University of St. Gallen Launches Blockchain-based Diploma Verification Pilot

The  is launching a blockchain-enabled pilot project that verifies the authenticity of diplomas within seconds, instead of taking several days when using the traditional system. Harald Rotter, the university’s CIO, told CNN Money in a recent interview that the degree verification software “could be necessary and it could be a valid use case to transfer … Read more

Bitcoin Daily: Partnership To Create Blockchain Solution For European Shipping; CipherTrace’s New Mobile Tool Flags Suspect Crypto Tokens

Two firms are teaming up to create a blockchain solution for the European shipping market. VAKT, a specialist in commodity post-trade processing via blockchain, revealed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with essDOCS, a provider of paperless trade solutions, according to Coin Telegraph. The blockchain solution will initially focus on tanker barge markets … Read more

Bakkt’s Much-Anticipated Bitcoin Futures Trading Platform Goes Live

Bakkt’s physically settled Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading is now live for trading on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). New option for traders As of 8 PM EST on Sept. 22 (00:00 UTC Sept. 23), Bakkt’s much-anticipated BTC futures trading has launched. The platform is the first of its kind to receive approval from United States regulators … Read more

Kraken and Coinbase Among the Cleanest Crypto Exchanges: BTI Report

The Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) has released its latest market surveillance report which states that Kraken and Coinbase are among the cleanest cryptocurrency exchanges in the industry. BTI cleans wash trading from exchanges’ volumes On Sept. 19, the Blockchain Transparency Institute published its 5th market surveillance report that verifies reporting of cryptocurrency exchange volumes. The … Read more

Report: Blockchain Tech Market Revenue to Surpass $16 Billion By 2024, Asia Pacific Market To Record 87% CAGR

The global blockchain technology market will be led by financial institutions that are expected to increasingly adopt systems powered by distributed digital ledgers in the coming years, according to a press release from Global Market Insights. The report noted that blockchain-enabled systems can significantly enhance operational efficiency and cut down on the cost of running … Read more

Facebook Buys Chatbot Startup Servicefriend to Integrate Into Calibra

Facebook has acquired the artificial intelligence-based chat-bot startup Servicefriend for customer service for Calibra, the digital wallet for Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency. AI chatbots for Calibra’s customer service A Sept. 19 article by Israeli business newspaper the Marker reported that Facebook has acquired startup Servicefriends in order to build a messaging bot for customer service … Read more

Altcoins Soar, Zuckerberg Turns on Charm, North Korea’s Coin: Hodler’s Digest, Sept. 16–22

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Altcoins continue explosive bull run while Bitcoin stalls Not too … Read more

Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Sept. 16–22 in Review

The German-speaking world saw a number of crypto and blockchain events this week, with the German Federal Government releasing its blockchain strategy and local companies and associations launching new industry initiatives. Here is the past week of German crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph and Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. New DLT … Read more

Do Crypto Payment Restrictions Undermine Blockchain’s Core Values?

The power of cryptocurrency payment service providers is under the spotlight after a $100,000 donation to an Amazon rainforest charity was blocked last month. American cryptocurrency payment service provider BitPay reportedly blocked a Bitcoin payment from charity organization Amazon Watch because it had failed the internal processes of the payment platform. It is understood that … Read more