Mitsubishi and Tokyo Tech create blockchain system for P2P energy trading

P2P energy trading using blockchain

Mitsubishi Electric has teamed up with researchers from the prestigious Japanese university, Tokyo Tech, to jointly design a blockchain-based trading system that can support more flexible, peer-to-peer energy trading. Announced on Jan. 18, the new system is intended to support the efficient use of surplus electricity that is generated from renewable energy sources. In particular, it is hoped that the trading system can ensure that at any given moment, there will be the maximum available amount of surplus electricity accessible on the market for consumers. Peer-to-peer energy trading set-ups allow…

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Synthetix co-founder’s siblings reveal blockchain game project

blockchain game

A fledgling blockchain-based game project called Illuvium has already managed to attract support from major industry backers — a development owed in part to the fact that Illuvium co-founders Kieran and Aaron Warwick are the brothers of Kain Warwick, the co-founder of decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Synthetix. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Kieran Warwick clarified that development work has only been underway since September, and that the “two years” refers to the length of time Kain had been badgering Kieran to re-enter crypto full time. “I left to found a…

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Germany legalizes digitized securities

Germany blockchain

Europe’s largest economy is looking to pave the way for securities trading on the blockchain. The German word for securities is wertpapieren, or “papers of worth,” which may soon be as outdated as nocturnal traders saying they’re burning the midnight oil. Per a Reuters report from Wednesday, Merkel’s cabinet had passed a new law that will end the requirement to have a paper certificate for sale of a security, overtly looking to advance blockchain trading within the country. German Finance Minister Olaf Scholtz reportedly said, “The paper certificate may be…

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Russia’s Gazprombank debuts Bitcoin trading in Switzerland

Gazprombank Switzerland

The Switzerland-based branch of a major Russian bank has also joined OpenVASP. Gazprombank Switzerland, a subsidiary of one of the largest banks in Russia, has piloted its Bitcoin (BTC) transaction service following regulatory approval by Swiss regulators. According to a Nov. 19 announcement, Gazprombank will provide its new cryptocurrency solution in collaboration with its long-running partners like fintech firm Avaloq and crypto custody provider Metaco. Gazprombank Switzerland CEO Roman Abdulin said that the new service intends to make crypto transactions “as easy as transactions with traditional assets,” stating: “Digital assets…

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Aerospace giant Thales uses blockchain to comply with NATO standards

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Blockchain tech is handy for complying with NATO standards in aerospace and defense. Thales, a French multinational company specializing in products and services for aerospace and defense industries, is using blockchain technology for a new management system at its production hub in Spain. According to an official announcement on Nov. 5, Thales is seeking to deploy technologies like blockchain and big data to enable the digital transformation of its defense- and aeronautics-focused production and maintenance center. As part of the initiative, the Paris-based company looks to comply with standards by…

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Verizon’s newsroom to use blockchain in bid for absolute transparency

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News requires an element of trust. Blockchain may be able to help. Verizon has unveiled “a blockchain-based, open-source newsroom product designed to raise the bar for corporate accountability,” according to a public statement today. Called Full Transparency, the platform is meant to immutably document the company’s own news releases on a public blockchain. Verizon posted its first news story through the platform yesterday, according to comments sent to Cointelegraph by a Verizon representative. Alterations made after the story’s initial publication were also recorded. The representative noted, however, that “Only text…

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More than $1B in Bitcoin has been tokenized for DeFi

BTC locked in DeFi

Almost 100,000 Bitcoin are now tokenized on Ethereum, more than half of which have migrated over the past 30 days. More than $1 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC) has now been tokenized to access decentralized finance protocols on the Ethereum network. That’s equivalent to the entire total value locked, or TVL, in DeFi less than four months ago. According to DeFi Pulse, roughly 98,300 BTC (worth $1.05 billion) has been tokenized using protocols other than Blockstream’s Lightning Network — equating to more than 12% of the DeFi’s sector’s $8.57 billion…

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China’s Blockchain Service Network to launch stablecoin support in 2021

China’s Blockchain Service Network

China’s national blockchain project BSN could be the best fit for the digital yuan. China’s nationwide blockchain project, the Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, will be integrating stablecoin support in 2021. Yifan He, CEO of Red Date Technology, a major tech company involved in the BSN development, told Cointelegraph that the project will soon start integrating stablecoins. Piloted in late 2019, China’s BSN is a state-backed initiative that intends to support medium-sized businesses in building and deploying blockchain applications. The exec explained that stablecoins will be used as payment for…

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Alibaba leads blockchain patent race

blockchain patents

Data shows that China’s e-commerce giant leads the way in awarded blockchain patents, with Chinese and US firms aggressively filing to stake out protection for their IP. A new report from the China Patent Protection Association shows that Chinese multinational Alibaba leads the world in patents awarded for blockchain-related technology. According to the 2020 Blockchain Global Patent Au­tho­ri­sa­tion Re­port, there are 3924 awarded patents for blockchain tech to date. US firms account for the lion’s share of awarded patents, at 39%, Korea has 21%, while China comes in at 19%. Alibaba leads…

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User Pays a Second $2.6 Million Fee in Ether Transaction

ETH Transaction Fee

History repeated itself on Thursday, after the Ethereum blockchain processed another transfer with fees of $2.6 million – the second such unusual, record-fee transaction in 24 hours. A user sent 350 ether (ETH), worth about $86,400 and paid 10,668 ETH, or $2.6 million, in transaction fees. The latest transaction was mined on block 10241999 by the Ethermine pool, a unit of Bitfly. Notably, this is a transaction that originates from the same address, of the same customer who paid the same amount of fees yesterday to send just $134 worth…

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IBM Blockchain to Offer Decentralized Smart Contract Option

IBM Blockchain Platform

IBM is upgrading its enterprise blockchain solution to provide clients with a new decentralized governance option that will allow transaction parties to propose and amend smart contract parameters. The blue-chip IT firm said last week the IBM Blockchain Platform would carry over the changes in Hyperledger Fabric 2.0 – its base layer – claiming it “vastly improves” overall security and usability. As well as improving performance and data privacy, IBM said in a blog post that the upgrade would completely change the platform’s smart contract governance. “IBM Blockchain Platform will…

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Binance is launching a new Ethereum-compatible blockchain

Binance Chain

Crypto exchange Binance is launching a new Ethereum-compatible blockchain, with BNB as a native token. Dubbed “Binance Smart Chain” (BSC), the new blockchain would have smart contracts functionalities like Ethereum. “The first practical and widely-used Smart Contract platform is Ethereum. To take advantage of the relatively mature applications and community, BSC chooses to be compatible with the existing Ethereum mainnet,” Binance said in a whitepaper published on Friday. Binance already operates its native blockchain called Binance Chain (BC), which powers its decentralized exchange Binance DEX. But as it “doesn’t provide…

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Spain’s Bizkaia lets companies and citizens experiment with open source blockchain platform

Bizkaia Hyperledger blockchain platform

The provincial council of Bizkaia, one of the provinces of the Basque Country in Spain, is letting companies and citizens run experiments with its blockchain platform in the hope of spinning off useful public and commercial services. “We consider this part of the public infrastructure, similar to roads or healthcare,” explains Valentin Garcia Souto, head of development and innovation at the IT department of the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia. A first version of the platform, called Blockchain4all, was presented at the end of 2018. “It puts at the disposal of…

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ECB uses open source blockchain solution Corda to test Digital Euro

corda blockchain platform

The European Central Bank (ECB) conducted an analysis of the economic and societal impact of issuing Central Bank Digital Currency (CBCD) or Digital Euro. In the framework of this analysis, the ECB carried out a ‘proof of concept’ related to the anonymisation of digital currency transactions, by using the open source solution Corda, a blockchain platform for business. In a speech given on 16 January 2017, Yves Mersch, member of the ECB executive board, explained that the Digital Euro, also called Digital Base Money (DBM) “is characterised by two features:…

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Standard Chartered joins TradeLens

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered has become the first financial institution to join the TradeLens blockchain-enabled container logisitics platform developed by IBM and Maersk. Standard Chartered will be the first financial intitution to join an ecosystem consisting of more than 150 members, including 100+ ports and terminals, 20+ ocean carriers and intermodal providers, and 10+ government authorities. Commercially-available since December 2018, TradeLens captures millions of supply chain events and tens of thousands documents per week, having processed information on over 15 million containers worldwide since its launch. The platform enables participants to digitally…

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