Blockchain 

Liechtenstein Approves DLT Public Offering with Porsche-Backed Firm

German crypto investment startup Neufund launches its blockchain-enabled public offering platform featuring a Porsche-backed firm as the first issuer. 10 euro minimum investment  Within the first offering on Sept. 16, Neufund’s platform will be used by mobility firm Greyp, company backed by sports car giant Porsche, Camel Group and T-mobile, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph today. Neufund’s platform has acquired clearance from the Financial Monetary Authority in Liechtenstein to host public offerings with a minimum investment of just 10 euro, enabling high accessibility to investors. Firms from…

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Blockchain 

Power Ledger Goes to Rural Australia to Trade Surplus Energy via DLT

Australian blockchain energy startup Power Ledger has launched its first trial of peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading technology in rural areas. Energy monetization for outlying settlements According to a blog post on Sept. 9, Power Ledger has launched pilots outside of a metropolitan area in Western Australia, intending to help outlying commercial settlements and farms improve the efficiency of their power grid and reduce associated costs. Specifically, Power Ledger’s blockchain P2P platform aims to allow those sites to monetize their surplus solar energy, while existing tariffs provide no financial compensation to…

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Bitcoin 

DLT Platform Hedera Hashgraph’s Open Beta Test to Start in September

Hedera Hashgraph, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform, announced that it will offer open access to its mainnet beta starting Sept. 16. According to Hedera Hashgraph’s official blog post published on Aug. 29, the open access beta test will be a period of free public access, during which developers will be able to build decentralized applications (DApps) on the platform.  Open access beta features Hedera’s network will reportedly offer three services during the beta testing period: cryptocurrency, smart contracts and file services. It is noted that crypto transactions will be…

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Blockchain 

Institutional Crypto Lending Platform Receives Gibraltar DLT License

Fully collateralized crypto-to-crypto lending platform Lendingblock has received a distributed ledger technology (DLT) provider license from Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), reports Crowdfund Insider on Aug. 15. The accreditation brings the institution-focused platform one step closer to launch. The GFSC awarded an in-principle DLT provider license in late 2018. New capital lending model for digital assets Providing collateralized lending and borrowing reportedly allows Lendingblock to support short-term trading, hedging and working capital needs. This mirrors traditional financial markets, which the company aims to reinvent with a better model to service…

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Blockchain 

UK Pension and Welfare Agency Examining Blockchain and DLT

The United Kingdom pension and welfare agency has identified blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) as technologies that could disrupt the payments industry. In an Aug. 9 blog post, Richard Laycock, the deputy director of digital payments and banking systems at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) — an agency that manages the U.K.’s welfare and pension policies — said that the DWP is looking to transform its payments infrastructure. In a bid to make its payment system “efficient, modern, fast, scalable, flexible, innovative and available 24/7,” the DWP…

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Blockchain 

IBM and Tata Become Governing Council ‘Owners’ of Hedera DLT Platform

Public distributed ledger Hedera Hashgraph has announced that IBM and Tata Communications have joined its governing council. In a news release on Aug. 12, the platform described the addition of the two firms as a “powerful endorsement” of its hashgraph consensus mechanism. “Diverse array” of council members Mance Harmon, the CEO of Hedera Hashgraph, said IBM and Tata Communications’ presence further decentralizes the platform’s governance, adding: “Our governance model, which includes a robust system of checks and balances, ensures power can’t be consolidated, while at the same time providing a…

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Blockchain 

What Do Companies’ 10-K Reports Say About DLT?

How seriously are American corporations committed to blockchain technologies? Are blockchain technologies materially significant yet? One place to find the answers to these questions is Form 10-K, a report the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires corporations to file annually. Some of the information a company is required to disclose in the 10-K includes details on the nature of its business, risk factors, financial data, organizational structure, subsidiaries, and management’s discussion and analysis about the financial and operational results. Because it is regulated by the SEC, audited by…

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Blockchain 

Korea Exchange Affiliate Koscom to Launch DLT Platform for Unlisted Shares

South Korea’s state-backed financial IT firm Koscom will develop a blockchain-powered platform for trading unlisted securities. Koscom to launch blockchain-based unlisted shares trading service in H2 2019 Launched by South Korea’s Ministry of Finance and primarily backed by the Korea Exchange, Koscom plans to launch its blockchain-based platform for unlisted securities in the second half of 2019, local newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported on Aug. 6. According to the report, the initiative six local companies and organizations are participating in the initiative, including Koscom, KEB Hana Bank, Hana Financial Investment,…

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Blockchain 

Grocery Involved in Nearly Half of all DLT Supply Chain Projects

The grocery sector is responsible for nearly half of all Distributed Ledger Technology-based (DLT) supply chain projects. UCL: grocery most active in DLT tracking Research conducted by the University College London centre for blockchain and retail blockchain consortium and published on Aug. 4 shows that the grocery industry has the highest number of DLT-based supply chain tracking projects. Per the report, nearly half of all the projects analyzed operate within the grocery sector, while about 15% respectively operate in the healthcare and fashion industries. Lastly, about 39% operate in other,…

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Blockchain 

What Is the Difference Between Blockchain and DLT?

“Blockchain” and “distributed ledger technology.” Many of us have been guilty of confusing these two terms and using them interchangeably. But even though their meanings overlap in a number of areas, and even though they’ve both reached similar levels of public notoriety since the 2017 cryptocurrency bull market, they aren’t quite identical. Yes, they both generally refer to a record of information that’s distributed across a network, and yes, they both foster a greater degree of transparency and openness than had been enabled by earlier, centralized databases or digital records.…

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