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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

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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

By

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

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Malaysian Firm Belfrics Launches Bitcoin Exchange in India

By CryptoCoins News

Belfrics, which refers to itself as a Malaysian ‘blockchain technology’ firm, has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange operations in India.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, India, Malaysia

January 17, 2017

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Israel Tax Authority Deems Bitcoin a Taxable Asset

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

The Israeli Tax Authority has issued an official draft circular to clarify the tax guidelines that apply to bitcoin adopters. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 16, 2017

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New Spanish Exchange Converts Bitcoin and Fiat Currencies at 7,000 ATMs

By Rebecca Campbell for CryptocoinsNews

HolyTransaction Trade is a new universal cryptocurrency wallet in Spain that enables bitcoin and Euro instant conversions. Within Spain’s 7,000 ATMs, a person can convert their bitcoin into fiat currencies and vice versa, helping to push the country into the digital world. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, eWallets, Fintech news, Remittances

January 16, 2017

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Innovation under the hood will rev the engines of a fintech revolution

By  for TechCrunch

When the internet was first created in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the introduction of the ARPANET its early years were focused on the development of infrastructure and protocol — beyond the knowledge and far away from the consciousnesses of the general public. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, Insurance, p2p-payments, PFM/PFP services

January 15, 2017

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Coinbase To IRS On Efforts To ID Bitcoin Customers: We Have A Suggestion

By Kelly Phillips Erb for Forbes

As the legal maneuverings over the rights of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gain access to Coinbase customer accounts continue to wind through the courts, Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder, and CEO at Coinbase, has taken to the publishing platform, Medium, to explain his side of the story. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Government activities, news

January 15, 2017

Qtum wants to unify Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain applications

By  for TechNode

Qtum a Shanghai-based blockchain company, announced on Wednesday a more than 1 million USD angel round from top blockchain evangelists, academics, venture capitalists, and technology enthusiasts on Wednesday. The company claims they have the world’s first digital currency that can execute smart contracts with a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, and are now working on a project called Qhola to circulate its currency on top of WeChat mini program. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 14, 2017

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Report: Chinese Authorities Considering Bitcoin Regulation; Price Falls

By Samburaj Das for CryptocoinsNews

Bitcoin price struck a low of $845 (at the time of publishing) from a high of $918.4 on the Bitstamp Price Index for the day as China’s financial regulators are reportedly seeking opinions on how to regulate the trading of bitcoin. (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Government activities

January 12, 2017

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FinTech Story: Hits and Misses From 2013 to 2016 and the Way Forward

By Amit for LTP

We have watched 35+ FinTech segments through the ups and downs every single day in the last 3.5 years at LTP. We developed a lot of listening tools and an army of analysts to catch everything in FinTech like a radar. Somebody told us that we have one of the biggest team of FinTech market analysts and that could very well be true. In 2016, we developed MEDICI from the data that we collect, and that contains 6000+ FinTech startup profiles and research across segments. It’s my pleasure to share what we learned about FinTech shift by analyzing some of the data and also talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs and FIs in-person in the last couple of years.  (more…)

China, Cryptocurrencies, India, Mobile payments/banking, RegTech, Security

January 10, 2017

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Blockchain, cognitive computing and cloud to shape future of finance

By The Business Times

Blockchain, cognitive computing and cloud are some of the technologies that will shape the finance industry the most in the digital age, banking and technology chief executives told a financial conference on Monday. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

January 10, 2017

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Southeast Asia gets its first Bitcoin startup incubator

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

At the beginning of the three-month programme, each startup will receive US$50,000 in funding in return for 8 to 15 per cent equity from Satoshi Studios. (more…)

Accelerators/Incubators/Labs, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia

January 9, 2017