Blockchain Featured in Big Four Firm Deloitte’s Annual Tech Trends Report

Blockchain is featured as a disrupting technology in the Tech Trends 2019 report published by Big Four audit and consulting firm Deloitte on Jan. 16. According to one article in the report, “[a]dvanced networking is the unsung hero of our digital future,” and blockchain is cited as a part of it. The report — which mentions blockchain 25 times — notes that blockchain is among the technologies the importance of which is growing rapidly and still on its path towards mass adoption. The report also cites a International Data Corporation’s…

Spanish Car Manufacturer SEAT Joins Alastria Consortium to Develop Blockchain Products

Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT has joined Alastria consortium to work on the development of blockchain-based products. Cointelegraph in Spanish reported the news Jan. 16. Founded in 1950, SEAT is a state-owned industrial company and Spain’s largest car manufacturer. SEAT’s turnover reportedly reached a record figure of 9.552 billion euro ($10.878 billion) in 2017, which is 11.1% more than the year prior. Per the recent announcement, SEAT joined Alastria, a multi-industry, semi-public consortium backed by a national network of more than 70 companies and establishments. These include such major players as…

Crypto News | UPS Invests in Blockchain & Circle Stablecoin Fully Backed

All major cryptocurrencies are seeing red again today. This week has brought higher-than-normal volatility for most of the top digital currencies on the market, making investors scratch their heads. Today, we’ll take a look at the latest trending crypto news. Crypto News: UPS Invests in Blockchain Today, the top crypto news is surrounding the logistic giant, the United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS). It was announced that the investment arm of the shipping company made an undisclosed equity investment in the US enterprise blockchain company, Inxeption. This UPS investment will be used…

Blockchain ‘Premature’ for Public Sector

Lithuanian Agriculture Minister: Blockchain ‘Premature’ for Public Sector January 17, 2019 by Akshay Makadiya This week, one of Lithuania’s top agricultural officials said blockchain technology likely has a serious future in the agriculture industry. Yet the official, Vice Minister Venantas Griciūnas, also noted it was too early to integrate distributed ledgers in the public sector, lest the fledgling tech’s early vulnerabilities be exploited.  Also read: The Unique Consensus Mechanism of Decred–Is This True Decentralization? Subscribe to the Bitsonline YouTube channel for great videos featuring industry insiders & experts Not Ready for Implementation … Yet…

Blockchain ‘Premature’ for Public Sector

Lithuanian Agriculture Minister: Blockchain ‘Premature’ for Public Sector January 17, 2019 by Akshay Makadiya This week, one of Lithuania’s top agricultural officials said blockchain technology likely has a serious future in the agriculture industry. Yet the official, Vice Minister Venantas Griciūnas, also noted it was too early to integrate distributed ledgers in the public sector, lest the fledgling tech’s early vulnerabilities be exploited.  Also read: The Unique Consensus Mechanism of Decred–Is This True Decentralization? Subscribe to the Bitsonline YouTube channel for great videos featuring industry insiders & experts Not Ready for Implementation … Yet…

Wanchain Joins Telefónica, One of the World’s Largest Telephone Operators, Developing a Mobile Blockchain Future

Blockchain Phone. Image from Shutterstock. Wanchain Symbol Eleven Paths, a subsidiary of Telefónica, has tapped Wanchain in an effort to build a secure blockchain platform for the mobile generation. Rivetz is a security company which works extensively in the blockchain space and also plays an important role in the new effort. Wanchain is an Ethereum fork which specializes in cross-chain compatibility. With Wanchain, users can hold both Bitcoin and Ethereum. In an exclusive talk with Wanchain’s Dan Reecer, CCN learned that its interchain operability is what sets Wanchain apart in…

Ford, IBM, LG Partner to Track Your Smartphone & Car Batteries on a Blockchain

Car charger image from Shutterstock South Korean battery maker LG Chem, tech giant IBM, auto manufacturer Ford Motor and others have partnered in a blockchain project aimed at infusing transparency in the global mineral supply chain, impacting batteries used in smartphones and electric vehiceles. Specifically, the project will track cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic Congo. Cobalt is used in lithium-ion batteries and its demand and price has skyrocketed with the growth of electric vehicle and mobile device sectors. It is estimated that DR Congo produces around two-thirds of the…

UPS Unveils Equity Investment and Partnership With Blockchain B2B Firm Inxeption

The investment arm of logistics giant UPS has made an undisclosed equity investment in United States enterprise blockchain company Inxeption, the firm confirmed in a press release Jan 16. Inxeption, which began operations in 2017, aims to use blockchain technology to improve various processes for businesses, including product design, manufacturing and supply chain management. Neither party has revealed the scope of the deal, which will reportedly see Inxeption and the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund work in tandem in future to develop new features for Inxeption’s platform. “Business customers need secure…

Blockchain Supply Chain Platform Nets $16 Million in Series A Investment

United States enterprise supply chain developer Chronicled has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round, the company confirmed in a press release Jan. 15. Chronicled — which will use blockchain technology to power a platform helping clients secure and automate supply chains — saw its round led by Hong Kong venture capital firm Mandra Capital. Streamlined Ventures, The Perkins Fund, Frank Fiore and David Aho also participated in the funding round The company reports it is planning to launch its platform this year. “While many companies in the…

Blockchain Regulatory Certainty Act on Congress’s Slate

Blockchain Regulatory Certainty Act on Congress’s Slate January 17, 2019 by William Peaster After being drafted by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) last fall, H.R.528, also known as The Blockchain Regulatory Certainty Act, has been formally introduced to the 116th House of Representatives. For now, the draft bill will head to the House Banking Committee and the House Judiciary Committee for debate before possibly being sent to the full chamber for a roll call vote.  Also read: Bakkt Acquisition: Backend Buyup to Boost Crypto Amid Payments Wars Subscribe to the Bitsonline YouTube channel for…