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IBM Launches a New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

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International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) announced on Monday a new blockchain network aimed at improving manual and cumbersome supply chain management.

IBM partnered with Chainyard (a blockchain consultancy firm) to launch its new blockchain solution that will go by the name “Trust Your Supplier”. Alongside IBM, the other founding participants were Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Vodafone.

According to IBM, Trust Your Supplier creates a digital passport for supplier identity on the blockchain network that allows suppliers to share information with any permissioned buyer on the network.

IBM has 18,500 suppliers around the world and said it will begin using the Trust Your Supplier network, initially bringing onboard 4,000 of its own North American suppliers over the next few months. The blockchain has limited availability with existing participants and is scheduled to be commercially launched in the third quarter of 2019.

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Sweden Launches a Digital Currency

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Sweden just announced the launch of the “e-krona”, it’s own central bank digital currency in a new pilot platform. Sweden’s central bank (Riksbank ) will sign an agreement with IT consultancy firm Accenture to create a pilot platform for a it’s new cryptocurrency.

The primary objective of the e-krona pilot project is to broaden the bank’s understanding of the technological possibilities for the e-krona

the Riksbank said in a statement.

Sweden has been working hard to eliminate the use of cash. It introduced negative interest rates and bitcoins are in high demand since citizens now see cryptocurrency as a way to store wealth. There are many Bitcoin startups that launched in Sweden, including KnCMiner and Safello. Cryptocurrency demand is growing in Sweden and there are no signs that this will stop.

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Filecoin Launches its Testnet

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The open source blockchain project “Filecoin” has launched its testnet. The purpose of the testnet is to benchmark, evaluate and test Filecoin’s protocol before launching the Mainnet which is scheduled to go live on March, 2020.

Filecoin is a data storage network and a cryptocurrency based on Bitcoin. Users can mine and earn Filecoin (FIL) cryptocurrency by using Filecoin mining software that will share their unused storage.

Filecoin project was launched in August 2017 and raised over $257 million within 30 minutes which made it the largest token sale in history at that time. Filecoin also received investment from top venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, including Y Combinator, Naval Ravikant, Andreessen Horowitz, and Winklevoss Capital.

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You can learn more about Filecoin by visiting the official website.

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Power Ledger Expands its Partnership With Japan’s second Largest Energy Retailer

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Power Ledger (POWR), the Australian blockchain-based cryptocurrency and energy trading platform has expanded its partnership with Japan’s second largest energy retailer KEPCO. This was announced on Power Ledger’s official website.

This will allow the Japanese electricity company Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (KEPCO) to create and track Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) as well as solar energy trading using Power Ledger’s blockchain.

According to WIKIPEDIA, KEPCO is responsible for 93% of Korea’s electricity generation. The South Korean government owns a 51.11% share of KEPCO. Together with its affiliates and subsidiaries, KEPCO has an installed capacity of 65,383 MW.

Power Ledger is a fast growing tech startup that has developed a world-first blockchain enabled energy trading platform to make energy markets more efficient. Power Ledger’s proprietary software is currently being used in multiple countries including Australia, Thailand, India, Japan and the United States.

Power Ledger was founded in in late 2016 by Jemma Green and Dave Martin, the project launched its pre-sale on 27 August 2017. In three days, over 100 million POWR tokens were sold, with 25% sold in the first hour. An extra 5% of tokens was awarded to every transaction that took place during the pre-sale. Power Ledger raised $17 million AUD during its pre-sale, which ended on 3 September 2017.

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