$97B retail firm uses IBM blockchain to track food supply

IBM’s food-tracking blockchain technology will be used by the Carrefour multinational retail firm to track food supply lines from the farm to the store. An agreement between Majid Al Futtaim — the firm that operates Carrefour in the Middle East — and IBM will see the retail giant use the IBM Food Trust initially to track two food categories: chicken and microgreens. The IBM Food Trust is a blockchain-specific platform designed for the food industry, hosted on the IBM Cloud. Carrefour, which recorded $97 billion in revenue in 2019, will…

Bitcoin Mining Firm Northern Data AG Plans for a $500 Million IPO – Mining Bitcoin News

While the public prepares for the upcoming Coinbase public offering, the mining firm Northern Data AG is reportedly planning to go public as well. Sources say that the mining business is in talks with Credit Suisse Group to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States. Report: Sources Say Northern Data AG IPO for $500 Million Is in the Works Recent reports say that Northern Data AG, the mining operation that mines bitcoin (BTC), is planning to IPO in the near future. Bloomberg reveals that “sources familiar with…

UK firm launches service for company treasuries to invest in Bitcoin

BCB Group, a global digital financial services firm, is planning to help corporations navigate cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) by launching a dedicated service. According to a Feb. 19 announcement, BCB Group has launched BCB Treasury, a new service designed for corporate treasury departments seeking to get involved in Bitcoin à la Tesla.  The new service aims to provide a specific solution enabling access to treasury management for companies willing to invest their capital into Bitcoin and other digital assets. With BCB Treasury, executives can enter, hold, manage, and report on…

Fortune 500 firm Geely to launch joint blockchain venture in China

Swiss enterprise blockchain developer, the Concordium Foundation, has signed a joint venture agreement with the $200 billion Chinese conglomerate, Geely Holding Group — the largest shareholder in Volvo and a Fortune Global 500 company.   The joint venture will be 80% owned by Geely and 20% owned by Concordium, but operationally co-managed by both companies. The venture aims to provide Chinese businesses and clients with access to new blockchain platform-based business models and decentralized applications, or DApps, which can be deployed across various industries. As previously reported, Concordium is a…

Firm in Portugal to accept Bitcoin for electricity bills

Luzboa, a small energy trading company in Portugal, will soon start accepting Bitcoin (BTC) as payment for electricity. The company’s president Pedro Morais Leitão announced the news to Portuguese publication Expresso on Wednesday, stating that the new payment option should become available this month. According to the executive, Luzboa will create a Bitcoin wallet in the coming days, allowing residents to pay for electricity under a new payment system known as “Bit Spot.” According to Leitão, the firm plans to instantly convert received Bitcoin into euros to protect its business…

Bill Gates Switches from “Bitcoin Bear” to Neutral, BTC/USD Remains Firm above $51.5k

The philanthropist billionaire Bill Gates has swung from being a Bitcoin bear to staying neutral just when the BTC price is defying gravity, recently racing above $52.5k. Bill Gates now Neutral on Bitcoin, BTC/USD Firming above $50k Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Feb 18, the billionaire made it clear that he never owns Bitcoin. However, he’s not “short” the world’s most valuable digital currency, choosing instead to remain neutral. Still, the idea of moving funds digitally to cut transaction costs bodes well with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.…

Another crypto firm hit with fines for violating U.S. sanctions

BitPay will have to pay the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control over half a million dollars for crypto services to sanctioned regions.  In a Feb. 18 announcement of the settlement, OFAC said that BitPay had facilitated “approximately $129,000 worth of digital currency-related transactions with BitPay’s merchant customers” by users from Crimea, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan and Syria — effectively the full range of geographical sanctions that OFAC has in place.  OFAC repeated that crypto firms need to align themselves with sanctions programs, saying:  “This action emphasizes that OFAC obligations…

Libra Co-Creator’s VC Firm Co-Leads $12M Round in ‘Decentralized GitHub’

In retrospect, it was inevitable: A team of blockchain developers has forked GitHub and come up with a system for collaborating on open source software. There’s even a decentralized finance (DeFi) twist. Announced Thursday, Radicle, a fully decentralized code repository, has raised $12 million in funding, integrated its peer-to-peer network with Ethereum and launched the RAD governance token.  The funding round was led by NFX and Galaxy, with participation from Placeholder, Electric Capital and ParaFi Capital; Naval Ravikant, Balaji Srinivasan and Meltem Demirors were also involved. Notably, it’s the first…

Russian crypto mining firm scrambles to meet foreign demand

Global cryptocurrency mining operators are increasingly moving their equipment to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States as they chase lower energy prices. Igor Runets, founder and CEO of Russian crypto mining firm BitRiver, told local news agency Kommersant Thursday that the company is actively building up its power capacity to meet increasing demand from American and European investors. According to the executive, BitRiver has run out of spare capacity at its data centers, having fully reserved all of its power for the next 18 months. During this period, the…

German Cannabis Firm Hedges Bitcoin to Protect from Massive Currency Devaluation – Bitcoin News

On Tuesday, the cannabis firm Synbiotic SE, a publicly-traded company in Germany that’s listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Xetra, has announced it is leveraging bitcoin to hedge against the euro. Synbiotic’s chief executive officer, Lars Müller explained that the company decided to hedge with the leading crypto asset in order to protect the firm from further risk of euro and dollar devaluation. Synbiotic CEO: ‘Bitcoin Is the Exact Antithesis of Traditional Currencies’ A German cannabis company is joining the growing list of firms that are adding bitcoin (BTC)…