Mediterranean Olive Oil Producer Uses IBM Blockchain to Fight Food Fraud

CHO, one of the largest olive oil producers in the southern Mediterranean, announced on Jan. 14 that it is using IBM’s blockchain technology to provide traceability for its Terra Delyssa extra virgin olive oil. The company is the latest major food provider to join IBM’S Food Trust Network. Utilizing blockchain allows CHO to track Terra Delyssa across eight quality assurance checkpoints, including the orchard where the olives were grown, the mill where olives were crushed, and the facilities where the oil was filtered, bottled and distributed. Vice president of IBM…

Mobile Phone Retailer Joins China’s Blockchain Land Grab With US Startup Investment

Dixintong Technology Group, whose parent company, D.Phone, is one of the largest smartphone retailers in China, has entered the blockchain space by acquiring a minority stake in a U.S. startup called Monsoon Blockchain. The two companies confirmed to CoinDesk that the purchasing agreement was signed on Jan. 7, but declined to disclose any financial terms on the deal. However, people familiar with the matter said the deal values the blockchain startup at over $100 million. The partnership between the two companies comes at a time when China is encouraging enterprise…

Mobile Phone Retailer Joins China’s Blockchain Land Grab With US Startup Investment

Dixintong Technology Group, whose parent company, D.Phone, is one of the largest smartphone retailers in China, has entered the blockchain space by acquiring a minority stake in a U.S. startup called Monsoon Blockchain. The two companies confirmed to CoinDesk that the purchasing agreement was signed on Jan. 7, but declined to disclose any financial terms on the deal. However, people familiar with the matter said the deal values the blockchain startup at over $100 million. The partnership between the two companies comes at a time when China is encouraging enterprise…

Asian Conglomerates Lead $31M Round for Blockchain Remittance Firm Lightnet

Lightnet, the company behind the Velo Protocol, recently raised $31.2 million in a Series A round. The funding was led by major financial and business groups including UOB Venture Management, Seven Bank, Uni-President Asset Holdings, HashKey Capital, Hopeshine Ventures, Signum Capital, Du Capital and Hanwha Investment and Securities, according to a press release on Monday. UOB Venture Management is the investment arm of Singapore-based multinational United Overseas Bank, while Seven Bank is part of the group owning the 7-Eleven franchise in Japan. Further adding to the notable roster of backers,…

Block.One Released Major EOS.io Blockchain Software Update EOS.io 2.0

Blockchain software development firm Block.One released EOS.io 2.0, the software underlying the EOS blockchain. In the release announcement published on Twitter on Jan. 10, Block.One claimed that the update makes the blockchain “faster, simpler, and even more secure.” Major changes to the smart contract virtual machine The official blog post on new software explains that it includes a purpose-built WebAssembly (WASM) engine on which the EOS smart contracts run. According to its official website, WASM is an instruction format designed for deployment on the web and servers. This change is…

DMG Blockchain Announces New Big Client While Ending Partnership with Bitmain

The Canada-based blockchain and crypto company, DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. (formerly known as Aim Explorations Ltd.) has announced the addition of another major client, but also the termination of the partnership with the world’s largest crypto mining chip maker, Bitmain. Filled with joy for the new big partnership formed and also sour about the end of the collaboration with Bitmain, DMG released a press release to share the good news with its clients and the general public. According to the press release, DMG reportedly received 1,000 new miners orders from…

Ultimate Guide to Miami Blockchain Week and TNABC 2020

Ultimate Guide to Miami Blockchain Week and TNABC 2020 January 12, 2020 by Art Rozenbaum TNABC 2020, the North American Bitcoin Conference, is coming back to Miami for the ninth straight year. TNABC dates back to the early days of Bitcoin, and continues to be a premier event that draws thousands of crypto enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world. In addition to the usual roundup of presentations and networking events, this year, TNABC has also teamed up with the Blockchain Center – Miami. Blockchain Week Gets Kicked Up…

China Rolls Out National Blockchain Network to Enhance Virtual Economy

China’s nationwide blockchain network is due to be launched in the upcoming months. The blockchain-based service network (BSN) will contribute to improving the infrastructure of the blockchain sector in the country to develop the layout for newer blockchain projects and accelerate the growth of smart cities and the virtual economy. The BSN is being released six months after the testing process for the technology began. The new network will be backed by the State Information Center (SIC), a policy think tank of the Chinese government and other entities including China…

Hardware Is Hard: Two Blockchain Devices Win Plaudits at CES 2020

LAS VEGAS – In tech there’s an old adage: “hardware as hard.” It’s much easier to prototype and test a product when a mistake can be fixed by deleting and rewriting a few lines of code. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, though, two crypto companies are leading with atoms rather than bits, and it seems to be working.  Their products won “CES Innovation Awards” and coveted spots at the gadget showcase, where hordes of people pour through the Sands Expo Center. We first encountered…

PwC Switzerland Incorporates ChainSecurity Team to Expand Blockchain Audit Tools

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland has “hired” smart contract audit firm ChainSecurity’s team, folding the company and its expertise into the Big Four accounting firm, the companies announced earlier this week. In what seems like an acquisition in all but name, the seven technical engineers are joining the accounting firm and to bolster PwC Switzerland’s smart contract audit abilities. After being spun out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich) in October 2017, ChainSecurity has conducted more than 75 smart contract and blockchain audits globally and has had…