Africa Blockchain University (ABU) is a non-profit institution headquartered in Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, dedicated to promoting and expanding the use of blockchain technology throughout the continent of Africa through policy advocacy, research, training, and project incubation.
Moonbeam, an Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform built on one of Polkadot’s parachain slots, announced the completion of its launch process, taking home the honors of being the first fully operational parachain on the Polkadot network.
BTCS, a leader in the blockchain and digital currency field, represents the first U.S. publicly traded company fully focused on blockchain infrastructure and technology. BTCS, also known as The Company, secures Proof-of-Stake blockchains by actively processing and validating transactions and is rewarded with native digital tokens. They are also actively developing a Staking-as-a-Service platform which will grant users the ability to stake the various supported cryptocurrencies through a non-custodial platform. BTCS plans to integrate its staking program with its Data Analytics Dashboard, which is now in beta release. Currently supporting six exchanges and over 800 digital assets with its Data Analytics Program, The Company plans to further broaden its suite of performance-tracking tools, add additional centralized and decentralized exchanges, introduce digital wallets, and allow stake pool monitoring. On top of all that, BTCS just announced the first-ever dividend payable in Bitcoin by a Nasdaq-listed company, referred to as a Bividend.
Global electronics leader Samsung just announced a new series of televisions that will introduce non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to the masses. The company plans on integrating NFT support into a number of this year’s new televisions allowing Samsung TV owners the ability to browse, make purchases, and even display purchased NFTs on their screens, providing a similar service to NFT marketplaces like OpenSea.
Russia has officially entered into the crypto ring as news broke that the largest bank within the Russian Federation, Sberbank, has created a blockchain exchange-traded fund (ETF) tracking some of the biggest players in the blockchain industry. The fund, which is named Sberbank – Blockchain Economy, will reportedly trade on the Russian stock market under the ticker symbol SBBE and is the first such product to become available in Russia, giving locals the freedom to enter into the digital asset market without having to purchase, store, or sell tokens.
HashCash Consultants, a leading blockchain and cryptocurrency development company headquartered in the USA, has proposed and conceptualized a blockchain-powered pharmacology system to fight drug fraud. From unlawful kickbacks and large scale manipulation of clinical trials to outright fraudulence behavior targeting the FDA, failures to comply with good manufacturing practices, compounded drug fraud, and illegal drug switching, the pharmaceutical industry is regularly found to be engaged and targeted by fraud and illegal activities in a variety of ways.
Polygon (MATIC), a layer two network designed for scaling and application infrastructure development on the Ethereum (ETH) network, was one of the most popular digital assets throughout the entire crypto market in December. From a spike in active addresses holding or trading MATIC, to Polygon’s $1 billion investment into zero-knowledge technology, co-launching a $200 million Web 3.0 social media initiative, to being utilized by Opera’s web browser to bring its decentralized apps to a wider audience, the future looks incredibly bright for the MATIC network.
Global banking juggernaut Wells Fargo recently announced that they will be utilizing blockchain technology for the very first time in a collaboration with HSBC Bank plc to run the netting settlement of matched foreign exchange transactions by using a shared settlement ledger to process US dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound sterling and Euro transactions with plans for future expansion already in the works.
Jordan Belfort, the real-life Wolf of Wall Street and convicted felon who plead guilty to charges of fraud and related crimes in connection with stock-market manipulation and running a boiler room as part of a penny-stock scam, is a blockchain fan but sees many of the meme crypto coins as nothing but scams, calling and the creators to face jail time while pointing the dangers of the cryptocurrency industry.
Blockchain technology has started to permeate society in a variety of ways outside of being a leger for digital transactions. Recently, SLAFKA, the world’s first blockchain prototype for safeguarding nuclear materials, was awarded the third prize for Innovation in Global Security by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy under its Geopolitics and Global Futures program. Unveiled in March 2020, SLAFKA relies on blockchains immutable ledger to add layers of trust, efficiency, reliability, and transparency to the management and safeguards of nuclear material.