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It is reported, that the online social media and social networking service company Facebook has posted another 5 blockchain-related positions. According to the report, all of the positions are based at the Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ in California. Announced positions are – production manager, business operations manager, data scientist, software engineer and growth product manager.

It is reported, that the Coffee Board of India has launched a pilot blockchain-based e-marketplace.  The Coffee Board collaborated with M/s Eka Plus, а digital commodity management platforms for agriculture, in order to carry out this project. According to the report, the e-marketplace project aims to improve transparency and traceability of coffee produced in India, as well as to reduce the number of intermediaries between coffee growers and buyers.

It is reported, that Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin has plans on creating palladium backed cryptocurrency tokens. According to the report, the CEO of Russian nickel and palladium mining & smelting company MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, Potanin, wants to deploy crypto tokens for trading palladium via Swiss-based palladium fund, and also wants to launch a number of digital platforms.

According to an announcement, the blockchain startup Animoca Brands and Formula 1 has signed a global licensing agreement in order to publish a blockchain game based on the world-renowned racing series.  It is reported, that with this agreement Animoca will be able to publish a blockchain game “F1 Delta Time,” based on non-fungible tokens. According to the report, the first phase of launch is planned on the 10th of May 2019.

According to an announcement, the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) has affirmed that it has not authorized any entity to operate ICO with the agency’s official sanction. It is reported, that CNMV underlined that any documentation sent to the potential ICO investors must have clarification that it has not “been subject to any type of review by the CNMV or any other administrative authority,” or to have some similar formulation.

According to the press release, that major Vietnam’s distribution company Linh Thanh Group and Swiss blockchain company KRONN Ventures AG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a cryptocurrency exchange. The cooperation intended to encourage digital currency production and the cryptocurrency exchange development in Vietnam. It is reported, that presumably the companies have received an appropriate license to do so. According to the report, for Vietnam it will be the 1st crypto exchange authorized to operate. The establishment of an authorized cryptocurrency exchange is very significant move for the industry in Vietnam, because in the past the government was turned against digital assets.

It is reported, that the major US chocolate production company Hershey has joined blockchain-based consortium AdLedger. According to the report, besides Hershey, the French media group Publicis Media and The Global Audience Based Buying Conference & Consultancy has also joined AdLedger, which is a nonprofit consortium and developer of shared ledger technologies for the digital advertising market.

It is reported, that crypto exchange Binance has cooperated with risk management and compliance firm IdentityMind, in order to resolve data security and compliance requirements for Binance’s global operations by using IdentityMind’s tools for KYC and AML compliance. According to the Binances’ chief compliance officer, Samuel Lim, the main goal of this cooperation is to stimulate the formation of more trusting relations between financial institutions around the world, as well as to develop security systems in accordance with regulatory policies in countries operated by Binance.

It is reported, that South Korean Internet company Kakao Corp has collaborated with an Ireland-based ticketing startup Festy, for development of a blockchain-based payment system. According to the report, this partnership agreement will be focused on using the former’s blockchain platform technology Klaytn for a blockchain-based payment system and for analytics applications with Irish startup Festy.

It is reported, that crypto exchange OKEx is developing its own blockchain named “OKChain”, which will also serve as the base for OKEx’s decentralized exchange.  According to the report, the OKEx’s native utility-token OKB will be added to the ERC-20 blockchain already in the end of April, and as soon as the OKChain get stable the OKB will be moved to the OKChain main-net. It is possible that the OKB will also be used for token pre-sale.