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German Airline Company Hahn Air Issues Tickets on Blockchain

German airline Hahn Air claims to be the first airline company to issue tickets on a blockchain, the firm announced in a press release on Nov. 18. The ticket sale using blockchain technology was made possible through Hahn Air’s collaboration with a decentralized platform for the travel industry, Winding Tree. Frederick Nowotny, head of sales engineering at Hahn Air, Maksim Izmaylov, the founder of Winding Tree, and Davide Montali, CIO at Winding Tree, became the …

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Blockchain Firm Partners With Cannabis Data App to Create Research Project

A blockchain-based data marketplace, Measure Protocol, and a cannabis-oriented survey rewards app, Broccoli, will jointly establish a research community for cannabis users. According to a Nov. 12 press release, the companies will use the new community to survey consumers, collect data and make reports dedicated to cannabis use and the industry. In doing so, the parties intend to discuss the benefits of cannabis, debunk or prove myths surrounding it, and make the collected information available …

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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. …

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Ingenico Partners with Pundi X to Unlock Android-Based Crypto Payments

French payment firm Ingenico has partnered with Singapore-based crypto startup Pundi X to enable its customers to receive payments in crypto using smartphones.  Pundi X has integrated its point-of-sale payment gateway (XPOS) into Ingenico’s mobile portable POS solution APOS A8, the firm announced on Nov. 12. Through this partnership, merchants around the world using Ingenico’s Android-based APOS A8 will now be able to accept a wide number of crypto as payment options. Transactions will be …

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Unilever, O2 and Sky Join Blockchain Pilot for Digital Ad Transparency

Unilever, O2 and Sky are among the latest big firms to sign on to Jicwebs’ blockchain pilot program designed to improve trust and transparency in digital advertising. The news was revealed in a Nov. 12 report from United Kingdom-based industry magazine Campaign. Industry involvement Jicwebs — an acronym for the U.K. digital ad trading standards body, the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards — first announced its blockchain pilot initiative in May 2019.  It counts …

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Shanghai Gov’t Partners With 6 Banks on Blockchain Alliance for Trade

The municipal Shanghai government has joined forces with financial institutions to create an alliance to foster the use of blockchain for global trade.  The Global Times reported on Nov. 7 that during the China International Import Expo earlier today, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, Shanghai Customs and representatives from six bank branches — including the People’s Bank of China and Bank of Communications — signed a Blockchain Alliance proposal for the city’s e-port area. …

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Blockchain Gives ‘Illusion of Traceability’ for Walmart

Experts allege the biggest hurdle facing the blockchain systems being adopted by food retail  giants such as Walmart and Nestlé has nothing to do with the technology itself. In an interview with Tech Wire Asia, published on Nov. 7, Craig Heraghty — Agribusiness Leader at “Big Four” auditor PwC — reflected on the rising trend of blockchain among major retailers globally. He argued that: “The weakest link in the chain is not blockchain or any …

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Turkey to Finish Testing Digital Lira in 2020

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directed that the government should finish testing the national central bank digital currency (CBDC) in 2020. The country’s national blockchain-based digital lira is planned to be issued by the Central Bank in accordance with the 2020 Annual Presidential Program, Cointelegraph Turkey reported on Nov. 5. Digital lira ‘instant payment’ pilots should be finalized by the end of 2020 Published on Nov. 3, the Presidential Program specifies that the first trials …

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How Blockchain Disrupts Global Business | Sibos 2019

Blockchain technology is reshaping the face of our global financial system, and it goes far beyond cryptocurrencies alone. Since Bitcoin’s arrival, the conventional finance world has been intrigued by blockchain, Bitcoin’s underlying disruptive technology. Now we are seeing that intrigue being transformed into a full-fledged and active public interest, and the potential onset of popular mass adoption. But why is the white-collar financial world interested in adopting the very technology that holds profound implications for …

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New Official Register in San Marino Recognizes and Regulates Blockchain Firms

The Republic of San Marino has officially adopted the Register of Blockchain Entities, inviting companies in the industry to apply for certification. Companies can apply for blockchain certification online The project was initiated by San Marino’s fully state-owned tech innovation company, the Institute for Innovation of the Republic of San Marino, Cointelegraph Italia reports Oct. 22. According to local public service broadcaster San Marino RTV, companies in the microstate of San Marino can now apply …

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