visa-b2b-102318.jpg Payment processing giant Visa is set to implement a blockchain-based digital identity system for its B2B Connect cross-border payments platform. Visa B2B Connect, scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2019, is a distributed ledger-based platform which provides financial institutions a fast and secure way to process high value cross border business-to-business payments globally.

glasdoor-oct23.jpg The demand for cryptocurrency and blockchain-related jobs increased significantly in the U.S. despite the regulatory uncertainty and price volatility, according to recruiting and employer-review website Glassdoor. A published study, based on a large sample of online U.S. job postings from Glassdoor, showed 1,775 blockchain-related job openings in August 2018, a 300 percent increase.

Minds, Inc., a crypto social network, announced a $6 million Series A investment from Medici Ventures, the blockchain subsidiary of online retailer Overstock.com, Inc. (OSTK), advancing blockchain technologies to democratize capital, eliminate middlemen, and re-humanize commerce. Overstock.com founder...

natwest-102218.jpg U.K.-based National Westminster Bank, commonly known as NatWest bank, has leveraged blockchain technology to launch a syndicated lending platform using blockchain consortium R3's Corda enterprise blockchain platform. The blockchain-based solution called Fusion LenderComm, which will go live in November 2018, is built by fintech firm Finastra.

samsungblockchain-oct22.jpg South Korean IT services company Samsung SDS has joined with Dutch bank ABN AMRO and Port of Rotterdam Authority for a trial project that applies blockchain to shipping and logistics business. Samsung SDS, the IT arm of South Korean Conglomerate Samsung, and ABN AMRO will connect their blockchain platforms Nexledger and Corda, respectively, with the pilot.

ticketing-oct19.jpg Global live event ticketing giant Ticketmaster acquired blockchain ticketing company Upgraded. The acquisition will enable Ticketmaster to provide blockchain-powered ticketing to protect customers against fraudulent tickets. Upgraded said it converts traditional event tickets into secure interactive digital smart tickets protected by blockchain.

secfinhub-oct19.jpg The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology start-up companies. The new division, called "FinHub," will act as a central point for the securities regulator to interact with entrepreneurs and developers in the financial technology world, in particular with groups focusing on distributed ledger technology, automated investme

dmg-cannabis-101818.jpg Canadian blockchain and cryptocurrency company DMG Blockchain Solutions is developing a global supply chain management platform for the legal cannabis industry. The platform will be deployed initially in Canada and to other countries later. DMG's cannabis supply chain solution will be developed in collaboration with its technology and finance partners.

equi-global-101718.jpg Tech giant Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak was named the co-founder of blockchain-powered venture capital firm EQUI Global. He will work alongside serial investor and EQUI founder Doug Barrowman as well as entrepreneur and EQUI co-founder Baroness Michelle Mone OBE. In his role, Wozniak will head up technology investments and help in finding tech talent for the new technology focused VC fund.

abudhabiantwerpseaport-oct17.jpg Maqta Gateway LLC, an Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary, and Belgium's Port of Antwerp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to test an advanced blockchain pilot project to facilitate international trade. The proof-of-concept (PoC) trial will be conducted by Maqta Gateway using its own blockchain platform, Silsal, which is expected to help secure transactions and reduce system integration costs. If

kenya-oct16.jpg The government of Kenya plans to use blockchain technology in its new affordable housing project of 500,000 units, according to Kenyan news outlet The Star. The distributed ledger technology will be used to deal with allocation and funds management of the housing project, to make sure proper distribution of cheaper housing to deserving participants. The government aims to build these units by 2022

attractiveemployers-oct10.jpg In the race to attract and retain the best talent, companies are doling out several perks and benefits to employers.

chineesefg-oct11.jpg The Chinese Government is planning to create national blockchain standards to give a fillip to the development of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the country, according to local news outlet chinamoneynetwork.com. Despite the Chinese government's aversion to cryptocurrency, the nation has been using blockchain technology more than the U.S.

alibabablockchain-oct09.jpg Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has filed a patent application in the U.S. for a blockchain-based transaction processing method that enables administrative intervention in illegal activities.

pundifx-oct10.jpg After making the world's first blockchain-based point-of-sale device, blockchain project Pundi X has now showcased the first ever phone call made on the blockchain at the ongoing XBlockchain Summit in Bali. The phone call was made on the newest device known as the XPhone, using the new Function X blockchain-based OS and communication protocol for mobile devices developed by Pundi X.

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