• Restaurant Toks to track coffee
    Technology

    Mexico’s Restaurant Toks tracking coffee on blockchain

    Simba Chain’s smart-contract-as-a-service platform is helping the casual dining chain track the source and sustainability of the coffee it serves

    Restaurant Toks, a casual dining chain with 208 locations across Mexico, has teamed up with blockchain provider Simba Chain and the University of Notre Dame to create a distributed application to register and track every coffee bean it has "purchased, processed, packaged, and sold."

  • ConsenSys cut 14% of staff
    Ethereum

    ConsenSys cut 14% of staff today, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic

    Another round of layoffs hit 90 people at Joe Lubin’s Ethereum venture studio, two months after similar cuts related to a reorganization

    Two months after ConsenSys cut 14% of staff in a round of layoffs, the axe has struck once again at Joe Lubin’s Brooklyn-based Ethereum venture studio. On April 20, the company announced another 14% reduction in headcount, this time attributed to the coronavirus pandemic downturn. That’s about 90 people. “Like most of its peers, ConsenSys is seeing extraordinary uncertainty in the market, with businesses rebalancing priorities and reevaluating timelines,” a spokesperson told Modern Consensus via email. “In such an environment, we must make changes to conserve resources and ensure our continued ability to support our customers, drive innovation, and serve the broader ecosystem.”  Adding that “no particular areas that were…

  • James Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase. Photo: World Economic Forum via Wiki Commons).
    Ethereum,  Regulation

    JPMorgan adds KYC-defeating technology to Ethereum-based payment privacy tool Zether

    The banking giant open-sources a user-anonymity tool for cryptocurrency

    Just as international financial regulators are about to announce stronger "know your customer" requirements for cryptocurrencies, banking giant JPMorgan Chase has released software designed to help people avoid them.