Ripple-Backed Crypto Wallet BRD Launches Blockchain Toolbox for Enterprise Apps

Mobile wallet provider BRD is making something of a pivot, launching a suite of tools aimed at allowing blockchain developers to more easily build apps for enterprises. Called Blockset, the new offering – announced Friday – is described as a blockchain data integration platform with a suite of tools that allow coders to create “enterprise-grade” blockchain applications. These bring the ability to automatically pull in on-chain data via an API and, BRD says, conduct transactions in “near real-time” on multiple blockchains. Nodes can be hosted “out of the box,” BRD…

Blockchain Dispute Resolution Firm to List On London Stock Exchange

A company that uses smart contracts to manage arbitration and dispute resolution around blockchain transactions announced on Jan. 17 its intention to list on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Proof of Trust Ltd did not give any financial details or timetable for the listing, but CEO Dean Armstrong said that the company was excited at the prospect of the listing and “look[s] forward to providing investors with the opportunity to share in this groundbreaking project.” Insurance protocol for smart contracts and blockchain transactions The company describes its…

Blockchain Arbitration Firm Proof of Trust Plans London Stock Exchange Listing

A firm that’s developed tech to resolve disputes arising from blockchain smart contracts has said it plans to list on the London Stock Exchange. As reported Friday by Alliance News (via London South East), The Proof of Trust aims to float on the LSE’s Main Market. “We at The Proof of Trust are excited at the prospect of a full listing on the main market of the company’s shares and we look forward to providing investors with the opportunity to share in this groundbreaking project,” said lawyer and Proof of…

Huobi Joins Blockchain Turkey Platform to Boost Local Ecosystem

Major crypto exchange Huobi becomes a member of the Blockchain Turkey Platform to cooperate with local players on blockchain efforts. Five months after officially entering the Turkish market, Huobi joined the Blockchain Turkey Platform as a “Platinum” member, the global crypto exchange announced on Jan. 15, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Turkey. Founded by the Turkish Informatics Foundation in 2018, the Blockchain Turkey Platform (BCTR) is an independent, non-profit organization that aims to create a healthy blockchain ecosystem in Turkey. The platform has members from banking and…

Decred’s Akin Sawyerr Says Blockchain Is Part of Africa’s Political Future

Akin Sawyerr, founder of Feleman Limited, an Africa-focused impact investment and advisory firm based in the Washington, D.C., area, spoke to CoinDesk at the Digital Money Forum. His message? That decentralized finance and governance can rebuild economies all over the world. “I have geographical purview over Africa. So a lot of what I’ve been working on is identifying opportunities around Africa,” he said at the forum held at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. “One of the big challenges you see across Africa is governance. And wherever you have weak governance you have…

Bancor’s Airdrop as First Step to Take Blockchain Out of 1997: Interview

Decentralized exchange project Bancor (BNT) is currently in the midst of launching a massive airdrop to all its token holders. Cointelegraph took the occasion to interview Co-founder and Product Architect Eyal Hertzog, and Head of Growth Nate Hindman. The duo shared their thoughts on the airdrop, existing trends in decentralized finance (DeFi) and Bancor’s upcoming transition to a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). Engaging the community through an airdrop In November, Bancor announced an airdrop of ETHBNT to all those who held its BNT token as of Jan. 1. The airdrop…

Meet the DC Advocacy Org Helping Put Blockchain on the US Military’s Radar

Later this year, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will give a report to Congress about ways in which blockchain technology might enhance the work of the U.S. military. The D.C.-based Value Technology Association (VTA) helped lead the charge in requiring DoD to put together such a hearing, VTA President Jason Brett said in a video interview with CoinDesk at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. “What our Value Technology Foundation worked on was a blockchain briefing,” Brett said. “We wanted the military to look at…

Swiss Real Estate Company Closes A $134 Million Deal Using Blockchain

A building on the prestigious Banhofstrasse in Zurich, Switzerland was successfully tokenized and sold on the blockchain today. The new owner of the building is Swiss real estate investment company BrickMarket. The company has issued bond-backed crypto tokens that figuratively represent “shares” of ownership in the building,. Those tokens are for sale to individuals who want to cut themselves in on earning some of the building’s rental income and benefit from any rise in the property’s value. Here’s a Google Street View image of Banhofstrasse 52, the building in question.…

NBA Team Auctioning Basketball Star’s Jersey on Ethereum Blockchain

The Sacramento Kings will auction off starting guard Buddy Hield’s game jersey from Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks using a blockchain-powered marketplace. Alongside ethereum project incubator ConsenSys, the Kings announced today that it would be auctioning off team memorabilia live using an ethereum-based platform operated by Treum, a supply-chain product. The platform will be used to verify the provenance of athletic collectibles, with auctions running live during and after NBA games.  The platform will help ensure that all items being sold are authentic, said Tyler Mulvihill, Treum’s co-founder.  “We’ve…

JPMorgan’s DLT Spin-off Completes Industry’s First Hybrid Blockchain

JPMorgan’s blockchain spin-off Kadena has fully launched its public blockchain, completing what it calls the “industry’s first hybrid blockchain platform.” Launched on Jan. 15, Kadena’s public blockchain includes full transactions and the ability to write smart contracts, the firm’s CEO co-founder and Will Martino said in a press release shared with Cointelegraph. The company claims the product is the first sharded Proof-of-Work Layer 1 network to make it to market. Kadena’s hybrid blockchain seamlessly integrates a public chain with a private network As the launch completes Kadena’s hybrid blockchain platform,…