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”.
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…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
By Samburaj Das for cryptocurrency news
JPMorgan Chase & Co has been testing a blockchain program over the past few months wherein US dollars are being moved between London and Tokyo using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, the same innovation used to power Bitcoin. (more…)
By Daniel Palmer, writer at Coindesk.com
Until recently, there was a noticeable lack of interest in bitcoin and the blockchain among the financial institutions of Asia. In fact, banks there were more likely to be issuing warnings about digital currencies than getting involved in any related activity. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.