French video game publisher Ubisoft is exploring potential applications of blockchain in its Strategic Innovation Lab, which studies emerging technologies and their use cases. Lidwine Sauer, the Lab’s director of trends and insights, told the gaming news site IGN that Ubisoft is particularly interested in the blockchain’s ability to offer unique ownership over digital items. The […]

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A number of worldwide multinational telecoms firms have joined the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG) to advance efforts in applying blockchain technology within the industry. According to today’s announcement by Japan’s SoftBank, the study group will see United Arab Emirates’ telco Etisalat, Spain’s Telefonica and Philippine’s PLDT as new members. In addition, two firms from South Korea […]

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Digital money platform Uphold has bought a mobile commerce startup, the company announced Thursday, coming soon after it inked a multi-million dollar investment. Uphold has bought Cortex MCP, a deal that will see the company – formerly known as Bitreserve – acquire Cortex’s intellectual property holdings and add its founder Shaunt Sarkissian to the Uphold payments […]

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Blockchain software startup R3, trade finance tech provider TradeIX and a group of major banks have moved their Marco Polo trade finance platform to the pilot stage. The news follows on from what the firms call in a press release a “successful” proof-of-concept that commenced last September in partnership with BNP, Commerzbank and ING. The […]

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is claiming that the country has raised $735 million in the first day of a sale for its controversial “petro” cryptocurrency. Announced late Tuesday night, Maduro offered no evidence to back up the claim, though the messaging notably came directly from his official Twitter account. A grandes problemas, ¡grandes soluciones! Desde […]

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