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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

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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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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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Bitcoin Near Record Max Amid ETF Hopes

Bitcoin has recovered from its drop in January — and then some. (more…)

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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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EU To End Geoblocking For Digital Currency Users, Blockchain, Bitcoin Wallets Affected

By William Suberg for The CoinTelegraph

The European Union is seeking to end geoblocking of citizens in member states who use digital currencies.

A draft outline by the European Union Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection “aims to lift any unjustified barriers in e-commerce and to be a decisive step towards the completion of the Digital Single Market.” (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, news

February 22, 2017

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Bitcoin Transaction Volumes Up 55% in 2017

By TheCoinTelegraph

Bitcoin’s transaction volume in 2017 exploded to $260 mln per day – or $180,000 per minute, according to the latest statistics. (more…)

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February 18, 2017

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FinTech in New Zealand Set to Boost Economic Growth

By CryptoCoinsNews

A tech leader and software company director has said that the setup of a national FinTech organization will push New Zealand’s economic growth. (more…)

About, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

February 16, 2017

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We Shouldn’t “Kill” Bitcoin But Regulate: Former Bank of China Governor to CCTV

By Joseph Young for CoinTelegraph

During an interview with China Central Television (CCTV), a predominant state television broadcaster, L H Li, the former governor of Bank of China, one of the largest banks owned by the Chinese government, and member of the People’s Congress, stated that the Chinese central bank should try to regulate Bitcoin companies and users rather than attempting to stop the adoption of Bitcoin.

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About, China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

February 16, 2017

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Digital Currency – The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin

By David Midgley for Total Processing Blog

With digital payments and currency becoming more common and increasingly popular in the business world, it’s no wonder that the rise of Bitcoin is now more evident than ever. The digital world is booming and the idea of a digital wallet is no longer just an idea, it’s here and has been around for a while now. (more…)

About, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

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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First Dedicated ‘Bitcoin Bank’ Opens In Vienna, Austria

By William Suberg for CoinTelegraph

 What is likely the world’s first dedicated Bitcoin bank has opened in the heart of the Austrian capital Vienna.

Named simply ‘Bitcoin-Bank,’ the dedicated physical outlet is owned and managed by a local Blockchain startup Bit Trust. (more…)

Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 12, 2017

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After Bitcoin Dropped 10%, How Likely Is An ETF Now?

By Laura Shin for Forbes

As Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s almost four-year-long pursuit to offer a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund or ETF nears its final deadline on March 11, developments in bitcoin continue to shift the calculus for tea-leaf readers. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

February 11, 2017

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After surge in transactions, Philippine central bank regulates Bitcoin

By  for TechInAsia

The Philippine central bank has decided to regulate virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin, with more and more people using it to transfer money across borders. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan, Philippines

February 11, 2017

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The Truth About Bitcoin Remittances

By George Harrap for Medium

We are about 7 years into Bitcoin and ‘the Blockchain’ now and its time we evaluated where we are in terms of remittances, what works and what doesnt. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Remittances

February 6, 2017

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Japan Could See 20,000 Bitcoin Accepting Merchants in 2017

By Samburaj Das for CryptoCoinsNews

As Japan prepares to enforce regulations upon bitcoin exchanges in the country, a development that was encouraged by the local bitcoin industry, the number of merchants accepting the cryptocurrency is expected to quintuple to 20,000 this year. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities, Japan

January 31, 2017

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Digital Currencies & Blockchain to Be Discussed at IMF Dubai Fintech Summit

By CryptoCoins News

The Dubai Ministry of Finance (MoF) will co-organize a Fintech seminar with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the upcoming World Government Summit. Chief among the topics to be discussed are virtual currencies and the applications of blockchain technology and the wider Fintech services space. (more…)

About, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 31, 2017

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Ethereum at a Crossroad as Corporate Interest Grows

By Andrew Quentson for CryptoCoinsNews

Following the explosion of interest in blockchain technology last year, Vitalik Buterin gave a presentation at the Hyperledger’s technical steering committee in April 2016, explaining how Ethereum could be integrated with the consortium’s protocol or, perhaps, replace it entirely. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 29, 2017

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Paxful launches virtual bitcoin kiosk

By Finextra

Paxful – a global leader in peer-to-peer bitcoin technology – has launched a new widget, allowing anyone to buy bitcoin worldwide instantly with over 300 ways to pay.  (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 28, 2017

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Bitcoin Core Dev Recommends a 70% Reduction in Transaction Capacity after $250 Million Backlog

By Andrew for CryptoCoins news

Luke-jr, developer of the Bitcoin Core client and Blockstream contractor, has recommended in a developers’ mailing list Bitcoin Improvement Proposal announcement an instant 70% reduction of bitcoin’s transaction capacity to 300kb, followed by a yearly increase of around 17%, reaching the current transaction capacity of 1MB in 2024. Thereafter, it is intended to continue increasing by 17%, reaching a maximum capacity of 31MB in around half a century. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 27, 2017

A collection of bitcoin tokens sit in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. The electronic coin that trades and is regulated like oil and gold surged 79 percent since the start of 2016 to $778, its highest level since early 2014. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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This Bitcoin Firm Was Approved to Operate in Switzerland

By Fortune

Bitcoin wallet provider Xapo said it has received conditional approval from Switzerland’s financial market watchdog to operate in the country in a regulatory breakthrough for companies that provide safekeeping for the virtual currency. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 27, 2017

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Credit China FinTech Inks $30 Million Deal with Bitcoin Firm BitFury

By Samburaj Das for CryptoCoinsNews

Credit China Fintech Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based industry investment firm has entered a $30 million agreement with bitcoin- and blockchain-industry giant BitFury. The deal will see an investment in Bitfury shares and a new joint-venture effort focusing on the Chinese market. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 26, 2017

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Investors and VCs in Bitcoin and Blockchain in Asia

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Financial institutions are lining up behind blockchain, a technology that promises to make business processes more efficient and cut costs.

In the first nine months of 2016, some US$1.4 billion had been invested globally in blockchain startups, according to PwC, highlighting the craze surrounding the technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia

January 26, 2017

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Singapore’s FinTech Industry Is on the Way to Global Leadership

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

“Singapore has established an enviable position as a leading Asian financial technology center with an exciting innovation ecosystem, a great talent pool and fantastic infrastructure. It also boasts a business-friendly environment so it was therefore an obvious winner when considering locations for new headquarters for our global operations,” said, Yoshio Tomiie, Head of Commerce at Senjō Group, a privately held investment firm, at the unveiling of the company’s new global HQ in Singapore. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Hotnews, Insurance, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, RegTech, Remittances, Security, Singapore

January 26, 2017

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Monero, the Drug Dealer’s Cryptocurrency of Choice, Is on Fire

By  for Wired

FOR THE CRYPTOCURRENCY community, 2016 was a very good year. Bitcoin doubled in price. The far-out Bitcoin alternative Ethereum shot up by a factor of 10. But another, once-obscure cryptocurrency called Monero outpaced all of them, multiplying its value around 27-fold. (more…)

About, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Security

January 25, 2017

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Trading Plunges at China’s Bitcoin Exchanges After Fees Levied

By Bloomberg News

High-speed traders are pulling out of China’s bitcoin market after the three biggest venues started charging transaction fees on Tuesday. (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 25, 2017

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Why Coinbase’s Cofounder Is Moving On

By Robert Hackett for Fortune

Five years after co-founding Coinbase, one of the most well-funded Bitcoin ventures, Fred Ehrsam has decided to leave the company. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, People of fintech

January 23, 2017

SatoshiPay Raises £640K in Funding

By FinSMEs

SatoshiPaySatoshiPay Ltd, a London, UK-based private nanopayment software and blockchain company, raised £640k in funding.

Blue Star Capital plc (AIM: BLU) made the investment. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, Mobile payments/banking

January 21, 2017

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Grayscale Investments Files for $500M IPO

By FinSMEs

Grayscale Investments, LLC, a New York City-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, Inc., has filed for a $500m IPO for the Bitcoin Investment Trust. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 21, 2017

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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase gets money transmitter license in New York

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 18, 2017