North Carolina Launches Blockchain Tech Initiative

The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest, has created a new initiative tasked with studying blockchain’s unique attributes and use cases.

Kakao Claims Klaytn Network Is 15 Times Faster Than Ethereum

It takes Klaytn only one second to mine a block, whereas it takes ethereum around 15 seconds, said Klaytn developer and Kakao subsidiary Ground X.

HDAC, CasperLabs Collaborate on Proof-of-Stake Blockchain

The collaboration’s ultimate goal is to ensure scalability without affecting decentralization.

Australian Banks, IBM, Scentre Group Launch Bank Guarantee Blockchain Pilot

A group of financial institutions based in Australia has teamed up with tech giant IBM and shopping center operator Scentre Group for a platform that records retail lease bank guarantees on a private blockchain.

Fujitsu Announces ID Tech That Evaluates Transaction Trustworthiness

Fujitsu claimed that their new ID tech can gauge the trustworthiness of the other party’s credentials by evaluating both parties involved in a transaction and reviewing their past dealings with each other as well as with others.

Brazil’s BTG Pactual Plans to Utilize Tezos for STOs Worth $1B

Brazil’s fifth-biggest bank, BTG Pactual, considers using the Tezos blockchain for security offering possibly worth $1 billion. Founder Purchases Community Bank to Secure Financing

The founder bought a small community bank in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Huobi Announces Public Blockchain for DeFi Services

The Singapore-based crypto exchange has tapped blockchain startup Nervos for the blockchain network, which has been dubbed “FinanceChain.”

Xetra Lists Its First Blockchain Company

Advanced Blockchain AG became the first blockchain firm listed on Xetra.

Streaming Platform TaTaTu Turns Away from Blockchain Following Successful ICO

After securing $575 million in its 2018 initial coin offering (ICO), media streaming platform TaTaTu has pivoted away from the blockchain- and crypto-based facade it presented.

Blockchain Association Takes Over Defend Crypto Fund

The Blockchain Association will take responsibility for managing the Defend Crypto fund.

Facebook Seeks to Hire over 30 Professionals to Ramp up Its Blockchain Work

Facebook is seeking to hire over 30 employees for its blockchain initiative.

Kakao’s Klaytn Blockchain Network Launches on Mainnet

Ground X further revealed the creation of a governance council and nine blockchain projects slated for release on Klaytn successively starting next month.

Hewlett Packard Seeks to Improve IoT Devices with Blockchain and AI

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is exploring ways that AI can make internet-connected devices smarter.

Multicoin, Intel Capital Pour $3.5M into Dfuse Seed Round

Blockchain data startup company dfuse has secured $3.5 million in its first official round of equity funding led by Multicoin Capital and Intel Capital.