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DBS Bank Report: Blockchain Technology to Unlock Southeast Asia’s Potential

By FintechNews Singapore

The most transformative blockchains will be those that can work across geopolitical boundaries and Southeast Asia has the most potential that can be unlocked with this technology, according to a new report by DBS Bank. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, Government activities

April 19, 2016

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South African Startup Raises Funding to Fight Digital Media Piracy With Bitcoin

By John Camdir for the Bitcoin Magazine

According to the latest Theatrical Market Statistics report released by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), global box office revenues reached $38.3 billion in 2015, up 5 percent from 2014. But Chris Dodd, chief of the MPAA, said that if the issue of piracy could be tackled it would add a healthy $1.5 billion more to the movie industry’s bottom line. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 19, 2016

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Bitcoin/Blockchain Industry SWOT Analysis

By Frank Schuil

Developments in our industry take place at a rapid pace. To help you make sense of this complicated landscape I applied a simple SWOT analysis to our industry. If you have any questions or comments after reading this do feel free to ping me or comment below. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 18, 2016

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Out-of-date apps put 3 million servers at risk of crypto ransomware infections

By Dan Goodin for Arstehnica

1,600 schools, governments, and aviation companies already backdoored.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 17, 2016

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South African Startup to Fight Movie Piracy Using Bitcoin

By JP Buntinx for NewsBTC.com
Bitcoin and digital currency offer many different use cases, although a lot of them still have to be discovered and explored. Custos Media Technologies is looking at Bitcoin as a way to combat piracy, especially in the film industry.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 17, 2016

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R3 Reveals 8 Areas of Focus for Blockchain Bank Trials

By Michael del Castillio fr Coindesk

A consortium of over 40 financial institutions around the world is currently working on at least eight different proofs-of-concept (PoCs) to show how distributed ledgers can be used to streamline a wide range of transactions on Wall Street – and make them easier to regulate. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 15, 2016

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This Former Regulator Is Now a Bitcoin Backer

By Reuters

He used to warn about cybersecurity. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 14, 2016

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Blockchain will usher in the era of decentralised computing

By Bruce Pon For LSE Business Review

By now, you’ve heard of blockchain, the technology that underlies Bitcoin. Blockchains are a type of decentralisation technology that will fundamentally change the way our financial services, industries and government operate. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 14, 2016

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New venture fund looks to bank on blockchain

By Anna Irrera for Financial news

Singapore-based venture capital firm Life.Sreda has joined forces with fintech expert Chris Skinner to launch a venture fund that will invest in blockchain startups. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 13, 2016

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Airbnb just acquired a team of bitcoin and blockchain experts

By Ian Kar for QZ.com

Home-rental company Airbnb has “acqui-hired” the majority of the team behind ChangeCoin, a startup that runs a bitcoin-based micropayments service, according to four people with knowledge of the deal. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 13, 2016

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MUFG Building Blockchain Proof-of-Concept for Promissory Notes

By Stan Higgins for Coindesk

Blockchain startup Chain has inked a new deal with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), a partnership that will initially see the two firms working on a blockchain proof-of-concept focused on the exchange of promissory notes. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 12, 2016

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Wall Street Considers Blockchain For Tracking Trades On $2 Trillion “Repo” Market

By Steven Melendez for Fast Company

The short-term lending market could be the first major market to see transactions recorded by the ledger made famous by bitcoin.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 11, 2016

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How Blockchain Fits into the Future of Digital Identity

By Brian Yurkan for American Banker

Could blockchain be the backbone of a universal digital identity system? (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 10, 2016

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A Strategist’s Guide to Blockchain

by John Plansky, Tim O’Donnell, and Kimberly Richards for Stategy + Business

The distributed ledger technology that started with bitcoin is rapidly becoming a crowdsourced system for all types of verification. Could it replace notary publics, manual vote recounts, and the way banks manage transactions? (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

April 7, 2016

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Money 20/20 Europe: Blockchain rules rule

By Antony Peyton for the Banking technology

The blockchain (and bitcoin) industry welcomes regulations, but has to share the limelight with other digital currencies, as regulators look to deal with its rise and implications. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 7, 2016

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Microsoft forms partnership with banks to accelerate blockchain technology use

by Olga KharifMicrosoft has pulled ahead of Google, IBM and Amazon in the race for supremacy in operating other companies’ blockchains.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 6, 2016

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Bank of Ireland and BNP Paribas announce blockchain breakthroughs

By Finextra.com

New use cases for the adoption of blockchains in finance are appearing every day, with Bank of Ireland and BNP Paribas the latest to demonstrate the disruptive potential of the technology (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 5, 2016

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R3 Blockchain Consortium Partners With Microsoft

By  for Coindesk.com

The blockchain consortium led by R3CEV, a group of 42 global banks working on blockchain applications that includes JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and more, is now working with tech giant Microsoft. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 4, 2016

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These are the biggest names in bitcoin and blockchain tech

By Daniel Roberts for Yahoo news

While critics are still dubious of the future viability of the digital currency bitcoin, at least one group sure isn’t: venture capitalists. VCs pumped more investment into bitcoin and blockchain-related startups last year than in any previous year—nearly $1 billion. They’re keeping this industry hot, even if we haven’t yet seen a so-called “killer app,” a use case for bitcoin that would compel the average person to care. And it isn’t just investors leading the charge—it’s a handful of key executives, thinkers and even policy people. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, Global trends

April 4, 2016

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Forget How Blockchain Works, Talk About What It Does

By Martin Hagelstrom for coindesk

In this opinion piece, Hagelstrom analyzes CoinDesk articles from 2015 and 2016 to showcase the seismic shift in language used in the bitcoin and blockchain space and discusses how the community should react to this change. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 2, 2016

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This startup wants to use blockchains to track every image on the internet

By Joon Ian Wong for Quartz.com

The internet is great at enabling images to go viral, but it’s not very good at preserving crucial bits of information about those images—which makes it difficult to prove their provenance. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

April 1, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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