Top 3 Japanese Bank to Roll Out Services on Marco Polo Blockchain

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Japan’s third-largest bank by total assets, will launch blockchain-based trade finance services in the second half of this year. SMBC’s vice chairman Yasuyuki Kawasaki announced the news at a recent fintech seminar in Tokyo, saying that the bank will roll out new services for import and export companies using the…

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Binance’s Singapore Fiat-to-Bitcoin Exchange Is Launching Next Week

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance will launch its new fiat-to-crypto platform in Singapore next week, its chief financial officer said. CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao announced in early April that the Singapore fiat “on-ramp” would be coming sometime this month. But speaking to CoinDesk Wednesday from Paris, Binance CFO Wei Zhou gave a more precise timeframe.   “Next week we…

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Trade Organization ICC Eyes Blockchain Adoption for Its 45 Million Members

The world’s biggest business organization is making blockchain technology available to its 45 million members, including Amazon, Coca Cola, Fedex, McDonald’s and PayPal. Announced Thursday, the 100-year-old International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has partnered with Singapore-based blockchain startup Perlin to improve supply chain processes at member firms, making them more traceable and transparent. The ICC will…

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US Energy Department Eyes Blockchain to Prevent Power Plant Cyberattacks

The U.S. Department of Energy is exploring blockchain technology as a line of defense against cyberattacks on power plants. The department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) unit announced Wednesday that phase two of an electric grid security project has been launched in partnership with decentralized cybersecurity startup Taekion, formerly Grid7. The laboratory provided a grant of $1…

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Societe Generale-Owned Bank Launches Blockchain ETN

Kleinwort Hambros, a Societe Generale-owned private bank and wealth manager, has launched an actively managed exchange-traded note (ETN) targeting the blockchain sector. The London-based bank announced the news on Monday, saying its Luxembourg-listed ETN will invest in companies that could “profit most” from the development and increasing uptake of blockchain technology. ETNs are unsecured debt securities that,…

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Kraken Ramps Up Security With Enforced 2FA and Dedicated Lab

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has introduced two new initiatives aimed at enhancing client and industry security. Firstly, the firm’s recently appointed chief security officer, Nicholas Percoco, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that the exchange has launched compulsory two-factor authentication (2FA). Kraken has had 2FA as an option for usres since its launch in September 2013,…

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London Metal Exchange Backs Plan to Track Physical Metals With Blockchain

The London Metal Exchange (LME), which boasts the world’s largest market for metal derivatives, is said to be supporting an initiative to track physical metals using blockchain. A Financial Times report on Tuesday citing “people familiar with the effort” said that the LME has backed a consortium initiative led by commodity trading firm Mercuria, to…

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TrueUSD Stablecoin Holders Can Get ‘Up to 8%’ Interest Via CredEarn

Holders of the dollar-pegged stablecoin TrueUSD can now leverage their funds to generate returns under a new partnership between the token’s developer TrustToken and crypto lender Cred. The deal will enable TUSD holders take part in the CredEarn program, which pays back interest for loans of digital assets to Cred’s platform. Within the U.S., TUSD holders in…

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