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.

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...

Neucoin to Destroy 50% of Coin Supply, 2.2B Coins

Entertainment oriented cryptocurrency Neucoin plans to eliminate 50% of coin supply and complete consumer distribution within three years The Neucoin foundations have determined that mass user adoption can be reached faster and with fewer tokens distributed than expected. To maximize Neucoin’s value, the foundations’ holdings will be cut from 3.2 billion to 1 billion in the...

Ethereum Releases Serenity PoC2 – First Python Proof of Concept Version

The Ethereum developers have made available the first python based proof of concept release of Serenity, the version of the Ethereum protocol designed to move from consensus through proof-of-work to proof-of-stake. Called Serenity PoC2 is now available on Github and continues to be not a testnet-ready or production-ready client, according to Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Butterin. With...

Iceland’s Auroracoin Moves from Litecoin to Multi-Algo DigiByte Codebase

The development team behind Icelandic cryptocurrency, Auroracoin, released today an updated codebase designed to enhance the security and reliability of the Auroracoin blockchain. The new release moves the project from a  Litecoin codebase (version ) to a DigiByte codebase (version 4.0.3).  Discussions at Auraráð, the Icelandic Auroracoin Foundation, about moving to a multi-algorthmic codebase narrowed down to a decision...

Germany’s Financial Authority Sees Blockchain as Potential “New Standard” for Financial Markets

In a report this week, Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht), highlights the potential introduction of blockchain or distributed ledger technology in the financial industry. Known by the abbreviation BaFin, the financial regulatory agency emphasizes the importance of having awareness of potential risks in completely adopting the technology...
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Guardtime, Estonian Gov Developing Blockchain System Securing Millions of Health Records

Guardtime, a data integrity provider, is helping the Estonian eHealth Foundation to develop blockchain-based security, transparency, auditability and governance of the healthcare records of millions of Estonians. Guardtime will also bring their Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) technology to all levels of Estonian eGovernment infrastructure through a frame cooperation agreement with the Estonian Information...

Hypr, BitGo Partner for Biometric Tokenization of the Blockchain

Biometric security firm Hypr has partnered with BitGo to deliver biometric security for digital assets, cryptocurrency, and decentralized identities. The partnership will deliver biometric tokenization to a variety of use cases involving the Bitcoin blockchain. BitGo reports securing $1 billion in digital assets monthly with approximately 10,000 transactions daily. Partnering with BitGo allows Hypr to bring enhanced...
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Eris Plays Major Role in R3’s Latest Blockchain Test with 40 Global Banks

Eris Industries, a blockchain distributed applications developer, played a major role in R3's experiment with forty banking giants. The Eris Platform and tools were tested by all 40 banks on different blockchains, including a fully-permissionable ErisDB (eris:db) blockchain and a Go-Ethereum (geth) private blockchain. In the experiment, Eris delivered a smart contract suite...
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