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IBM Bets on Bitcoin Ledger

By Robert McMillan,

IBM, in a bid to establish a new standard for blockchain software, on Tuesday expects to contribute computer code it developed to a free, open-source project called Hyperledger. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, news

February 16, 2016

UN Paper: Pushing Bitcoin for Third World Issues Can Be ‘Techno Colonialism’

By Daniel Palmer for Coindesk,

A new UN working paper argues that the bitcoin community has a tendency towards “techno-colonial solutionism” and “techno-libertarian evangelism” in proposing the digital currency as a solution to issues in the developing world. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 12, 2016

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Bank consortium R3CEV successfully tests Bitcoin tech in traditional bank transactions

By Nicky Capella for The Stack magazine,

R3CEV, a startup dedicated to bringing blockchain technology to traditional finance, yesterday ran a successful test of transactions between 11 of the world’s largest financial institutions. This represents a big step forward in bringing blockchain, the foundation for Bitcoin, to traditional banking. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 21, 2016

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Zcash, an Untraceable Bitcoin Alternative, Launches in Alpha

By Andy Greenberg for Wired.com,

BITCOIN MAY HAVE become the currency of choice for the anonymity-loving Internet underground. But it’s never been anonymous enough for Zooko Wilcox. As he’ll remind anyone who’ll listen, the blockchain, bitcoin’s very public ledger of all transactions in its crypto-economy, means that unless bitcoin’s users funnel it through intermediaries or special software, their transactions can easily be traced. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 20, 2016

Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Acquires Coinsetter To Expand To The U.S.

By Romain DILLET for techcrunch,

According to Bitcoinity, Kraken is the largest EUR bitcoin exchange in the world with Bit-x and Gatecoin not far behind. But Kraken has one weakness — there isn’t much volume when it comes to other currencies. The company is trying to fix that by acquiring Coinsetter to expand to the U.S. and Canada — for real this time. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

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PayPal Adds Bitcoin Entrepreneur To Its Board To Focus On The Future Of Money

By Jon Russell for Techcrunch.com,

PayPal has made a notable move to position itself for the future of money and currency after it added seasoned fintech figure and bitcoin entrepreneur Wences Casares to its board. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 14, 2016

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CoinDesk Gets Acquired By Digital Currency Group

By Lucas Matney for Techcrunch.com,

CoinDesk, one of the leading bitcoin news sites, has been acquired by Digital Currency Group according to a post on the company’s site. A source close to CoinDesk tells TechCrunch the price of the deal was around $500-600k. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 13, 2016

Australia bourse ASX invests $10m in US blockchain developer Digital Asset Holdings

By Swati Pandey for DealStreet Asia mag,

Australian markets operator ASX Ltd on Friday said it has bought a minority stake in a U.S. blockchain developer, positioning itself to become the first stock exchange in the world to use distributed ledger technology for public companies. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 10, 2016

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Deals: Singapore-based Bitcoin startup BitX raises new round of funding from Venturra Capital

By Duncan Miley for Silicon Angle,

Bitcoin startup BitX has raised an undisclosed new round of funding from South East Asia investment fund Venturra Capital. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 3, 2016

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Singapore Bitcoin Startup, BitX, Gets $4M From Naspers And Digital Currency Group

TechInAsia: Bitcoin is in an interesting phase. With the flight of speculators following the crash of Bitcoin prices, startups in the space are making a slow climb up the “slope of enlightenment” in the hype cycle. It’s where the rubber meets the road. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

July 21, 2015

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Uber For Banking? Coins.ph Turns People Into ATMs

TechInAsia: Philippine Bitcoin startup Coins.ph has come up with a way for you to move money without having to deal with a bank. A new service on its Bitcoin wallet called “Teller” turns anyone with a smartphone into an ATM, where you can deposit your money. Think Uber for banking. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

July 21, 2015

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ShoCard Raises $1.5M For Its Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

TechCrunch: What if you could get rid of your driver’s license? We’re not there yet, but ShoCard just raised $1.5M from Morado Ventures Partners, AME Cloud Ventures, Enspire Capital and Digital Currency Group to do just that. As a reminder, ShoCard certifies and stores ID documents into the Blockchain, so that you can securely retrieve them later and prove your identity whenever you need to. Its first use case is for bank and credit card identification processes. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, news

July 17, 2015

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Bitcoin And Ripple, Reshaping Finance World

WIRED: Stefan Thomas, chief technology officer of Ripple Labs, wants to build something he calls the “internet of value”. “By value we’re talking about money but were also talking about stocks and bonds… intellectual property… anything you can think of that might have value,” he tells the audience at WIRED Money.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

July 12, 2015

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A Simple Guide To The Blockchain

WIRED: Ahead of the event, here’s everything you need to know about one of the biggest areas currently transforming the world of digital finance: the blockchain. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 1, 2015

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Westpac and ANZ Experiment with Ripple

Coindesk: Two of Australia’s ‘big four’ banks, Westpac Banking Corporation and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, are experimenting with peer-to-peer transfers on the Ripple protocol.

The news, revealed by The Australian Financial Review, follows last month’s announcement that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) – another ‘big four’ rival – is trialling the tech for transfers between its subsidiaries. At the time, CBA’s chief information officer David Whiteing described distributed protocols as “the way of the future”.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

June 11, 2015

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The Remittance Market: Bitcoin and MasterCard Send

TECHCRUNCH: Bitcoin’s most disrupting feature is its decentralized architecture. Indeed, bitcoin relies on a P2P network of computers to proceed money transfers. Each part of the network works to create new bitcoins (‘mining’), keep the network alive and validate transactions. All the transactions are registered in the blockchain that is used to validate a transaction using cryptography technology: it ensures that you can’t use a bitcoin you don’t own or you don’t use the same bitcoin more than once. This last action previously required a third party, but with bitcoin this is not the case anymore: the network replaces financial institutions and banks. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news, p2p-payments, Remittances

May 25, 2015

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Bitcoin Exchange Receives First License in New York State

The New York Times: New York State’s top financial regulator has granted the first license to a Bitcoin exchange, allowing it to open legally to customers across the country. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

May 7, 2015

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Jeremy Allaire’s Bitcoin Startup Circle Takes $50M From Goldman Sachs, IDG

TECHCRUNCHCircle, the Bitcoin startup that veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire started, just raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners. It’s another sign that the finance industry’s most powerful players are starting to take the crypto-currency and its ecosystem seriously. All of Circle’s existing investors including Breyer Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Fenway Summer, Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital participated. Rival Coinbase recently did a large growth round too that involved the New York Stock Exchange and USAA. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, news

April 30, 2015

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Coinbase Expands To The United Kingdom With Wallet, Exchange

TECHCRUNCH: About six months after it initially crossed the pond, Coinbase is finally landing in the United Kingdom. Coinbase is the bitcoin wallet and platform backed with more than $100 million from DFJ, NYSE and Andreessen Horowitz and that has attracted north of 2.7 million consumer accounts. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 28, 2015

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Unitary Asian Cryptocurrency Would Revolutionise Fintech: Life.SREDA’s Vladislav Solodkiy

DEALSTREETASIA: The recent entry of several fintech-focused accelerators into the Singapore startup ecosystem is laying the foundations for a sophisticated fintech ecosystem in the city-state. This development has played a significant part in the Russian venture capital firm Life.SREDA’s shifting its HQ from Moscow to Singapore. With the recent move by Life.SREDA VC to migrate to Singapore, along with its proposed $100 million second fund, DEALSTREETASIA caught up with its managing partner Vladislav Solodkiywho is also the Chairman of the Board of LifePay Global, which provides mPos services across CIS and Asia Pacific markets.Edited Excerpts (more…)

Columns, Cryptocurrencies, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 28, 2015

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How Asia Uses Bitcoin In One Color-Coded Map

TECHINASIABitcoin is a global phenomenon, but not everyone around the world uses it in the same way. Here in Asia, the way a person from the Philippines uses bitcoin is probably very different from how it’s used in Thailand, and both are very different from the typical user in Taiwan. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

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Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

TECHCRUNCH:  Remittances – sending cash overseas – has always been bitcoin‘s killer app. Now the guys at Robocoin have made it more killer. Their new product, called Romit, is basically a way to send cash through a Robocoin ATM to another ATM or merchant account at fees far lower than other remittance providers. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news, Remittances

April 21, 2015

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Bitcoin Vs. Wall Street: A Love-Hate Story

TECHCRUNCH“First they ignore you…” For the first few years, there was no response from Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal didn’t mention bitcoin until a blog post in June 2011. As the bitcoin community waited, advocates and enthusiasts speculated as to why America’s financial strongholds weren’t talking about the digital currency. Did banks not take bitcoin seriously enough to acknowledge it or feel threatened by its potential? Were they passing it off as a trend or trying to censor it from mainstream adoption? Surely they weren’t oblivious to the new technology that was coming to eat their lunch. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 20, 2015

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Ripple Labs Hires Brad Garlinghouse As Its COO

TECHCRUNCHRipple Labs, which develops a payments protocol for value transfer over the Internet, has hired long-time Yahoo executive and former Hightail CEO Brad Garlinghouse as its COO.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 16, 2015

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Establishing Trust In The Bitcoin Ecosystem

TECHCRUNCH: On October 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto proposed “a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust.” Yet, it can be fairly argued that trust, or a lack thereof, has been at the heart of the troubles in the bitcoin ecosystem since that day. While the technology has been and continues to be robust, the failure of a few individuals to meet their fiduciary or legal obligations has maligned bitcoin’s image and damaged its relationships with consumers. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 16, 2015

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Philippine Startup Satoshi Citadel Industries Acquires BuyBitcoin.ph

E27.CO: Philippine startup Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) has acquired BuyBitcoin.ph, the first Philippine Bitcoin exchange in the country. Founded by Sam Kaddoura, Lasse Birk Olesen, James Florentino and Dan Walton in January 2014, BuyBitcoin.ph is a peso to Bitcoin ‘over-the-counter’ exchange which allows Filipinos direct access to buying and selling of the cryptocurrency. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

April 14, 2015

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How Bitcoin Could Revolutionize Remittance In Africa

THE NEXT WEB: A host of local companies are looking to disrupt the remittance market in Africa by undercutting traditional money transfer operators while also offering businesses new ways of accepting payments on a continent with low credit card penetration and an over-reliance on cash. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news, Remittances

April 13, 2015

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An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash

WIRED: Through bitcoin and other digital currencies, so many activists, entrepreneurs, and opportunists are chasing the dream. They envision a world where we can trade money as easily as we trade data, where anyone can send and receive currency from any machine on earth, where our financial system is controlled not by big banks or big government but by the people. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 8, 2015

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Be Your Own Bank

TECHCRUNCH: Digital currencies have come and gone, and despite the astonishing rise of bitcoin’s popularity over the past 18 months, the majority of the population has yet to board the bitcoin bandwagon. One of the things that has plagued digital currencies in the past has been the perception that they are a solution in search of a problem. Does anyone really need digital currencies like bitcoin? Who are they intended for, and what purpose do they really serve?

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 3, 2015