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What a Facebook Crypto Coin Should Look Like

The tech world is abuzz with tangible, albeit unofficial, news that Facebook could be diving into crypto and launching a coin or token. Conventional thinking says that they will use their coin to add crypto asset-based transfers to messaging apps to enable users to instantly… Read More

Facebook to Shut Down P2P Payments For Messenger in the UK & France

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly removing P2P money transfer services through its messenger app for UK and France. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is set to close the service in the countries on June 15th. While it will be shut down in the UK and… Read More

Blockchain: Two Different Takes on Facebook’s Rumoured Cryptocurrency Venture

Rumours of the imminent launch of a cryptocurrency product from Facebook have been circulating for several months. In December, Bloomberg reported that people with inside knowledge were claiming that Facebook is developing a “stable coin” for WhatsApp money transfers in India, including remittances. According to… Read More

Facebook Buys Blockchain Firm Chainspace. What Does it Mean?

It was recently reported that Facebook has acquired Chainspace, a London-based blockchain startup described as a scalable distributed ledger and smart contract platform. The Chainspace website claims to deliver on “modern expectations of processing power, making it the platform of choice for complex real-world applications.”… Read More

Report: Facebook to Launch Stablecoin for Crypto Transfers on WhatsApp

A report this week indicates that Facebook is moving into the cryptocurrency space with the launch of a Stablecoin. It has been widely reported that Facebook has put together a blockchain team but this is the first indication the company will be creating its own… Read More

Facebook Expanding Blockchain Team Despite Claims It’s a Bunk Tech for Business

Facebook is aggressively recruiting to fill out its “secretive” blockchain research group and hopefully “disrupt” the payments sector, Cheddar reports, but sources say the company is having a hard time attracting key talent, “amid its many public scandals.” Recruiting problems may be a blessing in disguise… Read More

Google to Allow Regulated Crypto Services to Advertise in US and Japan

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Google will reduce the extent of its ban on cryptocurrency ads this October by allowing regulated crypto exchanges to advertise on the platform to US and Japanese audiences only, CNBC reports. In the spring and early summer of this year, Google, Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat… Read More

Facebook Messenger Wants Your Banking Information

While much of the world is pushing forward with empowering users to control their own financial information, social media leader Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is heading in the opposite direction by asking banks to share detailed financial information about their customers. This deeply concerning report was first… Read More

The Time Has Come to Regulate the Tech Titans: A Tiered Approach to Regulation in Favour of Competition, Innovation and Consumer Rights

With tech titans the most valuable companies on the planet, the notion of self-regulation is no longer appropriate or fit for purpose. Is now the time for governments to step in to protect consumers and ensure a more competitive environment? The role of the technology… Read More

Facebook Partially Reverses ICO Advertising Ban that Never Really Worked

Facebook has done an about face on their initial coin offering advertising ban – at least for a lucky few pre-approved platforms and exchanges. It appears that Facebook is recognizing the fact these are regulated securities and thus quite similar to other investment offers. Facebook… Read More

FIDO Alliance Appoints Facebook to Board of Directors

The FIDO Alliance, an organization that enables an interoperable ecosystem of hardware, mobile and biometrics-based authenticators that may be used for apps and websites, announced on Tuesday that Facebook has been appointed to its Board of Directors. According to the organization, the social media giant joins other global… Read More

Facebook Creates Dedicated Blockchain Team

The man who decoupled messaging from the main Facebook site, made it a discreet app customers had to download to phones (which mined even call data from customer phones), is leaving Facebook’s Messenger department to lead a blockchain working group within the company. David Marcus,… Read More

Amazon. Stop Being Everything to Everybody!

  In two of my previous articles, “The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2018” and “Top The Fintech Predictions for 2017”,  I predicted a few things to come including The End of Privacy, Vertical Integration and What’s Your Advantage where I visualized Facebook, Snapchat, Tesla,… Read More

Report: Telegram Initial Coin Offering Expected to top $1.7 Billion

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Telegram. One of the fastest growing messaging / social media platforms in the world is poised to top $1.7 billion with its initial coin offering. This is according to a recent report in… Read More

Twitter Set to Join Google & Facebook in Banning Cryptocurrencies & ICOs Advertisements

Social media giant Twitter is set to ban almost all cryptocurrencies and initial coin offering (ICOs) advertisements. According to SkyNews, Twitter may release a new advertising policy in two weeks that will prohibit advertisements for ICOs, token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets globally. The media outlet also revealed that… Read More

Facebook Bans Ads For Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, & ICOs

On Tuesday, social media giant Facebook announced it is officially banning all ads concerning bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Facebook Product Management Director, Rob Leathern, stated the platform’s team has created a new policy that prohibits ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently… Read More

Alibaba Must Acquire Starbucks, WeWork, Airbnb, Uber, Tesla & PayPal

During July 2016, I was part of a delegation of US Fintech executives visiting our counterparts in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, China. We toured and visited some of the most exciting Fintech platforms in China such as LuFax, CreditEase, Tencent (the creator of WeChat),… Read More

3 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

This article highlights three takeaways for Fintech firms from Mary Meeker’s 355-page-long report: 1) The Internet’s center of gravity shifts to Asia; 2) The biggest get bigger; 3) Fintechs must use gamification to improve customer engagement. Since 2001, Mary Meeker, a Partner at venture capital… Read More

Facebook Expands Donations Based Crowdfunding

Facebook is ratcheting up the competition with JustGiving and GoFundMe with its own donations-based crowdfunding vertical. According to information posted on the Facebook press page, the social media platform is adding two new categories: Community and Sports. Now users in the US can raise money… Read More

DIFC Accepting Applicants for Fintech Hive Accelerator Program

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has announced it is now accepting applications for its ‘FinTech Hive at DIFC’ accelerator program. The announcement comes after DIFC received registered interest from more than 200 companies since it opened its doors in January. The 12-week program is… Read More

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