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Spanish Banking Giant BBVA Now a Member of Hyperledger Blockchain Project & Linux Foundation

By Samburaj Das for CCN

Spanish multinational banking group BBVA becomes the latest financial institution to join the Hyperledger Project, a cross-industry blockchain collaborative with open-source principles led by the Linux Foundation. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

March 30, 2017

Build a private blockchain ecosystem in minutes with this open source project

A new open source project called YobiChain enables anyone to build a private blockchain ecosystem preloaded with development tools, database, web & FTP servers and a simple blockchain application. Within minutes. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 26, 2017

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SAP Ariba Will Use Blockchain to Track Shipments, Ensure Authenticity

By Tom Groenfeldt for Forbes,

SAP Ariba, which connects 2.5 million buyers and sellers around the world through its network, today announced it will offer blockchain record-keeping across its cloud-based applications and business network. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Hotnews

March 23, 2017

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MAS Conclusion about Distributed Ledger Technology in Securities Settlement and Cross Border Payments

By FintechNews.Sg

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the successful conclusion of the proof-of-concept project to conduct domestic inter-bank payments using distributed ledger technology (DLT). The project, in partnership with R3 and a consortium of financial institutions, was first announced on 16 November 2016 by MAS. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, InspirAsia

March 22, 2017

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Govt-Backed ‘Crypto Valley Association’ Launches in Switzerland

By CryptoCoins News

Fintech-friendly Switzerland sees the launch of a new non-profit blockchain advocacy and development group with the launch of the Crypto Valley Association, backed by the government. (more…)

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March 3, 2017

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PayThink Blockchain payments can help banks play innovation catch up

By Artem Tymoshenko for Payments Source

One area that has lagged in innovation is the financial services industry.  (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Blockchain, Payment processors/providers/gateways

March 3, 2017

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Banks are sold on blockchain, concerned about collaboration

By Penny Corpsman for AmericanBanker

Several ideas are emerging about the adoption of blockchain in the financial services industry that are quite different than what anyone would have predicted two or three years ago.  (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news

March 3, 2017

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Why China’s $60 Billion Alipay is Recruiting Blockchain Engineers, Experts

By The CoinTelegraph

China’s Alibaba, one of the world’s largest e-commerce company valued at $256 bln and its $60 bln financial arm Alipay are recruiting Blockchain experts to actively look into the potential of Blockchain technology.

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Blockchain, Fintech news, Payment systems

March 3, 2017

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PwC runs blockchain prototype for London insurance market

By Finextra

PwC has created a working blockchain prototype for the London Market Target Operating Model (TOM) Innovation Exchange.  (more…)

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March 3, 2017

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Blockchain Breakthrough: 47 Japanese Banks Complete Money Transfer Pilot Using Ripple

By CryptoCoins News

Blockchain is moving into production, claims Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse after a consortium of 47 Japanese banks completed a pilot implementation of Ripple’s technology. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news

March 3, 2017

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Ledger Fever: 95 Bitcoin & Blockchain Startups In One Market Map

By CB Insights

Bitcoin and blockchain companies are popping up in numerous sectors, including financial services, social, intellectual property, and IoT.

Funding to the sector has gone from almost no investment in 2012 to over $500M in each of the past two years. Corporations and their venture arms, especially those in financial services, have entered the fray in large numbers, looking to blockchain and distributed ledger solutions to address pain points that include data reconciliation, clearance, and settlement, among other issues. Major global banks and financial intermediaries are working closely with blockchain companies using the new technology to revamp legacy systems and infrastructure. (more…)

About, Analytics, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 28, 2017

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Technology Startup JAAK Introduces Blockchain For Entertainment And Media Companies

By CryptoCoins News

A London-based startup called JAAK has developed a blockchain for the entertainment and media companies to capture, store and verify metada using both Ethereum and Swarm, according to A Journal of Musical Things. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 28, 2017

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Financial Markets Expert: Blockchain Will Eliminate Cash

First appeared at CryptoCoins News

Dr. Philippa (“Pippa”) Malmgren, the founder of DPRM Group, a London-based company that helps companies, investors and policymakers better understand how risk and prices move across the economic landscape, said blockchain signals the end of cash during the recent Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Global trends, Influences FinTech

February 28, 2017

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R3: ‘Corda Is Not A Blockchain And We Didn’t Say It Was’ As Critics Take Aim

By CryptoCoins News

In a recent blog, “When is a blockchain not a blockchain” R3 noted that its Corda product is a distributed ledger and not a blockchain, and that it was never stated as such. The blog was in response to public comments claiming that R3 has only recently recognized that blockchain technology will not address wholesale financial industry needs. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

February 28, 2017

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How Government Organizations Can Set the pace for Blockchain Technology Adoption

By CryptoCoins News

All types of organizations stand to gain new benefits from blockchain technology, but governments are uniquely positioned to not only gain such benefits for themselves, but to help establish blockchain infrastructure that benefits all business and consumer sectors. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

February 28, 2017

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Korean Central Bank To Deploy R3’s Blockchain Proof Of Concept

By CryptoCoin News

The Bank of Korea plans to execute the R3 consortium proof-of-concept blockchain technology project. Kim Jung-hyuk, head of the e-finance planning team for the bank’s financial supervisory service, announced the project at the Digital Money 2017 conference, according to EconoTimes. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Korea

February 24, 2017

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Bitcoin P2P Lending Platform Bitbond Raises $1.2 Million in Equity Funding

By CryptoCoins News

Bitbond, a German peer-to-peer bitcoin loan platform closed an equity funding round of $1.2 million in new capital as it looks to fuel user growth in potential markets. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, p2p/online lending

February 24, 2017

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Ethereum-Based Humaniq To Deliver Banking 4.0 to 2 Bln Unbanked

By TheCoinTelegraph

Our London correspondent Nick Ayton caught up with Humaniq founder Alex Fork, who has an ambition to help eliminate poverty by delivering new banking options to emerging markets in Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia so that everyone who needs can get access to financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Insurance, p2p/online lending

February 23, 2017

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Vietnamese Bitcoin P2P Platform Remitano Targets Global Expansion

By CryptoCoinsNews

Remitano, a Vietnam-based P2P platform for trading bitcoin, has expanded its services across the English-speaking world.

The company is targeting bitcoin exchangers, investors and users of remittance services, beginning with Asian countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and China. (more…)

Blockchain, Malaysia, Vietnam

February 20, 2017

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Japan’s Largest Bank is Testing Digitized Checks on a Blockchain in Singapore

By CryptoCoins News

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan’s largest bank, has chosen blockchain technology as the core infrastructure toward testing the digitization of checks using Singapore’s Fintech-friendly regulatory sandbox installed by the country’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Singapore

February 20, 2017

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The March Of Financial Services Giants Into Bitcoin And Blockchain Startups In One Chart

By CB Insights

From American Express to Goldman Sachs to Deloitte, major firms across the financial services landscape have made investments in bitcoin and blockchain startups. And the financial services investments have continued into 2017. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Deals, Fintech news, Marketing Report

February 20, 2017

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30 Companies Providing Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Solutions

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

The LTP Team has been following the blockchain-focused ecosystem for quite a while now and have seen very interesting a promising players providing solutions for authentication, blockchain-as-a-service, open-source blockchain, application development, mobile wallets, compliance, trading and investment, etc. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Fintech news

February 19, 2017

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World Government Not Ready For Blockchain: Deloitte Report

By William Suberg for The CoinTelegraph

The latest report by accounts giant Deloitte suggests world governments are underprepared for disruptive technologies including Blockchain. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Marketing Report

February 19, 2017

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Financial Services Is Only the Start for Blockchain’s True Societal Impact

By CryptoCoins News

This opinion article is penned by Steven Boyle, CEO at Integrated Cloud Solutions, a Glasgow, Scotland-based software solutions firm. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news

February 18, 2017

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Blockchain Tracker: Blockchain Technology’s Impact On Global Transactions

From PayPal to Venmo, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments and more, there are a myriad of ways money is processed during transactions around the world. One of the most trusted and reliable ways may be through bank account transfers. As such, there’s a need to simplify all of these complex finance routes, and blockchain technology seems to be the anchor for this. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Interviews

February 18, 2017

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PayThink Blockchain can save banks in the ‘faster payment’ race

By Anil Das for Payments Source

Financial institutions are in a predicament as demand for fast payment services is clearly growing, among consumers and merchants alike, and is aggressively being fulfilled by fintechs.

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Analytics, Blockchain, Fintech news, Payment processors/providers/gateways

February 16, 2017

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Kevin the bot uses blockchain to offer insurance for P2P transactions

By Finextra

Madrid-based online reputation startup Traity has launched a chatbot that uses an “open blockchain balance sheet” to provide micro-insurance for people carrying out P2P transactions  (more…)

Blockchain, Bots, Fintech news, Insurance, p2p-payments

February 16, 2017

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Bitcoin Investor Tim Draper Re-Enters India VC, Praises Modi’s Reforms

By the CoinTelegraph

Tim Draper, a Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor, has returned to the Indian market, backing startups through Mumbai-based Blume Ventures.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, India, People of fintech

February 14, 2017

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Hong Kong Financial Markets Authority Joins R3 to Test Blockchain Transactions

By Samburaj Das for CryptoCoins News

The Securities and Futures Commission, an independent statutory authority that regulates the securities and futures markets in one of the world’s major financial hubs in Hong Kong is joining the R3-led financial blockchain consortium. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities, Hong Kong

February 14, 2017

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Banking Is Only The Start: 27 Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

By CB Insights

Banking and payments aren’t the only industries that could be affected by blockchain tech. Law enforcement, ride hailing, and charity also could be transformed. (more…)

About, Blockchain, news

February 14, 2017