Category: Blockchain

Dubai Department of Finance Launches Blockchain-Based Payment System for UAE Gov’t

The Dubai Department of Finance (DoF) has partnered with the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) to launch a blockchain-powered payment system. The news was reported on by a local news site Zawya, September 23. The new platform, called “Payment Reconciliation and Settlement,” was officially launched Sunday, September 23. It is reportedly geared towards government entities, such […]

Celsius Network to Manage Funds for United Nations Initiative

Decentralized lending and borrowing platform Celsius Network will manage the Sustainable Development Goals Impact Fund (SDG Impact Fund) within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals initiative, according to a press release published September 21. The Sustainable Development Goals is an international program focused on bringing a “better and more sustainable future for all.” It addresses […]

Crypto Payment Gateway Supports Largest Global Meditation, Waives Fees for Users Who Help

CoinPayments.net, a platform for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) crypto payments, reported to Cointelegraph that they will be partnering with the nonprofit Unify.org for World Peace Weekend. From Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, the charitable nonprofit campaign will empower over 1300 events all over the world, including the largest global meditation of millions of people for […]

EU Antitrust Regulators to Rule on Microsoft Acquisition of GitHub by Mid-October

Software giant Microsoft has requested European Union (E.U.) approval of its $7.5 billion acquisition of web-based hosting service GitHub, Reuters reported September 17. According to Reuters, Microsoft filed the request last Friday, and the decision will be made by October 19. GitHub is an open-source coding website, a repository which hosts developers’ source code projects […]

Spanish Autonomous Community of Aragon to Become First in Country to Apply Blockchain

The autonomous community of Aragon in northeastern Spain will be the first in the country to apply blockchain technology in its public administration, local news agency Europa Press reports Monday, September 17. Aragon is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities, which were created with the goal of guaranteeing a qualified amount of autonomy for different […]

Korean Mobile Carrier LGU+ Launches Blockchain-Based Overseas Payment System

South Korea’s LG UPlus, a mobile carrier owned by the country’s fourth largest conglomerate LG Corp., is launching a blockchain-based cross-carrier overseas payment service, Korea Times reports today, September 16. Last Thursday, September 13, LG UPlus had signed an MoU to develop the new service alongside three global partners: Taiwan-based Far EasTone Telecommunications, Japan’s SoftBank, […]

A Brief Review of Consensus Protocols

Although the blockchain and crypto communities remain united around the ideology of blockchain and its world-changing potential, there is still one issue which proves to be as divisive as a hard fork — consensus protocols. Although proof-of-work (PoW) is still the protocol of choice for Bitcoin and many others, the debate rages over proof-of-stake (PoS), […]