Hans Lombardo

Journalist, policy analyst, and evangelist of new, disruptive technologies including big data analytics, Internet of Things, and cryptocurrencies. Internet industry veteran with regional c-suite experience, and journalist credentials earned at internet.com, Internet World magazine, and Mecklermedia Corporation.

Airbitz Offers In-Wallet Discounts for Target, Starbucks, with More Big Retailers in the Works

Airbitz, a popular mobile bitcoin wallet platform, is now offering discounts for Starbucks and Target. Other big retailers, like Whole Foods, Walmart and Home Depot, will also be included in the service soon. Users of Airbitz wallets need only open a slide-out menu and select “Discounted Gift Cards”, select a...

Bitcoin Group’s Australian Share Offering Closes 25 Jan

After months of difficulties with the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) regulating agency and multiple application delays, Bitcoin Group's initial share offering on ASX seems set in stone as the offering closes at the end of business on Monday, January 25, 2016. Investors wanting to buy shares in the Australia-based bitcoin...
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Blythe Masters’ Digital Asset Closes $50M Round with ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASX, BNP, Broadridge, Citi, CME, Deutsche Börse, ICAP, J.P. Morgan, Santander

Digital Asset Holdings, the blockchain technology developer lead by Blythe Masters, today announced that it has raised more than $50 million in funding from some high profile financial services sector corporations. They include ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASX Limited, BNP Paribas, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Citi, CME Ventures, Deutsche Börse Group, ICAP,...
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Where’s China in Global Blockchain Movement? Starting a Digital Currency

One question at a Hong Kong blockchain conference yesterday shook up perspectives of R3's ambitious plan with 42 major banks to develop blockchain technology for the global financial sector. The questions was simply "Where is China?". The conference was Fintech Worldwide's "Blockchain Conference in Hong Kong", co-produced with international law firm Simmons &...

First Global Credit Adds Bitcoin Backed Stock Trading of LSE Shares

First Global Credit, a firm that enables bitcoin to be used as collateral margin to trade stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs), has added shares traded on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The Geneva-headquartered firm already offers a mix of technology, entertainment, Internet and health care stocks and ETFs that cover geographic growth areas like Brazil, Russia, China...

UPDATE – E-Coin Issues Retraction After Phishing Warning

E-Coin retracted its claim that a site named bitcoincashcard.xyz is a phishing scam and apologized to the domain owner, Adam Guerbuez. It appears that site simply masks and redirects users to E-Coin.io. E-Coin released this brief statement on its blog: We Had Previously Issued A False Warning Recently we had published a report...
Blockchain DApps

Digital Asset Opens London Office, Makes Senior Tech Appointments

Digital Asset Holdings, distributed ledger technology startup, has opened a London office to support its clients and increase its presence in the UK and European markets. The firm has appointed Justin Amos, a Managing Director at NICE Actimize, the largest financial crime, risk and compliance software platform, to spearhead its European office. Digital...

Coinsilium Invests $100k of Bitcoin in Rootstock for 2% Equity

Coinsilium Group, a blockchain technology investment company, has invested and facilitated co-invested in smart contract platform Rootstock. The total amount invested in RSK Labs Ltd, the company operating Rootstock, is $100,000 and 28.6% of the initial seed round, representing approximately 2% of RSK. Rootstock is a smart contract platform built as a sidechain of the bitcoin...
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