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Russia’s CSD develops blockchain platform with Waves

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National Settlement Depository (NSD), Russia’s central securities depository (CSD), and Waves, a decentralised platform for launching crowdfunding campaigns and issuing digital assets, have embarked on a blockchain project.

Digital currency: the future or the biggest flop?

Carl Freer

From Bitcoins to even newer (and lesser known, but rising) forms of currency, will this level the playing field for people in the future, or is this all just a sham that will die down? As things get digitised, what do we need to know about digital currencies, and does this mark the demise of traditional forms of currencies?

Dash takes a bash at Bitcoin with new allies

Dash

Dash, a digital currency and an alternative to Bitcoin, has announced two partnerships in Europe and Russia. BitPanda, formerly known as Coinimal, has added a buy option for Dash on its online brokerage, while Moscow’s exchange, MaRSe, has integrated the digital currency in the “wake of a historic price rise and sustained market demand”. Daniel […]

Kraken acquires Cryptowatch for digital asset trading

Kraken

San Francisco-based digital asset exchange Kraken has acquired the charting and trading platform Cryptowatch. According to Kraken, Cryptowatch is used by traders to chart over 150 markets in real-time and trade up to 22 digital assets. Over the past two years, Cryptowatch also increased its active user base by 700%. As part of the deal, […]

Crypto Valley launch breathes life into blockchain and cryptography

Switzerland

Switzerland-based Crypto Valley Association has launched as the nation looks to boost its blockchain and cryptographic ecosystem. Headquartered in the Swiss canton of Zug, Crypto Valley is an independent, government-supported association which aims to foster the development of digital technologies in Switzerland and internationally. The association will support start-ups and established enterprises through policy recommendations, […]

Zcash plans to crash Bitcoin’s party

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Brainy boffins have developed a mathematical algorithm that could boost new cryptocurrency Zcash‘s prestige and topple Bitcoin’s crown. Scientists at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg have created the algorithm – Equihash – a core component for Zcash, which “offers more privacy and equality than the famous […]

Cyren sounds siren over Bitcoin siphon scam

Bitcoin

US-based internet security firm Cyren has discovered an outbreak of malware which is stealing passwords as well as Bitcoin from cryptocurrency wallets on PCs. Avi Turiel, director of threat research at Cyren, says in a blog post this “versatile” keylogger malware is being delivered as an attachment to phony bank transfer emails, which inform the […]

Shinhan Bank and Streami to launch Bitcoin remittance service

Shinhan Bank HQ, Seol. Image source: Kaniwari, Wikimedia Commons

South Korea’s Shinhan Bank is launching a Bitcoin remittance service between Korea and China, with Hong Kong as an intermediary. The service will be available in December.

A boringly good guide to cryptocurrencies

Image source: MBNA

Here is a boringly good guide to cryptocurrencies, courtesy of MBNA. It is not boring at all really!

Blockchain & back office: a revolutionary change or not?

Blockchain

Blockchain has been hailed as a disruptive force capable of revolutionising the banking sector. While this may be the case to some extent, the impact may be overstated when it comes to wider back office operations, argues Paul Westgate, product manager at Linedata. In the clamour to proclaim blockchain, and those cryptocurrencies built on blockchain technology, […]

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