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LinkedIn Co-Founder Launches ‘Hub’ a New Blockchain Trust Protocol Network

Eric Ly, Linkedin co-founder launches ‘Hub’ a new blockchain trust protocol network that aims to provide people with verified portable reputation data, to encourage more trustworthy online interactions and transactions. Hub, refers to itself as a ‘human trust protocol’, to some extent it is like an Experian rating system for your integrity, loyalty and trustworthiness, as opposed to just your financial management capabilities. By facilitating connections between users on the internet in areas such as messengers, online communities, social networks, and peer-to-peer marketplaces, Hub aims to make it easier for users…

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Major Venture Capital Firms Invest $102 Million in Dfinity to Disrupt Cloud Computing

Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain have led a founding round which has seen major venture capital firms invest $102 million in DFINITY to disrupt cloud computing with its blockchain-based ‘internet computer’. With its foundation based in Zug, Switzerland’s blockchain hub, the Dfinity team working from Palo Alto aims to reinvent computing by replacing large platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure with a decentralised alternative. The not-for-profit organisation believes that by creating millions of nodes that will collectively serve as a public computing resource, its technology could cut the costs of running…

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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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Softbank and Baidu Invest in Ex Google Employees Blockchain Advertising Protocol

Major investors, SoftBank China Venture Capital (SBCVC) and Baidu Ventures (BV) have led a seed round for Atlas Protocol (ATP), a startup company founded by ex Google employees, that aims to create a new blockchain advertising protocol. ATP, incubated by Nebulas Labs and the xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (xGBA), is using blockchain technology to change the dynamics of the digital marketing industry, with a new ‘interactive’ advertising ecosystem. Currently, online marketing companies do not provide users with any control over their collected data, and with Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it has become…

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Major US Insurance Advisory AAIS and IBM Pilot Blockchain Insurance Data Platform

One of only two major ‘rating bureaus’ in the US, the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS), has partnered with IBM to launch a blockchain insurance data platform. Entitled Insurance Data Link (openIDL), it aims to simplify regulatory reporting for insurance carriers, which currently requires time-consuming data calls across various parties. Several major US insurers are being on-boarded, and AAIS is reported to be targeting carriers and organisations of “every size and configuration”.

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World Bank and CBA to Issue First Blockchain Bond with Ethereum and Microsoft

In a major announcement, the World Bank is preparing to issue the first blockchain bond to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on a private Ethereum-based blockchain, which will run on Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform. Currently, the World Bank issues between US$50-US$60 billion annually in bonds for sustainable development. It says that blockchain technology has the potential to “help simplify raising capital and trading securities; improve operational efficiencies; and enhance regulatory oversight”

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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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U.K. Law Commission Researching Law Reform for Use of Blockchain Smart Contracts

Further to the release of a report, the U.K. Law Commission, has begun a formal project researching into law reform for use of blockchain smart contracts in the British legal ecosystem. The agency, set up by Parliament, has dentifyied blockchain technology as a significant area that is seeing uptake, especially in the financial services world. With finance and banking being one of it’s top industries in the UK, and London the world’s largest financial centre. The commission has stated the necessity of reform to remain competitive for enterprise.

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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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Saudi Arabia Selects IBM to Develop Blockchain for the City of Riyadh

In a major contract with oil rich Saudi Arabia, IBM have been selected to develop blockchain for the Municipality of its capital city Riyadh, integrating both government and commercial services for its 7 million citizens and residents. IBM have been instructed to work closely with the municipality’s technology partner, Elm. The blockchain initiative is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 program, a plan enacted by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in 2016, and is focused on reducing the country’s dependence on oil revenue by diversifying the economy.

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Leading U.S. Business State, Delaware Signs IBM to Build a Blockchain Filing System

In a $738,000 deal without competitive bidding, the corporate friendly U.S. state of Delaware signs IBM to develop a blockchain filing system prototype on its Hyperledger Fabric blockchain. Delaware aims to utilise blockchain technology to assist business registration, and allow corporations to take advantage of smart contracts to automatically track stocks and collateral assets in real time. With more than half of all U.S. publicly traded companies, and two thirds of the fortune 500 incorporated in the state, it is a significant move.

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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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IBM Signs $1 Billion Deal to Develop Blockchain for the Government of Australia

IBM has signed a five year contract to the value of AUD $1 billion (US $740 million), to develop blockchain for the Australian government over the next 5 years. The deal will see blockchain technology utilised to improve data security within federal departments and across different realms of the state’s jurisdiction, including taxation and border control. It is the largest technology contract ever to be negotiated by the government, and is set to save it over $100 million dollars.

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