US:UPS Partnership Bringing Blockchain-powered E-commerce to B2B Merchants

American multinational package delivery and supply chain management giant United Parcel Service (UPS) is teaming up with e-commerce technology company Inxeption to create Inxeption Zippy, a blockchain-based e-commerce platform that helps B2B merchants set up, sell, and ship products online. image via Shutterstock

Global: Google’s Crypto-Related Search Tools on the Rise with New Conversion and Blockchain Elements

Google, one of the largest internet companies around the world and part of the FAANG firms has decided to integrate crypto-related tools to its ecosystem. Google powers one of the most widely used search engines around the world with more than 3.5 billion daily searches. Google is currently working in order to display digital currencies in a more user-friendly way. If there is an individual searching for a specific coin, they will receive top stories about it, other suggested digital currencies and a more friendly interface. image via Shutterstock

US: Blockchain Integration with Biometrics Could Bolster Travel Security

In a recent summit, Sikina Hasham, the program manager at US Customs and Border Protection, said that blockchain technology can be used for biometric tracking. According to Skift, the recent JetBlue Technology Ventures Blockchain in Travel Summit in New York City witnessed the tech industry opening up to the still nascent Blockchain technology. Speaking to David Post, the Managing Director of IBM Blockchain Ventures, who was the moderator for the evening, Hasham reportedly said that blockchain can be leveraged for biometric data, which can revolutionize the travel security sector. image via Shutterstock

France: France Won’t Launch Cryptocurrency Anytime Soon: PwC Blockchain Exec

France’s central bank won’t issue its own digital currency anytime soon because doing so would be a complex undertaking that could hurt the country’s flailing economy. That’s the assessment of Pauline Adam Kalfon, a blockchain and cryptocurrency partner at PwC France. Kalfon admits there’s growing interest in bitcoin and blockchain in France. However, she warned against unchecked over-exuberance, saying the virtual currency economy needs to be battle-tested to ensure that investors are protected from scams, Forbes reported. image via Shutterstock

Global: Visa Is Avidly Fishing For A Crypto Blockchain Dev Hero

Visa Inc. is seeking a full-time technical product manager in Palo Alto, California. In a job posting to SmartRecruiters, the global card giant said it is looking for someone who is “passionate about the intersection of payments and cryptocurrency,” and “deeply familiar with permissionless blockchain technology.” With the additional job requirement of “a close network of experts in the fast moving cryptocurrency and fintech ecosystem,” it looks like the ancient 20th Century fintech company is serious about poaching a top blockchain pro from the crypto industry. image via Shutterstock

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Blockchain Connect Conference

More Attention Should be Given to Blockchain Academics for the Uprising of Blockchain, Says Blockchain Connect Conference   Dec. 2nd, 2019, San Francisco - Blockchain Connect Conference, a futuristic blockchain-technology based conference, research destination, and collaborative event hosted by SV Insight, will officially take place on Jan 11, 2019, at Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. Emphasizing on academic in the blockchain space, this conference will gather the most authoritative blockchain professors around the world, the public chain projects with the most advanced technology, and technical experts, to discuss about the most cutting-edge blockchain academic research, problems, and solutions. By including keynote speeches and panels covering topics from research to application, the conference will explore the next big opportunity in the blockchain industry. The conference will be divided into two tracks: an academic track and a business track. The academic track will focus on academic discussions, mainly led by professors, scholars, and blockchain core developers, who will...

OKEx Is Fighting back Against Amber AI’s BCH Settlement Allegations

In their public response on Monday, OKEx outlined several issues with the Amber AI complaints, expressing that “These are completely false allegations and the defamatory statements have caused serious damages to OKEx’s reputation.” The cryptocurrency exchange laid out their arguments, focusing on 3 main points that present that not only did the cryptocurrency exchange act in the best interest of their customers, but that Amber AI has no right to a lawsuit in the first place. 1 – Amber AI is not a customer. According to OKEx, “We do not have an institutional client profile named Amber AI, while Amber AI claim themselves as a Hong Kong-based company. We do NOT serve any customer in Hong Kong, in respect of the local laws and regulations. The OKEx account that Amber AI claimed managing is an individual account, which is not a Hong Kong resident or entity on the report of the KYC information” 2...

An Interview with Jihan Wu: BCH Split and STO

Jihan Wu, the Bitcoin mining titan and prominent supporter of BCH, recently gave an interview at a Q&A session for entrepreneurs at Peking University Guanghua school of Management . During the discussion, he shared his views on the controversial BCH split, current thoughts on STOs, Eco-friendly mining, and his opinions on the viability of coin-free blockchains. Regarding the split, Jihan shared his views on the importance of community and how his actions have been in support of free speech. “In this environment of free speech, I believe that division is inevitable. This is the nature of human contribution to the community, and it is easy to split because of some differences. The split itself will bring about the richness of the whole system.” He concluded that even though this split has created 2 new coins in the form of BCHABC and BCHSV, there is potential for further splits down the road Not a current...

Several Influential Cryptocurrency Media Outlets in China Have Been Blocked

Wechat, an important application in China is used daily to share news, information, chat and even make an order at a restaurant. Wechat communicates with the Chinese government in order to monitor the public’s opinions on the Wechat platform to comply with the local law. Media surrounding blockchain technology has increased with the price of Bitcoin in 2017. At the beginning of 2018, the media increase continued and new outlets started up in China. During March of this year, more than 10 new blockchain media outlets finished financing campaigns. However, this increase in media development has created some controversy. Many cryptocurrency investors criticized the increase as being a proxy and working with the dealer to “cut the leek”, a vivid way to describe the pump and dump by the dealers or the project launchers to make the profits. On August 21, 2018 Chinese Cryptocurrency Media including Jinses Finance, Deepchain Finance, Huobi information...

New Voice

An Interview with Jihan Wu: BCH Split and STO

Jihan Wu, the Bitcoin mining titan and prominent supporter of BCH, recently gave an interview at a Q&A session for entrepreneurs at Peking University Guanghua school of Management . During the discussion, he shared his views on the controversial BCH split, current thoughts on STOs, Eco-friendly mining, and his opinions on the viability of coin-free blockchains. Regarding the split, Jihan shared his views on the importance of community and how his actions have been in support of free speech. “In this environment of free speech, I believe that division is inevitable. This is the nature of human contribution to the community, and it is easy to split because of some differences. The split itself will bring about the richness of the whole system.” He concluded that even though this split has created 2 new coins in the form of BCHABC and BCHSV, there is potential for further splits down the road Not a current...

New Voice

Introduction: Coconut is a universal payment platform that allows customers to use any cryptocurrency to purchase goods and services. Coconut team is composed by a group of students from Harvard University and MIT, which won the award for best new nascent blockchain project at the MIT Bitcoin Expo 2018. BlockPulse 360 has the chance to conduct an interview with this promising project and team at Harvard University.

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Republic Is Creating An Equal Investment Opportunity for the Public

Republic is an investment crowdfunding platform that facilitates startup financing by main street investors including cryptocurrency investment. BlockPulse360 has the pleasure to sit down with its CEO Kendrick Nguyen at Harvard Business School to discuss the initiative of Republic in the crypto space. https://youtu.be/Qu24pzaqyO4

Chandler Guo, China’s Top Bitcoin Tycoon, Continues to Build The Crypto Empire in The United States

Chandler Guo, one of China’s top Bitcoin tycoons, shared with BlockPulse 360 his thoughts on the cryptocurrency industry in China. Chandler was one of China’s first Bitcoin miners and has become one of the country’s most well-known cryptocurrency ambassadors. His success has brought him overseas to the United States to continue building his crypto empire. BlockPulse 360: Did your move to the United States have anything to do with the fact that the US is more ICO and blockchain friendly than China? Chandler Guo: Obviously, I am a big fan of Bitcoin and ICO. Just like everybody else in the crypto community, I understand the potential of digital currency and the magnitude of what it means for the economy. Today, ICO has made many people very rich, but in the future, cryptocurrency is likely to become the only currency in circulation. However, most governments, even the American government, are not the biggest...

Crypto Market

Japan :Financial Crime Task Force Eyeing Binding Crypto Exchange Rules

International financial crime-fighting group Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will start discussions later this month on introducing binding rules governing cryptocurrency exchanges, a Japanese government official familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. image via Shutterstock

Switzerland: Switzerland Seeks to Regain Cryptocurrency Crown

Swiss regulators are stepping up efforts to halt an exodus of cryptocurrency projects from the country after two of only a handful of banks active in the nascent sector shut their doors on it in the last year. image via Shutterstock

Global: Online Snap Poll Shows A Majority Of Investors Recommend Bitcoin Over Altcoins

The blockchain was introduced to offer options to the everyday man. A decade down the line, there are more than 200 options. Many coins are for general use while some have been designed for a specific product or field. Yet despite this laissez-faire attitude, most of the market has been captured and held by one, Bitcoin. And the crypto community has been vocal about its opinion, always ready to have a discussion on the merits of their favorite token. image via Shutterstock

Global: Binance Pours $3 Million Worth Of Investment in the Cryptocurrency Trading Desk Koi Trading

The is week, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, Binance, announced that it is going to invest a $3 million in the United States over the counter cryptocurrency trading desk, Koi Trading. Even if this amount is considered small for an exchange like Binance, the move is notable and it helps boost the credibility of Koi Trading desk. image via Shutterstock

Regulation

US: Harvard, Stanford, & MIT Have All Invested in Cryptocurrency Funds

At least five more university endowments have invested in cryptocurrency funds, suggesting that the “herd” of institutional investors is finally beginning to place at least a small bet on the nascent asset class. As first reported by The Information, a cadre of major educational institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina have each invested in at least one cryptocurrency fund through their respective endowments. image via Shutterstock

US: Cboe Resubmits its Joint Proposal with VanEck and SolidX for a Bitcoin ETF

Although many think that the fall in prices has made the crypto market lose its appeal to investors, the truth is that this conception seems to be far from reality, and the fact that many important players in the world of finance have applied to get approved by the SEC for a Bitcoin ETF, shows that the crypto business is a few steps away from becoming a global trend. Although the SEC has denied every previous attempt, such is the appeal of a Bitcoin ETF that no one seems to want to give up, and just as the Winklevoss brothers have made evident their efforts to achieve approval, yesterday, January 30, 2019, Cboe resubmitted its joint proposal with VanEck and SolidX. image via Shutterstock

Europe : For Digital Currency, But Still Sceptical about Cryptocurrencies

A report commissioned by the European Parliament deals with the impact of digital currencies on European economic and financial policy. Probably the most important statement in the report is the clear distinction and delineation of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies. Digital currency is a generic term, while a cryptocurrency is a special form of digital currency. In addition, the report also explores the possibility of a digital currency issued by a central bank (CBDC). The report prepared for the European Parliament also classifies the use of digital currencies as a potential asset. (German) image via Shutterstock

South Korea: Grandmaster Lee Sedol to Launch Blockchain Version of Go Board Game

South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Sedol became famous for losing to Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence in a match playing the ancient Chinese board game. And now, Sedol is launching a blockchain-based Go game project, dubbed GoBlock, in collaboration with Korean blockchain company The Blockchain Inc. GoBlock will operate a global Go game professional league with Go esports players based in South Korea, Japan, and greater China at the outset. image via Shutterstock

TECHNOLOGY

US: New IBM Patent Will Allow for Greater Replay Attack Security on Permissioned Blockchains

IBM is known for their major strides in the tech industry and have been particularly focused on developments in blockchain technology as well. In a publication from the US Patent and Trademark Office on March 12th, a patent filed in 2016 for a way to improve security amongst permissioned blockchain networks. The patent is called “Resisting replay attacks efficiently in a permissioned and privacy-preserving blockchain network.” Within the request, IBM discusses security techniques that would help with a blockchain’s defense against attacks, but without compromising the privacy and permissions of users. image via Shutterstock

US: Amazon Web Services Outage Forces Major Cryptocurrency Exchanges Offline

Two major South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges have been forced offline, after critical Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers suffered nationwide failure Thursday morning. AWS, one of the world’s widely used cloud services, was hit with major internal server failures that brought popular digital asset exchanges, Upbit and Coinone, to a screeching halt. Several popular e-commerce hubs were also unreachable for roughly an hour, reports ZDNet. image via Shutterstock

Global: No, Artificial Intelligence And ‘The Blockchain’ Don’t Go Toghter

As noted by Kailash Nadh at LiveMint, these two technological advancements aren’t related — and shouldn’t be shoehorned together. Examine almost any whitepaper for an initial coin offering (ICO) from 2017 or 2018 and there’s a good chance you will find that the project plans on miraculously marrying the blockchain to artificial intelligence in order to not only provide business solutions but also solve all of the world’s problems. Throw in some stock images of astronauts and robots, and you’ve got the complete package. image via Shutterstock

UK: Andy Warhol Art To Be Sold For Bitcoin Via Ethereum Blockchain

In the latest landmark for Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, a London art gallery will later this month auction a portion of Andy Warhol’s 1980 work 14 Small Electric Chairs for cryptocurrencies. Dadiani Fine Art in London's upmarket Mayfair, through its luxury market place Dadiani Syndicate and in partnership with blockchain platform Maecenas Fine Art, will put 49% of the Warhol work up for sale in cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum on June 20. image via Shutterstock