Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten has acqui-hired bitcoin startup Bitnet as part of a bid to staff its new blockchain development lab in the UK.
A pioneer in internet security will discuss lessons for digital currencies in the adoption of a protocol as a technical standard.
The Japanese e-commerce giant has integrated with payment processor Bitnet, enabling customers based in the United States to pay with bitcoin.
Multi-billion-dollar retailer Rakuten is including a panel of bitcoin industry representatives at its first financial conference next month.
Bitnet is targeting large companies with its enterprise bitcoin payments solution and one retail giant is already on board.
Rakuten Super Logistics, a subsidiary of Japanese retail giant Raktuen Group, is now accepting bitcoin.
The CEO of e-commerce empire Rakuten has praised bitcoin and suggested the company could eventually accept the cryptocurrency.