China’s Ant Group launches cross-border trade platform to support SMEs

Ant Group, the parent company of Chinese payments giant Alipay, unveiled its new Antchain-based global trade platform for small to medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs on Sep. 25. Going by the moniker of Trusple, the platform is based around a concept of “Trust Made Simple”, and aims to streamline the process of cross-border trading. According to Guofei Jiang, President of Ant Group’s Advanced Technology Business Group: “Trusple was designed to solve problems for SMEs and financial institutions involved in cross-border trading.” The claimed problems include a lack of trust leading to…

South Australian food and wine tracing platform teams up with Hedera

The Australian government-backed agricultural supply chain platform Entrust has announced it will operate on Hedera Hashgraph — a distributed ledger platform claiming a transactional throughput of 10,000 transactions per second. South Australia’s premier, Steven Marshall, officially launched Entrust on September 20, describing the platform’s initial focus as protecting the wine and dairy manufacturing industries from counterfeit fraud in the global markets, and driving efficiency savings across agricultural sectors. Entrust is a software-as-a-service platform that tracks the movement of primary products (such as wine grapes) across the local agricultural supply chain,…

Suspended ePayments platform will relaunch without crypto

The ePayments online money transfer platform is restarting services following a seven month suspension – and notably absent this time around is support for cryptocurrencies. ePayments is a global money transfer service that boasts over 1 million accounts and has issued 75,000 debit cards. According to their regulator filings, the firm made profits of $US23.2 million in 2019. The company has announced that it is preparing to “start working again” but as cryptocurrency accounted for one fifth of its business, relaunching without it is notable. We are getting ready to…

Russia’s largest bank joins blockchain trade finance platform

A subsidiary of Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, has joined a blockchain-based platform for commodity trade finance. Sberbank Switzerland AG has signed an agreement with Swiss trade finance platform Komgo to apply its blockchain-powered trade finance service. Representatives from Sberbank Switzerland AG told Cointelegraph that the collaboration with Komgo addresses the growing digitization of trade finance. Evgeny Kravchenko, head of trade finance at Sberbank, outlined that commodity trade finance is a strategic business of Sberbank Switzerland AG. According to the executive, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States’ countries are the…

DeFi platform bZX sees new $8M hack from one misplaced line of code

The Fulcrum DeFi protocol developed by bZX, which had recently relaunched after a series of hacks in February forced the team to regroup, was hacked once again to the tune of about $8 million. According to the incident disclosure by bZX, the culprit is one line of code placed at the wrong location in the contract for its “iTokens,” the token representing a user’s share in the pool of supplied assets — essentially a tokenized deposit balance. A fix was quickly deployed to prevent further occurrences. As Anton Bukov, chief…

Binance CEO wants more Ethereum-based DeFi projects to join his platform

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao welcomed more Ethereum-based DeFi projects to join the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) platform.  In a tweet discussion with another user, Zhao explained that this step would reduce the load on the Ethereum network, which will, in turn, lead to a reduction in Ethereum’s gas fees.  Zhao later stressed that Binance Smart Chain is not a replacement or competitor to the Ethereum network and that it is compatible with it. Zhao added that Binance Smart Chain provides the smart contract creators with more options: “BSC never aimed…

Renault tests blockchain platform for parts compliance

Luxury carmaker Groupe Renault tested its blockchain project aimed to ease compliance certification of vehicle components.  The project, Extended Compliance End-to-End Distributed, or better known as XCEED, grew out of Renault’s partnership with other companies to develop a blockchain supply-chain solution by sharing data. It’s built on the Hyperledger Fabric network and deployed in collaboration with IBM. XCEED tracks and certifies regulatory compliance of vehicle components.  Renault tested XCEED in its Douai plant and processed over a million documents with 500 transactions processed per second.  XCEED shares compliance Information between…

A Gov official in South Korea proposed the nation’s first blockchain voting platform

On September 11, the head of the Seocho regional government proposed a blockchain-powered voting platform for residents, and praised the recent influx of crypto-related developments across the country. According to UpDown Korea, Cho Eun-hee, who is the local government leader of one of Seoul’s most affluent districts, believes that it is the “right time” to start using blockchain technology, “so any citizen can easily propose their opinions.” The official from Seocho called on the country to take on a greater role in our “rapidly changing modern society” in the wake…

Binance crypto exchange delists its own token on Uganda platform

The world’s largest exchange, Binance, is delisting its own token for trading against the Uganda shilling (UGX). According to a Sept. 9 announcement, the Binance Uganda platform decided to delist and cease trading on all trading pairs for Binance’s native token, Binance Coin (BNB). The BNB/UGX trading pair will be officially removed from Binance on Sept. 17, while BNB deposits will be terminated on Sept. 10, the exchange said. BNB withdrawals will be still available on Binance Uganda till Nov. 6, Binance noted. Binance provided little information about the reasons…

Binance brings out platform for farming new assets

The world’s largest crypto exchange Binance unveiled the Launchpool platform on Sept. 6. According to Binance, the new platform will allow users to have securely farm new assets as well as users will get new token rewards in return for staking BNB, BUSD, and other tokens. The first project in Launchpool is the Bella protocol, where users will be able to stake their BNB, BUSD, or ARPA tokens into three separate pools to farm BEL tokens over 30 days, starting from 2020/09/09 00:00 AM ( UTC). In addition, Binance will…