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Alex is a former bond trader who now runs the personal finance blog SmartMoneySmartLiving.com with the aim to empower millennials to take control of their financial future and support them along their journey towards financial freedom. Away from personal finance, his interests lie in entrepreneurship, cryptocurrencies and engaging in humanitarian work.

How Blockchain Technology Could Make Online Gaming Fairer

Category: Blockchain, Entertainment, News, Tech

How Blockchain Technology Could Make Online Gaming Fairer

Online gaming is booming and has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Video games were originally found in arcades and later on consoles but online gaming has since taken over with PC multiplayer games and a new wave of mobile games for smartphone and tablet users. Today, several blockchain startups are focusing on the gaming space in an effort to...

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IBM Launches Carbon Credit Management Using Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain

Category: Blockchain, Business, News

IBM Launches Carbon Credit Management Using Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain

On March 20, IBM announced that it had launched the world’s first blockchain-based carbon asset management platform built on top of the Hyperledger Fabric distributed ledger in cooperation with Energy-Blockchain Labs.   The new platform will be used by the Chinese carbon asset market and will enable companies to create carbon assets more efficiently to help build a “greener” and...

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Australian Regulator's Sixfold Path to Blockchain Regulation

Category: Blockchain, News, Regulation

Australian Regulator's Sixfold Path to Blockchain Regulation

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has published an information sheet outlining regulatory considerations for startups and existing licensees who intend to make use of distributed ledger technology to develop new solutions for their businesses. ASIC’s regulatory framework requires financial services companies to have appropriate technological resources and risk management system as well as organizational competence and the necessary...

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7 Bitcoin Scams You Need To Be Aware Of

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, Finance, News

7 Bitcoin Scams You Need To Be Aware Of

As the price of bitcoin has increased substantially over the last few years, so has the number of malicious individuals and organizations looking to take advantage of others in the Bitcoin community. Bitcoin scams are not a new occurrence as they have been around since the currency first gained some popularity. Today, however, there is a broad range of bitcoin...

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Welcome to the World of Blockchain Consensus Protocols

Category: Blockchain, News, Tech

Welcome to the World of Blockchain Consensus Protocols

For cryptocurrency transactions to be conducted successfully, they need to be confirmed by the blockchain. These confirmations are based on what are referred to as consensus mechanisms.  According to KPMG: “In distributed ledgers, a consensus mechanism is the way in which a majority, (or, in some mechanisms, all) of network members agree on the value of a piece of data...

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Could a User-Activated Soft Fork Solve Bitcoin’s Scalability Challenge?

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Could a User-Activated Soft Fork Solve Bitcoin’s Scalability Challenge?

How to address Bitcoin’s scalability issue has turned into a heated discussion in the Bitcoin community and no agreement has yet been reached. As it stands, it looks like no agreement will be achieved anytime soon, which is threatening bitcoin’s use as a payment network as the number of unconfirmed transactions is increasing, and micropayments are becoming increasingly difficult to...

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Malaysian Video Game Developer Xhai Studios to Adopt NEM Blockchain

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Entertainment, News

Malaysian Video Game Developer Xhai Studios to Adopt NEM Blockchain

Malaysia-based video game producer and publisher Xhai Studios announced on March 13 the incorporation of the distributed ledger technology of the startup NEM into its new video games services platform that is under development. Xhai Studios will implement the NEM blockchain into its platform to allow video game developers to directly distribute their products to gamers in a cost-effective and...

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EU Publishes New Draft Law for Digital Currencies to Combat Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing

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EU Publishes New Draft Law for Digital Currencies to Combat Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing

On March 9, EU lawmakers published new draft legislation that covers the use of cryptocurrencies within the borders of the European Union. The proposal suggests changes and additions to the “Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing” that include regulating and overseeing electronic money transfer...

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Irish Funds Collaborates with Deloitte To Complete Proof of Concept for ‘RegTech’ Blockchain

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Irish Funds Collaborates with Deloitte To Complete Proof of Concept for ‘RegTech’ Blockchain

Fund management association Irish Funds announced that, together with financial services consultancy firm Deloitte and several global asset servicing institutions including Deutsche Bank, Metzler, State Street, and Northern Trust, it had completed a proof of concept for a regulatory reporting blockchain called ‘RegChain.’ The proof of concept was built using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) and tested...

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Smaller Blockchain Consortia are Paving the Way for Adoption in Financial Services

Category: Blockchain, Business

Smaller Blockchain Consortia are Paving the Way for Adoption in Financial Services

There is a lot of buzz surrounding blockchain implementation in the financial services industry due to the technology’s ability to reduce operational inefficiencies, streamline processes and safely store and transfer data. Several blockchain consortia have been formed in the last year to speed up the adoption of this new technology so that financial institutions can develop and test new blockchain-based...

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