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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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Bitcoin Holders Can Now Receive Daily Interest Payments On Coinbase

By The cointelegraph.com,

On January 21st, during the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami,BSAVE announced its Bitcoin savings account for Coinbase wallet users. This new feature allows Coinbase clients to receive daily interest payments. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 23, 2016

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China is planning to release its own version of Bitcoin

By C.Custer for TechinAsia.com,

China’s government likes to make its own versions of new technology. For example, it has tried repeatedly to make its own version of a search engine and compete with Baidu, although none of its efforts caught on. It has been making its own computer operating system for years, although it co-opted a lot of foreign software to pull that off. And now, it’s going to be making its own version of bitcoin. (more…)

Fintech news

January 21, 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

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R.I.P., Bitcoin. It’s time to move on

By Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency is fighting for survival. The reality came to light on Jan. 14, when its influential developer, Mike Hearn, declared Bitcoin a failure and disclosed that he had sold all of his Bitcoins. The price of Bitcoin fell 10 percent in a single day on the news, a sad result for those who are losing money on it. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

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Is Bitcoin’s Promise Going Up In Smoke?

By Vivek Wadhwa for techcrunch.com

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency seems to be fighting for survival. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 19, 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

A Bitcoin Believer’s Crisis of Faith

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Two years ago, Mr. Hearn quit a cushy programming job at Google’s Swiss headquarters to devote himself full time to what was his great passion: the virtual currency Bitcoin. He was one of a handful of developers around the world dedicated to maintaining the basic software that governs both the creation of new Bitcoins and the network on which the financial transactions take place. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Interviews

January 14, 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

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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The Bitcoin Story: Money, Drugs — and Wall Street

By Wharton School of Management,

Is Bitcoin a high-tech pyramid scheme or an important piece of finance for the future? The value of the virtual currency soared to $1,200 in 2013 before crashing to about $100 in 2014 and recovering to $300-$500 more recently.

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Blockchain, Fintech news

January 8, 2016

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The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies

By Cade Metz for the wired.com

BITCOIN ISN’T THE only way of sending digital money across the Internet. There’s also Ripple. And Stellar. And Litecoin. And Ethereum. And so many others. Bitcoin is by far the most popular. But every so often, some developers or an entrepreneur or a company will decide we need something better. A coder named Jed McCaleb built Ripple as a better bitcoin. Then he built Stellar as a better Ripple. And he’s not the only one. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 6, 2016

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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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Singapore Is A New Fintech Capital

DEALSTREETASIA: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has committed S$225 million ($166.48 million) over the next five years, to growing the fintech segment of the startup ecosystem in Singapore. MAS’s managing director, Ravi Menon, revealed that this was a part of the Financial Sector Technology & Innovation (FSTI) scheme during a speech at the Global Technology Law Conference.  (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

July 2, 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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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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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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UBS to Open Blockchain Research Lab in London

The Wall Street Journal: Swiss banking giant UBS is to open a technology lab in London to explore how blockchain technology can be used in financial services. The lab, set to open this month and occupy a dozen desks at Canary Wharf-based fintech accelerator space Level39 – a hub in London for financial technology startups– will bring together technology experts from the bank and the wider fintech community, UBS said. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

April 2, 2015

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A Brief history of Bitcoin – And Where It’s Going Next

THE NEXT WEB: Since 2008, bitcoin adoption has been influenced by a diverse range of factors that have made it one of the most volatile currencies in the world. Yet, despite such volatility, more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions are taking place per day and the volume continues to grow due to the ‘permissionless innovation’ provided by bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, news

March 30, 2015

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Bitcoin, investment opportunities & Asian prospects

DEALSTREETASIA: For all of its challenges, there are compelling reasons to evaluate Bitcoin, a relatively new FinTech innovation. In fact, it holds tremendous promise and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs interested in exploring the space. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

March 27, 2015