Blockchain Users Group adds Joe Ciccolo

BitAML founder Joe Ciccolo has joined The Blockchain Users Group as regulatory compliance advisor, according to a press release. The group, known as BUG, offers a forum for blockchain users, practitioners, and developers to exchange knowledge on ways to use...

Tokenly harmonizes music and blockchain for distribution, rights management

Music, meet blockchain. Tokenly will release token.FM, its blockchain-based music platform, in a trial phase in early May, and will also open a Series A funding round at that time, according to a press release. "Token.FM is all about deepening...

Qatar bank to intro blockchain fund transfer tech

Commercial Bank of Qatar has announced the completion of the pilot test of its blockchain platform for international transfers and is now looking to take the platform to a wider market, according to a press release from the bank. The...

Factom raises over $8 mil

Factom, a blockchain as-a-service technology company, closed its Series A funding, taking in $8,029,796, following the launch of its mortgage product, Factom Harmony, according to a press release. "The Factom Harmony launch was such a resounding success that we extended...

Lisk updates applications, moves closer to launch

Blockchain application platform developer Lisk is updating applications on its platform in order to in order to bring the project — called Lisk 1.0.0 — one step closer to market-readiness, according to a press release. This will be the organization's...

Whaleclub trading platform now accepts Dash

Whaleclub, a trading platform based in Hong Kong, has integrated the virtual currency Dash. Users of the platform will be able to exchange Dash for oil, gold, stocks, bonds, forex and 50 other assets, according to the press release. Whaleclub match trades internally with no execution fees.

Dash director of finance becomes Dash Core Project CEO

The Dash Core Project has a new CEO. Dash founder Evan Duffield will transition into an advisory role and Ryan Taylor, previously Dash director of finance, will step in to lead organizational growth, oversee communications with Dash partners and investors,...

Chain Inc. taps Goldman Sachs exec

Tom Jessop has joined the blockchain developer Chain as president, reporting to CEI Adam Ludwin, according to a press release. Jessop comes to Chain from Goldman Sachs, where he served as managing director of technology business development and CFO of...

Partnership to explore distributed ledger applications within insurance industry

The R3 consortium has partnered with the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development to launch a center of excellence for distributed ledger technology in the global insurance industry. Members of R3 include major insurance companies such as MetLife, AIA...

Bitwage launches bitcoin payroll for individuals

Bitwage has launched a payroll service for individuals in Europe. The service allows businesses to deposit bitcoin, gold, euros and other currencies into payee accounts, according to a press release. The platform is compatible with other payroll systems such as...

Blockchain workshop hosted in Memphis

A workshop on blockchain technology is being held from May 15-16 in the Merchant Exchange Building in Memphis, Tennessee and is co-hosted by the Exchange Project team and The FedEx Institute of Technology, according to a press release. "Memphis is...

Bitcoin Games pays out 154.3 BTC

Eleven members of the cryptocurrency community received a share of the Progressive Roulette's payout of 154.3 BTC, according to a press release. The game's platform, Bitcoin Games, is a Bitcoin-betting online gaming system with an anonymous and non-compulsory registration process.

Global blockchain market to grow from $228M to $5.4B within 6 years, study predicts

The global blockchain distributed ledger market accounted for $228 million in 2016, and between 2017 and 2023 is expected to reach $5.43 billion, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 57.6 percent. This is according to Blockchain Distributed Ledger...

Ukrainian government partners with Bitfury Group to create blockchain government solution

The State Agency for eGovernance of Ukraine recently partnered with the Bitfury Group to great an egovernment blockchain solution. The project will focus initially on state registers, public services, social security, health and energy, according to a press release. The...

Blockstream prepares for market launch, hires on strategy chief

Blockstream, a provider of blockchain and related technologies, has brought Samson Mow on board as chief strategy officer in the run-up to product launches for the enterprise and consumer markets, according to a press release. Most recently, Mow was chief...

PE fund purchases blockchain developer nChain

High-tech private equity fund SICAV PLC, managed by Accuro Fund Solutions, has acquired nChain and its affiliated companies, according to a press release. NChain companies research and develop blockchain technologies. The group includes more than 60 research, engineering and other...

Dubai to pursue government use of blockchain in 'Future Accelerators' projects

The Dubai Future Foundation recently concluded the second round of Dubai Future Accelerators, a program that connects emerging technology companies with Dubai government entities to test new approaches at city scale. According to a press release from the foundation, the...

Russian ecommerce giant sees blockchain potential to combat counterfeiting

Russian ecommerce group Ulmart is looking into the potential of blockchain technology as a means to battle counterfeiting, according to a press release. Ulmart Chief International Officer Brian Keen attended a recent blockchain conference in Munich to explore the concept,...

Dash and Kraken announce partnership

Dash has partnered with Kraken Digital Asset Exchange, one of the oldest and largest bitcoin exchange platforms, according to a press release. "As the leading exchange in the euro market, Kraken's global reach helps Dash successfully meet the needs of...

Blockchain platform for music lovers to launch ICO offering

Voise, a blockchain-based platform for musical artists and music overs, plans to launch a crowdsale for its Voisium tokens on May 6. The Voise platform is built on the Ethereum blockchain and is designed to help artists get paid for...

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