Mphasis, R3 partner to create blockchain-enabled payment solutions

Mphasis, an Information Technology (IT) solutions provider specializing in cloud and cognitive services, has inked an partnership with R3.

Square invests $50M in bitcoin

Square, the payments company with Jack Dorsey at the helm, has purchased approximately 4,709 bitcoins at an aggregate purchase price of $50 million.

Sixty Coinbase employees take buyout offer over “no politics” rule — Ars Technica

Sixty Coinbase employees have accepted a buyout offer after CEO Brian Armstrong announced a controversial new policy curbing political activism inside the company, writes Timothy Lee. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/10/sixty-coinbase-employees-take-buyout-offer-over-no-politics-rule/

Bank of Thailand launches government savings bond on IBM Blockchain

Bank of Thailand (BOT), Thailand's central bank, has launched a blockchain-based platform for government savings bonds, issuing a total of $1.6 billion.

Steve Wozniak sues YouTube over ongoing bitcoin scams — The Verge

Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube for allowing scammers to use his name and likeness in phony bitcoin giveaways, writes Monica Chin. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/23/21335554/steve-wozniak-youtube-lawsuit-bitcoin-scam-cryptocurrency-apple

Chainalysis raises $13M

Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, has raised $13 million to expand its Series B round.

Curv raises $23M

Digital asset security infrastructure provider Curv has raised $23 million in a Series A funding round.

Kvarøy Arctic using IBM Blockchain to trace Norwegian farmed salmon

IBM and Kvarøy Arctic are working together as part of the IBM Food Trust to enhance the traceability of its Arctic salmon.

Accenture awarded USPTO $50M BPA for designing search with Google machine learning

Accenture Federal Services has been awarded a position on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Intelligent Automation and Innovation Support Services (IAISS) blanket purchase agreement, a multi-award contract vehicle.

A blockchain expert is accused of helping North Korea’s leaders. But what would they...

Virgil Griffith must have known there was a chance that his decision to attend a cryptocurrency conference in North Korea was going to land him in trouble, writes Mike Orcutt. Here is...

PeerNova raises $31M

PeerNova has raised $31 million in funding.

CasperLabs raises $14.5M

CasperLabs, the open-source blockchain platform powered by the Correct-by-Construction (CBC) Casper proof-of-stake consensus protocol, has raised $14.5 million.

Someone just moved a billion dollars in bitcoin and no one knows why —...

Last week, an unknown person or group transferred 94,505 bitcoins valued at over $1 billion USD in a single transaction, writes Edward Ongweso Jr. Here is the link: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjwjpd/someone-just-moved-a-billion-dollars-in-bitcoin-and-no-one-knows-why

Off the block: IBM joins Hedera Hashgraph governing council — Crypto Briefing

The tech giant is now joining Hedera’s Governing Council, along with Tata Communications and a growing cast of council members, writes Darren Kleine. Here is the link: https://cryptobriefing.com/ibm-hedera-hashgraph-governing-council/

Walmart could be looking to rival Facebook’s Libra with a USD-pegged stablecoin issuance, patent...

Retail giant Walmart could be working on issuing a fiat-backed digital currency, similar to Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, according to a new patent filing, writes Yogita Khatri. Here is the link: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/08/02/walmart-could-be-looking-to-rival-facebooks-libra-with-a-usd-pegged-stablecoin-issuance-a-patent-filing-shows/