Juventus and Fiorentina move ahead with blockchain for fan engagement and shirt certification

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – but it seems you can with the Old Lady.

Juventus, alongside Fiorentina, are two leading Italian football clubs who have announced the launch of blockchain projects focused around fan engagement and shirt certification respectively. Yet not all may be what it seems.

Last week a press release from Socios, a Malta-based company which claims to be ‘the world’s first blockchain-based voting and rewards mobile app for sports and...

WEF: Blockchain can achieve social impact in 2020 – but only with greater governance

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has argued that blockchain can make a breakthrough in 2020 and achieve social impact – but only once the ‘resignation’ around governance turns into recognition.

The economic body noted a change over the past 12 months as the move from ‘hype’ to ‘quality’ began. Yet the launch of Facebook Libra in 2019 – which contained more than a few missteps – as well as interventions from other central banks give grounds for only the most...

Cisco and IBM win new blockchain patents around 5G networks and package theft

Cisco has won a new patent detailing how the company could leverage blockchain to secure data in 5G telecommunication networks.

As per a November 26 filing from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Cisco submitted a patent application in June 2018 for a blockchain platform that can be natively integrated in wireless networks. “This service-oriented architecture supports network slices, which employ an isolated set of programmable resources that can implement individual...

Buterin and Cohen Twitter feud: Exploring blockchain scalability, sharding, and payment channel networks

Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum, argued in a recent blog post that the scalability problem in blockchain was being tackled ‘great’ in theory amid a need for more real-world testing. Yet many industry figures did not agree.

Bram Cohen, founder of BitTorrent, called Buterin’s opinions ‘wrong-headed’, while Blockstream CEO Adam Back noted that the Ethereum founder’s words of wisdom were ‘like looking to [Theranos founder] Elizabeth Holmes for the state of...

Hahn Air claims first real-world airline ticket delivered through blockchain

Germany’s Hahn Air recently used the open-source travel distribution platform Winding Tree to issue the world’s first airline ticket powered by the blockchain technology, the company announced.

Hahn has also become the first airline company to fly passengers holding blockchain-powered tickets on its flight that took off from Dusseldorf to Luxemburg on November 18.

The Winding Tree platform allows Hahn Air to list its inventory and manage their reservation requests...

Nestlé and Carrefour use blockchain for infant nutrition range

Nestlé and Carrefour have collaborated on a blockchain project wherein the technology is being applied to infant nutrition to improve customer buying experience in terms of transparency and product quality.

The technology will be used on the Swiss food and beverage giant’s entire Guigoz Bio 2 and 3 infant milk range that will allow shoppers to access complete information about the supply chain used to bring the product to the shelf through a scan of a QR code on the...

IBM and VetBloom to form veterinary group focused on blockchain-based learning credentials

IBM and VetBloom, a provider of online veterinary courses and continuing education, are joining hands to establish a group focused on the application of blockchain for learning credentials in the veterinary industry.

The group will aim towards creating a framework for competency-based medical education by means of digital badges in order to back credentialing.

Still at its nascent stage, learning credentials on IBM’s blockchain will utilise this technology to generate...

æternity collaborates with Microsoft to support blockchain startups in Malta

æternity has collaborated with Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) to support the growth of blockchain technology in Malta.

For this purpose, æternity’s investment arm, AE Ventures, and Microsoft will host regular blockchain events locally to promote the country’s position as a friendly jurisdiction for blockchain businesses to launch and incorporate.

The first event hosted by the companies will be a week-long intensive training programme for blockchain startups in...

Analysing China’s about turn on blockchain – and what could come next

The past week has seen various significant developments in terms of how blockchain technologies will be perceived and developed in China.

On October 25, it was reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had described the technology as an ‘important breakthrough’, with more developments needed to accelerate the sector, as well as greater interoperability between blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Xinhua, China’s...

TRON integrates with Samsung Blockchain Keystore

The TRON blockchain has been successfully added into the Samsung Blockchain Keystore, the companies have announced.

TRON’s integration into the updated Keystore SDK allows developers to build applications, which enables the users to directly access TRON blockchain from their devices. The users will also be able to use other best in class features that TRON offers.

On its partnership with Samsung, TRON founder and CEO, Justin Sun, said: “This is a remarkable milestone...