European Union Launches Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications

The European Union announced the launch of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) on its official website on April 3. According to a Cointelegraph representative who attended today’s ceremony at the European Commission in Brussels, the more than 100 members who have signed the charter include IBM, Accenture and Deutsche Telekom. Among the blockchain-related…

Chinese Regulator Approves Blockchain Firms, Including Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu

China’s cyberspace administration has released the first list — 197 companies long — of registered blockchain service providers, according to their March 30 notice. Chinese initiatives by internet giants such as Baidu Blockchain Engine, Alibaba Cloud Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS), Tencent BaaS (TBaaS) and the BaaS platform owned by e-commerce giant JD.com appear on the list. Financial institutions such as the China Zheshang…

Crypto Trading Platform Liquid Hits Unicorn Status

Japanese crypto trading platform Liquid has hit unicorn status with the first close of an ongoing Series C funding that puts the company valuation at over $1 billion. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on April 3. Liquid’s parent company is Quoine, a global fintech company licensed by Japan’s Financial Services Agency. As…

SEC Publish Framework for Determining If Digital Assets Are Investment Contracts

Staff at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have published a framework to help market participants ascertain whether or not a digital asset is deemed to be an investment contract, and therefore a security. The new “Framework for ‘Investment Contract’ Analysis of Digital Assets” was published on April 3, accompanied by an…

Barclays, RBS Join 40-Strong R3 Blockchain Real Estate Trial

Two major United Kingdom banks — Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) — have joined a trial using blockchain to streamline real estate purchasing after rethinking the technology’s potential, Bloomberg reported on April 4. The trial, which involved a total of 40 participants, used a tool from Instant Property Network (IPN), a startup using enterprise blockchain group R3’s Corda platform. Introducing…

Apple Presents Its Spin on Entertainment and News

Apple announced a raft of new services, including original TV programming and news and magazine offerings, at an event held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. The Apple TV+ service, which will launch in the fall, already has a number of high-profile shows in its lineup: Amazing Stories,…

Top Four Apps To Record Notes On The Go

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an entrepreneur looks like? Back-to-back meetings, millions of emails and unavoidable calls have become a common ritual in their daily lives. The busy routine makes it hard for them to take notes on everything that is important for their…

Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019

Jon Von Tetzchner doesn’t need to crush Google Chrome. If he can get a few million people to use his Vivaldi browser, that should suffice. The chief executive of browser maker Vivaldi Technologies — and previously leader and co-founder of Opera, too — leads an effort to build a browser…

Blockchain-Based Diamond Exchange to Start Trading Diamonds

Blockchain-enabled diamond exchange Cedex has secured more than 6,000 diamonds worth over $50 million that will be traded on its platform, Finance Magnates reported on March 27. Per the report, citing a press release from the firm, the supply is meant to ensure that traders have a sufficient variety of options from the launch of its diamond-backed Exchange…

Real-World Assets to Be Tokenized

A crypto company has launched a new product that focuses on the tokenization of real-world assets, such as property, art and commodities — a venture it believes will transform the way the world invests, trades and transfers value. DGTO is the latest offering by Darico, and the firm says its…