Soccer Teams Like Juventus Look to Score With Blockchain Push

On Dec. 2, Italian soccer giant Juventus revealed that the long wait for its much-hyped fan token had finally come to an end. In regard to the matter, news of the deal first came to light back in 2018, when it was revealed that the token would allow holders to take part in a host of voting and polling-related decisions.

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A Reality Check: Blockchain and DLT in International Trade

Distributed ledger technology, colloquially termed “blockchain,” is making a bold promise to help bring the trade industry into the digital age. To help shed light on the intricate workings of the technology and the role that it is playing in the international trade industry, Trade Finance Global partnered up with the World Trade Organization earlier this month to produce a 56-page report titled “Blockchain &

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SoftBank Releases Debit Cards With Built-In Blockchain Wallet

Japanese holding company SoftBank has introduced a new debit card featuring a built-in cryptocurrency wallet.

According to a press release on Dec. 1, SoftBank developed a debit card featuring a built-in blockchain wallet in collaboration with United States-based wallet card developer Dynamics. The new product is called SBC Wallet Cards and can be used as a traditional debit card or blockchain wallet.

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Largest Indian State to Pilot Blockchain-Based Solar Energy Trading

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) will pilot a peer-to-peer (P2P) solar power trading project in partnership with Australian blockchain energy company Power Ledger.

The state power utility UP Power Corporation Limited and UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency have partnered with Power Ledger to launch a trial of P2P solar energy trading to examine its practicability,

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Indian Government to Issue National Blockchain Strategy

The Indian government is working on a national blockchain strategy in order to expand the technology’s adoption in the country. 

As the India Times reported on Nov. 27, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said that it recognizes the potential of blockchain technology and the need for the development of a shared infrastructure to carry out related use cases.

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89% of Chinese Blockchain Firms Have Tried to Issue Crypto: Report

89% of China’s blockchain firms have allegedly tried to create their own cryptocurrency, according to a senior exec at a local blockchain association. 

According to the state-run CCTV on Nov. 21, Yedong Zhu, the president of the Beijing Blockchain Technology Application Association (BBAA), revealed that the vast majority of blockchain industry in China is focused on tokens,

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Tezos Partners With Singapore Gov’t Blockchain Platform for Training Program

Tezos has partnered with Singapore government-backed blockchain platform Tribe to jointly launch a training program for developers on the Tezos blockchain.

According to a Nov. 21 blog post, Tezos’s non-profit arm Tezos Southeast Asia (TSA), which is dedicated to promoting Tezos in the region, collaborated with Tribe in order to attract more developers to create Tezos blockchain-based solutions for real-world applications.

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Visa Works on Blockchain System for Joint Computation of Large-Scale Private Data

International payment network Visa is working on a blockchain-based system for joint policy-compliant computation of large-scale private data.

Visa Research — the research and development arm of Visa that focuses on data analytics, security and payment innovation — released a paper describing a blockchain-powered system for policy-compliant computing. The system is dubbed LucidiTEE,

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Weaponizing Blockchain — Vast Potential, but Projects Are Kept Secret

When Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that blockchain and artificial intelligence would “revolutionize war,” as Cointelegraph reported on Nov. 4, did he take things a bit too far? Jet engines have revolutionized warfare, and so have missiles and nuclear weapons — but shared digital ledgers? 

Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen,

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Power Ledger Strikes Deal to Roll Out Blockchain in South Australia

Australian blockchain energy firm Power Ledger has partnered with a local energy retailer to roll out its technology in South Australia. Power Ledger’s blockchain-based software will allow Australians to pool their excess solar and battery storage to a Virtual Power Plant for greater control and management over their energy.

Commercial deal with Australian electricity wholesaler Powerclub

Within the partnership,

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PwC Analyst: Blockchain Gives ‘Illusion of Traceability’ for Walmart

Experts allege the biggest hurdle facing the blockchain systems being adopted by food retail  giants such as Walmart and Nestlé has nothing to do with the technology itself.

In an interview with Tech Wire Asia, published on Nov. 7, Craig Heraghty — Agribusiness Leader at “Big Four” auditor PwC — reflected on the rising trend of blockchain among major retailers globally.

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Blockchain and AI Have ‘Revolutionized’ War — India Defence Minister

India’s Defence Minister believes blockchain technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data will form part of the future of warfare.

As local daily news outlet Times of India reported on Nov. 4, Rajnath Singh highlighted the potential of blockchain, along with big data and AI, in defense operations. 

Warfare’s new “blockchain paradigm”

Speaking to a range of delegates from 80 countries in Delhi,

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Report: Chinese Guangzhou Gov’t Unveils $140M Blockchain Subsidy Fund

The Guangzhou government has announced a $140 million subsidy fund to encourage the development of blockchain initiatives.

The local authorities are reportedly planning to spend 1 billion yuan ($141 million) to selectively sponsor two blockchain-related projects per year, according to a tweet of a senior exec at crypto investment holding firm Primitive Ventures.

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China Studying Blockchain and AI for Cross-Border Financing

China is looking into the application of blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to cross-border financing, Reuters reports on Oct. 27.

Blockchain in risk management

Lu Lei, the deputy head of the Chinese regulator State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), reportedly said that there are plans to use blockchain and AI in cross border financing,

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WeChat Pay Using Blockchain to Track Payments, Says Binance CEO

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) took to Twitter on Oct. 25, saying that he had “got word” that WeChat Pay puts receipts on the blockchain, along with a screengrab of a receipt with a link to a block explorer.

Why does CZ care so much?

Globally, companies in almost every industry are implementing blockchain solutions,

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Economic Turmoil: The Chances and Challenges for Blockchain and Crypto

Everywhere you look these days, there’s turbulence in the economy. A bitter trade war is seeing the United States and China slap ever-increasing tariffs on goods on a tit-for-tat basis. Over in the United Kingdom, never-ending uncertainty shrouds Brexit, with politicians in Westminster and Brussels at an impasse over the country’s imminent departure from the European Union. 

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LG Developing a Blockchain Phone in Response to Samsung: Korean Media

South Korean electronics giant LG is working with blockchain developers to launch a rival to Samsung’s Klaytn blockchain smartphone, sources have said.

LG in talks with local developers

Speaking to local daily news outlet Chosun on Sept. 8, an industry insider said LG had already held discussions with local decentralized application (DApp) developers and had worked out a use case for its future product. 

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Report: Telegram to Launch TON Blockchain Public Testing on Sept. 1

Telegram Open Network’s (TON) blockchain public testing will launch on Sept. 1, according to one of the investors.

On Aug. 28, Russian news outlet Vedomosti quoted an anonymous TON investor claiming to have learned this information from the development team, and the head of one of the companies that participated in the testing so far.

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Bitcoin Safe Haven Sucking in Money From China, Says Blockchain Executive

Bitcoin (BTC) really does function as a safe haven asset in 2019, another source has told mainstream media as the United States-China trade war rages.

Bitcoin increasingly important amid economic uncertainty

Speaking to Forbes in an interview on Aug. 8, Chris Reinertsen, chief marketing officer of blockchain consultancy Rhythm Technologies,

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US Senate Crypto Hearing Key Takeaways: Blockchain Is ‘Inevitable’

On July 30, the United States Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hosted a hearing on cryptocurrencies in a regulatory context. Lawmakers are showing renewed interest in digital currencies against the backdrop of Facebook’s crypto odyssey: This week’s testimony followed two Libra-focused hearings, which were held in Congress earlier in the month.

Indeed,

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Research: Blockchain-Not-Bitcoin Investments Seeing 60% Drop in 2019

Blockchain investment could drop by as much as 60% this year as attention continues to focus on Bitcoin (BTC), new data suggests.

Smart Money Turns Off Blockchain

According to a report from fintech research bureau, CB Insights, reported by Bloomberg on July 18, companies in the blockchain space are drawing in a lot less support in 2019.

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How Blockchain Could Change the Real Estate Investment Landscape

David Hodge is the director of European operations for AEI Consultants, an employee-owned international consulting firm that provides comprehensive services to commercial lenders, property owners, managers, tenants, and developers, industries, institutions, government agencies and insurers, including many Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1992, AEI is based in the San Francisco Bay area,

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UN Looks to Blockchain to Aid Sustainable Urban Development in Afghanistan

The United Nations is working on blockchain solutions for sustainable urban development in Afghanistan, according to a report from tech news site The Sociable, published on July 2.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General reportedly told The Sociable that the United Nations Office of Communication and Information Technologies (UN-OICT) is developing blockchain solutions for land records and services transparency as part of the UN’s “City for All” initiative. 

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Discovering Insuretech: Blockchain Disruption of the Insurance Sector

The business of insurance is enormously complex: The process of evaluating and managing a variety of risks that individuals and organizations face every day inevitably involves coordination of the multiple parties’ efforts and reconciliation of extensive records. Both aspects make the insurance sector an appealing ground for blockchain-based optimization — and indeed, distributed ledger technology is a prominent feature of a rising tide of technological innovations,

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Brimhall Foods to Deliver Products Through Blockchain-based Ordering System

United States-based snack food company Brimhall Foods has partnered with Surge Holdings to deliver its BRIM’S products through a blockchain-based ordering system, according to a report by Foodprocessing-technology.com on June 27.

According to the report, BRIM will be able to use the SurgePays blockchain network to access tens of thousands of new stores.

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