Major Pan-African Insurance Firm Rolls Back Insurance for Crypto Mining Equipment

Pan-African insurance company Old Mutual has opted out of insuring cryptocurrency mining equipment due to the absence of regulation in the industry. Pan-African insurance company Old Mutual has opted out of insuring cryptocurrency mining equipment due to the absence of regulation in the industry, local technology-focused new outlet ITWeb reported on June 10. Following comprehensive…

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Chinese Insurance Giant Ping An Partners With Decentralized AI Startup SingularityNET

Chinese insurance giant Ping An has partnered with Ethereum (ETH)-based decentralized artificial intelligence (AI) startup SingularityNET. The latter company announced the collaboration in a press release published on Medium on March 14. Per the release, the collaboration will at first focus on Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Computer Vision (CV) and model training. SingularityNET notes that…

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Insurance Giant AXA XL Launches Security Token and Crowdfunding Insurance Service

Insurance giant AXA XL and insurance technology startup Assurely have jointly launched a new insurance product covering equity crowdfunding and Security Token Offerings (STOs), according to a press release published on March 6. The new product dubbed CrowdProtector is designed for issuers and investors, and purportedly protects new online capital formation strategies like equity crowdfunding…

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Nigerian Banking Regulator Warns Bitcoin’s Disintermediation Is a ‘Critical Concern’

The director and chief executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has expressed concerns about cryptocurrencies and disintermediation, English-language Nigerian news outlet The Sun reported Dec. 12. Disintermediation is when consumers begin investing directly in markets, rather than through intermediates like banks. The NDIC was established in 1988 to ensure safety in the just-liberalized…

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Accenture Tech Now Connects Corda, Fabric, DA and Quorum Blockchains

Enterprise blockchain customers might not need to worry any longer about having picked the wrong platform to build on, thanks to a new interoperability solution being unveiled by Accenture. Revealed at the annual Sibos conference on Monday, the consulting giant has created an “interoperability node” which it says can house the business logic of different…

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MetLife Asia Affiliate Trials Blockchain Insurance Product

LumenLab, an affiliate to insurance giant MetLife’s Asia bureau, has successfully trialed a blockchain-powered insurance product to offer financial protection to pregnant women with a risk of gestational diabetes. According to a news release published Monday, the product, dubbed “Vitana,” will connect its customers’ electronic medical records to their mobile devices to issue a policy in…

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EY’s Maritime Blockchain Insurance Tech Is Now Live

A group of companies piloting a blockchain-based insurance platform for the global shipping industry announced on Friday that the technology is now live in commercial use. Dubbed Insurwave, the blockchain platform was developed by professional services firm Ernst & Young and software company Guardtime based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based technology. As previously reported by CoinDesk, the…

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Fitch Ratings: Blockchain Is a Potential ‘Game-Changer’ for Insurers

One of the “Big Three” credit rating agencies thinks blockchain is a “game-changing technology.” Fitch Ratings touted the potential uses for blockchain within the insurance industry in a report published Wednesday, saying “insurance is fertile ground for blockchain’s capabilities.” In particular, the company sees blockchain as a tool for streamlining the transactions companies conduct while…

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