22nd November Blockchain Update

1.BBVA and Santander Join EU Joint Blockchain Platform Set to Launch in 2019.

Banking groups BBVA and Banco Santander have joined the E.U. International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (IATBA). The representatives of two Spanish banking groups were invited to an E.U. blockchain roundtable held in Brussels by Mariya Gabriel, the commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Roberto Viola, director of the E.U. Department of Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

2.Multi-blockchain Battler: Crypto Game Allows Warriors To Get Equipped From Two Platforms.

Crypto game developer 0xGames, creator of blockchain-based space strategy 0xUniverse has created a new multi-blockchain competitive battler, titled 0xWarriors. The company says that 0xWarriors is one of the first multi-blockchain based games where players can use different blockchains, starting with EOS and Ethereum, for interactions with each other and equipping their characters.

3.Retail Giant Carrefour Launches Blockchain Food Tracking Platform for Poultry in Spain.

Retail giant Carrefour, headquartered in France and operating in more than 30 countries, is deploying a blockchain food tracking platform based on Hyperledger in its Spanish network. The food tracking solution, initially developed by U.S. tech corporation IBM, will be used to track free-range chickens branded as “Calidad y Origen” (“Quality and Origin”) that were raised in the northern region of Galicia without antibiotic treatment. Each package in the Spanish network will be marked by a QR code providing detailed info on the chicken’s date of birth, type of nutrition, packing date, and more.

4.Siemens Joins Blockchain-Driven Energy Platform to Increase Interoperability in Industry.

Two energy divisions of German tech giant Siemens have joined a blockchain-driven energy platform to promote the use of decentralized technologies in the sector. According to Siemens, its Energy Management and Power Generation Services departments are partnering with open-source, scalable blockchain platform Energy Web Foundation (EWF), founded in 2017 to elaborate regulatory, operational, and market solutions for the energy sector.

5.Japanese Banking Giant, Others Donate $800K for Blockchain Course at University of Tokyo.

The University of Tokyo will launch a blockchain course following a donation of nearly  $800,000 from several companies, including Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui (SMBC) and the Ethereum Foundation.  SMBC lists five more contributors, apart from itself and the Ethereum Foundation, who contributed to the donation: Good Luck 3, JSS, Zipper, Hotto link, and Money Forward. The banking group does not disclose the details of 90 million yen donation, nor did it reveal the main contributor.

6.Amazon: How E-Commerce Giant Chose Blockchain Over Bitcoin.

On November 13, Amazon was granted two crypto-related patents. While the American e-commerce pioneer, with a revenue of over $177 billion, has not chosen to accept Bitcoin (BTC) and major altcoins as a payment option despite public interest and competitors’ experience, it has not ignored the subject altogether. In fact, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing arm, has contributed to blockchain adoption.

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