BLOCKCHAIN EMBASSY

By Mark Smalley | http://bce.asia

Andreessen Horowitz And Union Square Ventures Invest $10 Million In New Digital Assets Hedge Fund

Polychain Capital, a new hedge fund investing in bitcoin, ether and other digital assets, has garnered $10 million in investment from two marquee venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures.<p>Launched in September with $5 million from 30 investors, the San Francisco-based …

Venture Capital

A gentle introduction to The Hyperledger Project

I have noticed a great deal of confusion when people talk about “Hyperledger”. I recently gave a talk about this at a meetup hosted in Paypal’s …

Thinking Outside the Blocks

Coded by an unknown hacker, germinating in the netherworld of cypherpunks, Bitcoin was not discovered by the business mainstream until 2015. Just as …

Bitcoin

Japan's Central Bank is 'Test-Driving Distributed Ledgers'

Japan’s central bank is testing blockchain tech but has limited its work to research, according to one of its senior officials.<p>Deputy governor …

Japan

Austria's Erste Bank Awards Ethereum Projects in Startup Contest

Austrian bank Erste Bank sponsored a blockchain startup contest, awarding the team sbehind two ethereum-focused projects.<p>The two winning projects …

Austria

Unblocking The Mystery Of Blockchains

Mark Smalley, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Neuroware, demystifies the world of distributive ledgers, commonly known as blockchains.

Radio

Mizuho Bank Weighs Digital Currency Services Offering

Mizuho Bank is weighing possible client-facing services after testing a prototype digital currency in partnership with IBM Japan.<p>The project, first …

Finance

Blockchain Voting Project Wins $10k Kapersky Labs Prize

A blockchain voting project netted $10,000 in a recent contest organized by cybersecurity firm Kapersky Labs.<p>Dubbed Votebook, the proposed system …

Elections

How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks

Imagine a computing platform that would have no single point of failure and would be resilient to the cyberattacks that are making the headlines these days. This is the promise behind blockchain, the distributed ledger that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum and challenges the …

Security

BNY Mellon Shakes Up Treasury Unit for Blockchain Focus

BNY Mellon’s treasury unit has organized a new innovation group aimed at investigating and testing new technologies like blockchain.<p>Dubbed the Global …

Bitcoin

New OCC Charter Could Give Bitcoin Exchanges Special Bank Status

The office of the US Treasury in charge of currency policy has revealed plans to grant special-purpose bank charters to companies working in the …

Bitcoin

Intel is Winning Over Blockchain Critics By Reimagining Bitcoin's DNA

With so much R&D ongoing in the blockchain sector, it's hard for any new tech to separate from the pack.<p>In addition to the sheer volume of designs …

Bitcoin

US Federal Reserve Releases First Distributed Ledger Research Paper

The Federal Reserve has published new research on distributed ledger tech.<p>The paper, which explores applications of the technology in payments and …

Federal Reserve

How Ireland is nurturing the blockchain for the future

<i>This article appears courtesy of the Dublin Globe. For more stories from Dublin's tech scene and startup ecosystem, visit their website here.</i><p>In …

Ireland

Blockchain startup R3 expects to close $150 round in first quarter

David Rutter, founder and CEO of the four-year-old, New York-based blockchain startup R3 took the stage at Disrupt London this morning to discuss the progress of his company and underscore Wall Street’s enthusiasm over digital ledger technologies more broadly. While on stage, he also confirmed …

Startups

Neuroware.io at FINNOVASIA KL - 2016

Neuroware.io was asked to talk about what is happening within Malaysia in regards to blockchains and also discuss some of the use cases that we have been working on recently...

Malaysia

UAE Government to Sponsor $140k Blockchain Hackathon

The government of the United Arab Emirates is sponsoring a virtual hackathon dedicated to blockchain, with $140,000 in prizes up for grabs.<p>Organized …

Hackathons

The Blockchain Energy System Is Going To Be Great For Consumers

Make your own power, sell your own power—at prices you decide.<p>Traditionally, energy systems flowed in one direction: from big power producers to consumers. Now, with more people getting rooftop solar panels, they're increasingly two-way: homes send excess power back to utilities, reducing their …

Energy

Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack

<i>(Reuters)</i> — Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe.<p>Central bank official Artyom Sychyov discussed the …

Banking

China's Huiyin Group Launches $20 Million Bitcoin Fund

Huiyin Group, a multibillion-dollar investment company based in China, has announced the launch of Huiyin Blockchain Ventures (HBV), a subsidiary …

China

Australian Digital Currency Advocates Launch Self-Regulation Effort

Digital currency advocates in Australia have launched a new code of conduct initiative aimed at promoting self-regulation in the nascent technology …

Australia

Finland's Central Bank Organizes Blockchain Event

Finland’s central bank co-organized a seminar on blockchain last week.<p>The Bank of Finland held the event in partnership with the country’s Ministry …

Finland

Europe's Biggest Shipping Port Tests Blockchain Logistics

The operator of Europe’s largest shipping port is taking part in a new blockchain consortium focused on logistics.<p>Announced earlier this month, the …

Logistics

Introducing the Blockchain Embassy of Asia

As Malaysia’s first and only public consortium that is entirely focused on the adoption and improvement of distributed ledgers and their competing …

Bitcoin

Royal Mint offers gold trading based on blockchain

The Royal Mint has paired up with the markets operator CME Group to build a gold market using nascent blockchain technology, in a bid to broaden London’s appeal as a place to buy and sell bullion.<p>The state-owned Royal Mint hopes to start accepting trades from the middle of next year on its Royal …

Finance

Blockchain Smart Contracts - getting from hype to reality

The potential of smart contracts – programmable contracts that automatically execute when pre-defined conditions are met – is the subject of much debate and discussion in the financial services industry. Smart contracts, enabled by blockchain or distributed ledgers, have been held up as a cure for …

R3 Releases Code for Distributed Ledger Tech Corda

R3CEV, the startup behind the world's largest banking consortium focused on distributed ledger applications, has made the code for its Corda platform …

WeChat-Inspired Wallets Are Coming to Ethereum

Ethereum will soon see its first wallet with a WeChat-like interface.<p>Expected to launching in alpha in the coming weeks, Status aims to provide a new …

Messaging