Blockchain 

NEO and Ontology Partnership Eyes Global Cross-Chain Blockchain Platform

Chinese blockchain platforms Ontology and NEO are partnering to create an interoperable protocol in a bid to spur development of the next-generation internet. A press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 18 revealed that the two blockchain firms intend to build an open, global cross-chain platform based on an interoperability protocol that would harness both companies’ strengths.  In reorienting the focus of their respective strategies to the task of full-fledged interoperability, NEO will work to develop protocols and components that can support a full spectrum of digital assets and Ontology…

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Blockchain 

‘Smart Dubai’ Initiative Receives a Boost as DAG Platform Comes On Board

A DAG blockchain platform that can operate as the IT infrastructure for smart cities has announced a partnership with the private office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum — paving the way for an operational presence in Dubai. The Fantom Foundation says its protocol is designed to operate as the information technology infrastructure for smart cities that will make the lives of people living in urban areas easier — enhancing everything from health care and education to traffic management and environmental sustainability. Recently, the Unites Arab Emirates unveiled its “Smart…

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Ethereum 

EY Spearheads Blockchain Tracking Platform for German Logistics Firms

German logistics firms partner to jointly create a blockchain tracking platform, local news outlet Tiroler Tageszeitung reports on July 16. Per the report, logistics firms LKW Walter, GS1 Austria, and its EDITEL Austria subsidiary, Bundesvereinigung Logistik Österreich, Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Schenker, and WU Vienna are participating in the project. Furthermore, big four auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY) is managing the initiative. The system will reportedly see freight documents being digitized on the blockchain with the aim of reducing costs and resource consumption while ensuring higher transparency standards, and…

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Blockchain 

Brazilian State Launches Blockchain Platform for Government Contract Bids

In Brazil, the state of Bahia has launched a blockchain application to track the process of public bidding on government contracts, according to a report by Cointelegraph Brazil on July 12. The blockchain-based solution, called Online Bid Solution (SOL) was reportedly developed by Cayenne Technology and Design. Bids will reportedly be completely transparent and secure due with the application of blockchain tech. According to Bahia government, the intended beneficiaries of SOL appear to be the Brazilian agriculture industry. The solution is designed to help connect agriculture organizations in Bahia with…

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Bitcoin 

Binance Officially Launches Its 2.0 Platform With Margin Trading

Top crypto exchange Binance has launched its margin trading platform, an official blog post published today, July 11, reveals. Binance’s move to expand trading possibilities to meet the full scope of institutional and retail traders’ needs had already been indicated by exchange CEO Changpeng Zhao this May — the same month the exchange had suffered a major hack incurring $41 million in losses. In today’s announcement, Binance notes that margin trading — which allows exchange account holders to use their existing balances as collateral to open both long and short…

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Ethereum 

Russian Smelting Giant Nornickel to Launch Digital Trading Platform by End of 2019

Russian mining and smelting giant Nornickel is planning to roll out a digital platform for metals trading by the end of 2019, local news outlet TASS reported on July 9. The vice-president of Nornickel, Andrey Bugrov told TASS that “the preparation process was quite lengthy, but nevertheless, we plan to bring this product [digitization of metal trading] to the market by the end of 2019 and begin trading our tokens.” Bugrov also said that the token trading program could be worth nearly $1 billion, but that is rather a target…

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Ethereum 

Korea’s LG Launches Blockchain Supply Chain Platform For School Lunches

LG CNS, a subsidiary of South Korean multinational conglomerate LG Corp., will apply blockchain to foster supply chain transparency for school cafeteria lunches. The news was reported by business technology site ZDNet on July 9. The new system — created in collaboration with local IT service provider SayIT — will be based on LG’s proprietary blockchain platform, “Monachain,” which first launched in May 2018.  In cooperation with regional governments, the system will be implemented for foods served at national school cafeterias and will provide transparent information and supply chain history…

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Ethereum 

Chinese Central Bank’s Blockchain Trade Platform Processed $4.36B

The  blockchain trade finance solution of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) processed over 30 billion yen ($4.36 billion) in foreign exchange transactions, local finance news outlet SINA reports on July 8. Per the report, the platform is supported at 483 branches of 28 banks in Shenzhen and is currently operating normally. Still, due to an allegedly uneven adoption of financial technology, the business volume is still proportionately small. PBoC representatives explained in the report that blockchain technology avoids the slow paper trail between multiple receiving departments that is typical…

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Blockchain 

Open-Source Platform Lets Users Build Their Own Blockchain in Under 10 Min

An out-of-the-box solution says it enables anyone, even with no experience, to build their own blockchain in under 10 minutes. According to Nuls, businesses are going through a similar evolution as they did with the early internet, when every company wanted their own website: They now want their own blockchain. And although these firms may not fully understand how to deploy blockchain technology, they are aware of how their business may benefit from it. Nuls aims is to “dismantle some of the biggest barriers” that are stopping individuals and companies…

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Ethereum 

New Platform Says It Enables Regular and Advanced Users to Create Their Own Crypto Fund

Crypto funds act as a “basket” of different digital assets and can offer a variety of benefits over purchasing individual coins, such as ease of management and the relative safety that comes with diversification. Fortunately, creating and maintaining your own fund just became a lot easier, the platform notes.  The team behind the Iconomi platform says it wants to offer a way for all users — regular and advanced — to easily get involved in cryptocurrency funds, without the complications that often come with traditional offerings like exchange-traded funds (ETFs),…

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