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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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How OpenBazaar’s Early Adopters Are Testing the Online Market

By Daniel Palmer for Coindesk

Back in April 2014, DarkMarket, a decentralized anonymous marketplace with a name guaranteed to fuel the nightmares of conservatives everywhere, was forked and given a more widely acceptable title. (more…)

Fintech news

March 25, 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

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Africa’s Largest Online Marketplace Bidorbuy Adds Bitcoin Payments

To eliminate the financial security issues a lot of African e-commerce users have suffered from, Bidorbuy, Africa’s largest online market, began accepting Bitcoin payments March 3. (more…)

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

March 23, 2016

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Deals: A startup that helps police track criminals using bitcoin just raised $5 million

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…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

March 21, 2016

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Why Latin American economies are turning to bitcoin

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.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 17, 2016

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A Typical Day in a Blockchain-Enabled World Circa 2030

by Mark Frauenfelder,

Let’s follow Crowley the Crocodile as he goes about his day in the year 2030, from the moment his bitcoin-powered bioalarm clock wakes him, until he eats his late night pizza ordered using a rating service that runs without human owners. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends

March 16, 2016

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Deloitte: Blockchain Systems Could Rival ACH Network By 2025

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…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

March 14, 2016

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First Real Estate Sale with Bitcoin Occurs in Denmark

By Bitcoin news service,

The first property purchase using bitcoin has happened in Denmark. A real estate portal is responsible for facilitating the transaction along with Coinify (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 13, 2016

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21 Inc Launches Bitcoin micropayments marketplace

By Pete Rizzo for coindesk.com

Bitcoin startup 21 Inc has launched the 21 Micropayments Marketplace, a new offering that enables the creation of apps that allow buyers and sellers to trade digital goods for bitcoin. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, SME

March 12, 2016

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Why Bitcoin Can’t Help The Poorest – Yet

By   for techcrunch.com

The term “financial inclusion” is a new buzzword in the fintech space. With the rise of services like Abra and MPesa, we are convinced that bitcoin is the solution to the problems of the unbanked. With bitcoin, we say, the house cleaner in Dubai can get her money home and the refugee can get his money over the border into a safer place. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 9, 2016

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IMF: Virtual Currencies and Their Underlying Technologies Can Provide Faster and Cheaper Financial Services

by Giulio Prisco for Bitcoinmag.com

On January 20, 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, during the panel on Transformation of Finance, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a paper titled “Virtual Currencies and Beyond: Initial Considerations.” (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 9, 2016

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Blockchain and its usage beyond finance

By Eliot Maras for cryptocoinnews.com

Blockchain technology is largely associated with the financial sector, but distributed ledger applications have much to offer other industries as well. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 7, 2016

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We Must Regulate Bitcoin. Problem Is, We Don’t Understand It

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…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 2, 2016

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Bitcoin has failed. Bitcoin is the future. Bitcoin cannot be regulated. Bitcoin needs to be regulated.

By PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI for Wired Magazine

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…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 2, 2016

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D+H: 2016 will see blockchain solutions reach banking consumers

By Daniel Palmer for Coindesk.com

DH Corporation (D+H), a Canada-based provider of technology solutions to financial institutions, recently announced the integration of a proprietary blockchain solution with its payments hub, Global PAYplus.

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Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 1, 2016

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Blockchain’s Growing Role in Financial Services

By Helen Thompson for SWIFT Institute,

In this article, Thompson examines how financial services firms might benefit from blockchain technology and some pitfalls they need to avoid as they move towards adoption. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 29, 2016

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Why Bitcoin Matters

by Jon Evans for techcrunch.com

The most epochal financial transaction of this century, to date, occurred on May 22, 2010. It did not involve Wall Street, or the City of London; it took place in Jacksonville, Florida. It did not feature collateralized debt obligations, or credit default swaps. It was a purchase of two Papa John’s pizzas, in exchange for a payment whose present value currently exceeds US $4 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 26, 2016

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Japan considers making bitcoin a legal currency

By Richard Smart for Guardian,

Proposed changes would bring bitcoin, dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies under definition of currency (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities

February 25, 2016

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Tim Draper On The Evolution Of VC and the future of blockchain

Recently I had the chance to catch up with Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director at DFJ and one of the most prominent figures in the global venture capital community. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

February 22, 2016