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Australian Government Reviews FinTech Priorities

The Australian Government recently published an commentary on the state of FinTech in Australia, along with some of its plans and ideas to progress in the near future with the overall goal of becoming a leading FinTech player. The government recognises that to achieve this it will require getting policy...
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Chain-Finance Conference Discusses Blockchain in Credit Markets, Bonds

On Wednesday night, at Tower Hill in London, Chain-Finance held its first Blockchain Finance workshop, designed to inform and educate listeners on the potential benefits of using blockchain technology in various financial situations. The focus of the discussion for this first event was using blockchain technology to improve credit markets. Adam...
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Japan Regulator Plans Treating Digital Currencies like Fiat Money

Japan's Financial Services Agency has proposed treating Bitcoin and other digital currencies in the same way as conventional currencies, according to country's Nikkei news service. The regulating agency's legislative changes identify bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as conforming to the same functions as fiat currency. These changes will be offered during the ordinary session of Japan's legislature, the...
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Japan’s Largest Tech, Financial Corporates Firms to Create New Financial Services Using Blockchain Technology

A cooperative effort has been announced between ORIX Corporation, ORIX Bank Corporation, The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd., NTT DATA Corporation, and NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. in which they have agreed to commence joint research toward the development of new financial services using blockchain technology. Between them, the companies represent some of...
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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...
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Board of Advisors Appointed by Elliptic

Blockchain intelligence company Elliptic, who work on identifying illicit activity on the bitcoin blockchain in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and financial institutions, has announced four appointments to its Board of Advisors: David Harris, Martine Niejadlik, Richard Brown and Nadav Rosenberg. Harris has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of...
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Estonia’s Highest Court Orders Four Government Institutions to Give Opinion on Bitcoin Legality

The Supreme Court of Estonia requested in November that four government institutions answer eight questions regarding the legality of bitcoin, following a lawsuit brought by a Dutch citizen over police suppression of the bitcoin trade. In early 2014, the proprietor of bitcoin trading platform BTC.ee, Otto de Voogd, was ordered by the Financial Intelligence...
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EU Ministers Jittery over Bitcoin After Paris Attacks

European Union member states plan to "crackdown" on digital currencies, anonymous payments and pre-paid cards in effort to combat terrorism financing in the wake of the Paris attacks, according to a draft memo shown to Reuters. EU justice and interior ministers are holding a crisis meeting in Brussels today, arranged in...
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New Cryptocurrency Rules Discussed by Japan’s Financial Services Agency

On Monday, the Japanese Financial Services Agency panel decided that Japan needed to improve its oversight mechanism for cryptocurrencies. Back in June, the Japanese government started to consider new regulations to combat the threat of virtual currencies being used for terrorist funding, money laundering and other illegal activities. Cryptocurrency exchange...
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US Blockchain Alliance Forms to Combat Criminality, Gets Mixed Reception among Bitcoiners

The Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center have established a forum, called the Blockchain Alliance, to help combat criminal activity involving bitcoin and the blockchain. The organization is comprised of a coalition of companies and other institutions that have come together to address public safety concerns about digital currencies and the blockchain. Jason Weinstein,...
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Isle of Man Starts Digital Currency Biz Licensing by End Oct 2015

The government of the Isle of Man will begin issuing "Designated Business Licensing" for digital currency businesses by the end of October 2015, according to Merkletree.io. Various activities involving digital currencies, such as issuing, transmitting, transferring, providing custody or storage, administering, managing, lending, buying, selling, exchanging or trading, will require...
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