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French Lender Societe Generale Issues $112 Million Bond on Ethereum

French financial services giant Societe Generale Group has issued about $112 million worth of bonds in the form of a security token on the public ethereum blockchain. Announced today, a subsidiary called Societe Generale SFH used the OFH token (obligations de financement de l’habitat, or home financing obligations) to represent 100 million euros of covered bonds, a…
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24th April 2019 0

Blockchain Front Page: Can Crypto Debit Cards turn Bitcoin into Real Money?

At the end of February, Shift announced it was shutting down its Coinbase debit card. In a message to customers, it explained that it hopes to relaunch in the future, but for now U.S. residents are left with few crypto debit card options. A few days ago, Coinbase announced they were partnering with PaySaf, to…
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17th April 2019 0

How blockchain is becoming the 5G of the payment industry

New blockchain-based financial networks like the one launched by IBM last week will enable faster and more transparent cross-border payments and eventually become the platform for retail and other consumer transactions. As more blockchain-based payment networks and fiat-backed digital currencies – including one from the largest U.S. bank – emerge, experts and analysts are predicting…
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5th April 2019 0

How Blockchain Technology And Decentralization Will Revolutionize The Crowdfunding Industry

Before the blockchain and the crypto buzz started, crowdfunding portals were the most common example of decentralization in the financial markets. Those portals help investors or donors to discover interesting projects and to invest or donate money to those specific projects. In the case of securities, the crowdfunding process is called crowdinvesting and it concerns…
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26th March 2019 0

What the hell is a blockchain phone—and do I need one?

The first wave of crypto-focused smartphones from big players like Samsung is a small step toward a decentralized web. The crypto world is full of buzzwords, but if you can peel away the marketing fluff, you sometimes find innovation beneath the surface. You are often also reminded just how early it is in the history…
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19th March 2019 0

SoftBank, TBCASoft work together to create blockchain-based identification services

SoftBank and TBCASoft have launched a blockchain-based identification and authentication working group under the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG). TBCASoft has created a new foundation application framework called CrossCarrier Identification System (CCIS), which supports the establishment of identification and authentication services. This working group will collaborate with the global consortium of telecom blockchain companies of…
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1st March 2019 0

3 Ways Blockchain Is a Supply Chain’s Best Friend

It’s nothing short of magic, really, the way global trading partners do business today. The problems are obvious and acute: massive complexity exacerbated by an enormous amount of manual, still mostly paper-oriented processes. Which is why blockchain—the networked distributed ledger technology—is gaining relevance in today’s global supply chains. Sanctioned blockchains provide their participants with a…
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18th February 2019 0

Forget Sandboxes: Why Governments Should Accept Licensing From Other Jurisdictions

When the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority announced the first round of Fintechs for their regulatory sandbox in 2015, it was heralded as a progressive move and reinforced the UK’s dedication to financial innovation. The FCA is now hosting their fourth cohort of companies, and it is evident that this may not be the right model…
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15th February 2019 0

Q&A: MIT prof talks about teaching blockchain – and who’s learning

Abel Sanchez is one of two instructors teaching the Applied Blockchain course at MIT, one of many universities with courses on the distributed ledger tech. While about half the students can code, others have never coded a line in their life, but they’re still learning. Blockchain is hot, both as an evolving distributed ledger technology…
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11th February 2019 0

Smart Contracts Are No Problem for the World’s Legal Systems, so Long as They Behave Like Legal Contracts

Cryptocurrencies have been a headache (if not a nightmare) for the law. Ever since Ross Ulbricht launched the Silk Road online marketplace in February 2011, Bitcoin and its ilk have been disrupting the ability of authorities to police the globe, and to ensure that norms, regulations and laws are being observed. For a while, it…
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8th February 2019 0