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Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, & RCS Global Launch Blockchain Pilot to Address Strategic Mineral Supply Chains Concerns

Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem, and RCS Global announced earlier this week they are using blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals as a way to support human rights and environmental protection while helping infuse more transparency into global mineral supply… Read More

12 Arrested in Costa Rica Kidnapping Case, $1 Million Bitcoin Ransom Paid, American Still Missing

Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested 12 individuals they believe kidnapped an American businessperson in Costa Rica on September 24th, 2018, The Daily Mail reports. According to various Costa Rican media, William Sean Creighton, also known as ‘5 Dimes Tony,’ was running the ‘5 Dimes’… Read More

Overfunding: MyCarNeedsA Secures £900,000 Funding Target on Seedrs

MyCarNeedsA.com, a comparison website that drivers use for all their car aftercare needs including car repair and maintenance, has successfully secured its initial £900,000 funding target through its equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs. The campaign, which was launched November, has attracted more than 200 investors. As previously reported, MyCarNeedsA… Read More

BitTorrent Announces New Token to Enhance Decentralized P2P Protocol

BitTorrent, Inc., the company behind P2P communications protocol and products, BitTorrent and µTorrent, announced on Thursday the launch of its new token, which aims to expand upon its vision of a decentralized internet. According to BitTorrent, the new token, also called BitTorrent (BTT), will enable… Read More

Goldex Secures Over £1 Million Through Pre-Series A Funding Round

Goldex, a UK-based trading technology platform that allows users to invest in physical gold, announced last week it secured more than £1 million through its pre-series A round, which was reportedly led by a group of prominent angel and institutional investors in the financial, payment and… Read More

Entersekt Receives Early Certification for E-Commerce Authentication Solution

Entersekt, a mobile-first fintech solutions firm, announced on Thursday it has received EMVCo certification for its e-commerce authentication solution, the 3-D Secure 2 access control server. According to Entersekt, EMVCo is a payments industry consortium managing global specifications for secure card-based e-commerce transactions. Entersekt reported it has… Read More

KoreConX Announces Partnership With Middle East Consultancy Firm Metis

KoreConX announced over the weekend it has formed a partnership with Metis Management Consultancy, a UAE-grown consultancy firm focused on providing services to SMEs in the MENA region. KoreConX reported that Metis will become part of the KorePartner’s Ecosystem, which is described as a group of selected… Read More

SEC Publishes Agenda for Upcoming Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just published the agenda for the 2018 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. An annual event, this year’s Forum will take place in the Heartland of Ohio hosted by Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of… Read More

StartEngine Updates on Reg D Offering in New SEC Filing

StartEngine, one of the leading investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, has filed a Form D with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As CI reported last month, StartEngine commenced a Reg D offering while their Security Token Offering (STO) under Reg A+ remains in… Read More

RECoin and Diamond Reserve Coin ICO Issuer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

The first person to be prosecuted in the US for ICO (initial coin offering) fraud has pleaded guilty to misleading 1000 investors, Bloomberg reports. On Thursday, Maksim Zaslavskiy, 39, admitted in a Brooklyn federal courtroom that he collected money for two ICOs: RECoin and Diamond… Read More

Dutch Fintech Bitsafe Announces Launch of Borderless Basic Payment Account

Bitsafe, a Holland-based fintech, announced earlier this week the launch of its borderless Basic Payment Account. According to the startup, this new account works just like a local bank account and allows account holders can make deposits, make payments and withdraw funds. Every Bitsafe account comes… Read More

Huobi Crypto Exchange Lays Off Workers at Brazil Shop

The world’s 3rd largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, Huobi, has laid off 6 of 10 workers at its location in Brazil, Portal do Bitcoin reports. The layoffs, though not the exact number, were confirmed by Huobi’s local CEO in Brazil, Frank Tao. Huobi, which… Read More

Cobinhood Appoints Jill Shih As New CEO

Cobinhood, a cryptocurrency service platform and zero-fee exchange, announced on Thursday it has appointed Jill Shih as its new CEO. According to Cobinhood, Shih brings more than 18 years of extensive experience in product user experience, project management, and development across mobile internet and software industries. Prior… Read More

Seven Bro7hers Brewery Returns to Crowdcube: Now Seeking 500,000 in Funding

Just a little over two years after securing nearly £200,000 through its first Crowdcube round, UK-based Seven Bro7hers Brewery has returned to the equity crowdfunding platform seeking £500,000 in funding. Established in 2014, Seven Bro7her described itself as a family craft beer brewery that believes there is a still a… Read More

Report: France to Ensure Crypto Companies Have Access to Banking Services

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In much of the world, digital asset companies are frequently accompanied by challenges with the traditional financial system. Initial coin offering issuers and crypto-intermediaries regularly find themselves struggling to open a simple bank account. In France, this will not be the case according to a… Read More

Payment Service Partner SafeCharge Teams Up With World Duty Free to Offer WeChat Pay At London Heathrow Airport For Chinese Travelers

UK-based payment service partner SafeCharge announced on Thursday it has teamed up with World Duty Free at London Heathrow Airport, enabling Chinese travelers to conveniently pay for their goods using WeChat Pay. World Duty Free now reportedly relies on SafeCharge’s new mobile POS application, which… Read More

Wealthify announces In-App Integration With Money App Yolt

UK-based online investment service Wealthify announced on Thursday it was formed a partnership with Yolt, an ING created smart thinking money app, for an in-app integration. According to Wealthify, the integration will enable its customers to view their investments within the Yolt money app. This will create what… Read More

Cross Border Fintech XTransfer Secures $10 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By China Merchants Group

XTransfer, a China-based cross-border financial technology company dedicated to serving foreign trade B2B enterprises today announces it has secured a $10 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by China Merchants Group with participation from 01VC, Yunqi Partners and Gaorong Capital. Founded in 2017, XTransfer… Read More

Westpac Launches New “Centsitive Objects” Designer Wearable for Customers

Australian banking group Westpac announced earlier this year the launch of its ‘Centsitive Objects,’ which is a new designer range of wearable accessories. This news comes just days after Westpac announced the launch of its Mobile Cheque Deposit feature. According to Westpac, Censitive Objects was designed exclusively… Read More

European Insurtech Hokodo Secures €1.9 Million Through Seed Funding Round Led by Anthemis

Hokodo, a London and Paris-based insurtech that provides B2B marketplaces and accounting platform with small business insurance through APIs, announced earlier this week it secured €1.9 million through its latest seed funding round, which was led by European venture capital firm Anthemis. Founded earlier this year,… Read More

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