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Digital Bank Juno Raises $3 Million in Seed Round, Uses Blockchain Platform for “Decentralized Lending,” Promises Whopping 5.5% Savings Rate

Bank startup Juno has issued a release reporting $3 million in seed funding from some prominent names. The digital banks says it has received the backing of Sequoia, Polychain and Dragonfly. Juno was founded in July 2019 by Varun Deshpande, Ratnesh Ray, and Siddharth Verma… Read More

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Chinese Banks May Stop Cooperation with Third-Party Data Provider Following Release of a New Privacy Regulation According to reports, People’s Bank of China (PBC) has issued the “Personal Financial Information (Data) Protection Measures (Draft)” to some Chinese banks this week. It is believed that the… Read More

China Construction Bank Expands Blockchain-based Finance Platform, Trade Volume Reportedly Exceeds $53 Billion

China Construction Bank (CCB), one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, has reportedly added new features to its blockchain-based finance platform. According to local news outlet Xinhuanet, CCB’s distributed ledger technology (DLT)-enabled finance platform can now process cross-chain and inter-bank transactions. Trading volume on the… Read More

BIS, “Central Bank of Central Banks,” Exploring Interbank Digital Asset Settlement and Central Bank Digital Currency at Switzerland Innovation Hub

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), popularly known as the “central bank of central banks,” will be engaging in two projects at the BIS’s newly-established Innovation Hub in Switzerland, one of which involves, “examin(ing) the integration of digital central bank money into a distributed ledger technology… Read More

Alipay Says It’s Not Servicing Crypto Trades, But is It?

Following a confirmation from CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) on Twitter yesterday that the Binance cryptocurrency exchange will soon allow customers to their trading accounts using Alipay and WeChat, Alipay has tweeted to deny Zhao’s announcement, stating: “NO, you cannot…There’re several reports about @Alipay being used for… Read More

Deputy Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore: Tokenised Assets Can Simplify Post-trade Processes and Shorten the Settlement Cycle

In a wide-ranging speech at The World Federation of Exchanges General, Jacqueline Loh, Deputy Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) addressed the advent of blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the utilization of regulated securities and exchanges. Singapore is a noted Fintech Hub… Read More

U.S. Fintech C2FO Announces Acquisition of India Payment Platform Priority Vendor

C2FO, a fintech firm and market for working capital based in the U.S., announced on Wednesday it is acquiring India-based payment platform, Priority Vendor. C2FO reported that through the acquisition, Indian suppliers will receive a continuous flow of capital at costs lower than traditional financing… Read More

ICONLOOP Raises USD 8 Million in Series A

Prominent blockchain startup ICONLOOP has raised KRW 10 billion (over USD 8 million) in Series A funding. ICONLOOP, based in South Korea, says this is the first VC investment since its launch in 2016. Investors included Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC) and T.S. Investment. ICONLOOP… Read More

As Crypto Ban Persists in China, Binance Exchange Enables WeChat and Alipay

Changing Zhao (CZ), CEO of Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platforms, has confirmed on Twitter that the platform will begin accepting money transfers via Chinese payment giants WeChat and Alipay. The news is very significant because China has been pursuing a progressively… Read More

Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia to use Power Ledger’s Peer to Peer Energy Trading Platform

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) has agreed to a pilot trial to test the feasibility of solar energy trading in the Malaysian energy market using Power Ledger’s blockchain-based platform. The trial will kick off later this year and run for 8 months. Power… Read More

Singapore Fintech CredoLab Announces New Partnership With Fraud Detection & Authentication Solutions Provider iovation

CredoLab, a Singapore-based fintech provider of mobile-based alternative credit scoring solutions for banks, consumer finance companies, and retailers, announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with iovation, a TransUnion company, specializing in device-based fraud detection and authentication solutions. CredoLab reported that through the partnership… Read More

Korean Mobile Payments App CHAI and BGF Retail Are Developing a Blockchain Platform for Offline Payments

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South Korean mobile payments app CHAI and BGF Retail, which manages CU, Korea’s largest convenience store chain with around 13,500 locations, are developing a blockchain-based platform for conducting offline payments.  The nation’s consumers will be able to make payments by scanning and completing transactions with… Read More

China Rapid Finance Announces New Partnership with Chengdu Qiye Technology

China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF), one of China’s largest consumer lending marketplaces, announced on Tuesday it has formed a new strategic partnership with Chengdu Qiye Technology to offer services for institutionally-funded lending to small and medium-sized businesses. According to China Rapid Finance, the partnership marks… Read More

One-Third of Fintech Firms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Are Based in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Fintech industry is set to enter 2020 with promising deals as more investors and companies explore potential investment opportunities. One-third of Fintech firms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are based in the UAE. The number of Fintech… Read More

UAE’s National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) Partners With Fintech Galaxy to Conduct MENA Fintech Hackathon

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) has partnered with Fintech Galaxy, a financial technology crowdsourcing platform. NBF recently participated in the MENA Fintech hackathon, which was hosted by Fintech Galaxy. The event brought together major local banks, regulators, financial industry professionals, and… Read More

Class Action Suit Launched Against Bitfinex and Tether, Alleged Creators of “Largest Bubble in Human History”

Lawyers at Roche Freedman LLP filed a class action suit on October 6th against Bitfinex, Tether, and associated parties and firms. The suit alleges plaintiffs collectively suffered over $1.4 trillion USD in damages due to defendants alleged violation of Commodities Exchange and federal RICO statutes, as well… Read More

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission Updates Digital Asset Regulations

Hong Kong’s securities regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has released an updated regulatory framework for digital asset fund managers. The SFC posted the guidelines on its official website on October 4. SFC’s 37-page document, titled “Proforma Terms and Conditions for Licensed Corporations which… Read More

97% of South Korean Crypto Asset Exchanges Could Be Shut Down Due to New Regulatory Requirements: Report

South Korea’s regulators have consistently preferred supporting blockchain-related initiatives over decentralized crypto tokens. Recent events confirm that the nation’s authorities are more inclined to support blockchain technology itself rather than investments in speculative cryptocurrencies.  According to local reports, approximately 97% of local crypto-asset exchanges might… Read More

Algorand’s Venture Arm, Algo Capital, Loses Millions in Crypto Wallet Security Breach

Algo Capital, the investment division of the US-based blockchain startup Algorand, reportedly lost around $1-2 million in Algorand (ALGO) tokens and Tether (USDT) stablecoins after the company CTO Pablo Yabo’s mobile phone was hacked. The security breach allowed hackers to access an Algo hot wallet… Read More

PayPal Receives Approval to Provide Online Payment Services in China

Payments platform giant PayPal announced earlier this week it has received approval from The People’s Bank of China to acquire 70% equity interest in Guofubao Information Technology Co. (GoPay), Ltd., a holder of a payment business license in China. This will allow PayPal to provide… Read More

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