Blockchain 

Australia’s Biggest Bank Says Its ‘BioTokens’ Can Help the Environment

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is currently prototyping blockchain tokens meant to enable landowners, environmental groups, developers and governments to invest in sustainable development. Commonwealth Bank’s ‘BioTokens’ The bank announced in a press release published on its website on Aug. 21 that it is working on “BioTokens,” enabling sustainable investments co-developed with BioDiversity Solutions Australia.  Per the report, the project is part of broader developments meant to support regional businesses across Australia and enables the creation of crypto assets representing biodiversity credits for New South Wales Government’s Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.…

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Ethereum 

Biggest Crypto Hedge Funds and What They Tell About the Market

The total market cap for all cryptocurrencies stands at $293 billion, and while much of this value has been generated by individual traders buying and selling their own private stashes of crypto, it’s also largely the result of big investment funds. These are companies that have crypto assets under management worth as much as $1 billion or upward, with most of them qualifying as the whales the cryptocurrency community often talks about after every market movement. Yet, aside from simply trading Bitcoin, Ether or many other cryptocurrencies, funds also often invest venture…

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Cryptocurrency 

Grayscale Investments to Make Biggest Transfer in Crypto History

According to Forbes, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency asset manager Grayscale Investments is about to make the biggest transfer in cryptocurrency history. The asset manager is planning on moving billions of dollars worth of holdings today, and the destination is US crypto wallet and trading platform Coinbase. Should the transfer go off without a hitch, it will mark the largest single-day transfer of cryptocurrency assets ever. Grayscale Transfers Billions in Cryptocurrency New York-based Grayscale has announced that Coinbase Custody will serve as custodian on the $3 billion-worth of underlying assets. The entire…

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Ethereum 

Biggest University in Western Australia Accepts Bitcoin for PhD Program

Curtin University, the largest university in Western Australia with over 58,00 students, announced the launch of a cryptocurrency PhD program on July 23, 2019.  Curtin University Accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum The Cryptocurrency PhD Scholarship Fund will allow companies and individuals to help PhD students studying  blockchain, cybersecurity and data analytics through cryptocurrency funding.  Focused on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, the higher education program will be entirely funded through bitcoin or ethereum, which school officials say will help popularize cryptocurrencies as a payment method.  Curtin University Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Excellence Professor…

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Ethereum 

South Korea’s Biggest Credit Card Patents Blockchain Payments System

South Korea’s leading credit card firm Shinhan Card has been granted a patent for a blockchain payments system, English-language local media The Korea Times reports on July 15. Per the report, with the newly patented technology the company has established a blockchain-powered credit transaction process allowing for setting spending limits, paying in monthly installments and carrying out payments. The outlet quotes an anonymous Shinhan Card official commenting on the development: “Services using those key functions of credit cards will be extended to the blockchain-based system, a notable advancement from the…

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Blockchain 

Latin America’s Biggest Investment Bank to Sell $1 Billion in STOs Using Tezos

Latin America’s biggest investment bank, BTG Pactual, plans to shift its security token offerings (STOs), a pipeline of over $1 billion in sales, onto the Tezos blockchain. The announcement appeared in a joint press release published on Tezos Foundation’s website on July 3. The new initiative is a collaboration between BTG Pactual and Dubai-based asset manager Dalma Capital, who plan to tokenize a number of traditional assets using the Tezos blockchain and smart contracts platform.  According to the announcement, Dalma Capital is planning to use the Tezos blockchain for digitizing…

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Ethereum 

South Korea’s Second Biggest City Wants to Create a Local Cryptocurrency

Busan, South Korea’s second most-populous city after Seoul, is considering the launch of a local cryptocurrency, Korean tech news publication ETnews reports July 1. According to the report, Busan city authorities are seeking to develop a blockchain-based digital currency project in collaboration with BNK Busan Bank, a subsidiary of local holding company BNK Financial Group. Specifically, Busan is reportedly developing a crypto project in the form of stablecoin, a cryptocurrency pegged 1:1 to the local currency in the BNK Busan bank account. By issuing a local digital currency, Busan expects…

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Blockchain 

U.K.’s Biggest Store Tesco Pumps Bitcoin With ‘Bill Gates’ Twitter Scam

The largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom was left red-faced this week after hackers took over its Twitter account to promote a bitcoin (BTC) scam. The news surfaced via IT magazine Bleeping Computer on June 25. Tesco, which has almost 550,000 Twitter followers, lost control of its account and began claiming it would give away free bitcoins in return for investments. The hackers appeared to have an affinity with Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, using his avatar and changing Tesco’s handle to ‘Billgatesmsc.’ “Bitcoin is on the rise again! One…

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Bitcoin 

Rakuten Partners With Japan’s Biggest Railway Firm to Promote Cashless Payments

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has partnered with Japan’s biggest railway firm, the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), to promote cashless payments. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on June 5. The partnership will enable commuters to charge and use their rechargeable smart fare card — JR East’s “Suica” — via the Rakuten Pay mobile app. As Cointelegraph Japan notes, the integrated service will bring cashless transport payments via the mobile app to commuters at 5,000 train stations and approximately 50,000 buses, in addition to around 600,000 stores across…

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Blockchain 

World’s Second and Fourth Biggest Shipping Firms Join Maersk’s Blockchain Platform

Two leading global shipping firms, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and CMA CGM, have joined blockchain shipping platform TradeLens, Reuters reports on May 28. Switzerland-based MSC, the world’s second-largest shipping company, and French CMA CGM, reportedly the fourth-largest container shipping firm, have joined the blockchain platform developed by the world’s largest logistics company Maersk and tech giant IBM. As previously reported, blockchain-powered shipping solution TradeLens intends to reduce paperwork and associated costs and time in the logistics industry — which reportedly accounts for $4 trillion — with over 80% of the…

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