Former Googler wants to shake up travel, animal husbandry with blockchain

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Darren Wang’s OwlTing has rolled out a system to establish the provenance of stuff: hotel bookings, or pigs from birth to market.

Bitcoin slumps on news Japan may rebuke major crypto exchange

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Bitcoin sank 4.4% to $8,506 on Thursday after Japan’s Financial Services Agency was said to be planning to tell Binance, the trading venue founded by Zhao Changpeng, to stop operating in the country without a license.


PayPal CEO Schulman says cryptocurrencies just an experiment for now

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Paypal CEO Dan Schulman says blockchain will be the more powerful part of the landscape, and that cryptocurrencies are “just one application.”


Grayscale Investments launches four new cryptocurrency funds

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Qualified accredited investors will be able to put money into Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Litecoin and Ripple, the investment firm said.


Singapore fintech chat app Consentium raises $10m via ICO, launches in Asia

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The funding will be used to drive expansion for the chat app across Asia


Nissan’s EV campaign to get boosted by deepening ties with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp

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Nissan Motor Co. may get a boost from a deepening relationship with Japan’s biggest trading house as access to battery materials becomes a priority amid the industry’s push into electric vehicles.


Waymo wins approval for first driverless ride-hailing service

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Waymo is a pioneer in autonomous vehicles, however rivals including Uber and General Motors Co.’s Cruise division are racing to catch up.


Thai Siam Commercial Bank AI unit plans to roll out robo-adviser service

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SCB Abacus, has wooed about 30 Thai technology experts from companies abroad to work on projects like the robo-adviser.


Singapore: LTA launches $18.8m Land Transport Innovation Fund

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LTA is exploring the use of automation and autonomous vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce human error and deliver better services.


East Ventures, Japan’s IDATE back NZ computing firm Nyriad’s $8.5m Series A

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Data Collective VC, Prelude Ventures and New Zealand Venture Investment Fund also joined the round.