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Fedex-BITA-020118.jpg Shipping giant FedEx has reportedly partnered with Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in order to integrate blockchain-based platforms into its operations. Freightwaves reported that FedEx has outlined plans to set standards for the use of blockchain in governing and tracking shipment transactions....

hyperledger-sawtooth-013118.jpg Hyperledger, the open source blockchain project hosted by the Linux Foundation, released Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0, a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers. Hyperledger Sawtooth is the second active Hyperledger project to reach 1.0, following Hyperledger Fabric...

ETC-013118.jpg Innovation Shares LLC has launched the Innovation Shares NextGen Protocol ETF (KOIN), which the company claims to be the first exchange-traded fund to use artificial intelligence to identify and invest in blockchain innovators and adopters. "Blockchain is a highly innovative technology, and we're...

Suncorenergy-013118.jpg Canada's Suncor Energy Inc. said it will proceed with the phased implementation of autonomous haul trucks at its oilsands operations, starting with the North Steepbank mine. Suncor expects to deploy more than 150 autonomous haul trucks at company-operated mines in the full program over the next six years, though the move will also result in job cuts, particularly among heavy equipment operators.

AIER-Research-Bitcoin-013018.jpg Bitcoin's largest price changes coincide with major news events about the cryptocurrency, according to a research brief published by the American Institute for Economic Research or AIER. The paper, published at AIER by Senior Research Fellow Max Gulker, takes into account the causes of Bitcoin's largest daily changes in price, with focus from the beginning of 2016 through the end of November 2017.

Facebook-Crypto-Adblock-013118.jpg Prices of major cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, continue to struggle after Facebook announced a new policy to ban adverts promoting cryptocurrencies, as well as the launch of an investigation by US authorities into an online crypto exchange. Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency leader, tumbled below $10,000 on Tuesday, but later slightly reversed its losses.

Linecorp-cryptoexchange-013118.jpg Japan's LINE Corporation announced a new subsidiary that will launch a cryptocurrency exchange on its popular mobile messaging app and promote research and development of the blockchain technology, even as safety concerns are rife after the recent massive hack of the Coincheck crypto exchange.

BTCC-Bitcoin-HongKong-013018.jpg Bitcoin startup BTCC, China's first Bitcoin exchange, has been acquired by Hong Kong blockchain investment fund, the company said in a statement. The move comes amid the ongoing regulatory crackdown on cryptocurrencies by Chinese officials. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to BTCC, the acquisition helps it grow its International market and its three major products.

DeutscheBank-Crypto-012918.jpg Banking behemoth Deutsche Bank has warned its clients against investment in cryptocurrencies due issues like high volatility, the possibility of price manipulation and data loss or theft. In an interview with Bloomgerg, Markus Mueller, global head of the Chief Investment Office at Deutsche Asset Management,...

JapanFSA-Coincheck-012918.jpg Japan's financial regulator FSA said it would investigate all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country and ordered Coincheck to improve its security features after hackers stole $530 million worth of digital money from its exchange. Coincheck said it will comply with the order from Japan's Financial...

UCLCBT-012918.jpg A London college is launching a new pilot project for Blockchain-based verification of academic credentials. The MSC Financial Risk Management graduates in the University College London (UCL) can now use a QR code based on the Bitcoin Blockchain to display their tamper-proof, verifiable qualifications. The UCL Center for Blockchain Technologies developed the pilot project partnering with Gradbase.

BritishTrader-gunpoint-bitcoin-012918.jpg In a first of its kind incident amidst the bitcoin boom, a cryptocurrency trader in Britain was forced at gunpoint to transfer his holdings of the virtual currency bitcoin. Four armed men broke into the family home in Moulsford, Oxfordshire of Danny Aston, 30, who runs a digital currency trading firm, and threatened the trader to transfer an unknown quantity of cryptocurrency.

Japanese-cryptocurrency-refund-theft-012918.jpg Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck said it would return more than 46.3 billion yen or around $425 million worth of digital currency to owners, that was lost in a hacking attack. In one of the biggest-ever cryptocurrency thefts, Coincheck's around 260,000 customers lost their NEM cryptocurrency coins on Friday. The hacking forced the Tokyo-based company to suspend trading.

Surge-deal-OML-012618.jpg Surge Blockchain, a unit of Surge Holdings, has inked a deal with the Oklahoma Municipal League or OML to make utility payments for up to 1.7 million households. With the deal, the company is making history, becoming the first ever blockchain company to deal with a government entity. The company plans to pursue the same model in other states.

Cryptos-Russia-012618.jpg Cryptocurrency investments in Russian start-ups by means of Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs have increased 10 times in 2017 to around $200 million, according to a new estimate from the trading platform CryptoBazar. CryptoBazar founder Oleg Ivanov stated that more than 100 crypto-funded projects have started last year, compared to just 20 in 2016.

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