NEO Blockchain Platform Opens Seattle Office Headed by Ex-Microsoft Exec

Chinese blockchain platform NEO will open an office in United States city of Seattle, according to an official announcement shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 15. The new office will be headed by ex-Microsoft executive John deVadoss.The NEO Global Development (NGD) Seattle office will open and begin recruitment this month, purportedly allowing the company to expand…

Santander Bank Enters $700 Million Deal to Use IBM Blockchain

According to Cointelegraph, Europe’s Banco Santander and tech behemoth IBM have announced an accord involving the IBM blockchain. The pair signed a $700 million USD deal aiming to increase Santander’s technological developments. The news was released yesterday via a press release. IBM Blockchain The deal is a five-year “global technology agreement” that will improve the bank’s services…

General Motors’ Finance Arm Joins Blockchain Data Security Initiative

United States automotive giant General Motors (GM) has become the latest member to join blockchain startup Spring Labs’ partner project to enhance data security, the company confirmed in a press release Feb. 11.GM, which has experimented with the technology before, will join the Spring Founding Industry Partners (SPIF) Program, which launched in January.Now with almost…

Ripple Adds 11 New Universities and Extends UBRI Footprint

Ripple has added 11 new universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). With a strong emphasis on developing the upcoming generation of developers, the UBRI is designed to develop blockchain-focused academia and research. Ripple is extending its footprint globally by adding 11 new universities to its program. 11 New Universities to UBRI The UBRI launched…

Two Investment Firms Launch ETF Tracking Cloud Computing and Blockchain Companies

United States-based Investment management firm AdvisorShares and investments advisory company Sabretooth Advisors will jointly launch an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks tech companies, including those involved with blockchain and cloud computing, MarketWatch reported on Feb. 6.ETFs are marketable securities that track a basket of assets proportionately represented in the fund’s shares. ETFs are offered on…

“The Cutest Crypto Game” Celebrates Chinese New Year and Sends Out Digital Gifts

Decentralized crypto collectible game Blockchain Cuties, which is already available on three different blockchain platforms — Ethereum, EOS and Tron — has announced a celebration of Chinese New Year for its players. The game developer is going to implement the Chinese tradition of giving “lucky red envelopes” and will send out digital gifts. The Blockchain…

IBM Blockchain Trial Successfully Completed With Mandarins

Computer giant IBM has successfully completed another blockchain trial with the help of 28 tons of mandarin oranges. The tech behemoth tracked a shipment of mandarins from China to Singapore and used the innovative technology to do so. IBM Blockchain Trial The trial consisted of 28 tons of mandarin oranges (which equates to 3,000 cartons), delivered…

Report: New Zealand Cryptopia Exchange Hack Continues

Two weeks after it first reported a hack, New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia is still compromised by cyber criminals, according to a blog post from blockchain infrastructure firm Elementus on Jan. 29.The exchange suspended services after detecting a major hack that reportedly “resulted in significant losses” on Jan. 15. Cryptopia stated that the hack occurred the…

Cargill Invests Digital Engineering to Develop Hyperledger Grid

United States-based agricultural conglomerate Cargill has announced that it is investing digital engineering resources to develop Hyperledger Grid, according to an announcement on Jan. 25.Hyperledger Grid is a recently announced project from Hyperledger that aims to streamline supply chains by using blockchain technology. Cargill — the U.S.’s largest privately held company with $114.7 billion in…