Blockchain 

Ho Chi Minh City to Develop Blockchain Regulations for Smart Cities

Ho Chi Minh City will develop a blockchain-oriented regulatory framework for the development of smart cities.  Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh’s People’s Committee, announced the news during the sixth annual international conference of Saigon High-Tech Park (SHTP), Viet Nam News reports Nov. 11. At the same event, the SHTP, an incubator for high tech businesses, signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s CBA Ventures to promote the research and application of blockchain technology. Le Bich Loan, a senior exec at the Saigon Hi-Tech Park’s…

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Ethereum 

Privacy Coin Zcash Community to Develop Wrapped Token for Ethereum

The privacy-focused cryptocurrency Zcash (ZEC) is seeking access to Ethereum’s decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem. Zcash’s shielded addresses on the Ethereum network On Oct. 13, Coindesk reported that the topic of interoperability was the theme of the now concluded Devcon 5 developer conference in Osaka, Japan, where a number of smaller cryptocurrency projects displayed interest in accessing Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem. Summa co-founder, James Prestwich, told the news outlet: “Connecting to other chains doesn’t seem to be an Ethereum developer’s priority, but other chains seem to want to connect to Ethereum.” Developers…

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Blockchain 

CBMI Partners With Sequoia-Backed Startup to Develop DeFi Services

China Merchants Bank International (CBMI) is partnering with Nervos Network — a Chinese blockchain startup founded by a former researcher and developer of the Ethereum Foundation. A press release published on Oct. 3 revealed that the new partnership will focus on jointly developing decentralized finance (DeFi) applications and helping Nervos to grow its network in the financial services industry. A shift toward decentralization in finance Nervos Network develops a suite of protocols and public blockchain ecosystem aimed at achieving the security, immutability and permissionless possibilities exemplified by the Bitcoin (BTC)…

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Blockchain 

Animoca Brands to Develop Blockchain-Based MotoGP Manager Game

Blockchain and artificial intelligence firm Animoca Brands Corporation Limited has entered into a partnership with sports management company Dorna Sports, S.L. to develop a blockchain-based MotoGP manager game. Per a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Sept. 26, Animoca Brands completed a strategic capital raise of A$1 million ($677,600) from a group of investors, including Moses Tang, the founder of AP Capital and founding chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific. The company is planning to allocate part of the funds to advancing the manager game. Make it to the 2020…

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Blockchain 

StrongSalt Raises $3M in Seed Round to Develop Encryption Platform-as-a-Service

Advisory firm Valley Capital Partners has invested $3 million into encryption platform-as-a-service StrongSalt. Per a Sept. 26 press release, StrongSalt raised $3 million from Valley Capital Partners in a seed round to further develop its encryption platform designed for developers and enterprises. The startup aims to build an encrypted ecosystem, allowing individuals to keep personal data private and to defend against theft and fraud. StrongSalt claims to be the first firm that provides an application programming interface (API) platform for developers to make existing applications and workflows privacy-enabled. The company…

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Blockchain 

Fintech Firm Partners With R3 to Develop Shariah-Compliant Market Platform

Dubai-based fintech company Wethaq has entered into a strategic partnership with enterprise software firm R3, in order to create a platform for issuing and trading sukuk securities based on R3’s Corda offering.  A platform for Islamic securities According to a press release on Aug. 28, Wethaq’s platform is built on R3’s open source enterprise blockchain platform Corda, and the company has been taking steps to ensure that it is likewise compliant with Sharia Law. Wethaq’s platform is reportedly designed to improve the market infrastructure for issuing and trading sukuk securities.…

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Blockchain 

EY Hired to Help Develop Blockchain-Based Fine Wine Trading Platform

A blockchain-based fine wine investment trading platform has selected Big Four auditing firm EY to provide technology services as its development continues. WiV Technology enables clients to trade bottles and cases of premium wine, with the origin, quality and value of assets certified on a constantly updated blockchain. In a news release on Aug. 12, EY said that wine will be tokenized through the use of non-fungible ERC-721 tokens on the platform. Saving cost and time Smart contracts are used to track wine ownership and transaction history, and the properties of…

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Blockchain 

South Korean Holding Company Uses Ripple Fork to Develop Donations Platform

South Korean holding company SK C&C has unveiled plans for a donation platform that is based on a Ripple blockchain fork. Moreover, the platform will support a stablecoin linked at a 1:1 ratio to the won, as well as a utility token. South Korean news daily Chosun reported about the company’s initiative on Aug. 9. According to the report, the donation platform is still strictly in the planning phase. SK C&C head Lee Sun-min explained that issues with regulation and infrastructure development present barriers to launching their proposed platform: “Since…

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Blockchain 

Georgian Gov’t, IOHK Partner to Develop Blockchain in Education, Ministry Services

The government of Georgia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with blockchain technology firm Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) to implement blockchain-enabled projects across business, education and government services. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 17. The MoU has been signed between the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science and IOHK, and will see the two entities collaborate on developing the technical, commercial and operational capacities to foster blockchain projects and support fintech businesses in the blockchain and digital asset sector. IOHK…

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Bitcoin 

Russia’s Largest Bank Confirms It Will Not Develop Crypto-Related Services

The CEO of state-owned Russian bank Sberbank has officially confirmed the institution’s decision to not develop crypto-related services, local financial publication Banki.ru reports on June 7. Herman Gref, Sberbank CEO and a former minister of economics and trade of Russia, claimed that the bank has never had any ambitious plans in the crypto space. Instead, the bank will now focus on blockchain applications for its services. Gref reportedly made his comments in an interview with local free-to-air TV channel NTV at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Gref stated that…

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