The Asian Development Bank (ADB), which aims to support social and economic development in Asia, has published a working paper series in which it noted the intention to make investments in decentralized lending platforms in Malaysia is primarily driven by “trust.” The paper points out... Read More
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Germany’s government has spoken against the authorization of the ongoing development of Facebook’s controversial stablecoin project Libra in Europe. Christian Democratic Union parliamentarian Thomas Heilmann, who’s responsible for creating CDU’s policies on blockchain technology, said the German government will not allow projects like Libra to... Read More
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Some Cubans fed up with being frozen out of global commerce by decades-old US sanctions have started using cryptocurrencies to transact online, Reuters reports. Jason Sanchez, for instance, who runs a cellphone repair shop in Havana, has been using cryptocurrencies to purchase spare parts for... Read More
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The unexplained recent migration of almost a billion USD-pegged tether cryptocoins to the Ethereum network has caused 100 000 transactions to get “stuck” in processing there, Trustnodes reports. (Graphic courtesy of Trustnodes) The controversial tether coins have been moving from their native OMNI network and other... Read More
The National Internet Finance Association of China Requires Members to Disclose Annualized Lending Costs This week, the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA) issued a notice to member institutions about annualized lending costs disclosure and industry discipline. According to the notice, some online lending... Read More
We Co., WeWork‘s parent company, is planning to make major changes to the management of its business operations after stakeholders expressed their dissatisfaction with the company’s unusual governance model ahead of its upcoming IPO. The firm’s parent company had initially proposed that 20 votes should... Read More
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Gartner: Blockchain Might “Change Retail Business Models Forever,” May Help Avoid Centralization of Markets
Connecticut-based consulting services and research firm Gartner said that distributed ledger technology (DLT) will transform how most businesses operate within the next 10 years. Currently, however, blockchain-based systems are in their early stages of development and it could take several years before the technology has... Read More
San Francisco-based mobile payments company Square is testing a new feature that allows users to trade stocks through the company’s Cash App. Square’s employees have been testing out the newly integrated feature, according to Bloomberg. Once it has launched, Cash App users will reportedly be... Read More
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Police from London’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested a 19-year-old man they believe stole unreleased songs from the websites and cloud-storage accounts of “world-famous artists” and then sold the music for cryptocurrency. The release does not state where the music was sold nor... Read More
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Head of Libra Association Says Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Will Launch in 2020, Renminbi “Will Not Be Part of It”
Bertrand Perez, General Director of the Libra Association says Facebook has no plans to delay the launch of its global (crypto)currency network, despite outcry from global regulators. “We are firmly maintaining our launch schedule, between the end of the first half of next year and... Read More
OnDeck (NYSE: ONDK), a small business online lending platform, announced on Friday its latest survey reveals that the economy is a top concern for small businesses ahead of next year’s presidential election. According to OnDeck, the survey is the first in a series that the... Read More
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Payment as a service platform and JPMorgan Chase company WePay announced earlier this week same-day deposits to Chase business bank accounts at no additional cost. According to WePay, the new functionality will help tens of thousands of U.S. small businesses that use platforms like BigCommerce... Read More
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SEC Chair Jay Clayton: We Should Increase the Attractiveness of Our Public Capital Markets & Increase Opportunities for Main Street Investors in Private Markets
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton tipped his hand a bit regarding the ongoing “concept release” – an SEC review of the private securities exemption ecosystem and how regulated private markets operate. In a speech delivered at the Economic Club of New York this... Read More
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Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Chief Fintech Officer Appointed Fintech Advisor to India’s Odisha State
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, announced on Thursday the appointment of its chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty as a digital and fintech advisor to India’s Odisha state, according to a report by the Times of India. In his new advisory... Read More
Prometheum, a platform for creating and trading cryptosecurities, recently announced it has acquired a version of InteliClear’s post-trade solution technology. Prometheum reported that the InteliClear technology serves as a “major leap forward” for its mission to become the first compliant end-to-end cryptosecurities trading platform. “InteliClear’s system is... Read More
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Update: Diabetes Research Company Gendius Set to Close Crowdcube Round With More Than £475,000 in Funding
Gendius, a UK-based diabetes research company, is set to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube with more than £475,000 in funding from nearly 385 investors. The campaign was launched earlier this summer and quickly raised its initial £400,000 funding target. As previously reported, Gendius... Read More
Coinbase is considering launching an initial exchange offering (IEO) platform in Asia. This would allow it to launch and broker “a proprietary exchange token” and other tokens in the region, Coindesk reports. The crypto trading platform’s possible plans were announced this week by Kayvon Pirestani,... Read More
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ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, Bridge+, PwC Singapore to Support Fintech Growth and Development
The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) committed to two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on September 11, 2019, with Bridge+ and “Big Four” auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Singapore branch. Managing director of AFIN Manish Diwaan noted: “AFIN is delighted that industry leaders are coming together to... Read More
The Marshall Islands, an island country and a US associated state, is planning to issue its own government-backed cryptocurrency, the Marshallese sovereign (SOV). The SOV will be introduced through a token pre-sale, according to an announcement made at CoinDesk’s Invest: Asia event, held on September... Read More
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San Francisco Losing Fintech Lustre The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has announced that Fintech Brex will open its new location in the Salt Lake Valley. The new office is said to create up to 1,000 new jobs over the next seven years.... Read More
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