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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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World’s First Blockchain Baby is Registered for Care with AID:Tech and PharmAccess

Startup blockchain aid organisation AID:Tech makes history by registering the world’s first blockchain baby in Tanzania, in partnership with Dutch organisation PharmAccess, in an effort to improve access to healthcare throughout Africa. Entitled Chain of Trust (CoT), the project has already attracted a flurry of investment from Techstars, Enterprise Ireland, SGI Innovate, and angel investor, Jason Calacanis. Named by the United Nations as a Sustainable Development Goal Pioneer, AID:Tech is now looking to launch their own Transparency as a Service Token (TaaST).

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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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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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British MP Reveals that Blockchain Technology Can Save the UK Government £8 Billion

On the release of a report entitled ‘Unlocking Blockchain’, British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Eddie Hughes urges government to appoint a Chief Blockchain Officer, stating that blockchain technology can save the UK government £8 Billion. The report suggests that businesses standing to benefit from increased adoption of blockchain technology, could fund a competition to attract talented blockchain developers. British Prime Minister Theresa May has recommended that a digital copy of the report should be sent to every member of British Parliament for their consideration.

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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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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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UK Government Food Agency Trials Food Chain Blockchain, Beginning with Beef

In a major development, the UK’s Government Food Standard Agency successfully completes a food chain blockchain pilot for beef, marking the first time that the technology has been used as a regulatory tool to ensure compliance in the UK food sector. The world’s meat consumption is at an all time high, and with recent food fraud incidents such as the 2013 horse meat scandal, the UK is primed for the streamlined management and immutable security that blockchain can offer the farming industry.

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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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World Economic Forum Awards Blockchain Startup Everledger as Technology Pioneer 2018

World Economic Forum awards blockchain provenance platform ‘Everledger’ as Technology Pioneer for 2018. Everledger is best known for tracking diamonds, and currently has over 2 million diamonds cryptographically-certified on the blockchain. By employing its solution to track the provenance of high-value assets and luxury goods, it aims to provide an immutable history of an asset’s authenticity, existence and ownership. Working with insurance and governing bodies, it aims to disrupt fraud, money laundering and the global counterfeit goods market, valued at over US $460 billion a year.

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Microsoft and EY Join Forces to Build World’s Biggest Enterprise Network with Blockchain Content Rights Platform

In a partnership with ‘big four’ consulting firm EY, Microsoft launch a blockchain content rights platform to manage the licensing process, and potentially become the world’s biggest enterprise network. The intellectual property of content generates millions of transactions per month, aggregating to billions of dollars in royalties. With the launch of the blockchain royalties platform, Microsoft and EY aim to majorly transform the value chain, cutting out the ‘middlemen’ and reducing the payment period from 45 days to just one.

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Sergio Ermotti, CEO of UBS Believes Blockchain Technology is “almost a must” in Banking

Sergio Ermotti, CEO of Swiss financial services giant UBS believes blockchain technology is “almost a must” for banking. In an interview with CNBC on Monday, he revealed that he is convinced that the technology: “will be as crucial and disruptive, and changing as regulation was in the last 10 years.” Ermotti said the focus is on the future, as he sees the cost base of the banking industry transforming over the coming five to ten years, he stated: “The only way you can stay relevant is not only by being strong…

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