Daimler explores decentralised data offering in Ocean Protocol collaboration

Daimler, the automotive manufacturer behind the Mercedes-Benz brand among others, is working with Singapore-based Ocean Protocol on a pilot project for 'decentralised data orchestration.'

The project, claimed as a success by both parties, is focused around Ocean Protocol's 'compute-to-data' solution, which aims to enable companies to share, buy, and sell data while maintaining privacy.

Ocean Protocol's wider vision is to coalign blockchain and artificial intelligence...

European startups ready to capitalise on enterprise blockchain opportunity, says new report

The European blockchain startup market is catching up to its North American equivalent, with startups surveyed looking to raise €350 million (£314.9m) in the next 18 months, according to a new report.

The study, from Anglo-French venture capital firm LeadBlock Partners, aims to put a positive spin on the industry illustrated with more than 20 interviews and more than 9,000 datapoints.

A foreword from LeadBlock management Jean-Marc Puel, David Chreng-Messembourg and...

Kirobo claims ‘retrievable’ crypto transaction solution

Meet Kirobo. The Israel-based startup claims its solution can retrieve cryptocurrency that has been sent to the wrong address.

The company aims to add an extra layer of logic to give users and crypto service providers new capabilities. Kirobo 'provides a unique code to every transaction that must be entered by the recipient in order to receive the transfer', the company notes. 'Until the right code has been provided by the recipient, the sender can retrieve the funds at any...

EU health blockchain consortium PharmaLedger reveals first use cases

PharmaLedger, a European Union-centric healthcare blockchain consortium, has announced its first eight use cases.

Representatives of the 29 entities in the consortium achieved what PharmaLedger described as the 'first major milestone on [a] three-year collaboration journey to deliver a common and widely trusted blockchain-based platform and use case reference implementations for supply chain, clinical trials and health data.'

Among the use cases which are being explored...

W3BCLOUD secures $20.5 million funding for blockchain data centres

W3BCLOUD has announced the closure of a $20.5 million funding round to build blockchain-enabled data centres.

The company, which is a joint venture between ConsenSys and processing giant AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), secured the funding from both companies, with the aim to 'ramp and operate its first Ethereum blockchain data centres.'

Blockchain technologies and their application in the data centre have been closely followed by industry watchers. "One obvious impact of...

UNICEF’s Cryptocurrency Fund pings ETH to educational emerging economy startups

The UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund has announced its latest graduates for funding, with a focus on technology providers in developing and emerging economies.

The fund will invest 125 ETH - around $30,000 USD - in eight companies, part of a wider group of 40 startups which have graduated from UNICEF's innovation fund: Afinidata, Avyantra, Cireha, Ideasis, OS City, StaTwig, Somleng, and Utopic.

Afinidata, based in Guatemala, has an AI-based app which provides parents with...

Deloitte’s 2020 Global Blockchain Survey: How blockchain is becoming a ‘true strategic priority’

Blockchain is undergoing a 'compelling' evolution from being an experimental technology to a true strategic priority for organisations, according to Deloitte's latest Global Blockchain Survey.

The study, the third edition which polled almost 1,500 senior executives across 14 countries, found that two in five (39%) companies had already moved their blockchain projects to production - a significant climb from 23% this time last year.

This makes for interesting reading when...

South Korea’s NH Bank to launch blockchain consortium for cryptocurrency services

South Korea's Nonghyup Bank (NH Bank) is working with blockchain laboratory Hexlant and law firm Bae, Kim & Lee to develop financial services using virtual assets.

As reported by the Korea Herald, the consortium has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a joint institution for the research and development of cryptocurrency exchanges.

"Through the consortium, we will step up efforts to take a lead in the local cryptocurrency industry," said Jang...

Oil and gas blockchain consortium says successful water haulage pilot is ‘tip of the iceberg’

The OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium has announced the competition of a first successful pilot around water haulage.

The project, which was developed in partnership with Data Gumbo, involved automating the water haulage process, from field readings to invoice payments. It is claimed to be the first industry-wide use of a blockchain-native network - Data Gumbo's GumboNet network -for produced water haulage.

Initial results of the pilot include reducing the current...

Facebook renames Calibra wallet as Novi to avoid confusion

Another step is afoot in the development of Facebook-led digital currency initiative Libra - as the Calibra wallet is renamed Novi to sever any links between it and Libra itself.

The move is aimed at ensuring Libra, whose membership includes Andreessen Horowitz, Coinbase and Shopify among others, is not seen as a Facebook-only entity. According to the company, the name Novi is derived from the Latin 'novus', for new, and 'via' for way.

The Novi wallet is the main bulwark...