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UEFA Successfully Distributes Super Cup Tickets Using Blockchain Technology

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has confirmed that they successfully trialled the distribution of Super Cup tickets using blockchain technology, for last week’s football match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid held in Tallinn, Estonia. This was not the first live trial however, as well as several other football matches, the blockchain ticketing system was used to distribute 50% of tickets available to the general public, for the 2018 Europa League final in Lyon between  Atlético Madrid and Marseille. It was following the success of those tests, that EUFA implemented the…

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Enterprise Giants Accenture and EY Join Insurance Blockchain Consortium RiskBlock

Insurance blockchain consortium RiskBlock appears to be getting set to launch a number of major trials, with it’s recent announcements on bringing enterprise giants Accenture and Ernst & Young (EY) on-board. The RiskBlock Alliance was launched in July of 2017 by The Institute, the world’s leading not-for-profit provider of education and research for risk management and insurance. To date, it has brought 30 global insurers, reinsurers and brokers together as members of the consortium, with the aim of utilising blockchain technology to streamline processes, reducing industry and consumer costs, whilst improving safety…

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Blockchain Company Seven Stars Cloud Wins $24 Billion Deal for China’s Electric Buses

Blockchain focused fintech company, Seven Stars Cloud has won a $24 billion deal for china’s electric buses to be upgraded, in order to meet the governments plan to replace all buses with electric buses by 2021. As stated in a press release published on Monday, Seven Stars Cloud Group (SSC), a publicly traded company on Nasdaq, has signed a three year exclusive contract with China‘s biggest electric bus operator, National Transportation Capacity Co Ltd (NTS). The deal will see SSC manage two funding campaigns to raise $8.75 billion in China, and the other open to…

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Goldman Sachs Leads Major Investment in Enterprise Blockchain Startup Axoni

Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners, have led a funding round raising $32 million for a major investment in enterprise blockchain startup Axoni. The Series B funding round brought together the biggest names of Wall Street, such as Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, and Franklin Templeton, with numerous high-profile blockchain investors, including Digital Currency Group, Andreessen Horowitz, and Y Combinator. Axoni, founded in 2013, aims to use the funding to complete the transfer of some of the largest financial infrastructures in the world to its Ethereum-based blockchain technology.  Greg Schvey, CEO of Axoni said:…

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Another Caribbean Central Bank to Pilot Blockchain Currency with Overstock’s Bitt

Just months after signing the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to pilot a blockchain currency, Overstock-owned startup Bitt is now partnering with the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten to do the same. Much like the ECCB, that covers 11 countries in the Caribbean, the project aims to increase efficiency for financial transactions between the islands. With the pilot set launch next year, within controlled environments that are supervised by the bank, the results could lead to the issuance of a digital currency for the region.

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Comcast Blockchain Advertising Platform Developing with Disney, Channel 4 and TF1

The second-largest multichannel video service provider in the US, Comcast is developing a blockchain video advertising platform in collaboration with major TV networks from around the world, including NBCUniversal, Disney, Altice USA, Channel 4, Cox Communications, Mediaset Italia and TF1 Group. Entitled the ‘Blockchain Insights Platform’, it aims to streamline and improve security using blockchain technology in the process of data sharing for ad’ planning, buying and tracking premium video advertising. Set to launch this year, Comcast believe that it will “ultimately create even more value for the television advertising industry”.

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Accenture Partners with Thales to Launch Blockchain for the Aerospace Industry

Consulting giant, Accenture has partnered with a major global defence firm, Thales, to launch a blockchain that aims to secure and streamline aerospace and defence (A&D) supply chains. Accenture report that “86% of A&D companies expect to integrate blockchain technology into their corporate systems by 2021”. As prime contractor for advanced air and missile defence capabilities to NATO forces, Thales’ launching this blockchain for the aerospace industry, marks a potential “game changing innovation for this sector”.

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Deutsche Bank, Allianz and Auto1 to Launch Blockchain Car Financing Platform

Europe’s largest car buyer, Auto1 has partnered with Deutsche Bank and Allianz to create a blockchain car financing platform entitled ‘Auto1 Fintech’. As a major supplier to the commercial used vehicle market, Auto1 works with 45,000 dealers across 30 countries, generating a turnover of 1.5 billion euros per year. Collectively owning more than fifty percent, the three German companies aim to streamline the financing and insurance process, from two weeks to a few seconds utilising blockchain technology.

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Telecom Giants Telefonica, Telstra, Colt and BT Trial Blockchain with Startup Clear

Major global telcos including Telefonica, Telstra, Colt and BT trial blockchain with startup company Clear to complete a live international PoC, that aims to dramatically reduce both time and costs for the telecom industry. In March, Colt and PCCW Global carried out the first PoC trial that successfully reduced inter-carrier settlement time from hundreds of man-hours per month to less than a minute. “Intercarrier settlement is an area where fraud costs $17 billion annually for operators”

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IBM and Major Financial Services Group Trials Blockchain with Barclays for New App Store

Partnering with IBM, CLS, a bank-owned major financial services group, aims to provide a single, shared and secured enterprise-grade platform, on which multiple services can be deployed and consumed. Currently, in the final stages of a PoC with Barclays, Citigroup and seven other major financial institutions, the platform entitled ‘LedgerConnect’ aims to create a new ecosystem for banks connecting with fintech and software vendors for blockchain solutions, by way of a financial blockchain “app store”.

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UK NHS Blockchain Platform for up to 30 million Patients launches with Guardtime

Software security company, Guardtime has launched a UK NHS blockchain platform, offering 30 million British patients instant access to their primary care information using a smartphone. In partnership with Instant Access Medical and Healthcare Gateway, the MyPCR platform interfaces with all three major UK NHS GP platforms, enabling GPs to develop ‘care pathways’ that can be monitored by both patient and healthcare personnel, with a greater aim of improved medication adherence for potential savings of at least £800 million.

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Google Blockchain Cloud Service to launch with Startups Digital Asset and BlockApps

Google’s blockchain cloud service launched today at its Cloud Next ’18 conference in San Francisco. Unlike fellow tech giants Microsoft and Amazon, it has not launched directly with Hyperledger and Ethereum. Instead it has partnered with blockchain startups BlockApps and Digital Asset, both specialising in enterprise level solutions. Although Google is one of the last cloud giants to offer blockchain, it was also the second most active blockchain investor between 2012 and 2017. Unnamed sources have previously said that Google is working on its own distributed ledger.

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The Worlds ‘Big Four’ Accountancy Firms Join to Trial Blockchain Financial Reporting

The world’s largest accountancy firms, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC join a consortium of 20 major banks trialling a revolutionary blockchain financial reporting service. Developed by the Taiwanese banking consortium, with the cooperation of Taiwan’s FISC, the platform aims to streamline ‘external confirmation’ processes for auditing companies, from “half a month” to “within a day”. The ‘big four’ will begin with the pilot in Taiwan, with expansion of the trial set for next year to include over 1,400 publicly-listed companies in China.

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China’s Biggest Search Engine Baidu Launches a Blockchain Image App called ‘Totem’

China’s biggest search engine, Baidu goes live with its blockchain image app ‘Totem’, marking the first blockchain application released on its private XuperChain network. The copyright platform incorporates a ‘Totem Point’ token as an incentive for users validating their images. With established relationships in the copyright industry, bringing in over 10 billion yuan a day, Baidu is aiming to take the lead in the picture copyright industry, and looks to expand to other digital media assets, such as videos by the first quarter of 2019.

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Tech Giant Fujitsu to Launch a ‘Five Day’ Fast Track Blockchain Service

Global tech giant and founding member of Hyperledger, Fujitsu is launching a new fast track blockchain service to deliver a “ready-to-go” product in just five days. Priced from €9,900, the consultancy aims to offer customers a way to identify and utilise blockchain technology, encouraging a ‘proof of business’ as opposed to a ‘proof of concept’ approach. It will be available throughout EMEIA from Fujitsu’s Blockchain Innovation Centre in Belgium, from where it aims to enable the development of “the city of the future.”

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Microsoft and KPN team with Dutch Startup Unchain.io to Create an Enterprise Blockchain Platform

Microsoft and KPN, one of the biggest ICT service providers in The Netherlands, have teamed up with the Dutch blockchain startup, Unchain.io to create an enterprise blockchain platform. KPN provide key services to much of The Netherlands infrastructure, from government and healthcare, through to commercial industry. Through this partnership it aims to run a fast-track platform for enterprise-level clients, in order to accelerate the adoption of blockchain in The Netherlands.

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Walmart is Looking to Revolutionise Package Deliveries with Blockchain Technology

On Thursday, a proprietary U.S. patent was released for the world’s largest discount retailer, Walmart. Its ‘Smart Delivery’ patent, aims to give package delivery lockers an immutable node within a blockchain network. Together with a patent for its ‘Smart Package’, a blockchain-based tool that will integrate autonomous vehicles and unmanned drones, Walmart is gearing up to dramatically revolutionise package deliveries, with blockchain bringing the final missing piece of technology to its plan.

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Microsoft and Digital China Partner to Launch Enterprise Blockchain Infrastructure

Microsoft and Digital China, the largest IT service provider in China, partner to launch enterprise blockchain infrastructure to the South East Asia region. Completing the three-party alliance is High Cool, a leading cloud management service provider in Taiwan. Sun Yutao, the founder of Digital China believes blockchain needs to be combined with IoT, biometrics and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to thrive. In January this year, Microsoft launched its AI R&D base in Taipei City, and is investing US$33 million in its offices.

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European Banks Complete First Blockchain Financial Trades FTSE / NASDAQ NEWS 

Nine Major European Banks Complete First Blockchain Financial Trades with ‘we.trade’

A consortia of nine major European banks including HSBC, Santander and Société Générale, have announced the successful completion of the first ten blockchain financial trades, made using their jointly developed blockchain platform, we.trade. The trade solution, built on IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain, is aimed to be a game changer for SME commercial banking clients within Europe. Available across eleven countries, COO Roberto Mancone confirmed it will begin licensing to other banks over the coming months, expanding its reach globally.

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RBS Leading Banking Industry to Launch Crypto Tokens with R3’s Corda Technology

RBS, one of the world’s 30 largest financial institutions, has confirmed that it has been leading a consortia of banks to develop an enterprise blockchain standard platform entitled Cordite, which will allow the banking industry to launch crypto tokens on one network. Utilising the coding of R3 Corda blockchain technology, the open source CorDApp aims to do what the ERC-20 standard did for Ethereum, ensuring that all tokens adhere to a set of functions, anywhere within the Cordite system.

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