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.
Equities/Derivatives

Research Identifies Challenges for Blockchain Clearing and Settlement

TABB Group, a London-based financial markets research firm, has completed a report that highlights challenges for transforming market settlement to blockchain-based systems. TABB research concurs there are major technological incentives for moving markets to the blockchain, namely decentralizing trust, greater transactional transparency, an immutable record, compacting settlement periods, and the...
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Singapore Gold-Backed Digital Token Platform Reveals Crowdsale Website for Decentralized Organization

DigixGlobal, a new gold-linked cryptocurrency platform, has officially launched its crowdsale website for proprietary tokens, called DigixDAO, designed to incentivize community participation in development decision making. Based on Ethereum, the crowdsale's avowed goal is to give users the opportunity to have a say in platform's software development going forward. According to the Singapore-registered company, the...
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Filament CTO Jennings : Blockchain is “Excellent Way” to Decentralize Core Digital Identity of IoT Devices

Filament is harnessing blockchain technology to provide smart industrial infrastructure for connecting machines wirelessly and globally. In August 2015, the startup closed a $5 million in funding led by Bullpen Capital. Other participants in the Series A round include Verizon Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Samsung Ventures, Digital Currency Group, Haystack, Working Lab Capital, and Techstars. An interesting interview of...
Blockchain DApps

Chainalysis Completes $1.6M Seed Round, Plans Helping Europol Fight Online Crime

Blockchain-based data analytics startup Chainalysis has completed a $1.6m seed finance round led by Point Nine Capital and including Techstars, Digital Currency Group, Funders Club, and Converge VP as participants. The New York-based startup has also signed an agreement with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) on collaborating to fight online crime. Blockchain technology,...
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Coinprism Enters Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab with Openchain

Coinprism, the developer of Openchain - an open source blockchain technology for financial institutions, is entering Accenture's Fintech Innovation Lab. Accenture and a number of banks involved in the selection process included Coinprism among six companies selected to the program. The startups will over the coming months work with financial institutions...
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FBI Forcing Apple iPhone Hack May Be Ominous Precedent for Blockchain Tech & Crypto

The FBI's attempt to force Apple to bypass the encryption of a dead San Bernadino terrorist's iPhone may set an ominous precedent for encryption technologies including the blockchain. Apple CEO, Tim Cook Apple CEO Tim Cook has opposed the US Government's attempt to order the Silicon Valley giant to create new software version that will essentially...
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European Union Plans Imminent Regulation of Digital Currency Exchanges in Counter-Terrorism Push

The European Commission plans to regulate digital currency exchanges operating in the European Union, according to a communication to the European Parliament published earlier in February. The Commission will present a legislative proposal to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD) bringing "virtual currency exchange platforms" under control of regulatory authorities. The regulation...
Blockchain DApps

Digital Asset Forms Strategic Relationships with Accenture, Broadridge, PwC

Digital Asset Holdings, a blockchain technology developer focused on the financial industry, has entered into strategic partnerships with Accenture, Broadridge and PwC. Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset, commented on the relationships: “We are excited to enter into relationships with Accenture, Broadridge and PwC and are already working with them to provide value to...
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IBM Majorly Commits to Blockchain Tech Availability for Exchanges, Banks, Financial Services, Logistics IoT

IBM today announced a number of initiatives spanning technology and business consulting that significantly expands its blockchain technology services and solutions. These offerings include a blockchain-as-a-service for developers, IBM "Garages" for blockchain app design and implementation in global financial hubs, blockchain-based IoT via the Watson platform, and an open blockchain technologies project with the London...
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CHAIN-FINANCE Holding 1st London Workshop on 16 Mar 2016 – “Can Blockchain Tech Improve Credit Markets?”

CHAIN-FINANCE, a provider of news, research and workshops on blockchain technologies for global financial services, today announced the debut of its first Blockchain-Finance Workshop in London on March 16, 2016. Speakers from Credits, Ethereum, Nxt, and the Stephen Lawrence Scholars will be contributing to the agenda. In January 2016 alone,...
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