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Two Firms to Build Blockchain-Based Solution for European Shipping

News Vakt, a blockchain-based post-trade platform for commodities, has signed a memorandum of understanding with essDOCS, a firm that develops paperless trade solutions, to put European shipping on the blockchain. As markets and technology-focused outlet Benzinga reported on Sept. 20, Vakt and ess..

Report: Global Blockchain Tech Market to Surpass $16B by 2024

News The global blockchain technology market is estimated to surpass $16 billion by 2024, according to a recent report from market research firm Global Market Insights, Inc. The reportIn a Sept. 20 press release, Global Market Insights provided highlights from its 180-page-long report entitled "Bl..

NASA Looks to Hire Data Scientist With Crypto and DLT Background

News The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking to hire a data scientist with crypto and blockchain expertise. Crypto and blockchain considered a plusAccording to a LinkedIn job listing posted on Sept. 20, NASA is looking to employ a data scientist for its J..

Verizon Awarded Patent for Blockchain-Based Virtual SIM Cards

News Leading communications and technology company Verizon has been awarded a patent for using virtual subscriber identity modules (vSIMs) for customers’ devices. A filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Sept. 10 details a blockchain encryption technology, wherein a tradition..

Facebook Set on 2020 Launch for Libra, Despite Regulators’ Pushback

News David Marcus, the head of Calibra at Facebook, has said that a 2020 launch for Libra remains the company’s goal, despite regulators’ intense hostility toward the project. In an interview with Swiss newspaper NZZ on Sept. 20, he said that in the intervening time, the team behind Libra would ne..

CME Group to Launch Options on Bitcoin Futures in Q1 2020

News The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group is adding options to its Bitcoin (BTC) futures contracts in Q1 2020, pending regulatory review. The development was announced in an official news release on Sept. 20. Options will give clients more “flexibility to hedge Bitcoin price risk”Tim McCour..

Tech Startup Nebula Genomics Launches Blockchain-Based DNA Sequencing

News Tech startup Nebula Genomics is launching DNA sequencing using blockchain, which eliminates the need for customers to reveal personal information. Per a blog post published on Sept. 19, Nebula has rolled out anonymous genetic testing, enabling clients to purchase whole-genome sequencing and p..

Iran Considers New System of Annual Registration for Crypto Miners

News As part of ongoing maneuvers to legitimize the industry, Iran’s cabinet is looking into a proposal to register cryptocurrency miners on a year-to-year basis. The proposalAccording to documents reported by Coindesk on Sept. 19, a draft proposal to register crypto mining operations is currently..

Korea: Opposition Party Boasts Pro-Crypto Policy in Contrast to Gov’t

News South Korea's main opposition party, the Liberty Korea Party (LKP), is poised to unveil its policy for cryptocurrencies and crypto exchanges. As Cointelegraph Korea reported on Sept. 19, the LKP’s stance appears to be more radical and pro-innovation than that of the current government, n..

Arab Bank Switzerland Opens Bitcoin Custody, Brokerage Services

News Arab Bank Switzerland has partnered with blockchain technology firm Taurus to offer Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) custody and brokerage services to its clients. Swissinfo reported the development on Sept. 19. Serge Robin, the CEO of Arab Bank Switzerland — a Swiss institution that forms part..

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