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Crypto and Blockchain News From Japan: Oct. 7–13 in Review

News Japan, the second-largest source of traffic for global crypto exchanges to date, witnessed a number of industry announcements this week as the country hosted the major blockchain event Devcon 5 from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11. Organized on an annual basis by the Ethereum Foundation, the recent Devcon ..

ConsenSys Supports 7 More Ethereum Startups With $175K Grant

News Ethereum venture production studio ConsenSys has selected seven new Ethereum-based projects to support with $175,000 of funding. ConsenSys recognizes “more unique ideas”Speaking to crypto industry media outlet CoinDesk on Oct. 10, the company’s head of experiential marketing Yadira Blocker co..

ConsenSys Fully Acquires Ethereum Infrastructure Provider Infura

News Ethereum (ETH) venture production studio ConsenSys has announced that it had fully acquired Infura, a blockchain infrastructure provider that the firm previously backed. According to the blog post published on Oct. 4, Infura will continue its operations as a wholly owned business unit within ..

ConsenSys and WWF Roll Out Platform for Transparency in Philanthropy

News ConsenSys, a blockchain startup founded by Ethereum’s (ETH) co-founder Joseph Lubin, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have jointly launched the Impactio platform to bring transparency into philanthropy. Per an announcement made on Sept. 24, a new partnership between ConsenSys and the WWF res..

Oxfam Readies Phase Two of Dai-Based Vanuatu Disaster Relief Program

Follow up Following the first phase of the Unblocked Cash program in Vanuatu, Oxfam is readying to launch the pilot program’s second phase using the Dai stablecoin to distribute disaster relief. Speaking exclusively to Cointelegraph, Oxfam Pacific Cash and Livelihoods lead and co-founder of partne..

ConsenSys-Backed Identity Platform Partners With PwC

News ConsenSys-backed identity management protocol uPort has entered a partnership with Onfido and PwC to develop blockchain-based identity management in the United Kingdom's financial sector. In a Sept. 23 announcement, the Ethereum-based digital identity platform uPort said the three firms ..

Kaleido Blockchain Implements QEDIT’s Zero-Knowledge Proof Solution

News Enterprise blockchain startup Kaleido, a part of ConsenSys’s venture studio, became the first to implement crypto privacy firm QEDIT’s zero-knowledge proof solution. An optional featureQEDIT claims in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Sept. 15 that this partnership with Kaleido wil..

Coinbase, Ripple Leave Top 10 of LinkedIn’s ‘Hottest’ Startups List

News Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Ripple, the blockchain startup behind XRP, have fallen out of the top 10 of this year’s business and employment-oriented service Linkedln’s “The 50 hottest U.S. companies to work for” list. According to the new LinkedIn’s list published on Sept. 4, Ripple ..

How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders

A New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five..

Consensys Inner Conflicts Spark Legal Action Against Founder

Ethereum cofounder Joseph Lubin was recently summoned to court in New York when a former employee initiated a lawsuit for more than $13 million. According to the summons stemming from former Token Foundry CEO, Harrison Hines, relief was being sought for alleged unpaid profits, fraud, unjust enrichme..

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