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.
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...
Blockchain DAppsEthereum

ConsenSys Debuts Blockchain KYC Oracle “Proof-of-Physical-Address”

ConsenSys, the Ethereum development studio, has debuted a “Know Your Customer” (KYC) smart oracle called Proof-of-Physical-Address (PoPA). An oracle is a particular entity, such as a known API, machine or alternative blockchain, trusted by the participants in a blockchain to execute specific code. Igor Lilic, Full Stack Software Engineer at ConsenSys, introduced PoPA:...
BitcoinPayment

Digital Health Firm Keheala Uses BitPesa to Pay Employees in Kenya

Keheala, a provider of digital disease management tools, uses BitPesa to pay its employees in Kenya and further integration. BitPesa is a bitcoin payment and trading platform operating out Kenya and Nigeria. The multinational digital health company aims to end the problem of drug non-compliance by connecting patients with the community support and motivation...
Blockchain DAppsEquities/Derivatives

BNP Paribas, SmartAngels to Build Blockchain-Based Securities Register

BNP Paribas Securities Services, a custodian subsidiary of BNP Paribas, and French direct investment platform SmartAngels, have signed a strategic partnership to use blockchain technology for crowdfunding of private companies. The two partners will permit private companies to issue securities on the primary market and give investors access to the secondary market...
BitcoinPayment

Former Bank of America Exec Joins BitPay Advisory Board

BitPay, a major bitcoin payment processor, today announced a new addition to its advisory board, Jim Aviles, the former Senior Vice President of product, technology, and marketing at Bank of America Merchant Services, Inc. After leaving Bank of America, Aviles co-founded Merchant e-Solutions, which was acquired by Latin America's leading payment processor Cielo S.A....
Dash (Darkcoin)Mining

ASIC Miners Coming to Dash Coin

Recently, two Chinese manufacturers, DualMiner and Pinidea, announced that they had developed the first ASICs for mining the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Dash. ASICs generate enormous hashrates, and therefore make a network much more difficult to attack. Evan Duffield, founder of Dash, said of ASICs: “there is no better possible technology for...
Blockchain DAppsSmart Contracts

Delaware, Symbiont Establish Blockchain Initiative for Delaware-Inc. Businesses

The governor of the US State of Delaware, Jack Markell, unveiled today the establishment of the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, a suite of programs encouraging expanded use and development of distributed ledger and smart contract technologies by Delaware-incorporated businesses. Delaware is working with Symbiont, the first company to launch a digital security on blockchain technology, to...
Ethereum

Ethereum, Wanxiang Announce Combined Devcon Blockchain Week for Sep 2016

The Ethereum Foundation and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs announced today dates for their joint International Blockchain Week in Shanghai, September 19–24, 2016. Both Ethereum’s Devcon and Wanxiang Blockchain Labs’ Global Blockchain Summit were sold out in 2015 so the two organizations expect significant demand for their joint event this year. The combined event...
BitcoinPayment

Wirex Creates iOS, Android Apps for Users in 130 Countries

Wirex, formerly E-Coin, has launched a new mobile application for iOS and Android platforms. The company says that the new app is compatible with the E-Coin platform and will enable users in more than 130 countries to conduct bitcoin and fiat financial transactions. Dmitry Lazarichev, co-founder of Wirex and E-Coin, added: “The Wirex...
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