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.
Blockchain DAppsEthereum

Microsoft Joins Digital Chamber, Adds Jumbucks, Bitswift, Vcash, Shadow, Blocknet, Blitz, Gamecredits, Okcash

Microsoft has joined the Chamber of Digital Commerce, a trade association focused on promoting distributed ledger technology. A statement co-authored by Marley Gray, Director of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise BizDev & Strategy, explained the decision to join: At Microsoft, we’re focused on providing the best platform and home for distributed ledgers, bringing together the technological promise of blockchain...
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Chain Releases Open Blockchain Protocol Developed with 9 Major Financial Institutions

Blockchain technology provider Chain has released an open source blockchain protocol developed over the last 18 months through partnership with various financial services firms. Capital One, Citigroup, Fidelity, First Data, Fiserv, Mitsubishi UFJ, Nasdaq, State Street and Visa contributed to the development of the Chain Open Standard. Jim McCarthy, executive...
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Russia’s National Settlement Depository Trials NXT Blockchain-Based E-Proxy Voting Prototype

Russia's National Settlement Depository (NSD), the country's sole central securities depository, has tested a blockchain-based e-proxy voting system using the NXT blockchain platform. The NSD provides settlement services for government bonds, municipal bonds and corporate bonds, accounting for 99% of domestic corporate bond issues. E-proxy voting is a technology designed for corporate...
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Coinsource Adds 7 Bitcoin ATMs in LA, 2 in Las Vegas

Coinsource, a US bitcoin ATM network, has announced its single largest installation of bitcoin ATMs to date, launching seven new machines across the Los Angeles area and two more bitcoin ATMs in Las Vegas. With these additions, Coinsouce now claims to be the largest bitcoin ATM provider on the West Coast with...
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Deloitte Expands Blockchain Offerings, Adding 5 Tech Partners & Unveiling 20 Prototypes

Deloitte announced yesterday that it is working with five prominent blockchain companies - BlockCypher, Bloq, ConsenSys, Loyyal and the Stellar Development Foundation - to provide new technological capabilities to its global financial institution customer base. Deloitte says that it is developing 20 blockchain-related prototypes that cover various uses including digital identity, digital banking, cross-border...
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Bitcoin : Will the Wright Satoshi Nakamoto Please Stand Up?

Here we go again. Bitcoin is the only technology that can generate such drama. The latest revelations regarding the identity of Bitcoin’s highly revered inventor have sent tremors through the Bitcoin ecosystem. And, again it involves Australian entrepreneur and computer scientist Craig Steven Wright. This time, some Bitcoin luminaries have supported...
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IBM Launches Blockchain Cloud & Bluemix Services for Financial, Government, Healthcare Sectors

IBM today revealed a new framework for securely operating blockchain networks, as well as new services on the IBM Cloud that are designed to meet existing regulatory and security requirements. The US-based global technology giant indicates that, after working with hundreds of clients, startups and developers building blockchain applications, it is addressing their security...
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Tierion Raises $1M for Blockchain Data Platform from Blockchain Capital, Fenbushi Capital, DCG

Blockchain startup Tierion has raised $1 million in a seed round led by Blockchain Capital and Fenbushi Capital, with participation from Digital Currency Group. Tierion utilizes the blockchain as a global platform for verifying the integrity of any data, file, or business process. Wayne Vaughan, Tierion’s CEO and Co-Founder, commented: “We’re thrilled with...
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German Technology Entrepreneurship Center Shortlists Startups for Blockchain Innovation Award

The German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) , a Berlin campus promoting technology and entrepreneurship, has shortlisted startups for its Blockchain Innovation Award. The award program is sponsored by Globumbus and RWE. The competition was apparently strong, as GTEC received over 100 applications from across the globe and representing a significant range of blockchain use cases. The startups...
Blockchain DAppsRegulation

Credits Partners to Provide Blockchain Service to UK Public Sector

Credits, a blockchain infrastructure provider, is partnering with Skyscape Cloud Services Limited to deliver Blockchain-as-a-Service to UK public sector organisations. The Credits platform is designed to enable organisations to rapidly develop blockchains that address the challenges of establishing provenance, authentication and reconciliation faced by many industry sectors, including central and local...
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Morgan Stanley: Blockchain Tech Misconceptions & Hurdles to Adoption in Banking

Morgan Stanley Research recently released a Global Insights report asking the question, “Blockchain in Banking: Disruptive Threat or Tool?” The investment bank’s in-depth study highlights various misconceptions about blockchain technology and identifies 10 hurdles to making blockchain a reality in banking. The report stipulates that the opportunity for blockchain tech is evident...
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Ascribe Forms Alliance with Japan HR Firm Recruit Tech to Test Blockchain for HR

German blockchain startup Ascribe and Japan-based human resources tech firm Recruit Technologies have formed a strategic alliance to bring blockchain technology to the human resources industry to increase transparency and fight fraud in HR credentials. Recruit Tech, a subsidiary of Recruit Holdings Co. - a major information services and human resources company in Japan, will leverage Ascribe’s...
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