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BIG Weekly Newsletter

June 23, 2022
Issue: No 137

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This week read about how Shell, Accenture, Amex in blockchain project for sustainable air fuel, why Iran to shut down crypto mining farms amid record high power demand and how Standard Chartered partners SBI for digital assets, possibly custody.

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Shell, Accenture, Amex in blockchain project for sustainable air fuel
Shell announced it has partnered with Accenture and AMEX GBT in a pilot blockchain initiative Avelia to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuel. The solution uses the Energy Web technology stack.


Iran to shut down crypto mining farms amid record high power demand
The government noted that the measure applies to 118 licensed mining farms operating in Iran. The temporary restrictions will be imposed after electricity consumption in the country reached a record high.


Standard Chartered partners SBI for digital assets, possibly custody
Two of the most prolific enterprise investors in blockchain and digital assets, Standard Chartered bank and Japan’s SBI Holdings, are collaborating on building a digital asset ecosystem.



German Volksbank Haselünne eG and neoFIN clear the way for tokenised securities
Volksbank Haselünne eG is going one step further: In the future, the Lower Saxon institution also wants to offer tokenised securities and is cooperating with neoFIN. The bank’s board of directors wants to launch its own tokenised co-investments.


      QTKT is now listed on as an initial coin offering
      The token will then be released in the public market. The platform is cross-chain and allows projects to be raised across multiple networks such as Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain.


          Algorand blockchain now integrated with the Taurus platform
          Taurus-PROTECT, the #1 custody platform for banks, has fully integrated Algorand blockchain. It supports now: ALGO native token, ALGO staking capabilities and ASA Algorand Standard Assets.



              Israel trials CBDC blockchain solution that enables privacy
              The Bank of Israel shared details about its first set of technical trials for a CBDC. One test used smart contracts, raising the issue of who should be allowed to write smart contracts and how to police them.


              90% of Central Banks are researching the utility of CBDCs
              BIS highlighted the ability of current sovereign fiat money to provide price stability and public oversight while criticizing crypto's lack of ability to perform basic functions and accountability to the general public.


              Philippines, Vietnam conducting CBDC feasibility studies with Soramitsu
              Soramitsu has landed feasibility studies for CBDC with both Vietnam and the Philippines. A key motivation is the expanding reach of Chinese payment apps Alipay and WeChat Pay and the rollout of the digital yuan.


              CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

              Visa launches bitcoin and Crypto enabled cards in Latam
              Visa launched its first crypto-enabled cards in Latam, with the idea of enabling more people to use cryptocurrencies through its payments network.


              Which decentralized finance innovations are expected by the DeFi community?
              From more non-custodial liquid staking services to more privacy-focused projects, the community shared what they want for the future of DeFi. While the crypto market is on a downward spiral, some are choosing to focus on the DeFi space's potential for the future.


              Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer introduces NFT-enabled smartwatch
              The TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 with NFTs being transferred to it via a paired smartphone. The device is set to support static and animated NFT artwork, and multiple NFTs can be transferred to the watch at a time



              A New Intellectual Framework - Connecting the Invisible Dots
              This paper aims to set out some relevant ideas for the creation and establishment of a successful Financial DIGITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE provider.


              DLT in the Real World 2021
              This survey draws on direct feedback from over 140 organisations around the globe: from all industry segments and geographies.


              PODCAST SERIES


              In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.


              Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
              Unchained podcast

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