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Blockchain technology is an ever-growing chain of blocks, where blocks are chained together by cryptographic guaranteed hashes. Within every block are the transaction items and other extra information.  It is a combination of a few technologies - cryptography, distributed ledger technology (DLT), Consensus and more.

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Blockchain: Technology for Sustainability
The teams of AB InBev, IECISA and Rewire were the winners of the Global Blockchain Challenge, thanks to their innovative blockchain-based solutions that excelled for their technical, business and legal development, scalability and social impact.

Blockchain Technology Implemented into Indonesia's Digital Economy
Bank Central Asia (BCA) is campaigning for Indonesian financial businesses to innovate and adopt blockchain technology to support its digital economy amidst rapid technological revolution.

CFTC’s New Chief Supports Blockchain Technology
The Commodity Futures and Trading Commissions, CFTC appointed a new chief who is also pro-crypto. Just as his predecessor J. Christopher Giancarlo, appears to have supported the established pro-crypto/pro-blockchain approach. In a recent interview, the newly appointed chief, Heath Tarbert gave a favorable opinion of blockchain technology.

How Blockchain Technology is Improving the Agricultural Sector
This implementation of the blockchain technology has led to the adoption of tactics like smart farming, which connotes the use of modern technology like Blockchain in farming practices.

Social Factors Influencing the Adoption of Blockchain Technology
Some factors could be necessary to drive the increase in the use of Blockchain technology are trust in what it has to offer and the level of awareness of this technology among people.

Moody’s: Blockchain Technology to be Standardized in 2021
A research report published on September 5th by financial services company Moody’s stated that blockchain technology would most likely be standardized in 2021.

Google’s Quantum Technology Could Satiate Proof-of-Stake Detractors
Google’s newly achieved ‘Quantum Supremacy’ computing technology has been marked for some surprising applications in the cryptocurrency space. According to one researcher on the project, the technology could enhance the proof-of-stake (PoS) algorithm.

IOTA On How Distributed Ledger Technology Will Transform Supply Chain
Distributed ledger technology could potentially revolutionize the supply chain industry by providing several upgrades, according to industry experts.

Indian State Eyes Blockchain Technology to Facilitate Remote Voting
The government of Telangana, a southern Indian state, is moving forward with its objective of making the voting process seamless and trustworthy with the help of blockchain technology.

ANNA Develops New Technology Strategy On Digital Assets
ANNA, a mnemonic for the Association of National Numbering Agencies apprised the public that it has developed a new technology task force on digital assets which will help to investigate the identification of digital assets in the likes of tokens and cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology.

Thailand Finance Ministry Eyes Blockchain Technology to Revamp Service Delivery
Uttama Savanayana, Thailand’s Finance Minister, has revealed that his ministry wants to use blockchain technology for system upgrades intended for optimal service delivery to citizens.

How Can Blockchain Technology End Labour Market Woes?
In its usual bid to take over the technology ecosystem, blockchain technology can be instrumental in the fight against unemployment through a creative aggregation of data for easy verification. This is revealed in a research report published on June 8 and sponsored by the American Council on Education.

Will Distributed Ledger Technology Revolutionize Education?
Since the establishment of blockchain and its deliverance of many opportunities for with disruptive potentials, the question at the back of many minds have been numerous, this article is focused on answering some of those pressing questions.

Iran Government Offers Up To 20% Reward To Anyone Who Exposes Illicit Cryptocurrency Mining In The Country
Iran just offered a reward to anyone who exposes illicit cryptocurrency mining in the country.

‘Big Four’ Tech Amazon, Google, Apple & Facebook Grilled During US Antitrust Hearing
In an antitrust hearing with the Judiciary Committee of US Congress, the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testified, as a continuation of an unfinished legal conversation with lawmakers.

Trump Signs TikTok Executive Order and Seeks to Clean the Free World's Networks of China State Tech Espionage
United States President Trump has issued two executive orders against Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat, which are suspected of sharing US citizens’ data with the Chinese Communist Party.

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Seeks Advice on Designing Prudential Treatment for Crypto-assets
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision publishes paper going over the design for prudential treatment for crypto assets. The paper goes over areas such as risks of crypto-asset exposures, capital, and liquidity requirements, and general considerations for the prudential treatment.

Coinbase and Venmo Users Angered by Privacy Issues—Fintech Firm Faces Second Class Action Lawsuit
A second lawsuit has been filed against the fintech company Plaid, for violating user data privacy agreements they hold with major financial accounts that use Coinbase and Venmo.

US Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Ban on TikTok Downloads
A federal US judge granted an injunction request against the Trump Administration’s order to ban TikTok downloads across all US app stores.

US Congress’ Attack on Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook Continues, Can Blockchain Benefit?
As the antitrust hearing with tech giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google (Alphabet) continues, the question of whether decentralization will subsequently rise as a result of the legal tech-policy hearing has been brought up.

South Korea Declares Andong City as Blockchain Free-Trade Zone to Boost Medical Hemp Production
The South Korean government has designated Andong City as a free trade zone for hemp production, leveraging a blockchain network.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Has Officially Chosen a New Commissioner, Himono
Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) confirmed its plans for hiring Ryozo Himono as the new commissioner of the financial watchdog group.

US Legislators Approve Digital Taxonomy and American COMPETE Blockchain Bills in Tech Race with China
US lawmakers approved the American COMPETE Act and the Digital Taxonomy Act, in an active race against China the blockchain and technological sector.

Government of India to Deploy Blockchain Technology at a National Level
The Indian government is eyeing the blockchain technology since it has a huge potential of being applied in various sectors such as banking, cybersecurity, education, and governance: securing the future of their economic development and growth. This strategic plan was made known in response to a question in the Lok Sabha as reported by the Indian Times on Nov. 27.

Fortune Business Insights: Blockchain-as-a-Service Market to Skyrocket to $24 Billion by 2027
Fortune Business Insights, a leading publisher of market research reports, has revealed that the blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) sector will escalate to $24.94 billion by 2027 from $1.9 billion recorded in 2019, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.5%. This uptrend will be fueled by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as they are viewing blockchain technology as an optimal solution for the numerous challenges they face, like access to bank loans, trade financing, and cash flow difficulties.

Japan Rural Dwellers to Experience the Use of Blockchain in Property Acquisitions
A new platform has shown through trial methods that Japanese real estate fund was more efficient, transparent, and compliant with the use of digital securities and blockchain technology.

The Federal Council of Switzerland Opts For Better and Fair Blockchain Regulations
The Federal Council of Switzerland has opted for better and fair regulations for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the country, which is believed will minimize risk, increase legal certainty and abort blockages, which will prevent the possible applications of blockchain/distributed ledger technology.

China Establishes First-Ever Blockchain Zone in Central Province of Hunan
The first provincial blockchain zone has been established in China, in the central Chinese province of Hunan. The “Wanbao” blockchain zone is located in the city of Loudi, marking the first blockchain zone in China, according to a local Chinese report.

Canada to Become the Global Leader in the Blockchain Industry, Report Indicates
In a recently published report by the Canadian Chamber of Digital Commerce showed that Canadians in the blockchain industry are amongst the highest-earning salaries in the country. The report also noted that Canadian blockchain companies want more legal clarity, to understand where their government stands regarding regulation in Canada.

China’s Blockchain and FinTech Sector to Brace for 'Capital Winter' Even After the Coronavirus Pandemic Subsides
Investment activity in China’s tech sector has seen a massive drop in the past four months since the coronavirus outbreak has emerged from the city of Wuhan. The venture capital market has been suffering a tremendous impact on its existing drop in activity.

Multi-Grammy Winning Singer Akon Planned to Launch Akoin on Stella Network
More updates on Akoincity as Akon’s cryptocurrency project will be available on a newly release whitepaper. Akoin will be launched on Stella Lumens (XLM). Will this trigger massive cryptocurrency adoption in Africa?

Will Distributed Ledger Technology and Cryptocurrencies Ever Lead to the Extinction of Banks?
In the world we live in today, virtually every sector of human activities have begun to experience one form of digitisation or another, and the Banking sector happens to be one of the sectors at the forefront of this evolution.

Will Blockchain Make Shipping more Efficient in the Future?
Shipping in some cases is not restricted to the transportation of cargo by ships, but it refers to the transportation of items by mail of any means, the form of transportation could be air, road or train, but the most used form is transportation by sea.

First Blockchain National Currency Platform Ready for Central Banks’ CBDC Issuance
The blockchain national currency platform issued by blockchain company Apollo Fintech was finalized and completed on August 12.

Libra Faces Competition as Celo Foundation Hands Out First Grants Expanding the Use of its Platform
Libra has been facing some competition as the Celo Foundation has awarded its first grants of $700,000 in total to 13 projects that expand the use of its platform.

R3's Marco Polo Network Welcomes First Indian Corporate as Asia Serves as a Key Area of Growth
The Marco Polo Network announced on Thursday that India’s leading provider of digital transformation, Tech Mahindra became the first corporate in India to join the R3’s open-source blockchain-based Marco Polo Network for facilitating cross-border transactions.

Bank of America Announces Blockchain Job Openings
Bank of America the second-largest bank in the United States recently announced various blockchain job openings. This shows its intention to considerably adopt blockchain technology.

Turkish Government Announces Plans for National Blockchain Infrastructure
The Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Turkish Government announced its plan for a national blockchain infrastructure used in public administration on Sept. 18 in Ankara.

The World Economic Forum Highlighted Blockchain and Digitization to Address COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruption
The World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report on the importance of blockchain in supply chain disruption amid the coronavirus pandemic. Although the report suggested that blockchain may not be able to support the damage caused by the impact of COVID-19 directly, it may help with supply chain visibility.

Blockchain-Powered Devices to be Worth More Than $23.5 Billion by 2030 According to Business Intelligence Firm
According to a market research report availed by P&S Intelligence, a business intelligence consulting services firm, the worldwide blockchain devices market was worth $0.3 billion in 2019 but is expected to surpass $23.5 billion by 2030.

US Congressmen Urge Trump to Implement Blockchain Technology for COVID-19 Relief
Nine members of the US Congress advocated for the benefits of leveraging blockchain technology to counter the crisis brought upon by COVID-19.

SAP and GS1 to Establish Blockchain Prototype to Enhance Road Safety
SAP and GS1 have created a blockchain prototype intended at the digitization of tire retread activities for better road safety. Notably, the blockchain network deployed will be instrumental in tracking tires’ life-cycle.

How Blockchain Technology is Shaping Digital Advertisements
There are thousands of ads everywhere, in our phones, applications, websites, there is hardly anywhere you would turn to (digitally) today without bumping into an ad, even when using ad blockers. According to Forbes, an average person is exposed to about 4,000 to 10,000 digital ads every day. They aren’t cheap; the standard ads we see every day on our phones cost billions.

Coca-Cola Bottlers Acquires SAP’s Blockchain Technology to Streamline Soda Supply Chain Processes
The current breaking news indicates that Coca-Cola bottlers now is rolling out SAP’s blockchain to make its supply chain more efficient and transparent.

ACCESS Becomes World’s First Organization to Deploy Blockchain Voting in Annual General Meeting
The Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Start-ups, Singapore (ACCESS), a non-profit organization for the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector in Singapore, has set the ball rolling as the first institution across the globe to utilize blockchain technology for an Annual General Meeting (AGM).

India’s Tea Board Contemplates Using Blockchain to Stamp Out Tea Adulteration
India’s Tea Board seeks to mitigate the problem of tea adulteration by using blockchain technology as this will enhance consumers’ experience, as well as preserve the reputation of the Indian tea. Moreover, the consumption of tea in this nation will be boosted through an improved experience.

Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce Signs a Blockchain Alliance Proposal to Foster Trade And Finance
Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce had signed a written proposal giving the Shanghai government departments and six financial companies an opportunity to establish an E-port area blockchain alliance with the sole aim of fostering international trade and financial services.

Bangladesh Sends Graduates Abroad for Blockchain Training with IT Fund
Bangladesh has expressed its intentions to send 100 new graduates for Blockchain training in Japan and India according to reports by Bangladesh’s English-language newspaper The Daily Star on Aug 4.

Cryptocurrency Adoption Is Growing, But US Needs To Adopt A Solid Blockchain Policy
In order to be ahead of other countries in the ever-growing industry of blockchain, the US needs to come up with an enforceable and consistent blockchain policy.

Alternatives of USDT Gained Wider Merchant Access including Microsoft
Currently, BitPay supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ether Payments. As of recent, the blockchain payment processor will now accept Circle USD, Gemini Dollar, and Paxos Standard Token.

Huawei Secures Deal with One of China's Districts to Accelerate the Application of Blockchain Technology
The Nanshan government of Shenzhen, in the southern Guangdong province in China, has recently announced an agreement with electronics giant Huawei Technologies to establish an information technology center, accelerating the application of technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence in the district.

Determinism: The Philosophy of Blockchain
Determinism, free will, and blockchain? What do these seemingly disparate concepts have in common? A lot, as it turns out.

Ex-Cambridge Analytica Employee Confident that Blockchain Can Help Protect Personal Data
Brittany Kaiser, the Cambridge Analytica scandal whistleblower discussed in an interview at the World Economic Forum that blockchain technology could be an important tool to address data protection issues.

How This Startup’s Blockchain Technology Applications in Estonia Verifies Online Identities
There are so many problems in the world. I’m sure you can name them. But here is another one: online identity fraud, which is rampant these days. It’s common, threatening everyone doing business online, especially businesses involving their activities in banking/financial services, online payment services, real estate, insurance, travel, and online market industries. Now, let's take a look at how this Estonian startup utilizes blockchain technology to help protect businesses and their clients from online identity fraud.

Feds Suspect US Unemployment Systems Attacked by Fraudsters, Leading to Losses in the Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
According to federal authorities in the US, a group of international cybercriminals has been reportedly attacking the US unemployment systems, funneling millions of dollars in payments that were intended to support the detrimental effects the coronavirus pandemic had on the economy. With the number of infections in the US growing at an appalling rate, so far 1.5 million American citizens have been infected, with over 90,000 related deaths. The unemployment crisis in the country has surpassed the rate since the Great Depression, as the official US unemployment rate is at its highest in recorded history, at an alarming 14.7 percent. The New York Times obtained a memo from the US Secret Service, indicating that the fraud scheme was coming from a “well-organized Nigerian fraud ring,” and could result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in the American financial system.

Chinese President Advises the Government to Use Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence for Epidemic Prevention
During a recent inspection in Zhejiang, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized the necessity for the various decisions and arrangements of the government to plan for prevention and control of the coronavirus outbreak and economic and social development work.

Blockchain-Focused Fund COSIMO X Acquires Seven-Figure Funding from RIT
COSIMO Ventures, an investment firm situated in Boston and Dublin, recently announced that the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has endorsed them with a seven-figure investment.

How Triffic is Gamifying Advertising for Local Businesses
Entering the world of cryptocurrency can be a daunting prospect for newcomers, with several practical and psychological barriers to overcome. Most people who’ve heard of Bitcoin are aware of its notorious volatility, and in some cases, of negative headlines associated with cryptocurrencies, such as the risk of hacks and losing private keys.

Two Massachusetts Men Arrested And Charged To US Court For Supposed Social Media Frauds And Crypto Theft
Two Massachusetts men had been arrested and charged to court on account of stealing victims' social media accounts and cryptocurrency through swapping their sims, hacking their computers, and other nameless techniques.

Ethereum Network Planned Hard Fork Delayed Due to Late Acceptance of EIPS
The blockchain infrastructure company running the core of the Ethereum network has delayed the planned hard fork launch until September 6th. 

Hong Kong Science and Technology Park: Turning Tech Startups' Visions into Reality
Blockchain.News sat down with Peter Mok, Head of Incubation and Acceleration Programmes, HKSTP to gain further insight into the incubation initiative and the custom-made programs, that have been designed to support technology startups, and specifically how they could be utilized by blockchain startups.

Hong Kong with its Incredibly Unique Positioning in FinTech
In the second part of our interview with Peter Mok, Head of Incubation and Acceleration Programs at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), he went into detail on the initiatives they have developed to combat the global talent shortage, bring Hong Kong’s lagging Fintech industry up to speed and he tells us how blockchain startups can leverage the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park.

Beyond Startups—Championing for an Ecosystem to Drive Blockchain Forward
Tribe Accelerator is Singapore’s first government-backed blockchain accelerator, on a mission to bridge the gap between blockchain startups and the traditional world. Yi Ming Ng, the Managing Director at Tribe Accelerator, believes that blockchain is beneficial to a lot of businesses from different industries. However, there has been a lot of fear and speculation around cryptocurrencies in the traditional corporate world.

IBM Blockchain in Action: What are the Benefits?
In first and second parts of our interview with Alan Lim, the Program Director of IBM Blockchain Lab in the Asia Pacific, we explored the idea of data standards to improve the supply chain industry, as well as the IBM Food Trust, a food provenance network that allows food products to be traced and tracked. Digging deeper into IBM Blockchain, what else has the company been working on?

Digitization vs. Digitalization: FinFabrik CEO Explains Digitalization of Asset Investment in Private Markets
FinFabrik, a leading capital markets FinTech startup based in Hong Kong has recently launched a new Private Equity module on its proprietary DLT infrastructure that helps private markets institutions digitalize their operations. The platform named “CrossPool” rides on Corda Enterprise for transaction and contract management and Hyperledger Indy for identity management. With extensive experience in the financial industry and entrepreneurship, Alex Medana, the CEO of FinFabrik, talks about the core values of FinFabrik in the maturing DLT and FinTech industry and the firm’s digital assets issuance and investment platform CrossPool.

Beyond Banking: DBS Bank’s Digital Transformation into Smarter ‘Phygital’ Banking Services
In 2019, despite facing an increasingly challenging and uncertain environment, especially the second half of last year, DBS achieved a record performance and successfully launched DBS’ First Fully Virtual Wealth Management Account Opening Solution.

Exclusive: How to Ensure Random Numbers in Public Blockchain?
Following Part 1 of our interview, Jing Chen of Algorand further teaches our readers on how to ensure the randomness of a number in public blockchain! She also evaluates the existing Proof-of-Stake (POS) protocols: Delegated VS Bonded VS Pure POS!

Exclusive: Blockchain Trilemma Solved? Secrets Revealed by Turing Award Winner's Algorand
There are numerous blockchain project teams attempting to address the blockchain trilemma, and the Turing Award winning team Algorand is one promising candidate. We have the pleasure to speak with Jing Chen, Chief Scientist of Algorand, on how Algorand attempts to solve blockchain trilemma with its Byzantine agreement. She also explains why Algorand is non-forkable and the restrictions on Algorand’s adversary model!

CEO Jack Dorsey On Why the Future of Twitter Lies in Blockchain
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discussed Bitcoin and how blockchain technology can be leveraged to counter security breaches in an increasingly digital world.

MasterCard Asia Files Device Billing System Patent Compatible With Iota’s Tangle Network
MasterCard patents blockchain system to help shared device merchants avoid credit card fees.

Insurance Firms in China and Hong Kong Count on Blockchain to Fast Track Coronavirus Claims Amid Outbreak
Xiang Hu Bao, an online mutual aid platform, a subsidiary of Ant Financial, is a “collective claims-sharing mechanism built on blockchain that offers basic health plans to its 104 million participants.” Most of its users are Chinese citizens from lower-tier cities, and in rural areas. By utilizing blockchain technology, settlements have been made more efficient, and fraudulent claims have been reduced.

Fujitsu and Ricex Reveals World’s First Blockchain-Enabled Rice Trading Platform
Fujitsu has revealed its collaboration with Rice Exchange (Ricex), a Switzerland-based startup, for the first-ever blockchain-powered rice trading platform. This move seeks to offer unparalleled traceability, efficiency, transparency, and security to the worldwide rice market worth a whopping $450 billion.

Proof-of-Stake Founder Sunny King, on his Crypto Journey Inspired by Elon Musk and Steve Jobs
In the recent conversation with CoinMarketCap, Proof-of-Stake Founder Sunny King revealed how his crypto journey is inspired by Steve Jobs and Elon Musk! He also debunked the myth that energy consumption contributes to the intrinsic value of cryptocurrencies.

StanChart and UnionBank of the Philippines Collaborate on PoC of $187 Million Blockchain-Powered Bond
The UnionBank of the Philippines and Standard Chartered have created a proof of concept required in the issuance of a blockchain-powered retail bond.

Argentina Adopts Blockchain Technology for Traceability in the Citrus Industry
The citrus supply chain is one of the most fragmented and complex of all supply chains. The production is found all over the world, thus making several intermediaries and producers difficult to identify and trace. The Argentine Citrus Federation (Federcitrus) incorporated blockchain into the agency’s informatics system to provide traceability of fruit export products.

DOJ Wants to Bypass End-to-End Encryption to Fight Child Sexual Exploitation – Cause for Concern for Tech?
US government officials want to bypass encryption on websites, under allegations that child sexual exploitation runs unmonitored on strongly encrypted platforms.

Common Blockchain Misconceptions - Part 2 of 3
Common Blockchain Misconceptions – Part 2 of 3

How Blockchain Is Creating 5 Fintech Disruption Opportunities
Fintech blockchain acquisition is not only about testing and watching. It’s also about proactively taking action and applying the technology.

United Nations Development Programme to Conserve and Increase Kazakhstan’s Forestland Using Blockchain
BitFury, a blockchain development firm has been making plans to get into partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in an effort to help the country reduce its greenhouse emissions by more than 15 percent as this would conserve and boost Kazakhstan’s Forestland.

Russia Plans to Build AI Software to Remove the Anonymity of Users in Crypto Transactions
The Russian agency’s plan involves using artificial intelligence (AI) for its software, as the agency sees an “urgent need to create effective opportunities for state control over the circulation of virtual assets.”

CIA Eyes Blockchain Technology with New Research Lab
US Central Intelligence Agency has rolled an in-house R&D arm dubbed CIA Labs to scale up technological and scientific breakthroughs for future intelligence challenges.

What are Smart Contracts and Why are They Important?
Since the lack of transparency puts the security of any transaction in jeopardy, this as now a problem of grave concern, so how do smart contracts solve these problems?

World Economic Forum Recognized Six Blockchain Companies as “Technology Pioneers” in 2020, Including MakerDAO and Chainlink
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has honored six blockchain companies on its list of 100 “early to growth-stage” firms Technology Pioneers for 2020, including MakerDAO and Chainlink.

How Blockchain Can Mitigate the Menace of Identity Theft
According to the Center for Victim Research, 7-10% of the US population are often victims of identity theft annually. Moreover, 21% of them suffer multiple cases of identity fraud. This menace is being experienced across the globe, and blockchain technology can be instrumental in stamping it out.

World Wide Fund for Nature in the Philippines to Create Blockchain-Powered Fish Traceability App
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines has teamed up with UnionBank, a digital wallet, to create a blockchain-powered app dubbed Tracey to offer financial support to local fishers, as well as propel traceability and transparency in the fish supply chain.

Ethereum's Vitalik Buterin Thinks Mining Monero on HTC Phones is a “Fool’s Game”
Ethereum co-creator has downplayed the partnership between HTC and Midas Labs, which enables Monero mining on mobile phones.

JPMorgan Blockchain Spin-Off Kadena Releases Blockchain-Based App that Verifies Coronavirus Tests
Kadena launches a blockchain-based app that compliments COVID-19 testing, in a united effort to prevent data falsification.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is Worth More Than Bitcoin’s Market Cap
It was recently announced that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s wealth has surpassed that of Bitcoin’s market cap, meaning Bezos’ wealth has soared up to $171.6 Billion—the icing on the cake to top off his pre-divorce financial record.

Plantoids: The Advent of New Blockchain-Based Lifeforms
Plantoids. What are they? Where do they come from? This new art project uses blockchain as a new outlet of artistic expression.

Thai Government Announces Blockchain Technology Adoption in Finance Agencies to Enhance Work Efficiency
The Thai government has remained visible as one of the leading governments committed to adopting blockchain technology. Many innovations concerning blockchain use cases can be learned from the government.

IBM and Oracle Collaborate on Interoperability Work for Their Blockchains to Communicate With Each Other
IBM and Oracle have announced that they are collaborating to build an interoperability initiative to allow their blockchains to be able to communicate with each other.

Verizon's New Blockchain Verification Tool 'Full Transparency' Combats Fake News
Verizon has unveiled a blockchain-based solution dubbed 'Full Transparency' for the verification of news and media releases.

UAE Health Authorities Launch Blockchain-Based Platform for Verifying Health Data Validity and Reliability
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and other authorities have come together to launch a blockchain-based system for health data storage.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates on Big Tech Antitrust Hearing – Government Scrunity Inevitable with Tech Success
Bill Gates discussed the antitrust hearing opposing US congress and Big Tech - Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google (Alphabet) - and gave his input.

Alibaba Integrates New Blockchain System With its E-Commerce Platform to Enhance Traceability
Alibaba has recently announced its integration of a full-link traceability blockchain system into its import e-commerce platform, Kaola. The Chinese e-commerce giant has previously acquired NetEase’s Kaola cross-border e-commerce platform in September 2019 for $2 billion.

How Blockchain Technology Can be Used to Leverage Booming TikTok and Influencer Trends
Blockchain technology has been a growing hot topic, with companies integrating it more and more into their ecosystem for better security, decentralization, and lower costs, among other things.

Brazil Records the First Blockchain-Based Birth Certificate
The first birth certificates recorded on the blockchain was issued in Brazil to Álvaro de Medeiros Mendonça.

South Korea to Introduce Blockchain-Powered COVID-19 “Vaccine Passports”
In order to revive cross-border travel and keep infection risks under control, the South Korean government seeks to issue blockchain-backed COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to immunized citizens.

US Congress Considers Using Blockchain for Remote Voting While the White House Urged to Stay Competitive with China
The US Congress is considering using blockchain technology to enable the Senate to conduct remote voting during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlighted that the crisis emphasized the need to consider certain functions to proceed remotely when it may not be safe for members to gather in person. The report explored a combination of different technologies to be used, including blockchain and encrypted E2EE.

DAppstore Creator Decenternet’s Spyce Token to be Listed on BW Exchange November 22nd
Decenternet has created a marketplace for decentralized applications (dApp store) and a decentralized web browser. The token accompanying this new online ecosystem will be called Spyce. The BW Exchange plans on listing the Spyce token on November 22nd, 2019.

Mercedes Partners with Blockchain Company to Track Carbon Emission in Cobalt Supply Chain
A collaboration between the major car manufacturers, Mercedes Benz and Circular, a Blockchain Startup to carry out a combined program which would be for the purpose of tracing the emissions of carbon in the cobalt supply chain.

India’s Election Commission Proposed Using Blockchain for Remote E-Voting
India’s Election Commission proposed using blockchain technology as a solution for bringing transparency for remote voting in a discussion on addressing geographical voting issues.

Dynasty Farms to Use Blockchain for Fresh Produce Traceability Project
Dynasty Farms/ Pacific International Marketing is set to use iTrade Blockchain to propel transparency and traceability of fresh produce. iTrade Network is a noteworthy worldwide provider of supply chain management solutions in the food and beverage sector.

Canadian Blockchain Project to Assist Mongolian Nomadic Farmers Fight Income Instability
Convergence.tech, a Toronto-based digital transformation company, has finished a blockchain-powered project aimed at assisting Mongolian nomadic farmers maximize returns on their cashmere product.

LabCFTC to Announce the Winner of Project Streetlamp at Fintech-Focused Virtual Events Series Later This Year
The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that its FinTech research wing, LabCFTC will be hosting a series of interactive virtual events during autumn 2020.

Brexit Border Issues Solved by Blockchain? The EU Has Doubts
ELAND, a consortium of border security professionals, IoT experts, and haulage industry professionals, have come together with a plan to use blockchain technology to track cross-border trade after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Utrust Joins Hand With Alternative Airlines To Ensure Secure Crypto Payments For Users
Utrust, a blockchain-powered payment technology that enables online businesses to accept cryptos.

Blockchain and IoT: Transforming Hong Kong into a Smart City
Blockchain and IoT: Transforming Hong Kong into a Smart City

Binance China and Xinyuan Group to Expand Blockchain Utility in Global Real Estate
Binance China Blockchain Institute, the research arm of global exchange Binance has formed a strategic partnership with Xinyuan Group to further the application of blockchain technology in the global real estate industry—including New York.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Websites Take a Hit as Security Giant Cloudflare Suffers Major Internet Outage
Website security company Cloudflare underwent connectivity problems on Sunday, taking down a dozen of cryptocurrency websites with it.

Ethereum-Based Wallet MetaMask Adds Token Swaps to Its Features
MetaMask recently announced a new add-on to its browser which can facilitate decentralized finance (DeFi) transactions for Ethereum-based tokens.

Oracle Confirms Partnership with TikTok, President Trump Still Needs to Approve Deal
Oracle, the tech company that was said to have acquired TikTok’s US operations, has finally commented on the partnership and confirmed it.

RBL Bank Partners with Accenture to Build A Digital Bank Infrastructure
RBL Bank announced that it will partner with Accenture, who envisions that it will enhance the bank’s information technology (IT) network and services.

Banking on Blockchain: FinTech and Digitalization Will Play a Significant Role for the Chinese Banking Industry
China’s banking industry for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will rely on digitization and financial technology to build a “new infrastructure” for the entire industry. Highly endorsed by the country’s president, Xi Jinping, blockchain technology has seen a surge in popularity in the past year.

Italian Town Spearheads Blockchain-Propelled Waste Management
Miglianico, an Italian town in the Abruzzo region, is famous for its wine production based on its expansive vineyards. The city is planning to establish a new blockchain breakthrough by being the first town in the country to incorporate distributed digital ledger technology for its waste management solutions.

Foodpanda Goes Blockchain for Digital-Out-of-Home Advertising Enabled by the Zilliqa Blockchain
The aim of the new blockchain-enabled pilot has been identified as being present across offline moments when consumers make their decisions on food delivery.

Coinbase CEO Armstrong and Tech Giant Apple Butt Heads over Crypto and dApps
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has voiced his disappointment over Apple’s lack of flexibility on decentralized applications (dApps) operating on its App store.

Signal Messaging App Now Accepts Bitcoin and Ether Donations
Signal messaging app, which offers end-to-end encryption, has begun to accept cryptocurrency donations that will be used to support the platform.

World Sustainability Organization Adopts Blockchain-Based Virtual Audits to Curb COVID-19 Spread
With coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention measures necessitating self-isolation and social distancing, Friend of the Sea (FOS), a World Sustainability Organization’s project for seafood certification, has embraced blockchain-enabled virtual audits to mitigate the expansion of this pandemic. As a result, FOS has eradicated onsite scrutinies because safety is of the essence during these trying times.

Estee Lauder Uses Blockchain Technology to Further Beauty Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) has established a blockchain platform to meet sourcing standards for its Madagascan vanilla.

Researchers of Japan’s Blockchain-Based Digital Court Face Backlash Due to its Decentralized and Unregulated Nature
Researchers in Japan have been looking into a blockchain-based mechanism to settle legal disputes in a “digital court,” aiming to perform legal actions with a more cost-efficient legal process.

The French Army Validates its Judicial Expenses via Tezos Blockchain
The French Army has revealed that it has been using the Tezos Blockchain to authenticate its judicial expenses through a smart contract. This development makes Tezos the first blockchain to be used for operative intentions by a public entity.

China Looking into the Application of Blockchain and AI for Cross-Border Financing
China is researching the application of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence in cross-border financing, focusing on risk management.

UK Tech Companies Partner to Develop Blockchain-Based Parcel Tracking Application
Triad, a notable UK provider of IT consultancy services and technology solutions, has partnered with Stratis, a London-based enterprise blockchain technology company, for blockchain-enabled solutions to organizations including a parcel tracking application.

Could Blockchain be a Solution for Mail-In Voting Issues and Election Ballot Counting Fraud?
Amid the misinformation circulating in response to the US presidential elections, blockchain technology has been brought up as a solution to prevent voter fraud.

General Motors Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Autonomous Vehicle Navigation Map
Major car manufacturer American multinational corporation General Motors filed a patent on October 1, 2018, which uses the application of blockchain technology and integrates vehicle sensors to build a much-improved navigation map for autonomous vehicles.

Chainalysis Releases Crypto Market Intelligence Site Catered to Asset Managers and Regulators
Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis released Market Intel, a new website catered to asset managers and regulators for access to live crypto data and insights. Chainalysis’ Market Intel will leverage the firm’s proprietary data, which has been collecting and linking to real-world entities since 2014.

Is Blockchain the Missing Piece Needed in Curbing Illegal Fishing?
Illegal fishing is a predicament that is at times in oblivion despite it endangering marine ecosystems as it distorts their sustainability and biodiversity. Blockchain offers a distributed ledger technology (DLT) that can be helpful in fish tracking from the time it was captured to the moment it is consumed, and this approach can be instrumental in eradicating illegal fishing.

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Shortlists Three Tech Firms to Develop Blockchain PoC for KYC Optimization
The central bank of Sri Lank has selected three tech companies to develop a proof-of-concept for shared know-your-customer platform using blockchain.

How Can Blockchain Be Used to Save $31 Billion in Costs in the Food Industry?
Blockchain, along with the internet of things (IoT) trackers and sensors, could reduce costs for retailers. New data from Juniper research showed that blockchain will be essential to $31 billion in “food fraud savings” by 2024 by tracking food across the supply chain.

Blockchain Against Corona: How the World Health Organization Uses DLT Compared to the Rest of the Globe
With disruptive technology including blockchain being continuously deployed to tackle the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen to partner with leading technology and blockchain companies to build a distributed ledger technology-based platform to share data.

IBM Blockchain Technology Used for Salmon Traceability By Cermaq and Labeyrie
Conscious consumerism is a term continuously making waves because people are becoming more keen on what they consume. For instance, they are concerned about the origin, safety, and nutritional value of what they drink and eat.

Samsung Adds New Crypto Feature to Their Devices with “Stellar” Blockchain
Samsung device users can now securely store the private keys of their cryptocurrency wallet on their phone, with a recent add-on feature by the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF).

Thailand’s Trade Policy Office to Trace Agricultural Products from Farm to Export Using Blockchain
Thailand’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO) has revealed its intentions of using blockchain technology to trace agricultural products from farms to export as this will optimize buyers’ confidence.

3 Ways Blockchain is Transforming Cybersecurity
Blockchain technology ensures that data is stored in immutable distributed ledgers and it can be instrumental in enhancing cybersecurity by averting DDoS attacks, authenticating downloads, and offering consensus mechanisms.

Why is Blockchain Technology Revolutionizing the Banking and Finance Market?
As technology continues to evolve year after year, it becomes glaring that it is gradually sweeping every productive sector in the world, more importantly, finance and banking. This is so because the sector is about the most sensitive in every economy. It’s got to be, right? Money is important and needed by everyone – one way or another.

China Has Kickstarted the Experimentation of a Blockchain Pilot in its Equity Trading Industry
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has kickstarted the experimentation of a blockchain pilot for the equity trading industry in the country. Announced by the Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration, CSRC will be assisting the Beijing Equity Trading Center for the blockchain pilot.

Brazil Highlights Blockchain Technology as a Digital Strategy Goal
Last week, Brazil unveiled its Digital Government Strategy that highlighted the use of distributed ledger systems and blockchain technology to transform major parts of the economy, especially in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen Comments on AI and Technology Advancement at the AFF 2020
At this year’s Asian Financial Forum, held in Hong Kong, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was invited to speak at a Luncheon with moderator Norman Chan, the Senior Advisor at the Hong Kong Academy of Finance.

Tech Adoption Fueled by COVID-19, Will Global Blockchain Adoption Be Accelerated Too?
Coronavirus has driven global economies and businesses to the ground, but one industry that has benefitted from the pandemic appears to be the tech sector.

Blockchain-Powered A-Medicare Platform Gains Popularity on Social Media
The A-Medicare platform that is engineered through blockchain, artificial intelligence, and other cutting edge technologies has excited Americans based on its quest to make healthcare available and affordable to all citizens.

The Networked Ledger—The Evolution of Blockchain Software from Bitcoin to Ethereum
A look at origins and how blockhain has evolved and continues to disrupt our systems of industry and finance, from Bitcoin to Ethereum

Sony Reveals New Blockchain-Based Data Sharing System to Revolutionize the Future for Public Transportation Services
Japanese conglomerate Sony has announced a new successfully developed blockchain system, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to provide people with data regarding optimal travel routes for using different types of transportation.