Jaxx Wallet Integrates Shapeshift for In-Wallet Conversion Between Bitcoin, Ether and DAO Tokens

Toronto-based Bitcoin consultancy and software development company Decentral has announced the integration of its Jaxx line of blockchain wallets with digital currency exchange platform ShapeShift.io.  The integration of ShapeShift with Jaxx wallets will enable users to convert between bitcoin, ether and DAO tokens directly within the Jaxx wallet. It will also support any tokens that ...

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Synechron Survey: Blockchain and AI Will Have Huge Impact on Financial Services Over Next 10 Years

Synechron, a global consulting and technology innovator in the financial services industry, has released the results of a survey conducted by the TABB Group for Synechron on the potential of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) in financial services, with respondents believing that they will have a major impact over the next 10 years. After conducting the survey with 92 banking ...

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Bitcoin and the Blockchain Take the Stage for International Summit of Central Banks at the Federal Reserve

When Satoshi Nakamoto released the Bitcoin white paper in 2008, little did Bitcoin’s creator know that less than 10 years later, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen would be encouraging central banks around the world to take a closer look at the benefits of Bitcoin and blockchain technology to improve the world’s financial systems. In her remarks to the International Conference ...

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European Securities and Markets Authority Issues Discussion Paper on Distributed Ledger Technology

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a discussion paper titled “The Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets” for a public consultation on distributed ledger technology (DLT). ESMA is seeking feedback on the possible use of DLT in securities markets, including potential benefits and risks. The Telegraph notes that shares could eventually be traded almost instantly without ...

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BIP 151: The End-To-End Encryption Bitcoin Never Had – but Soon Will

Bitcoin right now is not really anonymous. While Bitcoin addresses aren’t necessarily linked to real-world identities, they can be. Monitoring the unencrypted peer-to-peer network, analysis of the public blockchain, and Know Your Customer (KYC) policy or Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulation can reveal a lot about who’s using Bitcoin, and for what. This is not great from a privacy perspective. Bitcoin users ...

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MIT Media Lab Releases Code for Digital Certificates on the Blockchain

The MIT Media Lab‘s Learning Initiative and Learning Machine have released the first version of an open-source project that builds an ecosystem for creating, sharing and verifying blockchain-based educational credentials. The project represents the first step in a broader undertaking that is focused on creating new technologies and collaborating to evolve standards that lift the entire ecosystem. The MIT Media ...

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Capgemini and Ascribe Build Blockchain Project for Banking Loyalty Rewards

Capgemini has partnered with Ascribe to create a blockchain database solution built on BigchainDB. The consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider operates in more than 40 countries and employes around 180,000 people worldwide In a bid to continually improve its consulting services, it seems as though Capgemini has caught the blockchain bug. In November, the company published a report advising clients that financial service firms could ...

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Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Launches Educational Platform for Financial Markets

New York-based blockchain advocacy group the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) recently announced the unveiling of the WSBA Certification Framework (WCF)  in partnership with Positrust LLC, a blockchain technology company.  Speaking to Bitcoin Magazine, WSBA Chairman Ron Quaranta said that the WCF will serve as a platform to educate and increase the availability of distributed ledger technology (DLT) or blockchain expertise and ...

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Understanding the Lightning Network, Part 2: Creating the Network

The Lightning Network is the probably most highly anticipated technological innovation to be deployed on top of Bitcoin. The payment layer, first proposed by Joseph Poon and Tadge Dryja about a year ago, promises to support a virtually unlimited number of off-chain transactions among users, at nearly no cost – while leveraging the security offered by Bitcoin. At least three ...

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