Blockchain Firm AVA Labs Acquires Private Investments Platform Investery

Blockchain firm AVA Labs acquired private investment platform Investery to further expand its operations. AVA Labs told Cointelegraph on Feb. 27 that the acquisition will enhance its financial offering by enabling access to private asset platforms and the issuance of private financial assets. Furthermore, Investery’s existing partnerships will also transition over to AVA. An expansion to private financial asset management Acquiring Investery will expand AVA Labs’ capabilities in managing private financial assets. The acquired firm provides a platform that assists investors in researching, managing and transacting in private markets while…

US House Committee to Hold Hearing on Blockchain Benefits for Small Businesses

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business is set to discuss the benefits blockchain technology can bring to entrepreneurs. Slated for March 4 at 16:30 UTC, the “Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses” hearing will explore the ways in which some startups are utilizing blockchain technology to boost productivity and increase security. “Blockchain has many other uses, including tracking goods in global supply chains or enabling peer-to-peer transactions between connected devices,” said committee chairwoman Nydia M. Velazquez in a recent notice. Several…

House Committee to Hold Hearing on Benefits of Blockchain

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are affecting the way both large corporations and small businesses operate, and governments are taking notice. Next week, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing focusing on blockchain’s impact on small businesses. The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled “Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses,” scheduled for Mar. 4 in Washington DC.  According to their website, the committee, under the leadership of Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), will be focusing on “using blockchain technology…

Readying the Blockchain Industry for the Next Wave of Adoption

Who knows what’s responsible for the current bull run? It could be the upcoming halving, it could be the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s debut of institutional-grade crypto-backed options, or it could even be the coronavirus. Whatever the reasons, it seems safe to say that the crypto winter is well and truly behind us. If this trend continues, it will only be a matter of time before we begin to see a fresh wave of adopters, eager to capitalize on the growth of crypto as it blooms into a new season. It’s…

Blockchain Technology Partners Unveil Smart Contracts on Amazon AWS

Customers can now integrate smart contracts on Amazon Web Services’ Quantum Ledger Database, or QLDB, thanks to tech company Blockchain Technology Partners. Blockchain Technology Partners, or BTP, unveiled general availability for its DAML incorporation, accessible through its Sextant for DAML platform, allowing those working with Amazon’s QLDB to harness smart contracts on the platform, according to a Feb. 25 statement provided to Cointelegraph. Amazon’s QLDB is not the first to incorporate Sextant for DAML Prior to its Amazon QLDB launch, BTP’s Sextant for DAML boasted compatibility on Hyperledger Sawtooth, and…

South Korea’s NH Bank Debuts Samsung-Backed Blockchain ID System

A major blockchain identification project backed by South Korean tech giant Samsung is being rolled out for first commercial use. South Korea’s NongHyup (NH) Bank has introduced a blockchain-based mobile ID system developed within a tech consortium established by major local firms including Samsung Electronics and LG Uplus. According to a Feb. 25 report by South Korea’s news agency JoongAng Ilbo, NH Bank is jointly implementing the new ID system with South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, SK Telecom. NH Bank held a blockchain ID card demo with 20 executives According…

Binance Joins Blockchain Network for Cross-Industry KYC Data Sharing

Top cryptocurrency exchange Binance has partnered with public blockchain protocol Shyft Network as it readies itself to comply with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regulations. The Shyft Network was designed to provide a decentralized solution for crypto industry players to fulfill global compliance standards, including the FATF’s “travel rule.” In a statement shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 27, Binance’s chief compliance officer Samuel Lin said that, until the creation of the Shyft Network, there was no existing infrastructure by which firms could comply with the new FATF rules. As part…

Unity in Europe — DGen’s Conclusion to Fueling Blockchain Innovation

Besides China’s ongoing struggle with the coronavirus, one of the defining narratives for the world’s largest country entering the new decade was its central bank-issued digital currency. Reportedly in its final phase of testing and ready for rollout in 2020, the Chinese CBDC has sparked speculation and intrigue from governments around the world. Just recently, a Federal Reserve governor detailed how the United States central bank is exploring digital currencies following reports of interest over the last several months. The Bank for International Settlements and several European banks have also…

Blockchain Security Company CoolBitX Raised $16.75 Million in Series B

CoolBitX, creator of the cryptocurrency-storing CoolWallet, continues to be popular with investors. In a press release today, the Taiwan-based startup announced that it had secured additional funding for expansion. Led by Japan-based SBI Crypto Investment Co. Ltd., the Monex Group, BitSonic, and the National Development Fund of Taiwan, the group provided CoolBitX $16.75 million from the Series B funding round. To date, the company has raised $30.25 million: $500,000 from a seed funding round, $13 million from Series A, and the most recent round. With this new funding ready, CEO…

Big Pharma Urges FDA to Use Blockchain for Drug Tracking

25 leading pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, logistic partners, and other representatives of the pharma supply chain have published a report arguing in favor of adopting blockchain technology to track and trace prescription drugs after completing a pilot program with the US Food and Drug Administration. During early 2019, the FDA began accepting proposals for projects seeking to assist the office meet the 2023 requirements of the Drug Supply Chain and Security Act (DSCSA) – which requires the pharmaceutical industry to track “legal changes in ownership of pharmaceuticals in the supply chain.”…