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Alibaba Partners with Lolli to Allow US Shoppers Earn ‘Free Bitcoin’

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has partnered with Bitcoin (BTC) rewards shopping app Lolli, enabling its shoppers to earn 5% back in Bitcoin. Alibaba customers can now get Satoshis (sats), the smallest unit of Bitcoin currency, worth 0.00000001 BTC, when shopping “thousands of items online,” Lolli says. World’s biggest retailer and biggest one-day shopping event The partnership was announced on Singles Day, a shopping holiday that is celebrated in China on Nov. 11 and is considered to be the world’s biggest one-day shopping event. According to Lolli, Alibaba shoppers spent more…

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Blockchain 

Gaming Rewards Firm Partners With Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform DLive

United States blockchain-based rewards and marketing company Refereum has announced its latest partnership with decentralized streaming platform DLive to reward gamers for creating and watching content. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Nov. 7, Refereum’s partnership with one of blockchain’s largest streaming platforms, DLive, will enable users to earn rewards for live-streaming games. DLive is reportedly the first blockchain-powered streaming service to join the Refereum platform, alongside Twitch and Mixer. DLive CEO Charles Wayn said: “Bringing benefits to our streamers is always one of DLive team’s priorities.…

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Blockchain 

Shanghai Gov’t Partners With 6 Banks on Blockchain Alliance for Trade

The municipal Shanghai government has joined forces with financial institutions to create an alliance to foster the use of blockchain for global trade.  The Global Times reported on Nov. 7 that during the China International Import Expo earlier today, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, Shanghai Customs and representatives from six bank branches — including the People’s Bank of China and Bank of Communications — signed a Blockchain Alliance proposal for the city’s e-port area. Blockchain for multilateral trade Chen Huifang —  a professor at the College of Information Science…

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Deutsche Telekom’s Blockchain Firm Partners With Malta Gov’t Agency

Maltese government agency supporting business development, Malta Enterprise, signed a memorandum of understanding with Blockchain-as-a-Service service firm T-Systems, parent company Deutsche Telekom announced on Oct 30. Deutsche Telekom launched the Blockchain Ecosystem (GBE) at the end of last month, as reported by Cointelegraph Germany. Now, the Maltese agency will become T-System’s first partner gaining access to the GBE, which can reportedly be used to track a product’s value chain from raw materials to delivery alongside other tools that can facilitate blockchain development. Malta Digital Innovation Authority to certify T-System’s GBE…

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Samsung SDS Partners With Tech Mahindra for a New DLT Product

Samsung SDS, the IT subsidiary of global tech giant Samsung, has announced a joint initiative to launch a new blockchain-based traceability product. To develop the new project, Samsung SDS partnered with American software firm Pega and Tech Mahindra, a subsidiary of major Indian multinational conglomerate holding company Mahindra Group, according to a press release on Oct. 16. Specifically, the joint initiative will be a combination of Samsung SDS’s enterprise blockchain platform Nexledger Universal and Pega’s digital process automation platform Pega Platform. By integrating Pega’s core product with Nexledger, the firms…

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UN Partners With NGO to Tokenize Chocolate Bars for Equitable Trade

The United Nations Development Programme has partnered with Dutch NGO the FairChain Foundation to use blockchain for the more equitable funding of cocoa farmers. According to an Oct. 17 report from SpringWise, the partners will launch a new chocolate bar, made with Ecuadorian-grown cocoa, together with a token-based scheme that allows consumers to contribute directly to cocoa producers.  Blockchain can “turn every product into a capitalist impact engine” As the report outlines, each bar — being marketed as “The Other Bar” — contains a QR code within its wrapper that…

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Ripple Partners With World’s Third-Largest Fintech Firm Finastra

London-based Finastra — the third-largest financial services technology firm in the world — has partnered with Ripple to grant its customers access to the RippleNet blockchain network. As reported by the Fintech Times on Oct. 16, the cooperation between the two firms will see Ripple’s over 200 existing clients reciprocally access Finastra’s extensive banking network, which includes 48 of the top 50 banks globally.  Partnership with a financial software “global behemoth” Finastra was formed in 2017 after a merger between Misys and D+H, with the development hailed at the time…

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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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Revolut Partners with Visa to Expand Into North, South America and Asia

United Kingdom-based digital banking app Revolut announced a major partnership with Visa to expand its services globally across 24 new markets, including North America. According to a Sept. 30 press release, this will bring 56 markets worldwide in total into Revolut’s reach. North, Latin American and Asian markets Per the release, the terms of the agreement stipulate that Revolut will primarily issue Visa-branded cards as it pursues its global expansion push. Visa will enable the app to launch services initially in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and…

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Ant Financial Partners with Monsanto Owner on Agricultural Blockchain

Alipay operator Ant Financial has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Bayer Crop Science, Monsanto’s owner, to develop a blockchain solution for the food and crop industry. Letter of intent Enterprise blockchain news outlet Ledger Insights reported on the partnership on Sept. 26, also noting that the two firms signed a letter of intent to develop their solution to increase traceability and transparency. Per the report, the initiative was announced at this week’s Apsara Conference in Hangzhou, China. Ant Financial also reportedly informed the public that it intends to extend its partnership…

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