Spanish utility company Naturgy signs hybrid cloud services agreement with IBM

Spain-based Naturgy, a supplier of gas and electricity, serving more than 18-million customers in more than 30 countries, has inked a ten-year agreement with IBM to help implement a hybrid cloud strategy.

Are digital tokens securities? The SEC’s Kik Interactive lawsuit may clarify cryptocurrency rules —...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Kik Interactive for illegally raising $100 million, according to a Fortune story. Here is the link: http://fortune.com/2019/06/04/sec-kik-interactive-lawsuit/

Ocean carriers CMA CGM, MSC join IBM and Maersk’s blockchain digital shipping platform

CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) are joining TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by Maersk and IBM.

Indonesia testing blockchain for agricultural commodities bidding

Singaporean blockchain company PLMP Fintech has signed an MoU with the Agency for Free Trade Zone and Free Port of Batam, and Indonesian firm Central Distribusi Batam.

ThunderCore raises $50M

Sunnyvale, California-based ThunderCore, has raised $50 million.

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked — MIT Technology Review

More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, writes Mike Orcutt. Here is the link: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612974/once-hailed-as-unhackable-blockchains-are-now-getting-hacked/

Digital exchange loses $137 million as founder takes passwords to the grave — Ars...

A cryptocurrency exchange in Canada has lost control of at least $137 million of its customers’ assets following the sudden death of its founder, writes Dan Goodin. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/02/digital-exchange-loses-137-million-as-founder-takes-passwords-to-the-grave/

Symbiont closes $20M

Symbiont.io has closed a $20 million Series B funding round.

Bitcoin’s epic plunge continues — CNN

Bitcoin is at a 15-month low, writes Paul R. La Monica. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/07/investing/bitcoin-prices-plunging/index.html

Algorand raises $62M

Boston-based blockchain startup Algorand has closed a $62 million equity investment round.

Zaif cryptocurrency exchange loses $60 million in recent hack — ZDNet

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif has lost $60 million worth of company and user funds, writes Catalin Cimpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/zaif-cryptocurrency-exchange-loses-60-million-in-july-hack/

New York state approves two dollar-based cryptocurrencies — Engadget

Today, New York approved the first digital currencies that are tied to the US dollar, called "stablecoins", writes Swapna Krishna. Here is the link: https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/10/new-york-approves-gemini-paxos-cryptocurrency/

Dfinity raises $102 million

Crypto platform startup Dfinity has raised $102 million in funding. 

Tech Mahindra, Microsoft to develop blockchain-based solution to curb spam calls — Hindustan Times

Software major Tech Mahindra is partnering with Microsoft to create a Blockchain-based solution to fight spam calls, according to the report. Here is the link: https://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/tech-mahindra-microsoft-to-develop-blockchain-based-solution-to-curb-spam-calls/story-QQSn4Eylgyu0IpnakhgBnJ.html 

China’s Alibaba, Tencent bar cryptocurrency transactions on WeChat Pay, AliPay — Fortune

In a move that will likely make it even harder for cryptocurrency aficionados to trade Bitcoin and its ilk in China, the mobile payments titans of the country have barred crypto-related...