Ethereum 

Civic, BitGo to Release New Wallet for Crypto and Identity Data

Decentralized identity startup Civic and blockchain security firm BitGo plan to launch a new wallet using BitGo’s multisig technology in Q4 2019. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23, the two firms revealed that the forthcoming “Civic Wallet” will host hold both cryptocurrency and identity data on mobile devices. Control and security over funds and personal data In the press release, Vinny Lingham, co-founder and CEO of Civic said “We’re building a new financial and identity ecosystem.” Lingham further expressed enthusiasm for lowering the barrier to entry…

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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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Bitcoin 

Microsoft Builds Decentralized Identity Network Atop Bitcoin Blockchain

Microsoft is building a decentralized identity (DID) network atop of the bitcoin blockchain, the tech giant announced on May 13. In a blog post, the company said the infrastructure, known as the Identity Overlay Network (ION,) is based on an evolving set of open standards developed in conjunction with the Decentralized Identity Foundation. Microsoft claims its approach addresses throughput issues that mean “the most robust, decentralized, public blockchains operate at just tens of transactions per second, nowhere near the volume a world full of DIDs would demand.” By contrast, the company says its…

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Bitcoin 

John McAfee Pauses Plan to Out Satoshi Nakomoto’s Identity, Fearing Lawsuit

American entrepreneur and stalwart crypto advocate John McAfee says he is holding back on plans to reveal the real identity of bitcoin (BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto, for fear it will expose him to further lawsuits as he fights potential extradition to the United States. The news was reported by Bloomberg on April 24. McAfee — who founded the pioneering anti-virus firm McAfee Associates in 1987 — claims his technology expertise has helped him track down the real Satoshi. According to Bloomberg, McAfee said he had communicated with Nakamoto in recent…

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Blockchain 

Mainstream Media Corp. Thomson Reuters Patents Blockchain System for Identity Management

Mainstream media corporation Thomson Reuters was awarded a patent for a blockchain-based identity management system, documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released on April 2 reveal. The patent, originally filed on Dec. 22, 2015, describes a system providing identity services capable of receiving an identity from an identity provider system alongside validated identity data, and then storing it on a blockchain in an identity token. Moreover, the patent also describes variations of this procedure wherein the transaction uses a smart contract, the identity data is hashed, or the…

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Blockchain 

Identity Solution Provider Reveals New $50 Mln Fund, Blockchain Firm Is First Investment

San Francisco-based enterprise identity solution provider Okta has launched a $50 million investment fund and announced its first investment in Trusted Key, a blockchain-based digital identity firm. The news was revealed in an official Okta announcement shared with Cointelegraph on April 3. The new investment fund, dubbed “Okta Ventures,” will reportedly focus on firms that drive innovation for identity solutions via technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning. With a focus on early stage investment, Okta Ventures will reportedly offer financial backing as well as offering use of…

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Blockchain 

Major Saudi ATM Provider Partners With Blockchain Identity Platform

Saudi automated teller machine (ATM) provider Alhamrani Universal (AU) has collaborated with blockchain identity platform ShoCard to develop a blockchain-based biometric ATM, according to a press release published on Feb. 27. The collaboration will see AU and ShoCard create a new type of an ATM combining blockchain technology and biometrics as part of a five-factor authentication process. The ATM will reportedly allow customers to use a blockchain-based app and facial recognition instead of personal identification numbers to withdraw funds. The ATMs will purportedly be able to communicate across banks in…

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Blockchain 

SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom to Build Blockchain Identity Platform

South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, SK Telecom (SKT), is partnering with the world’s fifth largest telecoms firm, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, to develop a blockchain-based mobile identification solution. The news was reported in a press release from SKT on Feb. 21. A Memorandum of Understanding between the two firms is to be formalized during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, which kicks off on Feb. 25 in Barcelona, Spain. The collaboration will see SKT and Deutsche Telekom’s R&D unit, T-Labs, develop a commercialized, blockchain-powered mobile identity solution that can be used…

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Blockchain 

British Crypto Exchange CEX.IO Now Requires Identity Info From Users

United Kingdom-based cryptocurrency exchange CEX.IO now requires its users to disclose their identities, financial trading news outlet Finance Magnates reported Dec. 11. Established in 2013, CEX is a London-based cryptocurrency trading platform, initially started as a cloud mining provider. Currently, the exchange supports eight major digital currencies and four major fiat currencies, while its adjusted daily trading volume is around $4.9 million, according to CoinMarketCap. While the situation with Brexit — the scenario in which the U.K. leaves European Union — remains cloudy, CEX.IO does business with clients internationally and…

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