Mercedes Parent Firm is Building a Crypto Hardware Wallet for Cars

Daimler, the German multinational corporation behind the Mercedes-Benz brand, partnered with European blockchain interface solutions startup Riddle & Code to provide an open car hardware wallet solution, the startup announced in a press release published on July 22. ‘Turn automobiles into future market places’ Per the release, car wallets have a wide variety of use cases, such as car-sharing, autonomous vehicles, real-time exchange of secure traffic data and with smart city environments to reduce congestion and lower insurance premiums. The startup’s CEO Tom Fürstner declared: “Autonomous cars must behave consistently…

Crypto Banking Firm FairX Shuts Down Due to Lack of Financing

FairX, a financial services company involved with banking and digital assets, has shut down its operations as it failed to establish a licensed national bank. According to a FairX Twitter thread on July 19, the company has fallen short of setting up a licensed national bank due to a lack of funding. FairX was trying to raise funds for the planned bank over the past 14 months, which it described as: “… a new, licensed, fully regulated national bank, modeled as a financial market utility, that would work with individuals…

Coinbase CEO Wants Firm to Move Beyond Trading in Next 5 Years

Brian Armstrong, CEO of major American crypto exchange and wallet service Coinbase,  believes that the firm will be less about trading and more about adoption five years from now. Armstrong wants the firm to connect people in crypto industry  In an AMA session on July 19, Armstrong presented his vision of the company in five years, claiming that he sees Coinbase as not just a crypto trading service provider, but rather a more universal entity driving adoption to crypto. Armstrong pointed out Coinbase’s mission to help grow the global crypto…

Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Blockchain-Based Energy Saving Firm in Malta

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of American tech giant Apple, has invested in a new blockchain-based company headquartered in Malta. Wozniak is now the co-founder of energy efficiency company Efforce, according to a report by Maltese news daily The Malta Independent on July 18. Wozniak co-founded the company alongside Jacopo Visetti, who — according to his LinkedIn profile — works in the renewable energy and environment sector. According to this page, Visetti co-founded Efforce in January, 2018 — approximately one year and seven months ago.  According Efforce’s LinkedIn page, the company provides…

New Jersey Accuses Blockchain Firm of Unregistered Securities Sale

The State of New Jersey alleges that a blockchain-based online rental marketplace sold over $400,000 of unregistered securities. A complaint filed on July 17 accuses Pocketinns, Inc. and its president Sarvajnya G. Mada of offering and selling around $410,000 of unregistered securities in the form of a cryptocurrency dubbed “PINNS Tokens.” The tokens were sold through an initial token offering between Jan. 15 and Jan. 31, 2018. Neither Pockettins nor Mada have allegedly been registered with the state’s Bureau of Securities.  The defendants purportedly sold tokens to 217 investors in…

Bitcoin ATM Firm LibertyX Expands Locations via New Partnership

LibertyX, the firm that launched America’s first Bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machine (ATM), will add 90 new machines to its network. In order to expand the network, Boston-based LibertyX has partnered with independent ATM operator DesertATM, according to a report by global ATM market publication ATMmarketplace on July 18. As a part of the partnership, DesertATM will upload LibertyX on 90 of its Genmega ATMs to enable Bitcoin operations. New Bitcoin ATM locations will include gas stations such as AMPM, ARCO & Chevron, as well as Family Dollar retail stores,…

Overstock Subsidiary and Tokenization Firm tZERO Announces New Management

The blockchain-based subsidiary of retail giant Overstock,  tZERO, has appointed three new managers. The company announced the new hires in a press release on July 17. According to the announcement, new appointees Brooke Navarro, Michael Mougias and Alexandra Sotiropoulos have been official managers since July 15. TZero states that these new executives are the firms head of issuance, head of investor relations and head of communications, respectively. The CEO of tZERO, Saum Noursalehi, remarked on the intended role for these new hires, saying: “On the issuance front, Brooke will drive…

Cleveland Cavaliers Partner With Cryptocurrency Firm UnitedCoin

Ohio-based professional basketball team the Cleveland Cavaliers (The Cavs), along with its associated esports club Cavs Legion GC, have partnered with the cryptocurrency firm UnitedCoin. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the new partnership in a press release on July 15. The partnership will reportedly be used to advertise UnitedCoin and provide the Cavs with an inroad to the fintech sector via cryptocurrency. For the Cavs, one aspect of this partnership will reportedly be LED signage inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse during Cavs games. The Cavs Legion will reportedly advertise UnitedCoin…

Blockchain Financial Firm Diginex Goes Public in Reverse Merger With 8i

Hong Kong-based blockchain financial services firm Diginex Ltd. is scheduled to go public through a reverse merger with investment holding company 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp. Subsequently, the firm will be listed on the Nasdaq, Bloomberg reported on July 10. Diginex is reportedly going to close a reverse merger deal with 8i, which will reportedly amount to $276 million including debt. Diginex shareholders will reportedly get 20 million ordinary shares of 8i, valued at $10 per share. According to Diginex’s CEO Richard Byworth the deal is set to ensure broader market…

Blockchain Firm Near Raises $12M From Coinbase Ventures, Xpring and Others

American blockchain firm Near has raised over $12 million in its Series A round from a range of high-profile investors, including Coinbase Ventures and Pantera, according to a press release on July 10. Near — a startup that develops a public, proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain focused on usability and scalability — has secured $12.1 million from industry players such as Coinbase Ventures, the investment arm of crypto exchange Coinbase, investment firm Pantera Capital, crypto hedge fund Multicoin, and Ripple’s developer ecosystem project Xpring, among others. Unlike an initial coin offering-like approach,…