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Auckland University Professor: Government Must Regulate Bitcoin & Ethereum

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Auckland University Professor: Government Must Regulate Bitcoin & Ethereum

In an interview with Interest.co.nz, Alex Sims, professor and head of the commercial law department at Auckland University, a prestigious education and research institution in New Zealand, stated that the government must legitimize Bitcoin and leading blockchain networks like Ethereum first before attempting to the facilitate the growth of its blockchain sector. Sims emphasized it is necessary for the New…

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Blockstream Satellite Ignites Bitcoin Access

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Interviews, News

Blockstream Satellite Ignites Bitcoin Access

On August 15, Blockstream, a leading provider of blockchain technologies, launched Blockstream Satellite, an innovative service that provides free access to the Bitcoin network. It will target an estimated four billion people currently not connected to the internet, due to lack of availability or affordability. Blockstream Satellite broadcasts real-time Bitcoin blockchain data from satellites in space, delivering availability across two…

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Harnessing The Power of Decentralization: Max Borders of Social Evolution Speaks

Category: Blockchain, Interviews, News

Harnessing The Power of Decentralization: Max Borders of Social Evolution Speaks

As the founder and Executive Director of Social Evolution, Max Borders is relentlessly seeking to liberate people and resolve social problems through innovation. Much of what drives him has been informed by his work as co-founder of the Voice & Exit event and as the former editor at the libertarian non-profit Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Max is a futurist,…

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Over One Third of Startups in Second Cohort of FCA’s Fintech Sandbox Are Building Blockchain Solutions

Category: Blockchain, Business, News, Regulation

Over One Third of Startups in Second Cohort of FCA’s Fintech Sandbox Are Building Blockchain Solutions

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has announced the second cohort of its fintech sandbox on June 15. Out of the 24 startups joining this year’s cohort, nine are developing solutions using blockchain technology, which is a testament to the potential that the FCA sees for this new technology to play a major role in the financial…

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IBM: A Blockchain Hero of Sorts

Category: Blockchain, Business, News

IBM: A Blockchain Hero of Sorts

Almost 3,000 C-suite leaders in executive positions were surveyed by IBM for their input regarding the topic of the blockchain, in the most comprehensive report on business sentiment regarding the technology. They were given a chance to discuss operational plans, revenue projections, and overall industry shifts. According to the results, one third of these C-Suite executives are currently using or…

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Funderbeam Report Shows Blockchain Funding Is Growing

Category: Business, Finance, News

Funderbeam Report Shows Blockchain Funding Is Growing

Estonia-based “stock exchange for startups” Funderbeam released its Blockchain Report 2017, which includes details on blockchain startup funding such as total funding and individual funding rounds since 2012 as well as industry funding by region, industry co-relations, top investors, and the most funded startups. Funderbeam, the world’s first primary and secondary marketplace for early-stage startup investments, uses the blockchain to…

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South Korea’s Hurdles In The Race Toward Blockchain Innovation

Category: Business, News, Regulation, Tech

South Korea’s Hurdles In The Race Toward Blockchain Innovation

FinTech progress has come to a halt in South Korea as regulators carefully try to piece together new technology with existing privacy laws. In October 2016, Financial Services Commission (FSC) Chairman Yim Jong-Yong revealed South Korea’s plans for the acceptance and regulation of bitcoin. He announced in a public speech, “The government will push for the systemization of digital currency…

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British Computer Scientists Aim to Automate Financial Regulation with Smart Contracts

Category: Blockchain, News, Regulation, Tech

British Computer Scientists Aim to Automate Financial Regulation with Smart Contracts

Professor Philip Treleaven and his renowned financial computer science team at University College London are working on a new project that involves automating financial regulation through the application of blockchain-based smart contract technology. Treleaven and his team are assembling several technology-related components to create what Treleaven has coined core “regtech,” which enables the automation of financial regulation processes such as…

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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Smart Contracts in Banking

Category: Business, Ethereum, News, Tech

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Smart Contracts in Banking

Smart contracts are one of the most talked about new technologies in financial services today. Blockchain-based smart contracts can be used for two or more parties to electronically agree on terms and conditions of a contract involved in a financial transaction. In the case of banking and financial services, the applicability of smart contracts is very broad and ranges from…

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ShapeShift Raises $10.4 Million For New 2017 Products

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, Finance, News

ShapeShift Raises $10.4 Million For New 2017 Products

Switzerland-based ShapeShift AG, owner of ShapeShift.io (instant digital asset exchange) and Coincap.io (real-time digital asset data), has raised $10.4 million in Series A funding for future expansion. Specifically mentioned were two new “mysterious” exchange-related products which will be coming out before the end of 2017. ShapeShift exchange does not deal in fiat currencies, it is solely a cryptocurrency/digital asset exchange….

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