Apple Taps Blockchain to Ethically Manufacture Your iPhone, Macbook

When you think of Apple, you think iPhone, iPad, or even privacy concerns. You probably don’t think conflict minerals used in the manufacturing of its devices or how blockchain could prove the cure for an ethical supply chain. Well, you should. The tech giant has filed a report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicating it is studying ways to implement Blockchain in some form or fashion. Reading Between The Lines Apple submitted a filing called the “Conflict Minerals Report; Summary of Apple’s Commitment to Responsible Sourcing.” In the report, Apple did not say in any straightforward way that

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How Fidelity’s Bitcoin Custody Launch in Q1 2019 Crucially Shows Institutional Demand Still Exists

On January 30, Bloomberg reported that Fidelity, the world’s fourth-largest asset manager, is set to launch its Bitcoin custody service by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Three sources who asked to remain anonymous reportedly said that the plans are still private but the firm plans to introduce Bitcoin storage first, followed by Ethereum (ETH) custody. Why Fidelity Pushing Forward With Bitcoin Custody is Meaningful As one of the biggest mutual fund operators in the U.S., Fidelity works with more than 13,000 financial institutions. It established its intent to penetrate into the cryptocurrency sector in late 2018, with

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Exclusive: Bermuda to Announce Launch of a Crypto-Friendly Bank Next Week

By CCN.com: It looks like the skies will be much clearer for the crypto and blockchain community in Bermuda soon. A bank that will accept blockchain and crypto companies appears to be just around the horizon. Bermuda Premier David Burt made the announcement during a one on one interview with BBC journalist Priya Patel at the

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Chinese Internet Court Uses Blockchain To Combat Online Plagiarism

An Internet Court launched in Eastern Chinese City Hangzhou will now use blockchain to fight plagiarism for online writers, local Chinese news outlet China.org.cn reported. China launched its first internet court in the city of Hangzhou to deal with internet related cases, save time and reduce overhead costs of getting justice out of the system. At

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Iranian Official Believes Blockchain Can Drive Economic Growth

According to an Iranian official, the integration of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies could provide a much-needed boost to the country’s economy, per reports on the Tehran Times. Alireza Daliri, a Deputy for Management Development and Resources at the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, stated that blockchain technology could provide Iran with a platform to

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Donald Trump Hires Prominent Bitcoin Supporter Mick Mulvaney to White House Staff

U.S. President Donald Trump has hired the prominent Bitcoin supporter Mick Mulvaney to be his new White House Chief of Staff. Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing people on Planet Earth and whether you love him or hate him, it is beneficial for the crypto industry to have a major Bitcoin advocate whispering

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This Privacy-Focused Interoperable Blockchain Bridges Ethereum and Bitcoin

“Wanchain is a separate, independent, public chain,” CEO Jack Lu says on a recent December morning. He explains that it is essentially a fork of Ethereum which integrated a lot of privacy-focused changes and primarily focuses on cross-chain compatibility. Wanchain wants to be the bridge between blockchains, allowing multi-crypto transaction execution in a private manner.

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7 Major EU Countries to Go Big on Blockchain: What It Means for Crypto

On December 4, seven EU countries led by Malta and France have established a group called the “Mediterranean seven” to encourage and promote the usage of blockchain technology. In the months to come, the seven countries that include France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain, will work to implement the blockchain in education, transport,

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Thailand Revenue Department to Track VAT Payments using Blockchain

In 2014, the Revenue Department of Thailand had arrested many individuals and investigated about 60 companies for defrauding the department out of $18.29 million worth of baht in value-added taxes (VAT). Since and before, the department has been unable to track a majority of such tax defaulters, losing billions of dollars in the process. So

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Former Ernst & Young Analyst Disillusioned by the Blockchain

A recent article in Barron’s describes Angus Champion de Crespigny, who spent ten years at professional services firm Ernst and Young and led the blockchain financial services division for years and was the subject of the article entitled “This Blockchain Believer Turned Heretic Is Still Bullish On Bitcoin,” as a “major skeptic.” Champion de Crespigny describes

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