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medici-aug3.jpg Overstock.com's blockchain-meets-property rights subsidiary, Medici Land Governance, will create systems in the southern African country of Zambia to collect and easily secure property ownership information using blockchain. Medici Land will provide a secure and decentralized land and property registry.

blockchaina-aug02.jpg Nine financial institutions including Citigroup and Barclays have joined with technology giant IBM and foreign exchange settlement provider CLS to test a platform to access blockchain-based applications.

swell-july1.jpg Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will headline an international conference, where policy, payments and technology experts will share ideas based on blockchain technology in financial services. He will deliver a keynote address and participate in a question-and-answer session at the two-day conference to be held in San Francisco in October. Gene Sperling, National Economic Council Director and

telegrame-july30.jpg Cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram launched a new feature called Passport that will allow you to upload your ID documents that can be later passed to services that require real-world IDs. The number of services that need to know your real-life ID has increased in the digital world including finance, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

commonwealth-july30.jpg The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has announced the successful experiment of a cross-border commodity trade with the support of a new blockchain platform, tracking the shipment from packer to end delivery in parallel to existing processes. CBA is using the Ethereum blockchain in this project, where only authorized participants can access information. Seventeen tons of almonds was shipped

hitachi-kiddi-072718.jpg Japanese technology giants Hitachi, Ltd. and KDDI Corp. are collaborating in trialing a blockchain-based system for coupon settlement using Hitachi's Finger Vein Authentication Technology after the biometric information is stored on a secure blockchain. The trial will integrate Hitachi's blockchain-based Public Biometrics Infrastructure (PBI) technology and KDDI's existing retail coupon system.

brickse-july27.jpg A consortium of five major state-owned development banks from the five member countries of BRICS agreed at its 10th annual summit to conduct collaborative research on blockchain's distributed ledger technology (DLT) to work towards developing the digital economy.

catalonia-blockchain-072618.jpg Independent republic Catalonia is set to implement blockchain technology in public administration. The government also plans to promote the technology among companies and citizens. The Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) has agreed to create an interdepartmental working group to formulate the blockchain implementation strategy by December 31,2018 and start applying it from 2019.

amazon-072618.jpg Amazon.com Inc. has officially moved the technology called Echo Spatial Perception or ESP to the cloud, ensuring that all Alexa-enabled devices, Amazon or non-Amazon, can use it. ESP is one the most important features built by Amazon on Alexa-enabled devices. It uses proximity detection to decide which device is best suited to respond to a customer's voice commands.

wymo-walmart-072518.jpg Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo self-driving car unit is partnering with retail giant Walmart Inc. and four other companies in Phoenix, Arizona to expand access to its self-driving cars. Waymo is launching two pilots with Walmart and DDR Corp. to make shopping more convenient for customers. In another partnership with the Element Hotel in Chandler, Waymo will give select guests access to Waymo vehicles.

gbx-july25.jpg British Overseas Territory Gibraltar has opened up the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) to the public after a soft launch on June 4 that saw 300 participants gain early access to the exchange. The GBX Digital Asset Exchange platform is now live with 6 cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Rock Token (RKT), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC).

pricewaterhouse-july25.jpg For the first time, a large scale blockchain organization has hired a Big Four financial firm to conduct its external audit. The Tezos Foundation announced that PriceWaterhouseCoopers' Switzerland branch (PwC Switzerland) will be the external auditor for the Foundation's finances and operations. The Foundation said in a statement,"Engaging a top-tier independent external auditor ensures that the

sairlinesb-july25.jpg Singapore Airlines or SIA has launched a blockchain technology-based airline loyalty digital wallet, claimed to be the world's first of its kind. SIA's KrisFlyer frequent-flyer program unveiled miles-based wallet KrisPay. It converts frequent KrisFlyer miles into digitized KrisPay miles instantly that can be used to pay for retail purchases at partner merchants through a mobile app.

google-july24.jpg Google will now allow its cloud customers to explore ways to use Blockchain's distributed ledger technology (DLT) frameworks on Google Cloud Platform (GPC) by using Digital Asset and BlockApps. Digital Asset is a New York-based startup which makes tools to build blockchain-based apps and BlockApps is another startup which helps people make decentralized apps.

usiran-july23.jpg The U.S. government last year confiscated a significant number of bitcoins belonged to Iranians for unspecific reasons, Ibena news outlet reported citing the president of Iran's Blockchain Association.

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