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106

Monetary Authority of Singapore: DLT is a Natural Platform for Collaboration

Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the  Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), spoke about the intrinsic potential of Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) at the Global Blockchain Business Conference last week in India. Singapore is the leading Fintech hub in southeast Asia and is keen to maintain the title. Blockchain is a key element for the future of financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities

October 16, 2017

154

Ripple: The Most (Demonstrably) Scalable Blockchain

This is a guest post by Mark Travis for high Scalability, Performance Engineer at Ripple.

Ripple’s XRP Ledger is a blockchain-based payment network that transfers funds between any type of currency within a few seconds with average transaction costs of a fraction of a penny. The core of this peer-to-peer network is an open source C++ application called rippled. Ripple’s goal is to supplant the world’s existing legacy payment networks. As such, scalability is a continuous goal. This document describes how the rippled team has integrated performance engineering into its development processes, and how this has contributed to throughput gains of over 1000%. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 11, 2017

171

Inside the Meteoric Rise in ICOs

from Medium

Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) have quickly grown to account for more startup funding in blockchain-based companies than all of Venture Capital. Nearly $2.3 billion has been raised to date in ICOs, with the large majority of that taking place in the first half of 2017. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

October 6, 2017

163

Japan and blockchain tech are a match made in heaven

By Jack Ellis for Tech in Asia

Blockchain is about a whole lot more than cryptocurrencies. But it was inevitable that digital tokens would dominate a discussion at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 on the impact that blockchain tech is having on Japan’s financial services industry. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia

October 5, 2017

180

Confirmed: Korean crypto exchange Korbit sold to Nexon parent for $80M

By Jon Russel for Techcrunch

The parent company of games giant Nexon has confirmed that it acquired Korea’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange, Korbit, in a deal that values it at just over $120 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 28, 2017

Want to Really Understand What all the Hype of Cryptocurrency is About?

By Mark Suster from UpFront Ventures for his blog

If you read the headlines you may well think cryptocurrencies are a either a radically new way of paying that is our savior from ossified, corrupt governments or on the other side that they are speculative Ponzi schemes. The reality of course is that cryptocurrencies can be both and can be liberating and corrupting at the same time. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 20, 2017

SEC Thailand’s Viewpoint on ICO

by Fintechnews.sg

he Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand (SEC Thailand) has been following the development and the growing popularity of initial coin offerings (ICO). (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

September 20, 2017

192

Regulation of ICOs: the end or beginning of a healthy market?

By Carlo Meijer for Finextra

One of the hottest – and also one of the most controversial – things in  the crypto currency environment are so-called  Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs. ICOs, which employ the use of crypto currencies, have become a popular means of fundraising for start-ups in recent months. The increasing need of blockchain technology and the lack of regulation allows them to raise money quickly in return to so-called tokens (also described as digital certificates). This hype has driven a steep rise in this sector’s market value, reaching a high of $177 bn. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

September 18, 2017

163

Filecoin Provides Details on Huge ICO on CoinList

Filecoin, by Protocol Labs, closed their Initial Coin Offering on September 7th but it appears it has taken some time to regroup and count all of the digital coin that flooded into the first ICO to bless the pages of CoinList. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 18, 2017

167

China’s ICO ban makes more sense in light of its history with fintech

By Nik Milanovic for Techcrunch

China’s decision to freeze fundraising through initial coin offerings continues to roil markets, but the regulatory decision may not be as controversial as the response from the bitcoin community would lead observers to believe. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

September 13, 2017

302

Industry Insiders Leverage CryptoCurrencies for Consumer Apps

By Open Money,

Consumer software, which represents approximately 40% of the $333-billion-dollar global software industry, is quickly occupying a growing role in how people conduct their lives and interact with the world around them. We increasingly use apps to be more productive, entertain ourselves and to find and build personal relationships. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

September 13, 2017

299

What Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ tells us about the state of blockchain

By Jeremy Epstein for Venture Beat

The proliferation of blockchain startups and their mammoth ICOs show there’s a lot of interest in decentralizing applications and services. And though it’s an oxymoron, we’re now seeing a few “centers” of “decentralization” emerging — a handful of cities engaged in serious jurisdictional competition to become the prime innovation hub for blockchain-based technologies. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

September 11, 2017

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Digital Assets Predicted to Rise to $1 Trillion in Less than 2 Years

The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market is going through a turbulent period of change and regulation. Following an incredible rise of the new form of raising capital online, regulators around the world are pumping their rule making breaks to slow down cryptocurrency based securities offerings. Starting with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in July, followed by multiple securities regulators across Asia and elsewhere, government officials are warning both issuers and investors about the risks of ICOs. China, a huge player in the cryptocurrency space, rattled the digital coin world when government officials effectively banned domestic ICOs altogether. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

September 8, 2017

Russia Wary Of ICOs

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Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

September 6, 2017

339

How Singapore became a hot ICO destination

By  for VentureBeat

As the crypto-token market heats up, Singapore has emerged as one of a few key hubs for blockchain startups wanting to launch an initial coin offering (ICO). The city-state is a long-established hub for corporate setup due to its tax friendly rules, light-touch regulation, and state funding. It is home to over 200 banks with total assets amounting to a whopping $2 trillion, and it has already played host to a long list of successful ICOs. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

September 4, 2017

199

Kik raises $50 million ahead of token sale for its cryptocurrency Kin

By Venture Beat

Kik Interactive announced today that a token distribution event (TDE) for the sale of its cryptocurrency Kin will start September 12 at 6 a.m. Pacific time. Kik, a chat app with a community of 50 million monthly active users, is one of the first major examples of a non-blockchain business going to blockchain to open up new opportunities. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

August 30, 2017

480

Is New Hampshire the Blockchain Capital of the World?

The state of New Hampshire could easily be hailed as the Bitcoin capital in the world as of mid-2017. The state’s new accolade is credited to the great libertarian migration of the 21st century. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

July 6, 2017

657

How Switzerland Reinvented Itself As Cryptocurrency Haven

Switzerland is enticing financial technology companies and startups to its already booming Crypto Valley by stripping down its regulations for services surrounding digital currencies and other financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities

July 6, 2017

542

World Economic Forum Blockchain White Paper Gets Warm Reception

The World Economic Forum (WEF) today published a dedicated Blockchain report detailing how the technology will flow into the global economy. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 29, 2017

300

While investment firms ponder ICOs, this team is barreling ahead with a $100 million ICO fund

By Connie Loizos for Techcrunch

Most investors are trying to get a handle on initial coin offerings, which have begun racing through the tech ecosystem like a fire, veering off in multiple directions and causing excitement and confusion and some degree of terror as they grow in number. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Hotnews

June 29, 2017

390

Cryptocurrency Bubble Will Burst: Aberdeen Asset Management

The recent rapid increase in the price of cryptocurrencies has resulted in many experts calling it a bubble and advising caution while investing. Aberdeen Asset Management is the latest to do so, arguing that like all bubbles, the virtual currency bubble will eventually burst too. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 26, 2017

650

China Quietly Tests Digital Hybrid Currency

In a move that is no surprise to industry experts, China has begun testing its own digital currency for interbank transfers. Recent speeches by national bank insiders along with some publications have indicated the direction the Chinese would like to take.  (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews, InspirAsia

June 26, 2017

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Everything you wanted to know about initial coin offerings but were afraid to ask

By Eva Xiao for TIA

Raising capital as an entrepreneur is no cake walk. At its worst, it’s a grueling slog of pitching, networking, meetings, and waiting. But for blockchain-savvy startups, fundraising has never been easier – or faster – than in the current boom time. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

June 26, 2017

817

Analyzing Token Sale Models

By Vitalik Buterin for his blog

Note: I mention the names of various projects below only to compare and contrast their token sale mechanisms; this should NOT be taken as an endorsement or criticism of any specific project as a whole. It’s entirely possible for any given project to be total trash as a whole and yet still have an awesome token sale model. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 15, 2017

376

R3 Corda enters public beta

By R3

As reported last month, R3 has just completed the first two of three tranches of our Series A funding round, raising $107m to fund the development of Corda, our distributed ledger platform designed from the ground up for the needs of commerce.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

June 12, 2017

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ZrCoin ICO Claims $7 Million Raised from 3955 Investors

ZrCoin, based in Russia, says it has raised $7.07 million in cryptocurrency from 3,955 investors during their Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The offer was live from May 11th to June 9th and was hosted on the Waves platform. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

June 12, 2017

655

Singapore Tokenizes Their Currency Through Ethereum’s Blockchain

According to a recent article on Trustnodes, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s central bank, has successfully digitized their national currency by a creating a token out of the Singapore dollar on Ethereum’s blockchain technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, Hotnews

June 8, 2017

370

Ethereum Piques Vladimir Putin’s Interest

Moving at the speed of light was once reserved for the comic book hero Flash, but with nearly every industry going digital, technology may be giving him a run for his money. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Hotnews

June 7, 2017

478

What Is Sparking Bitcoin’s Strength?

Back in February, we reported that Bitcoin transaction volumes were up 55 percent in 2017. Since that time, the leading cryptocurrency has only looked stronger. Bitcoin is trading at higher prices than most people thought possible, and some are predicting lucrative values in the coming years. Bitcoin isn’t a replacement for day-to-day currency for most of us, and may never become one. However, it is a serious, viable commodity, and it seems as if it’s going to be around for a long time. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Hotnews

June 6, 2017

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Bitcoin Exchanges in China Resume Withdrawals After Months-long Freeze

Last week, it was reported that the 3 largest bitcoin exchanges in China finally ended a four-month freeze on withdrawals. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews

June 6, 2017