. On Nov. 18, researchers at crypto analytics firm Longhash announced that they have calculated a metric called “Tether Purchasing Power,” which shows more insight into the question of whether Tether (USDT) was used […]

How Blockchain and Crypto Are Poised to Shift the Balance of Power October 28, 2019

Blockchain’s potential to disrupt the financial landscape is evident. Even at this early point in the technology’s development, established institutions — including banks and governments — have been quick to note this potential for disruption, and equally quick to attempt to limit its impact.  However, despite the obvious utility, and many current and fascinating applications […]

Crypto and Blockchain News From Japan: Oct. 14–20 in Review October 21, 2019

The cryptocurrency- and blockchain-friendly country of Japan has seen a number of significant developments for the industries this past week. A self-regulatory organization has introduced guidance for cryptocurrency custodians, while a subsidiary of major financial services firm SBI Holdings will conduct compliance policies using blockchain technology.  Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain […]

Crypto and Blockchain News From Brazil: Oct. 6-12 in Review October 13, 2019

The story of Brazil’s crypto scams took a new twist over the past week as CEO of an alleged pyramid scheme reportedly fled the country after rejecting court deadlines. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph Brasil. Banco Original sponsors a crypto-related event Brazil’s Banco […]

Blockchain Healthcare Firm Wins US National Science Foundation Grant October 11, 2019

New England-based blockchain firm SimplyVital Health, Inc. has received a $225,000 grant from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) to research integration of its protocol Nexus with the Graphene protocol. The NSF awarded the grant as part of its Small Business Programs, which contributes $200 million annually to innovative startups and small businesses, according […]

Student May Have Tried to Hack West Virginia’s Blockchain Voting App October 9, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether a student at the University of Michigan attempted to hack the West Virginia’s voting app. “Not one single vote was changed”  On Oct. 5, according to CNN, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, wrote that the FBI is investigating […]

Liechtenstein’s Parliament Unanimously Approves New Blockchain Act October 6, 2019

Liechtenstein’s Parliament has unanimously passed the Act on Tokens and Entities Providing Services Based on Trusted Technologies (TVTG), also known as the Blockchain Act. Pioneer in comprehensive regulation On Oct. 3, the Parliament of Liechtenstein approved the Blockchain Act, which aims to improve investor protection, combat money laundering and establish clarity. The new law will […]

Samsung-Backed Blockchain Firm Launches in UAE After Securing $16M October 3, 2019

Blocko, a South Korean blockchain provider, launched in the United Arab Emirates after securing $16 million in funding. Building full-scale enterprise blockchain solutions On Oct. 2, Middle Eastern business publication Arabian Business reported that Blocko has partnered with SEED Group, a member of the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum in the […]

Harbor Tokenizes $100 Million in Real Estate Funds on Ethereum Blockchain September 17, 2019

The startup Harbor announced a partnership with Seattle-based real estate investment firm iCap Equity to tokenize $100 million in real estate funds. On Sept. 16, Harbor announced in a blog post that iCap Equity is using Harbor’s blockchain-enabled platform to improve its liquidity in four of its real estate funds which manages over $100 million […]

U.S. Dep. of Energy Grants $200,000 to Blockchain Company to Secure Grid September 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is granting nearly $200,000 to blockchain company Factom to help protect the national power grid. Blockchain to improve grid reliability and resilience On July 12, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds. The overall objectives of the grant proposed to design a system to improve grid reliability and […]

South Korean ArtBloc to Sell David Hockney Paintings via Blockchain August 31, 2019

South Korean art-focused blockchain project ArtBloc will conduct a fractionalized ownership sale of two paintings by popular British painter David Hockney. ArtBloc launch commemoration ArtBloc plans to host a special event introducing the blockchain-enabled fractionalized ownership sale of two of David Hockney’s paintings in Seoul on Sept. 19, local outlet KoreaTechDesk reported on Aug. 29. […]

Would Blockchain Better Protect User Data Than FaceApp? Experts Answer August 19, 2019

FaceApp — the mobile application that has blown up your Instagram feed with pictures of your followers as old people, the opposite gender or babies — has raised a lot of concerns about potential privacy violations for users that upload their photos to be edited. Rumors have circulated that the application might even be taking […]

US Customs and Border to Trial Blockchain Shipping Proof-of-Concept August 17, 2019

A United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) advisory committee, is planning to launch a live test of its blockchain-based intellectual property rights proof of concept. The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will run its tests from late August to late September, per a report published on the CBP’s website. The COAC advises the […]

Walmart Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Drone Communication System August 15, 2019

American retail giant Walmart has submitted a patent application for a drone communication system that is based on blockchain technology.  Walmart filed its patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The filing describes a system on a drone that encrypts and stores that drone’s operational parameters. That information is […]

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill to Establish Blockchain Task Force August 10, 2019

Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy recently signed bill S2297, which is an act to create a so-dubbed New Jersey Blockchain Initiative Task Force. The purpose of the task force is purportedly to study blockchain solutions for the benefit of the state. The news that Murphy passed this bill comes by way of an announcement […]

Circle CEO to Testify Before Senate on Blockchain and Digital Assets July 29, 2019

Circle co-founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire is scheduled to testify before congress tomorrow as a representative of The Blockchain Association — a business organization comprised of blockchain industry advocates.  Allaire will testify before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in an open session hearing called “Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and […]

Ethereum Blockchain Solutions for Enterprise Business: Pros and Cons July 27, 2019

Ethereum currently is known as the most popular public blockchain network for the development of decentralized applications (DApps) and smart contracts. Its prospective blockchain protocol is one of the few cryptocurrency projects actually achieving real-world adoption, with dozens of applications that can be divided into 11 major categories: open finance, decentralized exchanges, gaming, collectibles, marketplaces, […]

Japanese General Trading Company Backs Blockchain Platform for Wind, Solar July 23, 2019

Marubeni Corp., a major Japanese sōgō shōsha, or general trading company, is now backing a blockchain-based power trading platform. Per a report by Reuters on July 23, Marubeni  has issued a loan to Lithuania-based blockchain project WePower. Per Reuters, the size of Marubeni’s stake in WePower after converting the loan is yet to be determined. […]

CertiK Foundation Launches Security-Focused Blockchain July 22, 2019

Blockchain cybersecurity company CertiK has launched its native CertiK Chain blockchain. The CertiK Foundation announced its new release in an official blog post on July 22. According to the announcement, CertiK Chain aims to provide a blockchain infrastructure that is comprehensively secure. The full nodes of this blockchain will reportedly run on CertiKOS, which they […]

Blockchain Project Aims to Apportion and Tokenize the Moon July 21, 2019

A new blockchain project has launched a registry that would divvy up and tokenize portions of the lunar surface.  Dubbed Diana — after the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon — the project launched on July 19, just one day before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The goal of this […]

Props Announces First SEC-Approved Consumer-Facing Blockchain Token July 11, 2019

Delaware-based blockchain organization Props PBC has released a token approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Regulation A+, according to a press release on June 11. According to the company, this is “the first consumer facing crypto token qualified by the SEC” via Reg A+. As previously reported, Reg A+ is an alternative to […]

Study: Blockchain Supply Chain Market to Reach Over $9B by 2025 July 8, 2019

The global blockchain supply chain market is expected to reach over $9 billion by 2025, according to a study published by market research and consulting firm Allied Market Research (AMR) on July 8. AMR estimates that the global blockchain supply chain market will amount to $9.85 billion by 2025, showing an 80.2% surge of the […]