Blockchain in France: A primer on an emerging market

French companies have seen the threats and opportunities of blockchain and as a result have started experimenting with the technology to avoid being left behind. Read more: www.coindesk.com

Blockchain fuels IBM and Standard Chartered insurance

American International Group (AIG), IBM and Standard Chartered have piloted the “first” multinational, smart contract based insurance policy using blockchain. Read more: www.bankingtech.com

Reuters launches blockchain service for delivering market data

Thomas Reuters is launchind blockchain-based service, BlockOne IQ, which will provide its clients with fast and secure financial market data. Read more: www.crowdfundinsider.com

Bitcoin is better money, Ethereum is really not: Vinny Lingham

Vinny Lingham, the co-founder of Gyft and the CEO of blockchain identity startup Civic, recently stated that bitcoin is better money and Ethereum is not really a currency. Read more: cointelegraph.com

Australian politician calls for Bitcoin scrutiny to beat terrorism

A major Australian politician has called for increased scrutiny on bitcoin transactions as a means of combating terrorism. Read more: www.coindesk.com

Delaware blockchain measure seeks to change

Private companies incorporated in Delaware could start issuing and tracking shares of stock on a distributed ledger this summer. Read more: www.americanbanker.com

Blockchain innovator Loyyal closes Series A led by Integrated Networks

New York-based blockchain innovator Loyyal has closed its Series A funding round which was led by Integrated Networks. Read more: analysis.cairns.cl

Industrial material investment platform ZrCoin reels in $7m for its ICO

Russia-based ZrCoin has reportedly raised $7m in cryptocurrency from 3,955 investors from an ICO. Read more: analysis.cairns.cl

Calastone completes blockchain PoC for mututal funds

Calastone announced the successful completion of the first phase of its distributed market infrastructure proof-of-concept(PoC). Read more: www.finextra.com

Emirates Islamic Bank launches blockchain check service

Emirates Islamic Bank is formally integrating blockchain into its paper checks. Read more: www.coindesk.com