Blockchain 

Icon to Giveaway $570,000 in Tokens to Promote Voting, Decentralization

The Icon Foundation, the group behind the Icon blockchain network, is giving away 3 million ICX tokens — worth ~$570,000 — in anticipation of its upcoming Public Representative (P-Rep) elections. The giveaway will last from August 26 to September 24 for IXC token holders who opt to participate in P-Rep voting. Icon shared news of the giveaway in a press release on Aug. 13. According to the announcement, the giveaway is an effort to promote community involvement in the so-dubbed P-Rep elections, and to advance decentralized control of the network. …

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Blockchain 

Development ‘On the Chain’ to Promote Off-Chain Blockchain Adoption?

In the last decade, blockchain and distributed ledger technology has had an immense impact on a multitude of industries, with 84% of organizations experimenting with the technology, with more than half (52%) of blockchain projects in the research and development phase, according to the PwC Global Blockchain Survey.  The industries making important strides forward with blockchain include financial services, manufacturing, energy and utilities, health care, as well as government sectors, but the potential of the technology is limitless. Ultimately, any business that is looking to simplify the processing method of…

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Ethereum 

Ethereum Classic Labs Announces Accelerate Program to Promote ETC Apps

Ethereum Classic Labs incubator officially announced its accelerator program to promote the development of products based on the Ethereum Classic network. On July 28, Ethereum Classic Labs published a blog post to provide details about Ethereum Classic Labs Accelerate, a program for funding and educating blockchain firms and communities that are creating products and services on the Ethereum Classic blockchain. According to the announcement, the first Cohort of Ethereum Classic Labs Accelerate was formed during Q1 2019 while the second is expected to be announced in Q3. Ethereum Classic Labs…

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Blockchain 

Circle and Coinbase’s Centre Seeks to Form Consortium to Promote, Issue USDC

Stablecoins have become rather frequently discussed in the news and social media over the past few weeks, especially with the news of the release of the Facebook-backed Libra coin. The current wave of stablecoin issuance could be attributed to the lack of liquidity in the cryptocurrency world. But even though the crypto market is now slowly recovering from a long bear trend, the ecosystem of stablecoins continues to expand even further.  One of the most notable events in the stablecoin space was a recent announcement by Circle and Coinbase. After…

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Blockchain 

Securitize, Local Advocacy Group Partner to Promote Digital Securities Adoption

Securitize — a compliance platform and protocol for token issuers backed by United States crypto exchange Coinbase — is partnering with the Japan Security Token Association (JSTA) to promote the creation of a security token ecosystem in Japan. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on June 19. The JSTA is an advocacy organization focused on the digital securities industry. As Cointelegraph Japan reports, the new partners intend to closely collaborate with Japanese banks as well as local and international regulators in a bid to foster further development of the…

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Blockchain 

Gov’t of Brazil to Consider Bill Requiring Public Administration to Promote Blockchain

The Brazilian government will consider a draft bill that requires all units of local public administrations to promote new technologies such as blockchain, Cointelegraph Brazil reports on June 11. The new bill, PL 3443/2019, was filed by a group of ten federal officials from different political parties and states with the lower house of the National Congress of Brazil, Chamber of Deputies, on June 11. As specified in the title of the document, the proposed draft bill provides the “Digital Provision of Public Services in Public Administration — Digital Government.”…

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Bitcoin 

Rakuten Partners With Japan’s Biggest Railway Firm to Promote Cashless Payments

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has partnered with Japan’s biggest railway firm, the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), to promote cashless payments. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on June 5. The partnership will enable commuters to charge and use their rechargeable smart fare card — JR East’s “Suica” — via the Rakuten Pay mobile app. As Cointelegraph Japan notes, the integrated service will bring cashless transport payments via the mobile app to commuters at 5,000 train stations and approximately 50,000 buses, in addition to around 600,000 stores across…

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Blockchain 

China’s Alibaba Partners With Chinese Software Giant to Promote Blockchain Development

Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba and Aerospace Information Co., a major software developer and provider, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement for cloud computing, blockchain and other technological services development. Chinese finance publication Securities Daily reported on the deal on March 21. The two parties have agreed to take advantage of their respective brand technologies “to actively integrate resources and carry out in-depth cooperation” in in the fields of cloud computing services, finance and taxation, government affairs and blockchain technology, among others. As the publication states, Aerospace Information will collaborate with…

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Blockchain 

South Korea’s Second Most Populous City Signs MoU With Blockchain Firm to Promote Fintech

The South Korean city of Busan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with blockchain company Hyundai Pay, according to a press release published on Feb. 12. According to the announcement, South Korea’s second most populous city after Seoul and Hyundai Pay, a company that developed a blockchain platform and a cryptocurrency wallet, will cooperate in order to promote the growth of startups and jobs in Busan. The MoU specifies plans to relocate the Hyundai Pay headquarters to Busan and to create needed fintech infrastructure. The MoU also aims to…

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Blockchain 

Seven EU States Sign Declaration to Promote Blockchain Use

Seven southern European Union member states have released a declaration calling for help in the promotion of Distributed Ledger Technology’s (DLT) use in the region, the Financial Times (FT) reports Dec. 4. The declaration was reportedly initiated by Malta and signed by six other member states, France, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain and Greece, during a meeting of EU transport ministers in Brussels on Tuesday. The participating governments explained that DLT –– one type of which is blockchain –– could be a “game changer” for southern EU economies. Namely, the document…

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