Blockchain Headlines Tracker

Articles are linked and listed in chronological order, with the most recent headlines on top.




Week of October 28, 2018

Ernst & Young Unveils Its Own Product Built on Ethereum Blockchain

IBM Files Patent for Blockchain-Based AR Helper System

Hong Kong Exchange Prepares for Blockchain Trading Platform

Overstock’s Medici Ventures & Rwanada Government Partner for Blockchain Property Rights Platform

Week of October 21, 2018

ANALYSIS: How Significant is Blockchain in the Mortgage Industry?

Visa B2B Connect Joins IBM to Foster Blockchain Cross-border Payments

Australian Stock Exchange to Adopt Blockchain for Settlements in 2021

Johnny Depp Partners With Crypto Entertainment Platform TaTaTu

First Blockchain-Powered Smartphone HTC Exodus Now Officially Available for Pre-order

National Bank of Canada Pilots Blockchain to Combat ‘Complex’ Processes

ANALYSIS: Use of Blockchain in Major Industries by Numbers: Retail, Manufacturing, Finance, and Others

Bitcoin And Blockchain Jobs In The U.S. Are Surging

Richard Branson Hosts Extreme Tech Challenge, Names Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Power Ledger as Top Prize Winner

Over 7,000 Global Bankers Arrive in Sydney for Sibos 2018: Swift, Ripple and the Financial Services Turning Point

Week of October 14, 2018

Canadian Firm to Build Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Platform for Cannabis Industry

Russia: CEO of Banking Giant Sberbank Says Blockchain Tech Will Be ‘Ready’ in 3-5 Years

Confirmed: Baidu and TRON to Cooperate on Cloud Computing Resources

Abu Dhabi Ports Subsidiary Tests International Blockchain Pilot with Port of Antwerp

Australian State of New South Wales Mandates Land Registry Shift to Blockchain by 2019

Wallet App and ‘Identity Hub’: New Blockchain-based ID Solutions Planned by Microsoft

DocuSign Integrates Ethereum Blockchain, Adds ETH and Its Smart Contract Functionality

Qtum Joins Amazon Web Services for a New Blockchain Solution for Developers and Businesses

For the First Time, Blockchain Technology Endorsed by the U.S. Congress As “Revolutionizing”

Kenya To Use Blockchain For Fairer, More Cost-Efficient Affordable Housing

Dutch real estate firm partners China Blockchain Partners to get a foothold in Asia

‘Don’t Forget The Recycling’: Foundation Building Tool To Track Companies’ Sustainability Commitments

Rwanda Uses Blockchain To Track And Prevent Conflict-Mined Metals

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joins a blockchain investment firm

IOTA to Power Biometric Network to Verify Your Identity With the Palm of Your Hand

Trecento Blockchain Capital partners Coinschedule to create joint investment fund

Gates Foundation partners Ripple to implement interledger protocol

Ticketmaster Acquires Blockchain Startup, Plans to Sell Smart Tickets to Counter Fraud

Sony internally collaborates to give blockchain based Rights Management System

Ethereum Foundation awards nearly $3 million in grants to blockchain startups and developers

Moneynetint completes integration of Ripple payments network

Week of October 7, 2018

Dubai Becomes World’s First City to Offer Citizens Blockchain-Based Payment Solutions

Microsoft Releases White Paper, Plans to Utilize Blockchain to Create Platform for Decentralized IDs

Blockchain and Brexit: How Adoption Could Help With UK–EU Relations

Forbes Partners With Blockchain-Based Journalism Platform to Publish Content

Blythe Masters: ‘Hundreds’ of Blockchain Benefits Will Hit Commodity Supply Chains

The European Blockchain Partnership Finds Europe Getting Serious About Distributed Ledger Technology

BMW to Host Event for Blockchain in Auto Tech Tournament

How Blockchain Stands to Transform the Luxury Economy with Digital Assets

How will Blockchain Help Those Living Below the Poverty Line?

Major Auction House Christie’s to Integrate Blockchain Technology for Art Sales

Fansunite Now a Part of Global Blockchain Integration for World Poker Tour

Monero Developer’s New Startup is Launching a Free Blockchain University

MusicLife to Develop Music Exchange, Raises $5 Million

Thai Officials Testing Blockchain For Copyrights And Agriculture Exports

Ready To Rumble: IBM Launches Food Trust Blockchain For Commercial Use

Corporate Records Can Go On Blockchain In California

Gary Cohn Has Joined a Blockchain Startup as an Adviser

Nearly $1m Granted To UK Telecoms Regulator for Blockchain-Based Phone Number Management

Australia Testing Blockchain Technology For Disability Insurance Payments

New Blockchain Company Makes Splash Alongside Tesla In Nevada

Mastercard May Develop Blockchain Platform Capable Of Handling Multiple Currencies

Week of September 30, 2018

Interview with Blue Whale Foundation CEO Will Lee: the Future of Freelancing is Blockchain

Analysis: South Africa and Crypto – a Conservatively Optimistic Approach

Report: Blockchain in Manufacturing Market Will Be Worth $500 Million by 2025

Oxford Business Law Blog: ‘Radical Rethink’ of Blockchain Regulation Is Imperative

Japan’s Prime Minister Appoints Pro-Blockchain Figure as Minister of Science, Tech, IT

Bank of America: Blockchain Market Could Hit $7 Bln, Will Give Boost to Amazon, Microsoft  (CNBC: Blockchain could be a $7 billion market and a major boost to Amazon, Microsoft, analyst says)

BlackBerry Unveils a Blockchain Platform For Healthcare Services

Swell 2018: Ripple’s xRapid Goes Live, Gets Support From 3 Financial Institutions

Major European Airline Wants Blockchain To Cut Out Middlemen’s Medici Ventures Invests In VinX To Create Blockchain Wine Market

14 European Banks Complete First Phase Of Blockchain Trial

New Blockchain Research Center Opens At UC San Diego

Wyoming Legislators Trying To Create Blockchain-Friendly Bank

Dapp Creates And Stores Art On The Ethereum Blockchain

Italian Banking Association Completes First Test of Blockchain-Based Interbank System

Israel Securities Authority To Use Blockchain To Secure Internal Messaging System

Spain Remains a Primary Example of Blockchain Optimism on All Levels

Australian Record Scalability Blockchain: How Crypto Is Stepping Into the Land Down Under


Week of September 23, 2018

Goldman Sachs Leads $25 Million Funding Round for Blockchain Payments Startup Veem

Kenya’s Blockchain Task Force Advises Gov’t to Replace Cash With Digital Currency

Public Records Show US Government Tripled Investment in Blockchain Analysis Firms in 2018

Italy to Enter European Blockchain Partnership, Local MP Confirms

Chinese State Bank Uses Blockchain to Issue Digital Mortgages Worth $1.3 Billion

Marsh Confirms IBM Blockchain Insurance Partnership to Include Salesforce

China’s Nanjing Arbitration Commission Tests Blockchain Platform for Legal Disputes Opens Institute for Building ‘Smart Cities’ With Blockchain and AI

Opera Partners With Ledger Capital to Explore Blockchain Applications

India’s National Stock Exchange Trials Blockchain E-Voting for Listed Companies

Austria to Use Ethereum Public Blockchain to Issue $1.35 Bln in Government Bonds

FedEx Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Hub, ‘Big Implications’ for Logistics

West Virginians Begin Using Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting App

AT&T Launches Suite of Enterprise Blockchain Solutions Using Tech From IBM, Microsoft

Porsche Increases Investments in New Technologies With Focus on Blockchain and AI Startups

Deloitte to Assist Insurance-Focused Blockchain Consortium to Expand Into Canada

Major US Dairy Co-Op Pilots Blockchain Technology for Food Supply

Australian Real Estate Major to Trial Blockchain-Powered Solar Energy Management Solution

JPMorgan Blockchain Platform Onboards 75 Multinational Banks to ‘Keep Payments In-House’

Russian Raiffeisen Bank Branch Issues Digital Mortgage Using Blockchain

Bank of America Files New Patent for Multiple Digital Signatures on a Distributed System

Major Thai Bank to Test Visa Blockchain Solution for Cross-Border Payments

Spain to Develop Blockchain Tech Application for Transparency in Forestry Industry

IBM Awarded Patent for Autonomous Self-Servicing Devices Within Blockchain-Based IoT System

US Tech Firm Eyes Blockchain Supply Chain Solution for Major Chinese Ports

WEF — Blockchain Could Improve Multiple Spheres of Global Economy

Italian Soccer Club Juventus Follows France’s Paris Saint-Germain to Launch ‘Fan Token’

Week of September 16, 2018

German Frankfurt School to Issue Blockchain-Based Course Certificates

IBM Files Blockchain Patent to Tackle Privacy and Security Concerns for Drones

South Korean Gov’t Pledges Support for Blockchain Startups to Facilitate Industry Growth

Campaign Watchdog in California Bans Political Donations in Bitcoin

Dutch Supermarket Giant Adopts Blockchain to Make Orange Juice Production Transparent

Report: Hong Kong Stock Exchange Eyeing Blockchain Firm Acquisitions

Streaming Platform for Gamers Starts Public Beta Testing of Its Own Blockchain

R3 Partners With Dutch Tech Company to Pilot Blockchain-Based Digital IDs

Consortium of Swiss Investors Launch Blockchain Incubator with $100 Million Goal

UN Women to Use Blockchain Technology in Refugee Work Program in Jordan

Poland’s Top Bank to Launch Blockchain Platform for Document Management Within ‘Days’

Major Banks, Industry Players to Launch Blockchain-Based Commodities Platform

Week of September 9, 2018

Malta is Eying the Waves Cryptocurrency to Tokenize Financial Assets

Korea Taps Samsung’s Blockchain Tech to Fight Customs Fraud

BMW Partners Blockchain Startup to Develop Customer Lending Solution

[IBM, yet again] IBM Joins Decentralized ‘Yellow Pages’ for Blockchain Projects

Korea Customs Service Partners with Samsung SDS to Build Blockchain Customs Platform

Hong Kong Jeweler Introduces Blockchain App for Diamond Authentication

Crypto Firm Adds Two Nobel Winning Economists to Advisory Board

Mastercard Thinks Blockchain Can Simplify B2B Transactions in New Patent

Week of September 2, 2018

Confirmed: Ripple Reveals It Has Now Signed More Than 100 Production Contracts

‘World Wire’: IBM Launches Stellar-Based Blockchain Payments Platform

TransferGo Launches Instant Payments to India with Ripple Blockchain Tech

‘A Huge Step Forward’: Bahrain Minister Hails Blockchain Technology, Urges Adoption

Scottish Property Platform Tackles Rising House Rents using Blockchain

UK-Based Maritime Society Creates Model of Blockchain-Based Ship Register

Turkey’s National Stock Exchange Builds Blockchain Database Platform

PBoC’s Digital Currency Unit Opens Research Center in Eastern China

Andy Warhol’s Multi-Million Dollar Painting Tokenized and Sold on Blockchain

In a First, Japanese City Deploys Online Blockchain Voting System

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Team to Hold Giveaway of Player Crypto Tokens via ETH

Energy Firm ENGIE Partners With Consulting Firm to Create Blockchain Software Offering

China’s Supreme Court Rules That Blockchain Can Legally Authenticate Evidence

Linux Foundation Launches New Hyperledger Blockchain Training Course

Lenovo Partners With Blockchain Platform to Develop Its IoT and AR/VR Hybrid Software


Week of August, 26, 2018

JP Morgan CIO: Blockchain Will Replace Existing Technology

Hong Kong is Greasing Immigration Doors for Blockchain Professionals

Deloitte 2018 Survey: Blockchain “Getting Closer to Breakout Moment Every Day”

China: Alibaba’s Alipay Reveals Government Partnership to Track Rice With Blockchain

Walmart’s Latest Blockchain Patent Lets Robots Conduct Deliveries Across Supply Chain

Taiwan Hospital Launches Blockchain Platform to Improve Medical Record-Keeping

Blockchain Job Industry Sees Sustained Uptick Despite Volatile Crypto Markets

Russian State Pension Fund to Use Blockchain for Employment Contracts

Indian State Government Will Issue Birth Certificates on a Blockchain

University of Malta Launches Blockchain and DLT Scholarship Fund

News Giant Associated Press Partners Blockchain Journalism Startup Civil

Standard Chartered, Siemens Partner on Blockchain Pilot to ‘Fully Digitize’ Bank Guarantees

OECD Announces ‘First Major International Conference’ Dedicated to Blockchain in Public Sphere

Australian Gov’t Partners With IBM and Legal Experts to Build Smart Contracts Platform

PricewaterhouseCoopers Accelerator to Train 1000 Staff in Blockchain Over 2 Years

California State Legislature Passes Bill to Establish Blockchain Working Group

Gazprom and Russian Airline S7 Put Aircraft Fuelling on Blockchain in Domestic First

Samsung IT Arm Unveils Blockchain Certification Tool for Banks

Week of August 19, 2018

Week of August 12, 2018

Logistics Giant UPS Explores the Use of Blockchain and Crypto – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Dogecoin

Bank of Montreal, Teachers’ Pension Fund Trial Canadian Dollar Debt Deal via Blockchain

Chinese State-Owned Aerospace Firm Turns to Blockchain to Manage Billions of Invoices

Microsoft’s Two New Patents Fuse Blockchain Tech With Trusted Computing Techniques

Union of European Football Associations Implements Blockchain-Based Ticketing System

Blockchain Used to Trace Deadly Chemical Linked to $289 Mln Monsanto Cancer Lawsuit

Russian Independent Electoral Watchdog to Pilot Blockchain for Voting System

Not Playing Around: Decentraland to Invest $5 Million in Blockchain Gaming Startups

Axoni Announces $32 Million Series B Funding Led By Goldman Sachs And Nyca Partners To Expand Blockchain Offerings  

IBM Files Patent for a Blockchain Database Management System

Blockchain ETF Provider Will Launch a $100 Million Crypto Hedge Fund: Report

Capital One Wants to Authenticate Users on a Blockchain

South Korea Budgets a Trillion Won for Blockchain Tech in 2019

Week of August 5, 2018

94 Companies Join IBM and Maersk’s Blockchain Supply Chain

Microsoft Rolls Out ‘Proof-of-Authority’ Ethereum Consensus on Azure

West Virginia to Offer Blockchain Voting Statewide in Midterm Elections

Ohio Becomes Latest US State to Legally Recognize Blockchain Data

‘Big Four’ South Korean Bank Enters Blockchain Pact with Telecom Giant KT

Blockchain-Based Platform Unveils AI Chatbot to Help Students Pass Crucial Exams

South Korean Biotech Firm to Use Blockchain for Genomic Big Data Ecosystem

Maersk, IBM Launch Blockchain Shipping Supply Chain Platform

South Korea’s Science Ministry Announces Six-Month Blockchain Youth Training Initiative

Bank of China CIO Says Bank to Increase Investments in Blockchain, Fintech

China’s IT Ministry Considering Strategy for Advancing Blockchain Development

China Issues First Tax Authority-Approved Invoice on Blockchain


Week of July 29, 2018

G20 Crypto Regulations Could Unleash Real Blockchain Change

IBM Unveils Blockchain Marketplace for Banks

KPMG: Blockchain Funding in US This Year Has Already Surpassed 2017’s Total

Shanghai Government Taps VeChain for Blockchain Solutions to Protect Vaccines

Week of July 22, 2018

Capital Goods Giant CNH Industrial Partners With IBM on Long-Term Blockchain Upgrade

Thai Bond Market Association to Launch Blockchain-Based Registrar Bond Service Platform

Two Major Spanish Public Institutions to Research Blockchain for Copyright Management

Tron Foundation Officially Completes Acquisition of BitTorrent

CFTC Chair Says Regulator Is ‘Behind’ on Blockchain

BRICS Bank Consortium to Research Blockchain Applications

Accenture May Use Blockchain to Track the Quality of Shipments

Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing

South Korean Telecoms Giant KT Has Built Its Own Blockchain

Week of July 15, 2018

Blockchain Group From Three Telecoms Giants Begins Exploring Use Cases

Hong Kong’s Banking Sector to Get a Blockchain Platform by September

Malta’s Steve Tendon Says Blockchains Will Change the Shape of the World

A Japanese Telecom Giant Wants to Use Blockchain to Store Contracts

Report: Blockchain Spending to Hit Nearly $12 Billion By 2022

Malta Stock Exchange Inks Deals to Build Security Token Exchanges

Barclays Seeks Twin Blockchain Patents for Banking Services

Huobi Strategic Partner HBUS Launches API for Large-Scale US Traders

UK Law Commission to Review Legal Frameworks to Remain ‘Competitive’ in Era of Smart Contracts

Hong Kong: 100 ‘Mainstream Media’ Establish ‘Global Media Blockchain Alliance’

World’s Top Four Auditors Join Taiwan-Led Trial for Blockchain Fiscal Audit System

Coinbase Tokenized Securities Approval: U-Turn or Just a Matter of Time?

Volkswagen Seeks Patent for Inter-Vehicular Blockchain Communications System

New Presidential Decree Will Hasten Cryptocurrency Legalization in Uzbekistan

Swiss Stock Exchange to Tokenize Securities With New DLT Platform

Facebook Has a New Director of Engineering for Blockchain

IBM Signs $740 Million Deal With Australian Gov’t to Use Blockchain for Data Security

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to Study Blockchain Implementation

Global Telecom Blockchain Consortium Unveils Working Group for Remittances

June, 2018

Bitcoin Mining Firm Coinmint Confirms Plans for $700 Mln Project in Upstate NY

Interview: UK Exchange Crypto Facilities Launches Litecoin Futures Trading

‘Evolve & Adapt’: Goldman Sachs May Trade Cryptocurrencies, Not Just Futures

South Korean Gov’t to Invest Over $200 Mln in Public, Private Blockchain Initiatives

Toronto Stock Exchange to Trade New Blockchain ETF

Stanford Univ. Launches Blockchain Research Center, Supported by Ethereum Foundation

Amsterdam Airport Lets Travelers Swap Leftover Euros for Crypto

St Louis Fed Now Tracks Crypto Prices on Its Research Database

Two Major Russian Banks to Offer Crypto-Based Fund for Retail Investors

CEO of UBS: Blockchain Will Transform Cost Base of Financial Services Industry

‘Poketoshi’ Game Brings Nintendo’s Pokemon Onto Bitcoin Lightning Network

Spanish Bank Group to Develop Blockchain Platform to Identify Clients

Brussels Airport Unveils Blockchain App for Tracking Cargo Movement

Indian State Kerala to Put Milk and Fish Supply Chains on a Blockchain

Walmart Patents System for Accessing Medical Records Stored on a Blockchain

Payments Firm Square Receives BitLicense from New York (As in Square, the swipe merchants use when you sign your name on a tablet/smartphone using your finger. Yes, that Square.)

Why Tron’s (TRX) Founder Paid More Than a Hundred Million Dollars for BitTorrent

Sweden’s Land Registry Demos Live Transaction on a Blockchain

Walmart Patent Eyes Crypto Payments for Power Supply Precision

Port of Rotterdam Partners With Blockchain Startup to Innovate Cargo Tracking

New Solar-Powered Crypto Mining Outfit Blasts Off, Backed by Star Trek’s Shatner

Soundcloud Signs Mou With the Decentralized Music Platform Maestroproject

Commentary – How Blockchain Can Finally Fulfill Its Promise in Global Payments

Mastercard Patent Would Put Credit Cards on a Public Blockchain

Moscow Stock Exchange to Publish ICO Data

Thailand Legalizes Cryptocurrency and ICOs, Approves Seven Trading Pairs

UK National Archives to Test Blockchain Tech for Official Record Keeping

Cryptocurrency Will Become a $20 Trillion Market: Billionaire Bull Mike Novogratz

Cryptocurrency a ‘Modern Miracle,” Not Going Away: CFTC Commissioner

Crypto Auction: $5.6 Million Andy Warhol Art to be Sold via Ethereum Blockchain

Brazil Goes Mainstream With Crypto Payments for Cross-Country Transportation

Trading Giant Susquehanna to Help Clients Buy and Sell Cryptocurrencies

Goldman Sachs-backed Crypto Giant Circle Seeks a US Banking License

Breaking: Coinbase ‘On Track’ to Receive SEC Registration, List Blockchain Securities

‘Project Inthanon’: Thailand Will Trial Central Bank Digital Currency

Fidelity is Quietly Building a Cryptocurrency Exchange: Report

Our Blockchain ‘Can Run The Whole Company’, Says Mastercard Vice Chair at Money20/20

Crypto Tipping Added to Streamlabs App, Responsible for 15% of Twitch Streams

Blockchain Startup Installs Crypto Point-of-Sale Devices in Indonesia Despite Regulations

DHL Announces Partnership With Global Blockchain Trade Finance Platform TradeIX

Denmark Joins EU Blockchain Partnership, Plans to Implement Tech in Shipping

The SEC Just Appointed Its First-Ever Crypto Czar

Telecoms Giant Wants to Move Mobile Data Top-Ups to a Blockchain

China Has Built a Blockchain System That Could Replace Paper Checks

China State TV: Blockchain Is ’10 Times More Valuable Than the Internet’

China’s President Endorses Blockchain as Economic ‘Breakthrough’

Australia: PwC, Chamber of Commerce, Port of Brisbane Partner for Blockchain Pilot

Cryptocurrency Payment Service Platform SoPay Launches Crowdfunding On The LEEKICO Platform

May, 2018

Survey: Three out of Ten Germans Are Considering Crypto Investing

Korean Customs Service to Develop Full-Scale Blockchain Customs Platform

Founder of Chinese Ride Hailing Company to Launch Blockchain-Based Taxi App

Deloitte Report Says Businesses Who Don’t Consider Blockchain ‘Risk Falling Behind’

Baidu’s ‘Wikipedia’ Now Logs Revisions on a Blockchain

Crypto Payroll Processor Bitwage Launches ICO Advisory Firm

China Poised to Form Blockchain Standards Committee This Year

IHS Markit Has A Plan to Tokenize A $1 Trillion Loan Market

World’s Largest Diamond Jewelry Retailer Joins De Beers Blockchain Pilot

Bank of England Governor: Open to the Idea of a Central Bank Digital Currency


Philippine Regulator Plans to Legalize Cryptocurrencies, Classify as Securities

Malaysian Central Bank To Issue Cryptocurrency Regulation In Early 2018

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko To Sign Decree Legalizing Cryptocurrencies

Zimbabwean Central Bank Considers Bitcoin ‘Illegal’

Korea’s Second Largest Bank Building Secure Crypto Wallet Services

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