Blockchain 

Germany’s Largest Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Blockchain Network

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has joined JPMorgan’s blockchain-based network, the Interbank Information Network (IIN). Two years in operation Launched as a pilot in 2017, the JPMorgan-led blockchain initiative now has a network of 320 banks that have entered the platform to swap global payments data using the Ethereum network, the Financial Times reported on Sept. 15. Takis Georgakopoulos, head of payments at JPMorgan, expressed hope that Deutsche Bank will be the first of several other large banks to join IIN. According to the report, Deutsche Bank is the world’s…

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Blockchain 

Mastercard Joins Blockchain Software Firm R3’s Marco Polo Network

American financial services corporation Mastercard has joined blockchain software firm R3’s Corda-powered Marco Polo blockchain network for trade finance. In a press release published on Sept. 3, Mastercard revealed its participation in the Marco Polo Network project, a collaboration of R3 and Irish tech firm TradeIX that launched in 2017. The initiative provides a multi-asset class platform that offers broker dealer services and multi-currency transactions, among other related services. The company’s Mastercard Track platform for business-to-business global trade has collaborated with Marco Polo in a bid to facilitate Marco Polo’s…

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Blockchain 

Boeing Joins IBM on Hedera Hashgraph’s Governing Council

Major global aerospace manufacturer Boeing has reportedly joined the governing council of enterprise-focused decentralized network Hedera Hashgraph. Ten members so far The American aircraft giant is the 10th firm in the list of Hedera’s governing council members, including tech giant IBM, Japanese financial holding company Nomura Holdings, Indian telecom Tata Communications and financial services firm FIS Global, Coindesk reported on Aug. 29.  According to the report, Boeing has not officially confirmed the news. On Hedera’s council, each member runs its own node via hashgraph — a patented algorithm claiming to…

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Blockchain 

Mercedes-Benz in China Joins PlatOn for Blockchain Used Car Data

Blockchain solutions company PlatOn has created a platform for storing data and calculating the price of used business cars at Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service (BMBS). Calculating and monitoring car price PlatOn shared the news with Cointelegraph on Aug. 29. According to the announcement, PlatON’s blockchain-based Vehicle Residual Value Management Platform can store both static and dynamic data, which will be used to automatically calculate the residual value of registered vehicles over time.  Additionally, the Vehicle Residual Value Management Platform will reportedly be open to the used car market, including entities…

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Gemini Joins Silvergate Exchange Network for 24/7 Fiat Money Transfers

Gemini, the cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins, is joining crypto-friendly bank Silvergate’s Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN) to speed fiat transfers. Real-time fiat money transfers Gemini announced the move in an official blog post on Aug. 27. According to the announcement, the main benefit of the exchange’s partnership with Silvergate is that Gemini’s institutional investor clients can withdraw and deposit United States dollars from their accounts at any time. This is already the industry standard for cryptocurrencies, but not for fiat money, per the report. Additionally, the announcement states…

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Bitcoin 

Ex-Morgan Stanley Exec Joins His Former Colleagues at Shenzhen Crypto Firm

Former Morgan Stanley Asia head of derivatives Jeffrey Wang officially joined Amber Group, a Shenzhen-based cryptocurrency company. As Bloomberg reported on Aug. 23, Wang will operate out of Vancouver as the head of Americas for Amber. According to the article, he previously worked at Morgan Stanley with four out of the five Amber’s founders, and two of them — Wayne Huo and Tony He — used to report directly to Wang. No rest for the crypto market This decision reportedly bought Wang back to work after taking the past three…

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Blockchain 

Africa’s Largest Bank Joins Blockchain-Based Marco Polo Network

Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by total assets, has joined blockchain-based trade finance network, the Marco Polo Network. Standard Bank will now develop trade finance solutions alongside major global financial institutions such as French BNP Paribas and Dutch ING, according to a press release on Aug. 22. Backed by the world’s biggest bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Standard Bank is the first African bank to join the network, the press release notes. To date, the Marco Polo Network includes over 20 global financial firms such as Commerzbank,…

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Blockchain 

Software Engineering Firm EPAM Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Software engineering and IT consulting services firm EPAM Systems Inc. has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) that develops blockchain practices and standards in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industry. According to a press release on Aug. 19, EPAM determined 21 real-world use cases of blockchain tech in industries such as life sciences, transportation, logistics, agriculture, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and retail, insurance and healthcare. The BiTA will purportedly use EPAM’s software engineering expertise to further improve blockchain development and establish standards. Blockchain hype vs practical applications Commenting…

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Blockchain 

CoinGecko Joins AMLT Network to Combat Exchange Fraud, Scams, Hacks

Crypto market aggregator CoinGecko has joined the network of blockchain analytics and anti-money laundering (AML) company Coinfirm. This partnership will reportedly allow CoinGecko to improve its exchange Trust Score algorithm, as well as provide users with a means to report scams and hacks. The companies shared a press release with Cointelegraph on Aug. 16. According to documentation from Coinfirm, the company runs the AMLT network that allows members to report cryptocurrency addresses tied to hacks, ransomware, scams and fraud. Coinfirm then blocks these users and funds across the AMLT network.…

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Blockchain 

Leading Latin America Investment Bank Joins Distributed Ledger Group

Leading Latin America investment bank BTG Pactual joined the organizing committee of the Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group. Alliance for blockchain use Industry news outlet LedgerInsights reported on Aug. 15 that Brazil-based bank BTG Pactual joined PTDL Group’s organizing committee. PTDL Group reportedly provides a platform allowing market participants to share information on blockchain and discuss applications in the financial services sector. According to its official website, PTDL Group includes nearly 40 financial institutions and prominent market infrastructure players. The organization also claims that it is playing a role in…

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