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.
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Blockchain Feasibility Survey Finds Potential Disruption in African Financial Services

Blockchain technology accelerator BitHub.Africa recently conducted a survey on the feasibility of blockchain technology being harnesses to create solutions to various problems in Africa. They study's revelation come after a recent decision by Kenyan Central Bank to issue a warning against Bitcoin. In December 2015, BitHub.Africa surveyed 96 members of the African Bitcoin Community using this form. Geographically, 92%...
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Digital Asset, DTCC to Develop Distributed Ledger Solution for Repo Clearing

Digital Asset Holdings, a developer of distributed ledger technolgy, and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) today announced plans to develop and test a distributed ledger based solution to manage the clearing and settlement of U.S. Treasury, Agency, and Agency Mortgage-Backed repurchase agreement (repo) transactions. Repo agreements were selected for this...
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Blockchain-Powered Co-Working Space Plans to Become DAO

Courtesy of Coinspace.io A co-working space in Brooklyn, New York, called Coinspace, shares ownership via cryptocurrnecy or "colored coins", and plans to become a Distributed Collaborative Organization. According to co-founder Solomon Lederer, Coinspace is practicing radical transparency, with "public financials and fair and open decision making". The working space's expenditures...
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Microsoft Brings In 5 More Blockchain Partners Including Monero, Tendermint

Microsoft Azure  on Thursday rolled out more news about its rapidly growing Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) platform, welcoming six more partners and revealing main sites where partner offerings can be found. Microsoft's new BaaS partners include Algorythmix, Expanse, Influx, Monero, Radium and Tendermint. Algorythmix has brought its Cetas project to Azure's BaaS platform. Ceta, a decentralized KYC...
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Eris Selects Ledger as Hardware Security Partner

Blockchain technology developer Eris Industries has selected Ledger as its hardware security partner to help protect the blockchain-based infrastructure of its customers. Ledger is a technological leader in the blockchain security industry and provides a wide range of trusted hardware solutions for both consumer and enterprise usage. The company grew in prominence with the success...
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Wirex Adds Buy Bitcoin Service via PayPal

Wirex, formerly E-Coin, has debuted a service offering bitcoin buying capability via PayPal, the major online payment system. With this announcement, Wirex users in over 30 countries will be able to use the E-Coin virtual Visa debit card to buy bitcoin with PayPal. This service will be available through the E-Coin platform and...
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Elliptic Raises $5M from Paladin, Santander, KRW, DCG & Octopus

Elliptic today announced its completion of a $5 million Series A funding round led by Paladin Capital Group, with participation from Santander InnoVentures, KRW Schindler, Digital Currency Group, and existing investor, Octopus Ventures. Christopher Steed, Managing Director of Paladin Capital Group, will join Elliptic’s board of directors alongside Octopus Ventures, and Santander InnoVentures will join as...
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Hitachi Sets Up Fintech Research Lab with Blockchain Focus

Hitachi has established a new research arm called Financial Innovation Laboratory, a “FinTech research organization” in the Silicon Valley office of Hitachi’s Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA). Based in Santa Clara, California, operations of the research lab are expected to commence from April 2016. The new organization will work...
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Wirex Offers 2-Way Debit Card with Buy Bitcoin Function

Wirex, formerly known as E-Coin, has launched a 2-way bitcoin debit card with a buy bitcoin function.  The service will enable users to fund their debit card accounts globally with bank transfers and alternative payment methods. With partner banks in over 68 countries, customers can make quick domestic transfers to their Wirex debit card...
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Bitcoin Classic Clone Claims Network Stable with 2 MB Block Size

C-bit, a clone of Bitcoin Classic, has launched with a 2 MB block size already built into the source code, according to its founder William Martens. C-bit is a crypto-currency like bitcoin but follows the framework of Bitcoin Classic, an alternative to the Bitcoin Core protocol. Martens explains: However, 2 parameters are different: the...
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USAA Expands Coinbase Offering to All Members

USAA, a financial service provider for US military service people and extended families, has expanded its integration with Coinbase to all customers. All members of USAA can now view their Coinbase bitcoin balance on USAA.com and USAA’s mobile app. Last November, USAA launched a pilot Coinbase integration for a small...
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