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‘Banking for blockchain’ platform raises AUD$37m in pre-ICO round
Bankera’s ‘digital bank’ will provide traditional banking and investment banking services to the blockchain marketplace including payments and loans.
Xero partners with blockchain-based international payments provider Veem
The Veem platform supports global payments in US Dollars as well as multiple currencies to over 60 countries.
Blockchain startup BitClave wants to change the search engine game
By removing the middlemen in the digital advertising ecosystem like Google, BitClave gives users control over their data.
Aussie anti-piracy blockchain startup launches token sale
Team Veredictum want to use their token, Ventana, to reduce film and video piracy by 80% over 10 years.
Microsoft announces framework to advance enterprise adoption of blockchain
Microsoft will launch the framework on GitHub in 2018 as an open source project.
KyberNetwork introduces first decentralised cryptocurrency exchange
Centralised exchanges are also prone to price manipulation, DDoS attacks, internal fraud, which KyberNetworks wants to change.
Blockchain disruption: Insurance companies must smarten up to keep up
Car manufacturers that build sensors into their vehicles could identify damage resulting from a collision and trigger a claim payment.
Australian blockchain sector makes inroads with formation of Parliamentary Friendship group
The ADCA called for close co-operation between government, regulators and industry in advancing the adoption of blockchain in Australia.
Could Blockchain technology disrupt everything?
Miners race to solve a cryptographic puzzle, which completes the next transaction (or block) on the chain, in hopes of capturing the coin reward.
Top 10 technologies to disrupt markets – and unearth new opportunities
Frost & Sullivan have released insights into ICTs that have the ability to disrupt existing markets as well as unearth new opportunities.
ANZ and Westpac announce blockchain trial with IBM and Westfield operator
The trial uses distributed ledger technology to digitise the bank guarantee process used for commercial property leasing.
Why smart contracts on the blockchain aren’t viable for businesses yet - Gartner
Smart contracts within blockchain platforms have a lot to offer, but the immaturity of the technology makes them a potential vulnerability for now.
The disruptive force of blockchain and how it will shake up business as we know it
"This is hugely disruptive technology that will fundamentally alter the way transactions are processed.”
The definition of cool: 4 A/NZ companies declared Cool Vendors by Gartner
Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation, says Gartner, and they stand out because of their disruptive capabilities.
Blockchain an inspiring tech for enterprises, but it's attracting hackers too
As blockchain and Bitcoin rocket in value and becomes mainstream across the world, both ISACA and Proofpoint have published advisories.
Fujitsu incorporates blockchain to secure data exchange networks
Blockchain is the major centerpiece in Fujitsu's new initiative to improve & secure data exchange networks.
Australian food safety: Could blockchain be the unexpected solution?
The number one priority must be consumer safety and new technologies such as blockchain have the potential to shake up the global trade of food.
Blockchain consortium R3 raises US$107m to fund financial distributed ledger infrastructure
Investors include major banks worldwide such as Bank of America, Barclays, Nordea, BNP Paribas Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Societe Generale.
What to tell the board about the blockchain – Gartner
How to tell the board about a technology that could disrupt business models, remove institutional arbiters, and reprogramme the economy.
SAP serves up blockchain-as-a-service in the SAP cloud
SAP is launching a ‘blockchain-as-a-service’, in a move it says will help businesses integrate blockchain into existing business processes.
Mind - blown. A blockchain neophyte goes to a conference
A beginner in the arcane art of the blockchain attends day two of the Blockchain NZ conference in Auckland.
NZ government should rein banks in and encourage competition in cryptocurrency trading – expert
Andreas Antonopoulos says the NZ government needs to get its act together to reap the gains of cryptocurrency, citing Singapore as an example.
Infosys, Middle Eastern banks complete successful pilot of cloud-based blockchain network for processing payments
Banks from Turkey, the UAE, Oman, and Qatar piloted the network allowing them to process transactions in real-time with greater transparency.
Cryptocurrency could spur significant developments in NZ property law
The treatment of 'intangible property' is an area ripe for clarification, and cryptocurrency may well give rise to the case to test the boundaries.