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IBM Blockchain | Santander Bank Enters $700 Million Deal with IBM

According to Cointelegraph, Europe’s Banco Santander and tech behemoth IBM have announced an accord involving the IBM blockchain. The pair signed a $700 million USD deal aiming to increase Santander’s technological developments. The news was released yesterday via a press release. IBM Blockchain The deal is a five-year “global technology agreement” that will improve the bank’s services by using innovative technology such as blockchain, AI, and big data. IBM will take care of the technology behind its new services. IBM has been leading the blockchain revolution in business across the globe. Only…

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Ripple Adds 11 New Universities and Extends UBRI Footprint

Ripple has added 11 new universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). With a strong emphasis on developing the upcoming generation of developers, the UBRI is designed to develop blockchain-focused academia and research. Ripple is extending its footprint globally by adding 11 new universities to its program. 11 New Universities to UBRI The UBRI launched in June 2018. With a $50 million USD self-funded investment, Ripple committed to 17 prestigious universities around the world. As stated, the course aims to accelerate academic research, technical development, and innovation in the blockchain and…

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IBM Blockchain Trial Successfully Completed With Mandarins

Computer giant IBM has successfully completed another blockchain trial with the help of 28 tons of mandarin oranges. The tech behemoth tracked a shipment of mandarins from China to Singapore and used the innovative technology to do so. IBM Blockchain Trial The trial consisted of 28 tons of mandarin oranges (which equates to 3,000 cartons), delivered to China ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration, beginning on February 5th. The main shipping document, otherwise known as the bill of lading (BL), was recorded on the blockchain. A bill of lading effectively…

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ING Bank Teams Up with R3 in a Five-Year Blockchain Deal

ING Bank, a major Dutch International bank, has just announced that it has signed a five-year deal with R3. R3 is an enterprise blockchain consortium that holds a commercial blockchain platform. R3 released the news in a press release yesterday. ING Bank Takes on Blockchain R3’s commercial blockchain platform is called Corda Enterprise. This new five-year deal allows ING Bank a number of licenses for Corda and can roll out access to the platform. Corda will be rolled out through ING Bank globally and seek to deploy production-ready CorDapps across various business…

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Dragonchain Partnership With Hurify | IoT and Blockchain Merger

A Dragonchain partnership was announced earlier today. The blockchain leader is partnering with Hurify Digital Markets to revolutionize decentralized IoT and blockchain development. Dragonchain Partnership The US’s Dragonchain is a blockchain developer that works across four business areas: enterprise services, entertainment, education, and project incubation/acceleration. The company wants to empower businesses with an enterprise-grade blockchain solution. Hurify, at its core, is a “global ecosystem for developer communities, entrepreneurs, and IoT solution vendors.” Its members span the globe. Hurify Digital Markets, then, is an IoT project development platform that uses smart contracts to “support IoT project development and deployment…

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Orbs Blockchain | Raises $15 Million With Kakao’s Help

South Korean app provider, Kakao, has helped to raise over $15 million in cryptocurrency for Orbs, a hybrid blockchain platform. Orbs Blockchain Raises $15 Million Kakao joined the fundraising venture through its investment arm because it “always seeks to invest and support innovative startups and Orbs is a good example.” It also builds on the pair’s existing partnership; Orb already partners with Kakao’s blockchain subsidiary, Ground X. The two companies develop blockchain applications, along with researching and developing projects. The latest investment will “focus on helping Orbs further the protocol’s development…

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Blockchain Phone | Will Samsung Enter the Ring? Trademarks Say Yes!

The excitement of late in blockchain has centered around a particular blockchain phone. A first of its kind, this phone has crypto nerds alike beaming with joy; the idea of decentralized apps running on your phone is exciting, and that’s before we consider all the crypto possibilities. Blockchain Phone It started with Sirin Labs, whose pioneering phone ‘Finney,’ let people store and use digital currencies without transaction fees. Then HTC came to the party with the world’s second blockchain phone called Exodus 1. This phone boasts a “Social Key Recovery” function that lets…

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State Farm | Testing Blockchain Technology for Auto Insurance Claims

US automotive and life insurance group State Farm is now testing blockchain technology to potentially speed up auto claims. The company announced the new pilot for its blockchain-based subrogation platform on its website yesterday. State Farm Testing Blockchain Technology According to the company’s website, the company processes just over 38,000 claims per day and has 519,000 accounts in mutual funds. “Today, subrogation is a relatively manual, time-consuming process often requiring physical checks to be mailed on a claim-by-claim basis between insurers,” said Mike Fields, innovation executive of State Farm. “You can imagine…

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The US Department of Homeland Security

The US Government has just released an announcement that it is offering grants up to $800 thousand for the development of a blockchain-based anti-forgery solution. The US Department of Homeland Security is focusing its blockchain efforts on enhancing its capabilities of spotting fake documentation. US Department of Homeland Security and Blockchain The DHS, through its unit Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), will distribute the non-dilutive funds in four phases. The department chose the non-dilutive route so that the entity doesn’t need to sell equity in order to receive the funding.…

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US Air Force Develops New Blockchain Tool

The grad school for the United States Air Force just developed a tool to help supply chain professionals learn about blockchain. The US Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) released its free tool in hopes of advancing the current infrastructure built around supply chain management. This news was released by the US business journal Modern Materials Handling (MMH) back on December 3rd. US Air Force and Blockchain Technology AFIT has put together a live application that is paired with a set of video tutorials. This application can be accessed from…

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