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Alibaba Submits Blockchain Patent Applications that Allow “administrative intervention” On October 6th, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba applied for a blockchain system patent, allowing third-party administrators to perform “special treatment” (e.g. suspend a smart contract or freeze an account associated with an illegal activity). For example,… Read More

Crypto Entrepreneurs Mount China’s Rich List

Fourteen cryptocurrency million- and billionaires have made their way onto a list of China’s richest individuals for the first time, says Bitcoin.com. Perhaps predictably, at the very top of “The 2018 Lexus Lexus Huron Rich List,” in spots one to three, appear the entrepreneurs behind… Read More

South Korean Government Reps Reaffirm Anti-ICO Stance

South Korean Finance Minister, Yong-Joo Park told auditors from the Finance Committee of the Yeouido National Assembly in Seoul this morning that ICOs (initial coin offerings) pose undue risks to investors and should not be equated with blockchain, Yonhap News reports. “The government does not… Read More

Hacked Japanese Crypto Exchange Zaif Acquired, Says it Will Compensate Users Though No Date Set

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif has announced that its acquisition by “investment support services” firm FISCO has been finalized and says it will compensate users affected by a $60 million dollar hack that occurred September 14th: “On 10 October, the Company concluded the business of our virtual currency… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Signs Fintech MOU with Indonesia

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Financial Services Authority of the Republic of Indonesia, or “Otoritas Jasa Keuangan” (OJK), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost Fintech cooperation and foster innovation in financial services between the two countries. The MOU is… Read More

Full Streamr Ahead: Daisy AI & CRYPTICS Added to Global Network

Streamr, an open-source, real-time data platform just selected as one of PwC’s Crypto Valley’s Top 50 Projects, continues to expand its network with a new partnership with Japan-based Daisy AI, an AI platform focused on using blockchain for deep learning. Daisy AI will use Streamr… Read More

Princeton Researchers: Chinese Mining Concentration a Genuine Threat to Bitcoin Network Security

Five of the world’s six largest Bitcoin mining firms operate under Chinese jurisdiction, a fact that, among other factors, could seriously compromise the security of the network, researchers at Princeton claim in a new report. The report, “The Looming Threat of China: An Analysis of… Read More

Asian Cryptocurrency Liquidity Provider Tilde Forms New Partnership With TradAir

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Tilde, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency liquidy provider, announced this week it has formed a partnership with institutional FX and cryptocurrency trading platform TradAir to launch new electronic cryptocurrency trades among institutional investors in Asia. Founded in 2018, Tilde states it provides over-the-counter (OTC) trading services to family… Read More

Pundi X Announces Blockchain-Powered Phone

Pundi X (CURRENCY: NPXS), an Indonesia-based global developer of blockchain-powered devices,  announced on Wednesday the creation of its new blockchain-based OS and communication protocol for mobile devices, allowing users to make calls, send messages and transmit data via a fully decentralized blockchain network. Pundi X reported… Read More

Dragonfly Capital Announces $100 Million Crypto Fund

Dragonfly Capital Partners has launched a new $100 million crypto fund. The team at Dragonfly is led by Alexander Pack, formerly with Bain Capital Ventures, a partner at AngelList, and a general partner investor in Polychain Capital. Pack is joined by Bo Feng, a VC… Read More

Kakao’s Ground X Announces New Blockchain Platform “Klaytn”

Ground X, the blockchain subsidiary of the leading South Korean mobile platform, Kakao, announced on Monday the launch of its new blockchain platform, Klaytn. According to Ground X, the platform seeks to improve the inconvenient UX of existing blockchain platforms by allowing average end-users to… Read More

China Rapid Finance Announces Regulatory Report & Board Change

China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF), one of China’s largest consumer lending marketplaces, announced last week that it submitted its P2P Compliance Self-Inspection Report to its local P2P regulatory office. According to the online lender, this new report is considered the first of three steps mandated in the… Read More

Luxembourg based VNX Crypto Exchange Partners with NEM

VNX Exchange, a trading platform for tokenized VC assets, has partnered with NEM. Founded by CEO Alexander Tkachenko in 2017, Luxembourg-based VNX Exchange is seeking to create a regulatory-compliant marketplace to link investors and venture capitalists in search of liquidity. VNX Exchange is a member… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Finalists for 2018 Fintech Awards

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the shortlist of finalists for their 2018 Global FinTech Hackcelerator and FinTech Awards at this year’s Singapore FinTech Festival. MAS reports that 514 different Fintech firms applied with 60 finalists, from 40 different countries, being selected. Over half… Read More

Mobile Payment Specialist CANCAN Partners With WorldFirst to Launch Alipay & WeChat Payments Across Europe

Mobile payments specialist CANCAN announced on Monday it has teamed up with international payments specialist WorldFirst to launch payments and marketing platform that enables Chinese payments methods Alipay and WeChat Pay across Europe. Founded in 2015, CANCAN enables payments and promotions globally through its omnichannel platform,… Read More

Decentralized VC: Hedge Fund Launches SuperNode Community a Blockchain Ecosystem for Greater Access to Startups

Former MD of China MinSheng Asset Management, Bing Lin, has launched a new blockchain powered “SuperNode Community” ( SNC). The ecosystem is said to be deisgned to “democratize the traditional venture capital (VC) model for startups.”  SNC wants to  be the first stop and gateway… Read More

Stablecoin: Dubai Offers Blockchain Payments in Partnership with Pundi X & Ebooc Fintech

Dubai will enable residents the ability to may digital payments using blockchain tech in a new partnership with Pundi X, Ebooc Fintech & Loyalty Labs LLC. XPOS devices that facilitate transactions are expected be rolled out at shopfronts in region  with provisions for an increase in coming… Read More

Quanta Chain Claims to be 15X Faster than Ethereum

One of the biggest challenges for public blockchain is scalability. For widespread adoption to take place, blockchain tech must be able to handle the demands of enterprise activity today and for the future. Simultaneously, these blockchains must be efficient – not using up more value… Read More

Crypto-to-Cash Conversions a “Vulnerability” Authorities Can Exploit, Says ICE Official

An assistant director at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control this week that criminal cryptocurrency-to-cash conversions create a “vulnerability” that law enforcement can exploit. Assistant Director-Domestic Operations ICE, Matthew C. Allen, also told the Senate Committee that… Read More

Owner of Hacked Japanese Crypto Exchange Zaif Suspends New Registrations, Say Acquisition Still on Table

Tech Bureau, owner of the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif, which was recently hacked for more than $60 million USD, says that although it is suspending new account registrations at the exchange, negotiations for the company’s acquisition by FISCO are still underway. According to a release… Read More

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