Blockchain Startup Havven Brings EOS its First Stablecoin

Havven, a decentralized payment network and stablecoin, has decided to launch on the EOS blockchain and will airdrop half of its new HAV tokens on the EOS blockchain to existing HAV holders on Ethereum. Havven wants to ensure that the payment network’s success does not depend on one blockchain. The Havven/EOSIO partnership was announced at the EOS Hackathon in Sydney, Australia as part of Havven’s plan to be blockchain agnostic and operate on several blockchains. Stablecoins such as Havven’s nUSD are designed to prevent price volatility and are used for enabling…

South Korean Government to Promote Blockchain Training as Part of ‘4th Industrial Revolution’

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT will promote the training of blockchain technology as part of an effort to prepare young people for what it calls the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Blockchain technology is included in courses that have recently been announced by the Ministry of Science and ICT. The Ministry of Science and ICT believes the country faces a global transformation called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to its website, and is focusing on supporting innovation across all of society by building an environment that promotes autonomous research and…

WeChat Trials Using Blockchain Tech to Reimburse Employee Expenses

WeChat, a messaging, social media and financial services app owned by Tencent Holdings Limited, has deployed a blockchain electronic invoice system at Shenzhen Guomao Rotary Restaurant, making the city of Shenzhen the first in China to issue invoices with blockchain technology. The blockchain invoice process, which encompasses payment, invoicing and reimbursement, was created in partnership with Shenzhen Taxation Bureau and Kingdee Software. This system was developed to simplify the process of reimbursing company employee expenses. Previous paper and electronic invoicing processes led to a cumbersome and elongated process of invoice…

This Free Tool Helps Check Your Diamond’s Provenance on a Blockchain

Rare Carat, an American company that helps users in finding authentic diamond rings, has partnered with blockchain firm Everledger to launch a product that will keep a track of a diamond’s price, quality and origin. The new product, known as Rare Caret Report, is completely free and can be used both offline and online. In the official press release, Rare Carat explained that users will only need to enter the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) number of a diamond in order to make a decision. Details such as price, deal comparison,…

‘Big Four’ South Korean Bank Enters Blockchain Pact with Telecom Giant KT

South Korea’s second-largest bank Shinhan Bank has entered into a partnership with the country’s second-largest telecoms provider KT Corp for the purpose of developing a new blockchain-based platform. The Korea Times reports that the new platform is intended to build on recent moves by regional governments across the country to introduce digital vouchers. Useful Competencies In July, CCN reported that KT Corp launched a commercial blockchain capable of handling 2,500 transactions per second, in the process becoming the first mobile carrier in the world to build such a platform. The network…

World Bank Picks Australia’s CBA to Deliver ‘World’s First Blockchain Bond’ on Ethereum

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the country’s largest bank, has won a mandate from the World Bank to become the sole arranger of a bond exclusively created and managed on a blockchain. Dubbed ‘bond-I’ – Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument- with a nod to Australia’s famous Bondi beach, the pioneering issue will be the ‘first bond globally to be created, allocated, transferred and managed using blockchain technology”, the World Bank said in a press release on Friday. Following its launch, the bond will be issued and managed on a…

Ukraine Election Body Trials Voting on an NEM Blockchain

Blockchain technology has been deployed for Ukrainian elections in a test according to a Facebook post by Alexander Stelmakh, an official Ukraine’s Central Election Commission. A test began several weeks ago and voting is currently underway held using test coins provided by the NEM Foundation. Blockchain makes it impossible to change saved information, the post noted. The decentralization of the data is also seen as advantageous. NEM’s blockchain allows a user to create their own assets. In addition, the blockchain’s log structure includes a message box that allows the user…

90 Companies Join IBM and Maersk’s Blockchain Supply Chain

IBM and shipping giant Maersk have recruited a sturdy crew for their global trade blockchain platform. Revealed Wednesday, the companies have already signed up more than 90 firms for the platform since it was spun off from Maersk in January. They have also finally given it a name: TradeLens. Leveraging Maersk’s leviathan-like scale, TradeLens has attracted a wide variety of entities, ranging from dozens of port operators and customs authorities to logistics companies and even rival ocean-going carriers, such as Pacific International Lines, all of whom have been testing the platform.…

State Street Opens Up About Its Internal Blockchain Debate

There’s no shortage of breathless hype about blockchain. What’s harder to find is a sober and nuanced discussion of the technology’s merits and drawbacks for a particular use case. For such a perspective, it can help to talk to different people at the same company who have been studying the matter and reached divergent conclusions. It’s not a secret that State Street, the giant U.S. custody bank, is looking to streamline the complex business of securities lending using blockchain. A decades-old industry, securities finance today is a continual dance of…

Microsoft’s New Ethereum Blockchain Product Gets Rid of Mining

Software giant Microsoft has debuted a new Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) product that allows businesses across industry verticals to deploy a flexible instance of Ethereum tailored specifically for enterprise environments. Announced on Tuesday, Ethereum Proof-of-Authority on Azure allows enterprises to build applications on an Ethereum blockchain that is not secured by a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm and consequently does not require mining — features that are better suited for networks in which participants do not trust one another. PoW “works great in anonymous, open networks where cryptocurrency promotes security…