Riot Blockchain Cites COVID-19 Disruption Risks on SEC Form 10-K

Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency mining firm, Riot Blockchain, filed its Form 10-K annual report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), March 25. Among a long list of other potential risk factors to the business, the report assesses the potential disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 will affect cryptocurrency mining business As part of the Form 10-K a company must include information about any significant risks to its business. Riot further subdivides these risks into several sections, although interestingly lists the risks from COVID-19 as a cryptocurrency-related risk, rather…

University of Malta Students Develop and Use Blockchain Voting Application

Sharing is caring! Master students in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta have designed, built, and used decentralised blockchain app developed to vote for their student representatives. According to the Times of Malta: “At this time especially, given the current situation, it was important to have a remote voting mechanism in place that enables trust and transparency thanks to the Blockchain-based solution. The main challenge to achieve this is onboarding users in a trusted manner – and digital identity platforms such as that provided by Vodafone…

Japan’s Nomura Securities and BOOSTRY Issue First Blockchain Digital Bond Offering

Sharing is caring! Nomura Securities (NS) joined the Nomura Research Institute (NRI) and BOOSTRY have joined up in a venture to create Japan’s first digital asset bond and digital bond to use value co-creation to help develop the countries’ capital markets, along with solving social issues.  The digital asset bond was offered directly to investors by NRI, while NS served as the underwriter, Nomura Trust and Banking (NTB) acted as fiscal agent, while BOOSTRY provided its blockchain platform “ibet” and acted as register agent. The platform allows issuers to keep…

Japan’s Nomura Securities and BOOSTRY Issue First Blockchain Digital Bond Offering

Sharing is caring! Nomura Securities (NS) joined the Nomura Research Institute (NRI) and BOOSTRY have joined up in a venture to create Japan’s first digital asset bond and digital bond to use value co-creation to help develop the countries’ capital markets, along with solving social issues.  The digital asset bond was offered directly to investors by NRI, while NS served as the underwriter, Nomura Trust and Banking (NTB) acted as fiscal agent, while BOOSTRY provided its blockchain platform “ibet” and acted as register agent. The platform allows issuers to keep…

Opera Rolls out Update and Expansion of its Cryptocurrency-Friendly Browser Blockchain Architecture

Sharing is caring! Norwegian company Opera, the first browser to introduce Web 3 capabilities and a built-in cryptocurrency wallet across its mobile and computer browsers, is adding several new features using blockchain. The updated Opera blockchain browser does not only have a built-in crypto wallet for its Web 3 mobile and computer users, but it is also adding more features due to partnerships with Wyre and Unstoppable Domains which grease the wheels of the cryptocurrency experience on the browser. It’s also expanding the service. Opera now supports seamless crypto top-ups…

Hong Kong Bank Partners with Aegis to Focus On Asset Digitalization Using Blockchain Technology

Sharing is caring! CTBC Bank in Hong Kong has cut a deal with San Francisco-based Aegis Custody to expand its digital financial asset business, launching bundle factoring, REITs and equity investment in special asset digitalization (security tokens) to tap into channels for cash flow and support diversification of the banking sector. Founder and CEO Serra Wei of Aegis said: “A stable cash flow is essential for big enterprises. They will be able to access a stable cash flow after the digital digitalization of traditional assets. This is indeed the practical…

BlockApps and Optimum Plan to Track Energy Usage on the Blockchain

Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) company BlockApps has partnered with software consulting firm Optimum to develop a blockchain solution for tracking energy usage. A founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), BlockApps is the developer of a cloud-agnostic blockchain platform, STRATO, designed to serve as a flexible base layer for various business network transactions and activities. Optimum is a software consulting firm focused on the oil and gas, manufacturing and construction industries. As part of a strategic partnership announced on March 27, Optimum has now joined the BlockApps Partner Network —  a…

Dutch Govt to Embrace Blockchain in Fight Against Pandemic

A consortium of Dutch companies has launched the “Tech against Corona” initiative. Participating firms will freely provide the Dutch government with access to innovative technologies that can be used in the fight against COVID-19. Netherlands-based distributed ledger technology (DLT) firm, Tymlez, is one of more than 10 companies who are freely providing their services and technologies to the government. Tymlez’ blockchain platform to bring transparency to medical supply chain Tymlez has offered its blockchain platform as the underlying technology to “model the medical goods ecosystem through a platform that matches…

University Students Harness Blockchain for Elections Amid Lockdown

Students enrolled in the University of Malta’s Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies masters program have built a decentralized application (Dapp) that has been used for voting in upcoming student representative elections, per a March 28 press release. The Dapp is built on top of a decentralized digital identity platform that was provided to the students by Vodafone. The election was the first live project to be executed using Vodafone’s digital identity platform. “We are pleased to have been the first use-case for the Vodafone [digital identity] platform, and as far…

First Game Built on Tezos Blockchain Preparing for Alpha Launch

Tezos (XTZ) co-founder Kathleen Breitman is preparing to launch the alpha version of the game built on top of Tezos — a crypto-powered collectible card game called ‘Emergents.’ Emergents’ in-game cards will comprise non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that players have full ownership over. Coase intends to comprise both the primary and secondary marketplace for the cards. The company will also act as both a buyer and a seller for the NFTs. Emergents to launch in alpha next month While Breitman has been planning the game since 2018, she announced Coase —…