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Three BlockChain Startups Push for Digital Australian Dollar

Category: Blockchain, Business, News

Three BlockChain Startups Push for Digital Australian Dollar

A handful of Australian startups have pushed along use-cases to the government’s FinTech Advisory Group in order to promote a digital Australian Dollar. Crypto-Culture A need for a government-backed digital currency is becoming more and more prevalent in Australia. The combination of a thriving economy, an innovative startup culture, and the growing interest in blockchain technologies places the country in…

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Dubai Government Launches First Official State Cryptocurrency

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Dubai Government Launches First Official State Cryptocurrency

The Dubai Government has recently announced plans to launch the first-ever government-backed cryptocurrency, according to an statement released by Dubai state news agency WAM. The state-sponsored digital token, called emCash, will be available to pay for both governmental and non-governmental services. The launch of the state-sponsored cryptocurrency is a historic first, with the Dubai government stepping in ahead of other…

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UBS to Launch “Utility Settlement Coin” in Collaboration with 10 Financial Institutions

Category: Blockchain, Finance, News, Tech

UBS to Launch “Utility Settlement Coin” in Collaboration with 10 Financial Institutions

While banks have been largely opposed to the digital currency bitcoin due to its decentralized peer-to-peer nature that threatens banks’ business models, they are not shying away from using bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain, to develop their payment systems. An example of this would be UBS’ new digital currency, the “utility settlement coin” which is set to launch next year…

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The IRS Hopes to Combat Bitcoin Tax Evasion with Tracking Software

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

The IRS Hopes to Combat Bitcoin Tax Evasion with Tracking Software

Bitcoin’s anonymity or rather, the lack thereof, has become a major talking point in the Bitcoin community and a focus of investigation for law enforcement agencies as well as, as it turns out, the taxman. According to a report by The Daily Beast, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has contracted the blockchain start-up Chainalysis Inc. to use their bitcoin…

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Blockchain Startup Colu Launches Digitized Local Pound for East London

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News, Tech

Blockchain Startup Colu Launches Digitized Local Pound for East London

Tel Aviv-based blockchain company Colu announced the launch of its second local digital currency in the United Kingdom, named the “Local Pound, East London” (ELP) a digital currency pegged against the British Pound. Colu believes that the key to supporting local businesses and creating an environment where sustainable and equitable economic growth is possible starts with people’s ability to exchange…

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Russia and China May Digitize Their Currencies With Ethereum

Category: Ethereum, News

Russia and China May Digitize Their Currencies With Ethereum

An increasing number of central banks and governments are working on digitizing their national currencies. China and Russia are investigating the potential of Ethereum as the base protocol for a digital Yuan and Ruble respectively. Currently, the Royal Chinese Mint, the subordinate unit of China Banknote Printing and Minting, is testing Ethereum and its ERC 20 token standard to digitize…

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U.K. Broker Hargreaves Lansdown to Offer Bitcoin Investment to its Customers

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News

U.K. Broker Hargreaves Lansdown to Offer Bitcoin Investment to its Customers

Britain’s largest brokerage firm, Hargreaves Lansdown, announced that it would provide its clients with the opportunity to invest in bitcoin by listing XBT Provider’s Bitcoin ETN (exchange traded note) on its online trading platform. London-based Hargreaves Lansdown was founded in 1981 and has grown into Britain’s largest brokerage firm with over 875,000 customers and £70 billion ($90.27 billion) of assets…

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Bitcoin May Become the Main Currency for Palestinians

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Tech

Bitcoin May Become the Main Currency for Palestinians

Bitcoin or a ‘Palestinian Pound,’ a digital currency inspired by Satoshi Nakamoto’s innovation, could potentially be used to propel the independence and financial sovereignty of Palestine, as Azzam Shawwa announced at a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development meeting over May 9-11. The unstable political and socio-economic situation in the Middle East has been a hindrance to the empowerment of…

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Australia Sets Out to Improve Regulatory Framework for Bitcoin and Fintech

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

Australia Sets Out to Improve Regulatory Framework for Bitcoin and Fintech

The Australian government has released a statement called ‘Response to The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Business Set-up, Transfer, and Closure’ detailing its plans to make changes to its regulations on blockchain and cryptocurrencies as well as creating a better working environment for fintech innovation in the country. These changes are now being implemented through the 2016/2017 national budget. In the…

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Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

The United Kingdom has relied on its financial services industry to drive economic growth for decades. However, in light of the British population’s vote to leave the European Union and, thereby, potentially lose the access to the European Single Market, the UK’s status as Europe’s leading financial hub may wane. Is this for better or for worse regarding the crypto…

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