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Singapore Warns Eight Cryptocurrency Exchanges, MAS Halts Single Initial Coin Offering


The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a warning to eight cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Singapore. The notice told the exchanges NOT to facilitate trading in digital tokens nor future contracts without the explicitly authorization by MAS. The warning targeted security tokens and it was not immediately clear if the warning impacted alleged non security tokens. MAS also told an initial coin offering to cease the sale of the digital tokens in Singapore. MAS did not mention the exchanges nor ICO by name. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities

May 25, 2018


The DAO of accrue

By the Economist 

A new automated investment fund has attracted stacks of digital money (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 22, 2016


Better with bitcoin

Blockchain technology could improve the reliability of medical trials


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

May 20, 2016


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


Chiefless Company Rakes In More Than $100 Million

By Paul Vigna for WSJ

Group called DAO is running itself via computer code


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals

May 17, 2016


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


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


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


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.


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


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

By Laura Shin for

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


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


Yale Lecturer Highlights Blockchain Transparency after Panama Papers

By Joseph Bradley for CCN.LA

With the recent release of the “Panama Papers,” the activity of the law firm Mossack Fonseca came into the public view in a bold way. In a recent PBS Op-Ed Yale University lecturer Vikram Mansharamani discusses the Papers and the what the future of privacy may look like. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 25, 2016


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


Morgan Stanley Report Issues Predictions for Blockchain in 2025

By Michael del Castillo for Coindesk

A new Morgan Stanley report aimed at assessing whether blockchain is a threat to big banks agues that the short-term benefits of the technology are likely minimal, but that future growth is likely. (more…)

Analytics, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 22, 2016


Deals: Digital Assets Holding Acquires Swiss Blockchain Startup

By Finextra

Digital Asset Holdings keeps making a name for itself and expanding their reach all over the world. Now that they have acquired Elevence Digital Finance, the future of distributed ledgers looks a lot more bright in Switzerland and other European countries.


Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

April 20, 2016


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


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


This Former Regulator Is Now a Bitcoin Backer

By Reuters

He used to warn about cybersecurity. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

April 14, 2016


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


New venture fund looks to bank on blockchain

By Anna Irrera for Financial news

Singapore-based venture capital firm Life.Sreda has joined forces with fintech expert Chris Skinner to launch a venture fund that will invest in blockchain startups. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends, InspirAsia

April 13, 2016


Airbnb just acquired a team of bitcoin and blockchain experts

By Ian Kar for

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


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


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


R3 Blockchain Consortium Partners With Microsoft

By  for

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


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


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


This startup wants to use blockchains to track every image on the internet

By Joon Ian Wong for

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


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


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