European Commission Backs Blockchain Pilot With 500k Budget

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The European Union’s executive branch is establishing an “observatory” focused on blockchain as part of a wider pilot project. Unveiled earlier this week, the initiative, according to the European Commission, seeks to to “gather opinions and to voice concerns around Blockchain and DLT”. The Commission plans to solicit proposals from possible […]

European Commission To Establish EU Blockchain Observatory

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The European Commission (EC) will tender offers for a service contract to establish a European Union (EU) Blockchain Observatory in response to a European Parliament mandate to strengthen technical expertise and regulatory capacity. The project, announced on the EC website, will include an observatory and a forum to gather input […]

Arizona’s Blockchain Gun Tracking Bill is Close to Becoming Law

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Arizona legislators have completed a bill that seeks to prevent blockchains from being used as a tool for trackarms tracking. First filed by an Arizona state representative in mid-January, House Bill 2216 seeks to stop anyone – save for law enforcement or other exempt entities – from using blockchain tech to track when […]

Porsche Invites Startups For 25,000 Blockchain Disruption Contest

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German automaker Porsche is seeking founders and startups in the blockchain industry to participate in a contest as it seeks to explore blockchain solutions for the company. Announced this month, the Porsche Innovation Contest is luring developers and startups in the blockchain space with prize money and possible participation […]

Music Society Giants Turn to Blockchain Technology

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Three of the biggest music societies have teamed up to research a new system that will manage music copyright information through the blockchain. ASCAP, the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers; SACEM, the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music; and PRS for Music, are collaborating to create an […]

Bitcoin Blockchain Startup Factom Secures Over $8 Million in Series A

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Austin-based blockchain startup Factom, known for leveraging the bitcoin blockchain for projects including plans to secure land titles in Honduras, has raised over $8 million as a part of its extended Series A funding round. In October 2016, Factom raised $4.2 million in its Series A round, led by […]

The Biggest US Health Insurer is Hiring a Blockchain Director

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The largest US-based health insurer is looking to hire a new point person on blockchain development. UnitedHealth is seeking a “director of blockchain platforms and applications development”, according to a job posting earlier this month. The hire would work for Optum, an IT-focused subsidiary of the insurer. It’s the first […]

Malaysia Takes Early Steps to Develop its Blockchain Industry

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An independent Malaysian non-profit industry-government group is leading the effort to foster and develop the local blockchain industry in the country. The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT), an industry-government think tank that advocates and develops the country’s high technology agenda, is taking the first steps toward establishing […]