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1041

Here’s Why the Blockchain Would Have Saved Lehman Brothers

By  for Fortune magazine

CFTC commissioner is on board with the bitcoin-related technology. Bitcoins could have saved Lehman Brothers, sort of. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Government activities

March 31, 2016

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AI, Blockchain-Based Startups Selected For BNP Paribas’ FinTech Accelerator

By Econotimes,

BNP Paribas, a leading bank in Europe, has announced the names of eight startup companies that have been selected for its FinTech accelerator programme, run by the tech innovation specialist L’Atelier BNP Paribas. These startups are from diverse background that includes blockchain, artificial intelligence, insurance and more. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 30, 2016

817

Wall Street Goes Big on Bitcoin Tech

By Telis Demos for WSJ

The mainstreaming of blockchain tech continues. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

March 30, 2016

1066

The blockchain in finance: Hype springs eternal

By the Economist

NORMALLY, it is Simon Taylor’s job to persuade sceptical colleagues at Barclays that rapid technological change will disrupt the bank’s business.

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Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

March 29, 2016

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Bitcoin, RIP. Blockchain is Sexy

2015 was still a busy year for blockchain. Venture capital investments topped $1 billion for the first time. People are finding it easier to invest in the digital currency, thanks to the debut of firms such as Bitcoin Investment Trust. Big financial companies—Nasdaq, American Express and Visa— invested in blockchain startups, “a game changer in terms of attitude towards the technology”.

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Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Hotnews

March 29, 2016

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Blockchain is essential to the fintech revolution

By Brett King for BankNXT,

Brett King explores the growth of bitcoin and blockchain, along with Michael J Casey, Chris Skinner, Brock Pierce, Bart Stephens, Jeremy Allaire and Jim Marous.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Interviews

March 28, 2016

980

Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Central Planning of Digital Money

By  for Coindesk.com

In this opinion piece, Atlas discusses bitcoin’s ongoing block size debate, arguing that the economic analysis of potential changes to the system has been largely ignored by network developers. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 28, 2016

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World Econmic Forum: Could blockchain technology make big banks a thing of the past?

By Simon Johnson, Co-founder, The Baseline Scenario in collaboration with Project Syndicate.

After nearly a decade of crisis, bailout, and reform in the United States and the European Union, the financial system – both in those countries and globally – is remarkably similar to the one we had in 2006.
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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 24, 2016

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Deloitte Predicts Rise in Blockchain-Based Payments

By Charles Small for Bitcoinmagazine.com

Deloitte’s Center for Financial Services has released a report forecasting transformation of the banking industry over the coming decade due to disruptive technology. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking, p2p-payments

March 23, 2016

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Africa’s Largest Online Marketplace Bidorbuy Adds Bitcoin Payments

To eliminate the financial security issues a lot of African e-commerce users have suffered from, Bidorbuy, Africa’s largest online market, began accepting Bitcoin payments March 3. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, SME

March 23, 2016

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Deals: A startup that helps police track criminals using bitcoin just raised $5 million

By Stan Higgins for Coindesk.com

Bitcoin surveillance startup Elliptic has raised $5m in Series A funding in a round that involved a private equity firm with strong US defense and intelligence connections. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

March 21, 2016

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Chris Skinner: 5 major use cases for financial blockchains

by Chris Skinner for BankNXT

Chris Skinner reveals five use cases for emerging financial blockchains that stand out from the crowd for their short-term gains and long-term benefits.

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Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

March 18, 2016

939

Why Latin American economies are turning to bitcoin

By Sonny Singh for techcrunch,

The economic prospects for Latin America in 2016 are grim. With political instability in some of the region’s largest economies, as well as a general slump in prices in oil and other commodities, businesses and consumers are facing a depression and, in the case of Venezuela, economic collapse.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 17, 2016

3652

A Typical Day in a Blockchain-Enabled World Circa 2030

by Mark Frauenfelder,

Let’s follow Crowley the Crocodile as he goes about his day in the year 2030, from the moment his bitcoin-powered bioalarm clock wakes him, until he eats his late night pizza ordered using a rating service that runs without human owners. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

March 16, 2016

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Deloitte: Blockchain Systems Could Rival ACH Network By 2025

By Pete Rizzo for Coindesk,

A new report by the Deloitte Center for Financial Services predicts that permissioned blockchain payment systems will see “significant transaction volume” by 2020. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

March 14, 2016

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Unlocking blockchain for the underbanked

by Jackie Hyland or techcrunch.com

As 2015 came to a close and the new year began, many thought leaders in the financial technology space made their predictions on the trends and innovations that will get us excitedin 2016. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

March 14, 2016

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First Real Estate Sale with Bitcoin Occurs in Denmark

By Bitcoin news service,

The first property purchase using bitcoin has happened in Denmark. A real estate portal is responsible for facilitating the transaction along with Coinify (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 13, 2016

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21 Inc Launches Bitcoin micropayments marketplace

By Pete Rizzo for coindesk.com

Bitcoin startup 21 Inc has launched the 21 Micropayments Marketplace, a new offering that enables the creation of apps that allow buyers and sellers to trade digital goods for bitcoin. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, SME

March 12, 2016

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Why Bitcoin Can’t Help The Poorest – Yet

By   for techcrunch.com

The term “financial inclusion” is a new buzzword in the fintech space. With the rise of services like Abra and MPesa, we are convinced that bitcoin is the solution to the problems of the unbanked. With bitcoin, we say, the house cleaner in Dubai can get her money home and the refugee can get his money over the border into a safer place. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 9, 2016

988

IMF: Virtual Currencies and Their Underlying Technologies Can Provide Faster and Cheaper Financial Services

by Giulio Prisco for Bitcoinmag.com

On January 20, 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, during the panel on Transformation of Finance, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a paper titled “Virtual Currencies and Beyond: Initial Considerations.” (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 9, 2016

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Blockchain and its usage beyond finance

By Eliot Maras for cryptocoinnews.com

Blockchain technology is largely associated with the financial sector, but distributed ledger applications have much to offer other industries as well. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 7, 2016

529

We Must Regulate Bitcoin. Problem Is, We Don’t Understand It

By Primavera De Filippi for Wired

Bitcoin has failed. Bitcoin is the future. Bitcoin cannot be regulated. Bitcoin needs to be regulated. The debate over what will happen to the decentralized virtual currency has reached a cacophonous point, and now lawmakers around the world are wondering whether the time has finally come to regulate this emerging technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 2, 2016

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Bitcoin has failed. Bitcoin is the future. Bitcoin cannot be regulated. Bitcoin needs to be regulated.

By PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI for Wired Magazine

The debate over what will happen to the decentralized virtual currency has reached a cacophonous point, and now lawmakers around the world are wondering whether the time has finally come to regulate this emerging technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 2, 2016

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The Case for Ripple in the Age of Big Bank Blockchains

By Pete Rizzo for coindesk.com

Given its early emphasis on distributed ledgers in what was then widely described as the digital currency ecosystem, Ripple has long held a unique market position in the industry. In the age of “blockchain”, the startup remains one of the few holdouts to describe its offerings as “distributed financial technology”. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 2, 2016

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D+H: 2016 will see blockchain solutions reach banking consumers

By Daniel Palmer for Coindesk.com

DH Corporation (D+H), a Canada-based provider of technology solutions to financial institutions, recently announced the integration of a proprietary blockchain solution with its payments hub, Global PAYplus.

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Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 1, 2016

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IBM Exec Elected Chair of Hyperledger Blockchain Committee

By Stan Higgins for coindesk.com 

An IBM executive has been named as the chairman of the technical committee for the Hyperledger Project, the open-source blockchain initiative launched late last year under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news

March 1, 2016

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Hong Kong robusts its fintech ecosystem

By Joseph Bradley for cryptocurrencynews.com

HK$17B has been pledged by the financial secretary of Hong Kong to begin building the key infrastructure necessary to support a thriving Fintech and tech center in the city. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Fintech news, Hong Kong

February 29, 2016

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Blockchain’s Growing Role in Financial Services

By Helen Thompson for SWIFT Institute,

In this article, Thompson examines how financial services firms might benefit from blockchain technology and some pitfalls they need to avoid as they move towards adoption. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 29, 2016

1053

Why Bitcoin Matters

by Jon Evans for techcrunch.com

The most epochal financial transaction of this century, to date, occurred on May 22, 2010. It did not involve Wall Street, or the City of London; it took place in Jacksonville, Florida. It did not feature collateralized debt obligations, or credit default swaps. It was a purchase of two Papa John’s pizzas, in exchange for a payment whose present value currently exceeds US $4 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 26, 2016

UK takes first steps towards open banking revolution

A banking revolution in terms of financial services will benefit from the UK’s Open Banking Standard. Story by Daoud Fakhri.

The Open Banking Working Group’s newly published recommendations on open platform banking will, if fully implemented, lead to a revolution in the provision of banking services to UK consumers.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 26, 2016