Mastercard, R3 to Develop a Blockchain Cross-Border Payments Platform

Payments giant Mastercard is to develop a blockchain-powered cross-border payments platform in partnership with enterprise-focused blockchain firm R3. In an announcement on Wednesday, Mastercard said the two firms have inked a deal to “develop and pilot” the payments solution. It will initially be aimed at connecting faster payments schemes and banks backed by Mastercard’s clearing and…

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Truffle Announces Upcoming Dev Support for Corda, Hyperledger Fabric, Tezos

Blockchain development company Truffle has unveiled plans to expand its fully managed developer suite to include support for the blockchain protocols Corda, Hyperledger Fabric and Tezos. Truffle founder and CEO Tim Coulter announced the company’s plans at TruffleCon 2019 — Truffle’s annual dev conference — on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington. Coulter commented on how…

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Over 50 Banks, Firms Trial Trade Finance App Built With R3’s Corda Blockchain

ABN Amro, Standard Chartered, ING and around 50 other banks and companies have participated in tests of a trade finance application called Voltron. The open industry platform was initiated by eight founding member banks with the aim of improving the trade finance process by simplifying letter of credit transactions to deliver speedy settlement times and…

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Top 3 Japanese Bank to Roll Out Services on Marco Polo Blockchain

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Japan’s third-largest bank by total assets, will launch blockchain-based trade finance services in the second half of this year. SMBC’s vice chairman Yasuyuki Kawasaki announced the news at a recent fintech seminar in Tokyo, saying that the bank will roll out new services for import and export companies using the…

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2 Executives Are Leaving Blockchain Startup R3 in Management Shake-Up

Distributed ledger technology provider R3 has carried out an extensive internal reorganization, resulting in the departure of two members of its management committee, CoinDesk has learned. Brian McNulty, a managing director and head of global services, and Lauren Carroll, chief administrative officer, are leaving the company, R3 told employees at town hall meetings Friday, according to…

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India’s Federal Bank Is Building a Remittance App on R3’s Corda

An Indian commercial bank has revealed it is building a cross-border remittance app based on the Corda blockchain platform developed by consortium startup R3. Being built as a so-called CorDapp on the platform, Kochi-based Federal Bank has turned to blockchain startup DigiLedge to develop the app for “faster and cheaper” remittances to India, according to a press…

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R3 Launches Corda Enterprise With First-Ever ‘Blockchain Firewall’

More than a year in the making, Corda Enterprise has arrived. Announced Tuesday, blockchain startup R3 has released a paid version of its signature open-source Corda blockchain technology, one that offers added features aimed at regulated institutions including 24/7 support, disaster recovery and more. The big reveal comes just over 13 months after R3 raised…

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