Category: Blockchain

United Nations Puts Blockchain at Center of New ‘High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation’

The United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has created a ‘High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation,’ which explicitly puts blockchain technology on the agenda,  UN News revealed yesterday, July 12. The panel, said to be “the first of its kind,” will gather 20 eminent figures from industry, civil society and academia to tackle the impact of […]

Startup of Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Creator Receives Three Bitcoin Cash-Related Patents

Blockchain startup nChain, associated with a man who once proclaimed himself to be Bitcoin’s (BTC) creator, has been granted three Bitcoin Cash (BCH)-related patents by the European Patent Office (EPO), according to an official statement July 11. The three new patents relate to the development of new methods of digital rights protection using blockchain technology […]

Swiss-Based Sirin Labs to Release Blockchain-Based Smartphone in November

Sirin Labs, a Swiss-based smartphone developer, will release a blockchain-based phone in November this year, the company told Cointelegraph on July 11. In December 2017, Sirin Labs raised $157.8 million for the project during their Initial Coin Offering (ICO), with $110 million gathered over the first 24 hours. Sirin Labs had also previously released a […]

Czech Firm Reveals $100 Mln Venture Fund for Israeli Startups With ‘Emphasis’ on Blockchain

Investment banking firm Benson Oak revealed it would pump “around $100 mln” into Israel-based startups with an “emphasis” on blockchain, local Israeli news outlet the Jerusalem Post reported today, July 9. The Czech-headquartered giant’s subsidiary Benson Oak Ventures will focus specifically on the Israeli market. Having already raised $25 mln, a further $75 mln is […]

FedEx Institute Partners With Pharmacy to Use Blockchain for Cancer Medicine Distribution

The FedEx Institute of Technology has announced its partnership with pharmacy services company Good Shepherd Pharmacy to develop new blockchain-based infrastructure to help cancer patients get medications, news outlet Commercial Appeal reported July 6. The FedEx Institute of Technology is an organization that serves as a promoter of interdisciplinary research in emerging technologies that operates […]

Main Swiss Stock Exchange to Launch Distributed Ledger-Based ‘Digital Asset’ Exchange

Switzerland’s principal stock exchange SIX announced today, July 6, that it will open a “fully-regulated” cryptocurrency exchange next year. In an official press release, SIX confirmed it would use so-called distributed ledger technology (DLT) –– of which blockchain is one type –– to build what they are dubbing a “digital asset ecosystem,” Six Digital Exchange […]

Malta Passes Blockchain Bills Into Law, ‘Confirming Malta as the Blockchain Island’

The Parliament of Malta has passed three bills into law that establish a regulatory framework for blockchain technology, local news outlet Malta Today reported July 4. The bills include the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act, the Innovative Technological Arrangement and Services Act, and the Virtual Financial Asset Act. Silvio Schembri, Junior Minister for Financial Services, […]

Bermuda to Create New Class of Bank for Serving Fintech and Blockchain Companies

The Government of Bermuda has announced plans to make amendments to the Banking Act in order to establish a new class of bank to render services to local fintech and blockchain organizations, Finextra reported July 2. Since local banks have reportedly declined to provide banking services to the new type of companies, being concerned about […]