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R3’s New Corda App Supports Payments in XRP Cryptocurrency

“Distributed ledger technology provider R3 has launched the Corda Settler, an application aimed to facilitate global cryptocurrency payments within enterprise blockchains – and it’s starting with XRP. R3 said XRP is the first globally recognized cryptocurrency to be supported by Settler, bringing the Corda and XRP ecosystems into closer alignment – something of a rapprochement considering […]
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Regulation

Thai Government Trials Blockchain in Fight Against Tax Fraud

“According to a report from the Bangkok Post on Monday, Thailand’s Revenue Department is considering implementing blockchain to prevent fraudulent VAT refund claims in the country. VAT is a form of consumption tax levied on goods and services. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, director-general of the Revenue Department was quoted as saying that blockchain would help verify VAT invoices and in […]
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Tech

Italian banks’ blockchain project picks up pace

“As reported in October, 14 banks passed the first phase with the help of ABI Lab, the technological laboratory supported by the Italian Banking Association (ABI). This followed on from June when they said this new tech will be applied to interbank processes to increase data transparency and visibility, speed in executing transactions, and allowing checks and exchanges […]
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Systems

TransferWise Won’t Buy Into Blockchain Until More Banks Use Ripple

“Part of the problem is that blockchain technology has not yet achieved enough adoption among banks to make it more efficient than the prevailing payments systems. And as fintech companies find new and less expensive ways to transfer money, the bar that blockchain technology must clear to make it worth switching to has gotten higher.”
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Domains

Finablr’s UAE Exchange, Ripple to begin blockchain payments by first quarter

“Asia was one of the biggest recipients of the roughly $613 billion in remittances sent globally last year, with a large swathe coming from expatriate workers in the Middle East, where UAE Exchange, part of payments and foreign exchange company Finablr, is one of the main players. Most funds are currently sent through foreign exchange branches […]
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Tech

Blockchain Beyond the Hype

“With cryptocurrencies having lost more than 80% of their market value from their high in January, it’s a fair question to ask what this means for blockchain, the technology underlying the turbulent crypto market. There’s a difference, of course. Blockchain’s true potential value lies not in making–or losing–the quick buck, but in helping solve some of the […]
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Security

Canada urges blockchain on for digital ID dream

““We should be open to innovative identity verification methods like document review through a live video connection, use of blockchain, biometrics and other methods that have begun to see widespread adoption in other parts of the economy,” Parmenter comments. “These methods have the potential to prove a person’s identity more securely and accurately than showing […]
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Tech

Blockchain adoption tepid and interest in bitcoin waning, say JPMorgan analysts

“The hype surrounding cryptocurrencies and blockchain — the distributed ledger technology that underpins all cryptocurrencies — is a little overblown, with inroads to mainstream finance patchy at best, say analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. While advocates tout that most assets can be shifted to a blockchain-type ledger and the technology will improve everything from transparency to supply […]