Indonesia’s First Billion-Dollar Unicorn Acquires Philippine Bitcoin Wallet

By CCN.com: On Jan. 18, after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Philippines market earlier this month due to foreign ownership concerns, Go-Jek, a major Indonesian ride-sharing platform has announced a partnership between with Coins.ph, a local crypto wallet and payments platform. The Filipino firm is currently in the process of rolling out beta access to users in the…

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NY BitLicense Chief Clashes with U.S. Treasury over Fintech Banking Charters

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has stated its opposition  to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s endorsement of regulatory “sandboxes” for fintech companies that essentially allow fintechs to receive special bank charters, according to a statement on its website by Maria T. Vullo, DFS superintendent and overseer for the state’s BitLicense regime. The…

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U.S. Blockchain Spending in 2018 Has Already Eclipsed All of Last Year

KPMG released its bi-annual “The Pulse of Fintech” report detailing a large increase in blockchain business spending in 2018. Blockchain Moves Beyond Experimentation KPMG, one of the largest tax advisory service firms in the world, reviewed spending for businesses around the world for the report., which showed a large uptick in large investor interest (such…

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Barclays and Citi Among the Banks Trialing IBM’s ‘Blockchain App Marketplace’

Tech giant IBM and forex settlement provider CLS are collaborating in testing a platform known as LedgerConnect that will make it possible for banks, software vendors, and fintech firms to deploy, share, and consume blockchain-based software. The platform was developed by IBM in partnership with Hyperledger. Banking giants Barclays and Citi are among two of…

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Thai Bond Market Association to Incorporate Blockchain Technology

The association announced it’s pushing for a fintech platform using blockchain technology. The new registrar system will cut issuance times in more than half. The Thai Bond Market Association (TBMA) plans to implement a new registrar service platform combining financial technology with blockchain technology. There are ongoing plans to put it to practice during the…

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Robinhood Aims to Disrupt Further by Launching a Cryptocurrency Wallet

If established cryptocurrency exchanges didn’t take notice when commission-free trading app Robinhood started offering free cryptocurrency trading earlier in the year, they are likely to now. According to a job advert which appeared on the website of recruitment consultants, Greenhouse, Robinhood is reportedly working on a cryptocurrency wallet of its own. This would allow Robinhood’s…

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