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fc-barcelona-chiliz-021320.jpg Spanish professional football club FC Barcelona inked a new global partnership deal with blockchain platform Socios.com to be the "Official Fan Token" partner of the club. As part of the deal, Socios.com will launch the Official Barça Fan Token ($BAR) for the club to increase engagement between the club and its over 300 million global fanbase.

blockchain4_10feb20.jpg The use of Blockchain smart contracts by organizations will potentially benefit from associated increase in the overall data quality, but will also reduce the data availability, according to a study conducted by research firm Gartner, Inc. It will be the same for both externally imposed or voluntarily adopted smart contracts.

ibmfoodtrust-feb07.jpg French agribusiness Avril Group became the latest to team up with IBM Blockchain to apply blockchain technology to trace its "Matines Eggs" range from the farms to the consumers. The tracking will be done through Cloud network IBM Food Trust solution, which is based on Blockchain Hyperledger technology.

benzsuc-sep5_03feb20.jpg Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz is teaming up British blockchain start-up Circulor to conduct a pilot project for transparency on CO2 emissions in the cobalt supply chain as part of Startup Autobahn, Europe's largest innovation platform founded by Daimler AG in 2016. Circulor specializes in tracking raw materials by means of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

socios-atm-013120.jpg Spain's La Liga soccer club Atlético de Madrid announced the availability of the '$ATM Fan Tokens' for sale on Socios.com, priced around 2 euros per token. The tokens could be used by the fans to vote and decide from a shortlist of four players to choose one to take over the club's Instagram for the first time in history.

vakt-aramco-012920.jpg Oil giant Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures announced a $5 million investment in new shares in VAKT's blockchain-powered post-trade processing and management platform for commodities, with Aramco Trading Co. also joining the platform as a user. SAEV's investment in VAKT will enable further development of the platform and expansion into new markets, particularly into Asia with the help of Aramco.

verizon-jan28.jpg Verizon remains the best mobile network carrier in the U.S. by delivering the best combination of fast speeds and excellent reliability among all carriers, a new report from IHS Markit's RootMetrics has found. According to RootMetrics' U.S. State of the Mobile Union report for the second half of 2019, Verizon continued to outperform the other carriers at the national, state and metro levels.

algorand-012720.jpg U.S.-based Algorand Foundation is set to develop a blockchain-powered platform for real-time Global Air Quality Monitoring in partnership with French blockchain start-up Planetwatch s.a.s. The platform is claimed to be the world's first immutable air quality ledger utilizing the Algorand blockchain and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

netflixpokemon-jan22.jpg Online-video streaming giant Netflix and Pokémon Co. International are joining hands for the global release of the latest animated movie based on the popular Pokemon franchise. The animated movie will be premiering as a Netflix Original. The movie, 'Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution,' will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world, excluding Japan and Korea.

sacramentokings-012220.jpg American professional basketball team Sacramento Kings launched NBA's first live blockchain-powered auction platform for authentic memorabilia in partnership with New York-based blockchain technology firm ConsenSys. Sacramento Kings is using ConsenSys' Ethereum-powered supply chain product called Treum for fans to bid on in-game sports gear that is worn during matches.

tesla2-012220.jpg Tesla's market capitalization briefly crept up the $100 billion mark in extended trading on Tuesday, making it the first publicly-listed automaker in the U.S. to achieve the feat. Tesla's stock gained 7.2 percent to close Tuesday's regular trading session at $547.20, and rose to $555 in after-hours trading, pushing the luxury electric car maker's market valuation to more than $100 billion.

alphabet-jan21.jpg The chief executive officer of Google's parent company Alphabet called for artificial intelligence or AI to be regulated, noting that there are real concerns about the potential negative consequences of the technology. According to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, there are real concerns about the negative consequences of AI, from deepfakes to nefarious uses of facial recognition.

mavennet-canada-012120.jpg The Canadian Government is planning to use blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence to track the steel industry supply chain for Canadian and possibly North American business users and government. The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, a government agency, has awarded a C$169,427 or about $130,000 worth contract to blockchain start-up Mavennet Systems.

facebook-jan21.jpg Facebook plans to add 1,000 new jobs in the UK this year, with more than half of this focused on technology. The new jobs come ahead of Facebook's planned opening of its new office premises in King's Cross, London next year. It will take the social media giant's total employee count in the UK to more than 4,000 by the end of this year.

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