International News: Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) Expands to Africa, Middle East and Korea

Digital asset custody company Copper closes $50 million Series B funding round.

International News: Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) Expands to Africa, Middle East and Korea
  1. Membership Wine Community Crurated Uses Blockchain Technology for Product Anti-Counterfeiting

Membership wine community Crurated has launched its membership-based wine delivery service, which uses blockchain technology to track wine bottles from the moment they leave the vineyard until they reach the end customer, ensuring the authenticity of the product, according to Ledger Insights on May 18. Each bottle is accompanied by a unique QR code that allows customers to access information about the wine supply chain.

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  1. Trade Log Provides IoT Linked Blockchain Deployment Tool YUBIKIRI for Shiseido Subsidiary Ginza

PR Newswire reported on May 18 that Japan’s Trade Log Inc. announced that it has begun providing YUBIKIRI, an IoT-linked blockchain deployment tool, to THE GINZA, a subsidiary of Shiseido, the world’s fifth largest cosmetics company. Provide an authentic brand experience to users.

Link to original article: skincare-brand-the-ginza-301293336.html

  1. Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) Expands to Africa, Middle East and Korea

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is expanding globally into Africa, the Middle East and Korea, PR Newswire reported on May 18.BRI Africa will launch in conjunction with Standard Bank Group, BRI Middle East will launch in conjunction with procurement, supply and application chain management company Konnect & Co. and BRI Korea will launch in conjunction with the BOSAGORA Foundation. Based on these new global partnerships, BRI will build think tanks to promote education, innovation and adoption in its areas of expertise.

Link to original article: middle-east-and-korea-301293515.html

  1. cultural nonprofit 221A releases blockchain and cultural digital strategy

According to Yahoo Finance on May 18, the cultural nonprofit 221A released its Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks (BACP) digital strategy. 221A published a 200-page research report that summarizes two years of social, cultural and ecological research on the emerging technologies of blockchain. 221A will use the BACP to lead the cultural, educational and nonprofit sectors in raising awareness of the ways in which blockchain technology will challenge institutions to move toward a more collective and collaborative model.

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  1. U.S. Department of the Navy Funds Consensus Networks $1.5 Million to Support Its Blockchain Logistics Tool HealthNet

The U.S. Department of the Navy has partnered with Consensus Networks to fund $1.5 million to support its blockchain logistics tool, HealthNet, PR Newswire reported May 18. Designed to be piloted in the second half of 2021, it will work to enable accurate demand forecasting and automated supply flow for truly timely delivery of essential supplies such as blood and plasma.

Link to original article: tool-healthnet-301293957.html

  1. NFT project Kiwie 1001 to open a gallery of street art NFT works in the Latvian capital Riga

According to CoinTelegraph on May 18, NFT project Kiwie 1001 will open a gallery of NFT artworks in the Latvian capital Riga, where street art NFT works from all over the world will be exhibited. The gallery is sponsored by NFT project Kiwie 1001 and all NFT works can be submitted through the project’s Discord channel. the Kiwie 1001 community will vote on the winning works, which will be displayed at the Riga gallery’s opening in June.

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  1. Swiss Cryptocurrency Bank Sygnum to Launch Custody and Banking Services for ICP Utility Tokens

On May 18, Swiss cryptocurrency bank Sygnum announced that the bank is launching an escrow and banking service for Internet Computer (ICP) utility tokens, which will allow ICP holders to store their token holdings in Sygnum’s institutional-grade segregated wallets. In the second phase of launching ICP support, Sygnum plans to launch a set of banking services on the token that will include spot trading and later options trading.

Source: CoinTelegraph

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  1. Ark Investments holds about $20 million worth of grayscale ethereum trusts in Q1

Ark Investment reported that it held 639,069 shares of grayscale ethereum trusts in the first quarter, valued at about $20.9 million at current prices, according to CoinTelegraph on May 19. Nonetheless, Ark’s first-quarter earnings report filed with the SEC earlier this month showed the firm’s portfolio is still heavily weighted toward bitcoin. The company holds 8.6 million shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which is valued at about $298 million at current prices.

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  1. Bitcoin Backer Anthony Pompliano Launches Pizza Company to Support Small Businesses and Bitcoin Development Fund

Days before the anniversary of the Bitcoin Pizza Festival, Bitcoin backer Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano has launched a pizza company aimed at supporting small businesses and the Human Rights Foundation’s Bitcoin Development Fund, according to CoinTelegraph on May 19. The company will be open in ten U.S. cities starting Saturday, May 22, and does not support cryptocurrency payments at this time.

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  1. Crypto Banking Platform Cashaa Launches “Crypto for COVID” Program to Provide Food Aid to India’s New Coronation Victims

Crypto-banking platform Cashaa is launching “Crypto for COVID,” a program that brings crypto enthusiasts together to provide food aid to those suffering from the severe effects of the new crown epidemic, according to CoinTelegraph on May 19. The platform plans to build a community of crypto users who will provide a month’s worth of food to needy families in India.

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  1. Many Australians Think Elon Musk is the Creator of Bitcoin

According to CoinTelegraph on May 19, Finder, Australia’s most visited data comparison site, conducted a survey of 1,004 Australians to find out the state of their knowledge about cryptocurrencies. The results of the survey showed that 56% of them did not know Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, and assumed that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, was the creator of Bitcoin.

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  1. Digital Asset Custodian Copper Closes $50 Million Series B Funding Round

On May 19, London-based digital asset custody company Copper announced the closing of a $50 million Series B round of funding for its digital asset custody and infrastructure. The round was co-led by venture capital firms Dawn Capital and Tiger Global, with other investors including Illuminate Financial Management, LocalGlobe and MMC Ventures, as well as several fintech entrepreneurs.

Source: Ledger Insights

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  1. Letter of Credit Blockchain Contour Partners with MineHub to Visualize Mining Supply Chain

On May 19, Contour, the letter of credit blockchain, announced a partnership with blockchain iron ore platform MineHub to visualize the mining supply chain. MineHub’s transactions can still be streamed to Contour via API connections.

Source: Ledger Insights

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  1. National Bank of Egypt Partners with Ripple to Process Cross-Border Payments from UAE to African Countries

On May 19, blockchain payments company Ripple announced its latest deal with the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), which will process cross-border payments from the UAE to African countries through a partnership with cryptocurrency payments network RippleNet and financial services provider LuLu. With the partnership with Ripple, NBE will be able to build new alliances across a wider market at a lower cost and faster integration time, thereby increasing overall efficiency.

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