Tezos Partners With Singapore Gov’t Blockchain Platform for Training Program

Tezos has partnered with Singapore government-backed blockchain platform Tribe to jointly launch a training program for developers on the Tezos blockchain. According to a Nov. 21 blog post, Tezos’s non-profit arm Tezos Southeast Asia (TSA), which is dedicated to promoting Tezos in the region, collaborated with Tribe in order to attract more developers to create Tezos blockchain-based solutions for real-world applications. The training program is set to roll out in the first quarter of 2020. Commenting on the collaboration, Caleb Kow, president of TSA, said, “by enabling trainers with a…

PayPal Leads $4.2M Funding Round for Crypto Risk Management Platform

Payment processor PayPal has led a $4.2 million funding round for cryptocurrency risk management platform TRM Labs. In a Nov. 19 press release TRM Labs announced that it secured $4.2 million in an investment round led by PayPal, with participation from other top investors including Initialized Capital, Blockchain Capital and Y Combinator. Building solutions to prevent crypto fraud and financial crime TRM, which was founded in 2018, aims to support financial institutions across the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe by measuring, monitoring and mitigating their crypto risk exposure,…

Fidelity Digital Asset Services Now Authorized to Operate Crypto Custody Platform

Fidelity Digital Asset Services, LLC (FDAS) has procured a charter from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to operate a virtual currency custody and execution platform. Per a Nov. 19 press release, the NYDFS authorized FDAS to operate as a limited liability trust company and run a cryptocurrency custody and execution platform where both institutional investors and individuals can store, buy, sell and transfer Bitcoin (BTC). Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell noted that “this approval is further evidence that innovation and consumer protection can coexist…

China’s Zhejiang Processes $6B via DLT Medical Billing Platform

China’s Zhejiang province has processed nearly $6 billion via a blockchain medical billing platform using Ant Financial’s blockchain technology, Chinese publication QNSB reports on Nov. 18. Successfully piloted in 2018, the blockchain-enabled platform allows citizens to make doctor’s appointments, get prescriptions as well as pay, record and store their medical bills online. At a local blockchain event on Nov. 18, the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Finance announced that the platform had 480 medical institutions across the province as of Oct. 28. The officials said that the platform processed 41.7 billion…

Crypto Platform Celsius Network Reaches $4.25 Billion in Total Loans

Cryptocurrency platform Celsius Network announced that it reached $4.25 billion in total crypto loan origination as of Nov. 12 in a press release shared with Cointelegraph. Celsius reached $4.25 billion of cryptocurrency loans since the start of its activity in July 2018 calculated at current Bitcoin (BTC) prices, a 93% increase from the $2.2 billion reported on Aug. 1, 2019. A fast-growing lending network The company also claims $450 million in customer deposits and collateral from loans under management, which represents a 50% increase from $300 million on Aug. 1…

Carrefour, Nestlé Use IBM’s Blockchain Platform to Track Infant Formula

Retail giants Carrefour and Nestlé are now using IBM’s Food Trust blockchain platform to track the supply chain of milk-based formula for infants, according to a Nov. 14 announcement. By using the platform, the firms aim to advance consumer confidence in the products’ quality by ensuring more transparency of the entire supply chain of formulas produced by Laboratoires Guigoz. The system aims to improve supply chain transparency and conduct checks of infant nutrition products’ origins. Implementation of blockchain-based tracking systems by retail giants Both Carrefour and Nestlé are not new…

Chinese VeChain Tea Traceability Platform Gets Official Seal of Approval

A tea traceability platform powered by VeChain received an official endorsement from the Shuangjiang county government at its launch on Nov. 13.  VeChain partnered with leading tea producers in the region to implement the traceability platform. The entire lifecycle of a tea brick from raw material to the consumer will be recorded on the VeChainThor blockchain, which customers can access by scanning a QR code or NFC tag with their smartphone. The Pu’er Tea Traceability Platform is one of the first third-party platforms to index into the National Important Products…