LINE establishes a Korea-based blockchain affiliate

Japanese chat giant through its mobile platform subsidiary LINE Plus established its blockchain affiliate Unblock in South Korea on April 2
03 April 2018   462

LINE Plus is running a blockchain affiliate in South korea as of April 2. Unblock will be responsible for developing an integration mechanism of blockchain technologies into LINE cross-market system. LINE is a chat giant in Japan with over 214 mln users.

The establishment of Unblock signals we are ready to invest in order to play a leading role in the blockchain industry. We are planning to recruit people with expertise in blockchain technologies, such as token economy design. We will speed up investment and strengthen research on the virtual currency market.


LINE Official

In January, LINE Financial Corp. was established to incorporate crypto exchange, insurance and loan platform into LINE portfolio of business departments. LINE is owned by a Korean Internet search giant Naver and was founded to fight off its competitor in Japan - another Korean chat giant Kakao.

The company [Unblock] will conduct blockchain education and market research and help South Korean virtual currencies expand to Japan and Southeast Asia. Unblock will also possibly issue its own virtual currency and act as an exchange at a later date.


LINE Plus Official

Japan and South Korea are two of the most popular markets for virtual currency and blockchain.

Barclays to Freeze Crypto Trading Project

This is reported by two anonymous sources to Financial News London
15 October 2018   100

One of the largest UK bank Barclays has suspended work on its own crypto-trading project, Financial News reports citing two sources familiar with the situation.

Earlier this year, the bank gathered a high profile team to explore opportunities for cryptocurrency trading as part of its own business. However, according to one source, the initiative was “frozen”.

The former head of Barclays for energy trading, Chris Tyrer, who headed the “digital assets project,” left the bank in September after management decided to freeze the initiative.

Together with Tyrer, the macro-strategy in the field of foreign exchange and emerging markets was Marvin Barth, Senior Technical Specialist Lee Brain, and Consultant Matthew Jobb Duval.

Their task was to determine whether cryptocurrencies are an asset class with far-reaching prospects, whether Barclays customers are interested in them and what type of IT infrastructure will be needed to work with them, the source said.