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South Korea’s ICONLOOP’s VisitMe, an Electronic Guestbook QR Service that Digitizes Visitor Logs, has 100,000+ Users

Markus Jun, founder and CEO of ICON’s Accelerator Partner and Seoul Launchpad of ICXStation, HyperConnector (online accelerator for the ICON ecosystem), recently confirmed that ICONLOOP‘s VisitMe has surpassed 100,000 users and more than 1,000 sites are now using the service. Jun noted that these sites… Read More

More than 400 Blockchain or DLT Developers Now Working on 13 New ICON Foundation Projects

BlockArrow Capital, an alternative asset fund focused on investing in the blockchain sector, reveals that there are 463 blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) focused developers that have created 13 new ICON Foundation projects for the ICON ecosystem. The projects have been developed thanks to… Read More

South Korean WireBarley Secures $10 Million Through Series B Funding Round

WireBarley, a South Korean fintech focused on global remittance services, announced on Thursday it secured $10 million through its Series B funding round from  Magna Investment, Shinsegae I&C, and Dt & Investment. WireBarley describes itself as a money transfer startup that provides fully contactless financial… Read More

Mobile Banking App Offered by South Korea’s Shinhan Bank Now Uses Blockchain based Decentralized ID Authentication

Blockchain-based decentralized identity authentication services (DID) could potentially replace public certificates that are used for financial services, which may include those for mobile banking. This particular use case was recently commercialized for the very first time by South Korea’s Shinhan Bank. As mentioned in a… Read More

Bithumb Keeps Listing New Cryptos like Polkadot (DOT), Seems like Business As Usual, but it’s Being Investigated for Fraud by South Korean Authorities

It seems like business as usual at South Korea’s largest crypto exchange Bithumb, as it recently added trading support for Polkadot (DOT) tokens, which now have a market cap of more than $5.6 billion, making it one of the largest digital assets in terms of… Read More

Major South Korean Financial Institution, Shinhan Bank, Launches Fintech Lab, Will Also Use ICONLOOP’s Decentralized ID Solution

South Korea based Shinhan Bank, one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, has established a Fintech lab in order to work closely with other IT and financial technology firms in other countries. Shinhan Bank reportedly began remodeling its Myeongdong branch building in order to set… Read More

Major South Korean Daegu Bank and SK Telecom, the Nation’s Largest Wireless Carrier, are Working on 5G enabled Quantum Cryptography Tech

South Korea-based DGB Daegu Bank, which is part of the DGB Financial Group (DGBFG), a banking holding company based in Daegu, has partnered with SK Telecom, a South Korean wireless telecommunications operator. Through the partnership, both organizations aim to enhance Daegu Bank’s IM Bank app’s… Read More

Boom: Viva Republica, Parent of Toss, Raises $173 Million

Viva Republica has raised a whopping $173 million in new funding, according to a note from the company. Viva Republica is a top Korean Fintech and parent company mobile platform Toss. The Fintech is now valued at $2.6 billion having raised $560 million to date…. Read More

South Korea’s ICONLOOP’s Decentralized Identity or DID Blockchain Tech to be Used for COVID-19 Contact Tracing System

South Korea’s ICONLOOP, a major blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-focused firm, revealed on August 19, 2020 that Jeju Island, the nation’s most popular local tourist destination, will be using its Decentralized Identity (‘DID’) blockchain tech to offer private, secure COVID-19 contact tracing to (approximately)… Read More

South Korean City of Seongnam to Expand Blockchain based Contactless Payments Platform by Introducing Digital Gift Certificates

The South Korean city of Seongnam is reportedly planning to expand its blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-enabled payment platform by introducing digital gift certificates. The city’s DLT based payments platform will be accessible via a mobile app, called Chak. The app has been developed… Read More

South Korean Fintech Breakthrough: Apps to Access Decentralized Foreign Exchange Rates Compiled by Local Banks via Chainlink Integration

CenterPrime, a private Hyperledger based blockchain platform with access to the South Korean Open Banking API, is now sharing foreign exchange (FX) rate data from large Korean banks to Chainlink’s decentralized oracle network. Participating banks include Hana Bank, Shinhan Bank, Nonghyup Bank, and Industrial Bank… Read More

Private Blockchain Blocko Expands Partnership with Samsung

Private blockchain platform Blocko has been selected as one of Samsungs Blockchain Wallet D-App Sourcing Partners’ using the Aergo Blockchain. Blocko already has an existing relationship with Samsung in Korea. Blocko is a strategic technology partner for Aergo, having already deployed over 38 large-scale private… Read More

South Korean Digital Asset Investors Might Have to Pay Up to 20% in Taxes on Capital Gains from Crypto Trading

South Korea’s private sector members have revealed that the nation’s citizens may have to pay as much as 20% of their cryptocurrency earnings in taxes. The country’s lawmakers have said that virtual currencies are like electronic or digital certificates of economic value that may be… Read More

South Korean Blockchain Project ICONLOOP Acquires $5 Million in Additional Investments, After Receiving Capital from $100 Million K-Growth Fintech Innovation Fund

South Korea’s ICONLOOP, a company that developed its own blockchain-powered engine, loopchain, which is used for various Internet services, has reportedly acquired KRW 6 billion (appr. $5 million) in additional investments.  The company has secured a total of KRW 16 billion (appr. $13.4 million) in… Read More

AhnLab, a Leading South Korean Software Security Firm and Several Others Join MyIDAlliance, an Organization Establishing a Blockchain based Digital ID Ecosystem

Six new partners have joined South Korea’s MyIDAlliance, a leading collaborative organization focused on establishing a blockchain-based digital ID ecosystem that places “MyID” at the center. Leading security firm “AhnLab”, payments provider “NHN KCP”, electronic trade and logistics firm “KTnet”, exchange lending Delio, AI and… Read More

CBDCs: South Korean Reserve Bank Appoints Legal Team to Explore Feasability of Issuing a Digital Currency

South Korea’s reserve bank has reportedly appointed a six-member legal advisory team to look into the feasibility and potential benefits of issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Korean central bank’s advisory group includes three university professors, two legal experts, and a senior official… Read More

New Proposal Recommends Multi-Currency CBDC including Chinese Yuan, Japanese Yen, South Korean Won, Hong Kong Dollar

Many developing and developed countries across the globe are considering or already developing and testing their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). China might be creating an East Asia virtual currency platform, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. The new currency might… Read More

South Korea’s $100 Million K-Growth Fintech Innovation Fund to Provide Funding to Blockchain Project, ICONLOOP

ICONLOOP, ICON’s technical partner, has reportedly been chosen to receive funding from K-Growth’s $100 million Fintech Innovation Fund. Markus Jun, founder and CEO of ICON’s Accelerator Partner and Seoul Launchpad of ICXStation, HyperConnector (online accelerator for the ICON ecosystem), noted via Twitter that one of… Read More

Smart Stamp Software Developer 12CM Partners South Korea’s Largest Search Engine Provider, Naver, to Launch Cloud-Powered Fintech Platform

12CM (pronounced One-two-cee-em), the “smart” stamp software platform provider and a member company of the Born2Global Center, has partnered with Naver Business Platform (NBP). 12CM has reportedly been an active Born2Global Center member for the past couple of years. Through the partnership, 12CM will work… Read More

Blockchain Education: South Korea’s Suseong University Establishes DLT and Artificial Intelligence Training Center

  The Suseong University in South Korea will be working with the Korea Artificial Intelligence Association (KORAIA), in order to establish a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) and AI-focused campus in Daegu, a city located in the country’s North Gyeongsang province. Local media outlet… Read More

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