Bitcoin 

Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Blockchain-Based Energy Saving Firm in Malta

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of American tech giant Apple, has invested in a new blockchain-based company headquartered in Malta. Wozniak is now the co-founder of energy efficiency company Efforce, according to a report by Maltese news daily The Malta Independent on July 18. Wozniak co-founded the company alongside Jacopo Visetti, who — according to his LinkedIn profile — works in the renewable energy and environment sector. According to this page, Visetti co-founded Efforce in January, 2018 — approximately one year and seven months ago.  According Efforce’s LinkedIn page, the company provides…

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Blockchain 

Cadence Launches Blockchain-Based Tokenized Debt Marketplace

Cadence, an American blockchain-based alternative investment provider, has launched an investment platform for debt, according to a press release on July 10. By launching its private credit investment platform, Cadence aims to bring more transparency and efficiency to the asset class in order to help companies grow their businesses. Cadence turns commercial debt into digital tokens that can be traded on its platform. Private credit, or private debt, is a type of alternative investment which has only been accepted as a separate asset class very recently. Private debt investments are…

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Blockchain 

Shell Invests in Blockchain-Based Energy Startup

Shell, the world’s fifth largest oil and gas firm, has invested in a blockchain-based energy startup, Forbes reports on July 10. The European oil and gas giant has invested an undisclosed amount in New York-based LO3, whose Exergy platform tracks energy with blockchain technology. The recent investment in LO3 marks Shell’s fourth public investment in blockchain-related firms, Forbes noted, listing platforms such as Vakt, Komgo, and Applied Blockchain as other portfolio blockchain companies. According to the report, Shell has an option to convert its investment in LO3’s native tokens called…

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Bitcoin 

Blockchain-Based Used Car Data Marketplace to Launch in Singapore

Singapore-based online car marketplace sgCarMart and decentralized data exchange protocol Ocean Protocol are launching a blockchain-powered “Know-Your-Vehicle” data marketplace. The development was announced in a press release on July 5. The so called Know-Your-Vehicle used car data marketplace will purportedly provide a secure way of sharing and accessing of information about used cars in Singapore, where almost 9,000 cars reportedly changed ownership per month in 2018. The product is set to provide customers with the capability of tracking data origin on a vehicle and then trace its history. Subsequently, the…

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Ethereum 

Blockchain-Based Game Becomes First DApp to Launch on Crypto Platform

A crypto platform has announced the launch of the first decentralized application (DApp) on its blockchain. ILCoin says its debut DApp, created on the SHA-256 blockchain, is a game called AGE of ILC — a tower defense game in which players have to obstruct strangers and stop them from stealing their treasure. The game’s developers say their title has been designed to have an old-school, retro look like in the 1980s and 1990s. AGE of ILC will initially be made available on Google Play in the middle of July, and…

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Blockchain 

Fujitsu Unveils Blockchain-Based Identity and Credential Rating Service

Japanese tech research firm Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a blockchain-based solution for evaluating user credentials, identity and trustworthiness in online transactions, according to an announcement by Fujitsu on July 4. As reported, the solution considers user ratings, stored on a blockchain, to assign every user a “trustworthiness score.” Users reportedly rate each other when a transaction occurs and the technology evaluates this data to make a guess about users’ relationships with one another. Other users can then see how high someone else’s trust score is before agreeing to a transaction,…

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Blockchain 

Binance Funds Blockchain-Based Customer Relationship Management Network

Binance Labs, the blockchain incubation initiative run by Binance, has provided the blockchain-based customer relationship management (CRM) Cere Network with strategic funding, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 3. Binance Labs announced that Cere Network would be graduating from the Season II cohort of its incubation program on June 5. On July 3, Cere Network announced that it is receiving funding from Binance Labs, Arrington XRP Capital, and NEO Global Capital. The Cere Network purportedly uses a “decentralized system” integrated with a blockchain to store customer…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain-Based Insurance Platform for Farmers Launches in Sri Lanka

Decentralized insurtech firm Etherisc has launched a blockchain-based insurance platform for farmers in Sri Lanka The platform is the result of a partnership with the insurance company Aon and the charity Oxfam in Sri Lanka, according to a press release by Aon on July 1. As per the report, the aim of the insurance platform is to provide a way for Sri Lankan farmers to access risk protection in the face of potential crop-obliterating weather conditions. The report states that almost 200 farmers have enrolled to use this platform for…

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Ethereum 

Brimhall Foods to Deliver Products Through Blockchain-based Ordering System

United States-based snack food company Brimhall Foods has partnered with Surge Holdings to deliver its BRIM’S products through a blockchain-based ordering system, according to a report by Foodprocessing-technology.com on June 27. According to the report, BRIM will be able to use the SurgePays blockchain network to access tens of thousands of new stores. Surge Holdings CEO Brian Cox says that BRIM will initially offer 15 products through its SurgePays blockchain network. Additionally, Cox remarks that these products can be ordered and replenished by their in-network convenience stores, corner markets, and…

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Blockchain 

AICPA Proposes New Standards That Would Apply to Blockchain-Based Audit Data

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has proposed a new set of standards for audit evidence including accommodation for blockchain-based data, according to a report by trade publication Accounting Today on June 24. The new proposal, the so-dubbed Proposed Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS), Audit Evidence, will purportedly set guidelines on how preparers and auditors should evaluate audit evidence that is based on new tech such as blockchain and data analytics.  The new standards are apparently a source-indifferent, multidimensional set of metrics for evaluating audit data. The aim…

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