Blockchain Firm Partners With Cannabis Data App to Create Research Project

A blockchain-based data marketplace, Measure Protocol, and a cannabis-oriented survey rewards app, Broccoli, will jointly establish a research community for cannabis users. According to a Nov. 12 press release, the companies will use the new community to survey consumers, collect data and make reports dedicated to cannabis use and the industry. In doing so, the parties intend to discuss the benefits of cannabis, debunk or prove myths surrounding it, and make the collected information available to the public. Phillip Olla, co-CEO of Audacia Bioscience, the company that stands behind Broccoli,…

Softbank-Backed Blockchain Firm OneConnect Eyes $100M Nasdaq IPO

Softbank-backed Chinese fintech OneConnect has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As Bloomberg reported on Nov. 13, OneConnect is the blockchain- and AI-focused fintech arm of Chinese insurance giant Ping An. Seeks $100 million and Nasdaq listing The report claims that the filing seeks to raise $100 million, eyeing listing on the Nasdaq Global Market or New York Stock Exchange, if approved.  Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Ping An Securities Group Holdings are leading the offering. OneConnect had…

Uncork Capital, Coinbase VC Arm, Others Invest $4 M in Crypto Analytics Firm Messari

Uncork Capital has led a $4 million funding round that also saw funding from Coinbase Ventures for blockchain analytics firm Messari. Who’s who of new investors On Nov. 13, Messari announced that it had closed a $4 million funding round led by Uncork Capital, with participation from other top investors including Coinbase Ventures, Anthemis Group, Blockchain Capital, CoinFund, and former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan. The data analytics firm intends to invest the raised funds into further automating its data ingestion process and its redistribution capabilities for registry clients, while broadening…

UPS and Agritech Firm Use Blockchain to Verify Beef Shipment From US to Japan

American logistics giant UPS has successfully delivered a blockchain-verified beef shipment from the United States to Japan. The company partnered with agritech firm HerdX to incorporate its packaging technology into a blockchain network to trace the journey of beef from Kansas to Japan, the firm announced on Nov. 11. As announced by UPS, the jointly-delivered shipment involved a blockchain partner network developed by HerdX. Meanwhile, UPS provided its visibility tool that integrates with HerdX’s blockchain technology and records live updates, registering details throughout the journey. U.S. Embassy and Japanese officials…

Dutch Police Bust CEO of Blockchain Game Firm, Komodore64 – €78 million Gone?

About Richard Kastelein Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News…

Dutch Police Bust CEO of Blockchain Game Firm, Komodore64 – €78 million Gone?

About Richard Kastelein Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News…

Crypto-Friendly Mobile Banking Firm Revolut to Attempt Raising $500M+

British mobile banking firm Revolut is negotiating with investors to raise at least half a billion dollars next year, Reuters reports on Nov. 12. Since the end of 2017, Revolut’s app has allowed its users to complete transactions in cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) and Ether (ETH). According to Reuters, Revolut plans to raise the funds next year to fuel its expansion and hire new personnel, and will expand its partnership with payment firms Visa and Mastercard. The firm’s co-founder and CEO Nikolay Storonsky said: “We want to raise…

Mexico: State-Owned Oil Firm Targeted in $5 Million Bitcoin Ransomware Attack

Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), a state-owned petroleum company established in 1938, has suffered a ransomware attack that has succeeded in shutting down its computers and online payment systems. The hackers are demanding for 565 BTC and have given the firm a 48-hour deadline to send the money. DoppelPaymer Attacks PEMEX In a fresh bitcoin (BTC) ransomware attack, Mexico’s state-run petroleum company has been targeted by crypto thieves looking to get $5 million richer. Per sources close to the matter, a group of bad actors has succeeded in infecting the computer and…

Switzerland-Based Banking Firm SEBA Now Fully Functional After Receiving Licence

After successfully obtaining a banking license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), SEBA Bank announces the launch of its services in digital assets and traditional assets banking. In a blog post that announced the launch of the bank’s new crypto services, it reports that the bank will now cater to a wide range of clients that include “asset managers, pension funds, companies, and professional private investors.” FINMA has closely monitored the operations at SEBA during a one-month testing period. The successful completion of the test phase was immediately…

Two Former Circle Executives Co-Found Proprietary Crypto Trading Firm

Two former executives at crypto finance firm Circle and former DRW executive jointly founded proprietary crypto trading firm CMS Holdings. The new venture Coindesk reported on Nov. 12 that the firm is the joint venture of former Circle executives Daniel Matuszewski — former head of the firm’s over-the-counter desk Circle Trade — and former technology executive Julien Collard-Seguin alongside a third partner. The third founder is the former head of trading at Cumberland (the crypto trading arm of brokerage DRW) Bobby Cho. According to the outlet, the three decided to…