Huobi Joins Russian Financial Services Platform to Share Notes on Crypto Regulation

Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has joined Russia’s VEB Innovation Fund to share notes on crypto regulation, according to a fund’s press release published Wednesday, September 19. According to Crunchbase, the VEB Innovation Fund was created in 2011 to invest in Russian high-tech startups and to promote local innovations in the global market. The Center of Digital Transformation, where Huobi is now a resident, was created by VEB to promote blockchain and other crypto-related technologies, as its website states. One of the main goals of the partnership with world’s fourth largest crypto…

Major Banks, Industry Players to Launch Blockchain-Based Commodities Platform

A group of major global banks, trading firms, and a leading energy company have launched a joint venture that will oversee a new blockchain-based platform for financing the trading of commodities, Reuters reports September 19. The Swiss-based venture, dubbed komgo SA, has been established by a host of international financing, trading, and production institutions that include ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Agricole Group, Gunvor, ING, Koch Supply & Trading, Macquarie, Mercuria, MUFG Bank, Natixis, Rabobank, Shell, SGS, and Societe Generale. The venture will digitalize trade and commodities finance processes…

Korea Customs Service Partners with Samsung SDS to Build Blockchain Customs Platform

The Korea Customs Service has signed an agreement with Samsung SDS to deploy blockchain technology for its customs clearance system, according to a press release published September 14. Samsung SDS, the IT arm of electronics giant Samsung, will develop a blockchain-powered platform based on Nexledger, which will be used for export customs logistics services. Nexledger is a blockchain platform designed to provide an integrated solution to businesses looking to reduce expenses while managing digital financial transactions and data exchange. The new product is reportedly aimed at organizations active in export…

Platform Allows Content Creators to Sell Footage to News Media Via Blockchain Auction

The media sharing and advertising platform Snapparazzi has announced a release of its minimum viable product (MVP) of a blockchain-based platform. The app aims to allow everyone with a smartphone “to become a reporter” or a content creator. The user takes footage or a photo of newsworthy events with their smartphone and shares it using the platform. The interested buyers — TV, newspapers, radio, etc. — pay for the content in fiat currency. The user will in turn be paid in SnapCoin, the platform’s token for their contribution. The platform…

Central Bank’s Blockchain Trade Finance Platform Pilots in Shenzhen

A new trade and finance blockchain platform, backed by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), has started official pilot operations in Shenzhen, local news outlet 21jingi reports September 12. The “Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Dawan District Trade Finance Blockchain Platform” aims to provide a blockchain-powered ecosystem for cross-border trading across Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau Bay Area. The platform is reportedly being jointly promoted and organized by the PBoC’s Central Bank Digital Currency Research Lab and the Central Bank Shenzhen Central Branch. 21jinji cites Xu Honghui, vice president of…

New Crypto Exchange Aims to Become Leading Platform in Europe by 2020

An upcoming cryptocurrency exchange is aiming to become a leading player in Europe by 2020 — listing cryptocurrency altcoins as well as helping startups to get their Initial Coin Offerings off the ground. Blockchain.io says it will keep exhaustive accounting records that are regularly audited — and give peace of mind to customers by making extensive efforts to comply with the regulations in their jurisdiction, along with international laws. In the long run, it hopes this will help prevent scenarios where customers’ assets are seized or frozen by government officials.…

Manufacturing Giant Rostec to Manage Data on Waves Blockchain Platform

Rostec, the Russian state-owned manufacturing conglomerate, is entering the blockchain fray. The corporation, which holds stakes in 700 industrial entities in Russia, is working with the Waves platform to develop a blockchain system to manage data on its vast holdings, which include the carmakers Autovaz and Kamaz and the firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov. Announced Thursday, Rostec has signed an agreement with Vostok, a startup founded by the Waves platform team. The two partners will invest a combined $2 million to bootstrap the project, but Rostec’s share was not disclosed. Over the next…

Hong Kong Jewelry Retailer to Use Blockchain Platform for Tracking Diamonds

Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group will start to use a blockchain platform to track diamonds, the South China Morning Post reported September 12. Chow Tai Fook has reportedly put some of its diamonds on a blockchain platform developed by blockchain startup Everledger and secured by the IBM Blockchain Platform. This will reportedly enable the retailer’s customers to ascertain the origin and authenticity of stones sold in its T Mark-branded stores, using a T Mark app. The T Mark was an initiative started by the company in…

Binance Partners With Malta to Launch Security Token Trading Platform

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, is teaming up with the Malta Stock Exchange (MSX) to enable security token trading on the “blockchain island,” a local news site reported Tuesday. The exchange’s chief financial officer, Wei Zhou, signed a memorandum of understanding with MSX chairman Joe Portelli to launch a security token trading platform, Malta Today reported. Malta’s finance minister, Edward Scicluna, praised the crypto industry during a press conference, saying the nation will not miss an opportunity to take advantage of new innovations. Although blockchain and cryptocurrencies…

OKCoin Expands Token-to-Token Platform to 20 States

Today, September 12, 2018, OKCoin announced that the company will be offering token-to-token only trading in twenty states across the U.S. This announcement of its expansion in U.S. markets comes shortly after OKCoin/OKEx founder Star Xu was questioned and released by Chinese police in connection with an alleged digital currency fraud. OKEx is the second largest global exchange by volume, according to CoinMarketCap, (though that volume has been called into question) and now OKCoin is hoping that its own volume will increase with low fees in a market-maker favored pricing…