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China has introduced new guidelines seeking to eliminate anonymity in blockchain networks. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has introduced new regulations for blockchain firms that are operating in the country. The announcement was published on the regulator’s website on Thursday, Jan. 10. According to the CAC, the guidelines, which will come into force on Feb. 15, were developed to contribute to the healthy development of the industry. The document describes the firms that are subject to regulations as websites or mobile apps that provide information and technical support to the public using blockchain technologies. As soon as the regulations come into power, they will be obliged to register their names, domains and server addresses at the CAC within 20 days. The guidelines require blockchain startups to allow authorities access to stored data, and to introduce registry procedures that would require ID card or mobile numbers from its users. Moreover, they will be obliged ..
At least 340 cryptocurrency or blockchain companies were dissolved or liquidated this year in the U.K., nearly two and a half times more than in 2017. At least 340 cryptocurrency or blockchain companies were dissolved or liquidated this year in the United Kingdom (UK), British news outlet Sky News reported on Dec. 22. UK crypto companies in 2018. Source: SkyNews The aforementioned article also reports that last year, the number of companies in this industry that had been liquidated amounted to 139, nearly two and a half times less than this year. Moreover, 60 percent of the companies dissolved this year ceased activity between June and November. According to the reported data, more than 200 of the now-dissolved companies “were incorporated with Companies House during 2017.” This year, according to the article, newly-registered crypto companies were growing slower than the number of dissolved businesses for the first time. The data upon which Sky News reportedly based its article has ..
26 French companies along with five banks have successfully completed a blockchain-enabled KYC trial with R3 consortium. 26 French companies and five major banks have completed a Know Your Customer (KYC) test based on blockchain, according to a press release by the entrant firm RCI Bank and Services released Dec. 3. RCI Bank and Services, a French automotive financing and insurance firm unveiled details of a customer knowledge-focused blockchain solution trialed in partnership with blockchain consortium R3. According to the press release, the Proof-of-Concept (PoC) test has been conducted in cooperation with the Association Française des Trésoriers d'Entreprise (AFTE), a local network of treasury and finance professionals. As revealed by a participant of the test, RCI Bank and Services, which is also a member of the R3 consortium, trial participants were able to implement KYC requests within a shared network, with banks having to request access to data and enterprise clients able..
Italian securities watchdog CONSOB has ordered cease and desist orders on several crypto-related firms for offering unauthorized financial services. The Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB) has ordered three crypto-related companies providing unauthorized investment services to cease and desist, an official release states Monday, Nov. 19. The first company, a trading platform called Richmond Investing, has purportedly violated the Consolidated Law on Finance (TUF) — a fundamental law governing Italian financial markets — by failing to register as a financial intermediary in the country. The Italian securities market regulator has also suspend the activities of two other companies, Crypton Ltd. and Eagle Bit Trade, along with individual Alessandro Brizzi representing Cryptoforce Ltd., for 90 days. According to the release, CryptoForce, a company specializing in Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mining, promoted a cryptocurrency dubbed “Crypton.” Brizzi was advertising CryptoForc..
sponsored Inability to extract intelligence from the data will harm competitiveness, the company says. Anyone involved in marketing knows the adage as old as advertising itself: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” The reality may be worse though - not just a half, but an absolute majority of marketing budgets is wasted on customers that don’t generate enough profitability, says Peter Fader of the Wharton school of economics at the University of Pennsylvania. The rise of big data and analytics technology promises to change that situation. Today, decision-makers are increasingly able to tell a wasted marketing budget from an effective one. Nevertheless, few companies have what it takes to tap into big data riches, and the consequences may be dramatic. Singapore-based data science firm DATAVLT says that 99 percent of corporate data is wasted and never used to draw knowledge from it. Only one percent of the data companies collec..
Investment bank J.P. Morgan Chase has named three companies whose stock could benefit from their deployments of blockchain technology. Investment bank and financial services firm J.P. Morgan Chase has identified three public companies whose stock it believes will benefit from their applications of blockchain technology, CNBC reported Nov. 8. In a note to clients, J.P. Morgan reportedly forecast that IT companies will deploy blockchain in the same way that many firms claim to benefit from machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, some companies have started to drop using the term “blockchain,” as they believe the word is overhyped and too often used as a marketing ploy. However, J.P. Morgan outlined three companies that will purportedly create “material incremental growth opportunities” from the technology. Per J.P. Morgan, those beneficiaries are American content delivery network and cloud service provider Akamai Technologies Inc., San Fra..
A recent report by Forrester Research found that companies are stopping to use the word “blockchain” in favor of “DLT,” as they feel the word is overhyped. A new report from Forrester Research states that some companies are stopping to use the term “blockchain” because they think it is overhyped, business magazine Fortune reported Nov. 6. In the report dubbed “Predictions 2019: Distributed Ledger Technology,” analysts purportedly found that companies have started to withdraw “blockchain” in favor of “distributed ledger technology” (DLT). The study reportedly found that many firms are overhyping the usefulness of blockchain or using the name of the technology to repackage existing services, a practice the report describes as “blockchain washing.” The report also uses the term “blockchain washing” to refer to when “networks that are live or under development vary greatly and frequently lack key characteristics that many regard as essential components of a blockchain.” The researchers sa..
sponsored A U.S. based blockchain project, unveils a new security token concept that allows investing in private IT companies, like Uber, AirBnB, Grab, among others. BaseCore, a US-based blockchain project, reveals a new security token concept which allows investing in private IT companies, like Uber, AirBnB and Grab, among others. According to the project’s whitepaper, the BaseCore token is backed by a portfolio containing the assets of private IT companies. These assets are impossible to purchase on the stock market, as the companies are not public. The paper states, “This feature of the token allows it to become one of the most stable digital currencies on the market.” The BaseCore company aims to purchase shares from private IT companies and tokenize them by creating digital assets – the BaseCore security token. Additionally, the company has created its own exchange platform for buying, selling, and exchanging security tokens. The BaseCore token is a dual-purpose investment tool:..
sponsored An American Blockchain startup aims for the mass adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain with a chain of agnostic protocols to process business transactions. An American startup is building a blockchain agnostic protocol in a bid to provide small businesses with affordable access to new technology, and drive the mass adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Opporty, with experienced founders from the U.S., has also set up a “trusted and verified services marketplace” on the Ethereum blockchain, with features such as smart contracts, decentralized escrow, and lead generation. The company believes its platform helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to compete with large corporations, without requiring large investments in technology and marketing. Widespread coverageBy now, Opporty has launched its platform’s localizations in China, the UK, Canada, the USA, and Australia. As the company reported to Cointelegraph, currently there are approximately up to 10 registratio..
The world’s four largest agriculture companies, known as ABCD, are integrating blockchain for automating grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes. The world’s four largest agriculture companies, commonly known as ABCD, have partnered to digitize international grain trading by using blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, Reuters reports Thursday, Oct. 25. ABCD, composed of Archer Daniels Midland Co., Bunge Ltd., Cargill Inc., and Louis Dreyfus Co., states that blockchain implementation could make trading more efficient and transparent, as well as reduce costs. The conglomerate aims to digitize the system that has previously relied on paper contracts, invoices, and manual payments. According to grain industry news outlet World-Grain.com, blockchain and AI will be initially used to automate grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes, which are a highly manual and costly part of the supply chain. In the long run, ABCD plans to integrate blockchain technolo..
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