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.
AltcoinsBlockchain DApps

Social Network Using Stellar to Monetize “Likes”

Social network Philafy plans to use the Stellar network to transform social media “likes” into micro-donations. Philafy is using Stellar to send, track and stock digital currency that is indexed to the US dollar. Users can purchase Philafy's prepaid donation credits, basically a cryptocurrency that is on Stellar, and donate...
Blockchain DAppsEthereum

ConsenSys Regis Platform Enables Registry Creation & Management on Ethereum Blockchain

ConsenSys, an Ethereum-focused venture production studio, yesterday unveiled a platform called Regis, which makes it easy to build, deploy, and manage decentralized registries on the Ethereum blockchain. Regis permits users to design and maintain user-defined key-value pairs without costly infrastructure requirements and record data on an immutable blockchain. Daniel Novy, Blockchain...
Blockchain DApps

Channel Island Alderney Conducts Blockchain Trial with Z/Yen’s ChainZy Tech

The government of Alderney, the northernmost of the Channel Islands, is experimenting with a blockchain-based online timestamping service through a project called MetroGnomo,  live since 1 January 2016. The experimental timestamping service utilizes the ChainZy mutual distributed ledger technology developed by London think-tank Z/Yen. Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen explains: “MetroGnomo’s ledger is the same...
Blockchain DAppsIoT

BigchainDB Partners with Blockchain Consultancy Encrypted Labs for B2B Applications

Charlotte-based Encrypted Labs has announced a partnership with Berlin-based BigchainDB to make its technology available to its clients in the United States. BigchainDB is a scalable blockchain database with the advantages of a distributed database and the benefits of blockchain characteristics such as immutability, decentralized control and the ability to transfer assets over a network. BigchainDB...
Blockchain DAppsSmart Contracts

Digital Asset Acquires Swiss Tech Firm for Smart Contracts-Alternative Modeling Language

Digital Asset Holdings, a venture-backed developer of distributed ledger technology, today revealed that it acquired Zurich-based Elevence Digital Finance AG, a technology firm that has developed an expressive language for financial institutions to model and execute agreements. The acquisition has led the New York-based startup to also announce the Digital Asset...
AltcoinsIoT

IOTA Experiments and Optimizes Tangle-Based Technology for IoT Devices

The founder and lead developer of IOTA, David Sønstebø, this week announced to the IOTA community significant optimization of IOTA's core technology. IOTA is a decentralized micro-transactions cryptocurrency designed for "Internet of Things" (IoT) systems. IOTA utilizes a blockchain-alternative called ‘Tangle’ that permits IOTA to remain lightweight and efficient in the face of scalability issues that impact traditional...
Blockchain DAppsEquities/Derivatives

Axoni, Markit Test Blockchain for Credit Default Swaps with BofA, Citi, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, DTCC

Earlier in April, seven firms announced the successful test of blockchain technology and smart contracts to manage post-trade lifecycle events for standard North American single name credit default swaps (CDS). The first of its kind initiative demonstrated that the complex events inherent to CDS, including payments, amendments, novations and compressions,...
ExchangesPayment

Coinsource Installs 2 More Bitcoin ATMs in San Diego

Coinsource, an American bitcoin ATM network, today announced the installment of two more bitcoin ATMs in San Diego. The addition makes three bitcoin ATMs active in San Diego County operated by Coinsource and 19 across the United States. The new achines have been installed in Oceanside and National City. In Oceanside, Coinsource...
EthereumWallets

The Jaxx HD Wallet for Ethereum Gets Another Quick Upgrade

Cryptocurrency wallet provider Kryptokit released Jaxx 0.0.17 last week. The 0.0.17 version includes the first Ethereum wallet to comply with hierarchical deterministic (HD) standards. Thus, the Jaxx HD upgrade generates a new address every time funds are sent to the latest address. All previous addresses can be reused, and all...
Blockchain DApps

Global Blockchain Forum Formed to Promote Interoperable Public Policy for $8B Industry

Various trade groups representing the digital asset and blockchain industries have launched the Global Blockchain Forum to facilitate development of an international blockchain policy framework. Founding members include the US Chamber of Digital Commerce, Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association, the UK Digital Currency Association and the Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises...
EthereumExchanges

CEX.IO Offers Buying & Selling Ethers with Bitcoin & USD

Following the volatility of Ethereum's cryptocurrency - ether, CEX.IO has added buying and selling of ethers (ETH) with bitcoin and US dollars. Oleksandr Lutskevych, CEO and Co-Founder of CEX.IO, commented: “Ethereum is a unique and one of the most promising projects within blockchain industry. As the Ethereum market develops, we found it...
Blockchain DApps

Libra Reveals Enterprise Solution Enabling Compliance, Auditing & Integration of Digital Assets

Libra, a provider of compliance, audit, and integration solutions for blockchain technology and digital assets, has announced the debut of an enterprise solution. In 2014, the California-based software developer released its first product, a software suite permitting individuals and small businesses to comply with IRS regulations and file returns reporting bitcoin and other...
PaymentRemittanceRipple

Ripple Hires HSBC Executive and SWIFT Board Member

Ripple, the provider of distributed ledger settlement solutions, has announced the employment of Marcus Treacher as Global Head of Strategic Accounts. Treacher apparently has more than 30 years of experience in transaction banking and payment system technology, including 12 years in global leadership roles at HSBC. He also served as a member...
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