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Better with bitcoin

Blockchain technology could improve the reliability of medical trials

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 20, 2016

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CurrentC seems to be pretty much dead

By Jacob Kastrenakes for the Verge

CurrentC, the retailer-backed mobile payments app that was supposed to take down Apple Pay, is being delayed, and its creator is laying off 30 employees. It’s not clear if this is the end for CurrentC, but it seems very possible. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

May 17, 2016

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How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid

By  for the Fortune

The Internet of Things is challenging regulated utilities. (more…)

Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing

May 17, 2016

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Chiefless Company Rakes In More Than $100 Million

By Paul Vigna for WSJ

Group called DAO is running itself via computer code

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals

May 17, 2016

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Four Genuine Blockchain Use Cases

By Gideon Greenspan, the founder and CEO of Coin Sciences, the company behind the MultiChain platform for private blockchains.

In this opinion piece, Greenspan outlines four use cases for permissioned blockchains, arguing that financial institutions may face more limitations in trying to harness the technology than previously thought. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

May 12, 2016

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Big Banks Stake Fintech Claims With Patent Application Surge

By Kim Nash for WSJ

Big banks and credit card companies, looking to protect their investments in innovation, have accelerated efforts to patent methods linked to key technologies. Since 2013 large financial institutions have applied for at least 2,679 patents in hot areas such as blockchain, analytics and cybersecurity, a surge of 83% from the prior three years. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 11, 2016

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Here’s Why Blockchains Will Change the World

 

By  for the Fortune

The Bitcoin technology creates the World Wide Ledger of value. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies

May 9, 2016

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Blockchain Holds Major Potential, According to Larry Summers

By Polina Chernykh for Coispeaker

Giving a speech at the fintech event, former Treasury Secretary uncovered his thoughts on the future of distributed ledger technology and its ability to change financial system.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 6, 2016

Are Bank-Blockchain Partnerships Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

By Tanaya Macheel for American Banker

With so much interest in blockchain applications for financial services, there seem to be a lot of announcements of proof-of-concept trials at banks, but few finished products. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 6, 2016

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Vitalik Buterin on His Long-Term Goals for Ethereum

By Kyle Torpey for Bitcoinmagazine

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin was recently interviewedon Babbage, a podcast by The Economist. Buterin shared his long-term goals for Ethereum, which is a public blockchain that allows developers to easily deploy decentralized applications. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

May 5, 2016

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Craig Wright says he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, the father of Bitcoin

By Stan Shroeder for the Mashable

The real identity of elusive Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is reportedly Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

May 2, 2016

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IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration

By Ingrid Lunden for Techcrunch

Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of (non Bitcoin) financial transactions to anything else that requires secure tracking. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 30, 2016

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Deloitte Uses Facebook to Build Warranties on Bitcoin Blockchain

ByMichael del Castillion for Coindesk

Deloitte has used Facebook’s recently released Messenger API to build an early version of a product capable of storing warranties on a blockchain and allowing users to buy insurance for items even after they’ve been purchased. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 30, 2016

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Western Union, Foxconn’s and Prudential’s Venture Arms Back Blockchain Firm Digital Currency Group

By Laura Shin for Forbes.com

The world of financial services — from companies to institutional and individual investors — continues to embrace digital currency and distributed ledger technology, and at a rapid pace. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, news

April 28, 2016

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Alibaba advances: How China is using fintech to take control of global trade

By Ian Allison for International Business Times

The global fintech ecosystem has been presented like the board game Risk, with banks, fintech startups, traditional IT providers and GAFA companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon), distributed at each corner slowly advancing. As apt as the Risk analogy is, it tends to miss out the most important geopolitical force on the board: China.

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Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 27, 2016

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Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech Are Fueling a Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Andrew Quentson for Bitcoin Magazine 

Is a fourth industrial revolution underway? (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 26, 2016

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Blockchain Disruption Will Affect Every Aspect of Daily Life

by JP Buntix for NewsBTC

Distributed ledger aficionados have been telling people this for quite some time now, but the blockchain will have an impact on various aspects of life. After all, this technology is the biggest innovation in computer science, and despite facing a lot of opposition, there are plenty of opportunities to be explored. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 24, 2016

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Digital Asset Reveals Smart Contracts Alternative for Financial Industry

By Samburaj Das for Cryptocoinsnews

In an announcement today, New York-based blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings (DAH) revealed its acquisition of Swiss technology firm Elevence Digital Finance AG. With the acquisition, DAH has announced the Digital Asset Modelling language, an alternative to Smart Contracts that is specifically designed for financial services. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

April 22, 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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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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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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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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The delayed revolution in digital financial services

By  for Techcrunch.com

Technology has transformed how we work, communicate and travel. In contrast, modern digital technology has not yet transformed financial services. Open data is the key to change in this sector of the economy. (more…)

Banks, 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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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