Blockchain firm Ripple expands APAC presence with Japan and Korea fund

Blockchain firm Ripple expands APAC presence with Japan and Korea fund

Blockchain firm Ripple has launched a dedicated Japan and Korea fund, aimed at driving innovation and fostering growth on the XRP Ledger as it continues to expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The XRP Ledger is an open-source, public blockchain designed for corporate use, powering the XRP cryptocurrency. Ripple leverages blockchain technology and XRP to facilitate real-time, cross-border payments.

An official statement from Ripple claims that the funds will be...

Web3Firewall announces $2.5m pre-seed investment round

Web3Firewall has closed a $2.5m pre-seed investment round led by Laser Digital (Nomura’s digital asset subsidiary) gumi Cryptos Capital (gCC) and SPEILLLP, a member of Susquehanna International Group.

The company has developed an intelligence-driven risk and compliance platform specifically to meet the evolving challenges of companies engaged in blockchain technology and digital assets.

Web3Firewall was founded in 2023 by Dr. Samer Fayssal, who was previously CISO and...

MetaMinds Group partners with NFTrends

MetaMinds Group, a ‘metaverse as a service’ company providing end-to-end infrastructure and metaverse-ready solutions to luxury and lifestyle brands, has partnered with NFTrends (Numeraire Future Trends), the provider of solutions for authentication, ownership and provenance tracking, designed for the luxury and art markets.

A Zilliqa Group venture entity, MetaMinds has entered this partnership in order to offer a joint service offering with NFTrends focusing on the initial...

Researchers propose a Web 3.0 streaming architecture and marketplace

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Web 3.0 is a blockchain technology-based internet paradigm that is transparent and decentralised. But, Web 3.0 streaming services require modifications to the existing service structure due to certain technical issues.

Now, researchers from Incheon National University have proposed 'Retriever', an Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS) based Web 3.0 technology and non-fungible token marketplace. The proposed marketplace reduces service delay and improves user experience by deploying...

Etherscan acquires Solscan to expand blockchain data services

Solscan.io, a prominent block explorer for the Solana ecosystem has joined Etherscan, a block explorer and analytics platform for decentralised smart contracts platform, Ethereum.

Etherscan noted that the merger continues its ongoing efforts to improve the accessibility of blockchain data across multiple networks.

Since its founding in 2021, Solscan has served more than three million monthly users. It offers many features that will be familiar to users of Etherscan,...

PEZ partners with Quidd to launch historic NFT collection

In a pioneering collaboration that merges the classic charm of PEZ with cutting-edge technology, the iconic candy company has partnered with Quidd, the leading digital collectibles and NFT marketplace.

Together, they are set to release PEZ's first-ever Non-Fungible Token (NFT) collection, marking a significant stride into the digital era of collectibles. Quidd joins a carefully selected group of best in class partners to expand the beloved PEZ brand into new product categories....

Blockchain Expo Europe: PepsiCo on how Web3 modernises enterprises

In a session at Blockchain Expo Europe, Max Ndaboka, Global Enterprise Data Management Transformation Manager at PepsiCo, delved into the world of Web3 and how it's modernising enterprises.

Speaking to a packed audience, Ndaboka shed light on the shift from Web2 to Web3 and highlighted the transformative potential it holds for businesses.

“Web2 is what we are all familiar with: the applications that we had in the past, running over the internet. Web3 is just referring...

Renee Francis, Take3: The transformative potential of Web3

The Block caught up with Renee Francis, Founder and Director of Take3, to discuss the transformative potential of Web3.

With a background in marketing and extensive experience with platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google, Francis offers a unique perspective on the issues that Web3 aims to address.

In this interview, she shares insights into the benefits of Web3, the challenges it faces, and her excitement for various projects in the space.

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Coinbase’s CEO shares his top 10 most exciting Web3 ideas

Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong is basking in the glow of a successful week as the value of his company's stocks soared, riding on the rising hopes for a Bitcoin spot Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF).

Armstrong kept the good vibes going by sharing the 10 ideas he’s “most excited about” in the Web3 space.

"We're actively developing numerous projects at Coinbase, but considering the vast landscape, it's not possible to tackle everything. Therefore, I thought...

Benno Schmitzer, KURZ Digital: The NFT revolution and future of Web3

Can you tell us a little bit about Kurz Digital and what the company does?

KURZ Digital Solutions is the digital incubator of the KURZ Group which is a leading global expert in thin-film technology with more than 5,500 employees and numerous international locations. Its customers include the world's biggest brands and companies - from the automotive industry to consumer electronics, health & beauty, and product and anti-counterfeit protection.

The tasks of KURZ...