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Blockchain startup Adhara, which boasts a stellar line-up of former banking innovators, has secured $15 million in new funding from Consensys, the ethereum design studio. The funding will help Adhara continue its work on international payments, which includes introducing central banks to the type of cryptography normally confined to math labs and academic circles. For …

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The former architect of China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative has left the position to head the country’s central securities clearing house. Yao Qian, who founded the Digital Currency Research Lab at the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) last year, has now taken up the role of general manager at the China Securities Depository …

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A U.S. crime-fighting agency is urging domestic exchanges to help prevent the Iranian regime from using cryptocurrency to bypass economic sanctions. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published an advisory Friday, stating that Iran’s “illicit and malign” use of cryptocurrency to “exploit” the financial system includes at least $3.8 million-worth of bitcoin-denominated transactions every year. “While the use …

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The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is looking to recruit blockchain tech and legal experts as it continues development of its central bank digital currency. According to various employment ads posted on Tuesday, the central bank is currently hiring four engineers with expertise on system architecture, chip design, blockchain development and application, cryptography and security protocol …

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Blockchain finance firm Clearmatics Technologies has raised over $12 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital firm Route 66 Ventures. Additional investment in the funding round came from private equity firm TNF Capital and XTX Ventures, the venture capital arm of electronic market-making firm XTX Markets. As part of the arrangement, …

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China should increase its research efforts on the topic of stablecoins and consider backing domestic institutions in issuing a yuan-pegged cryptocurrency, a researcher from the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) argues. The comments come in an op-ed piece published Tuesday by CN Finance, a bi-weekly magazine and a mouthpiece of the Chinese central bank, and co-authored by Li …

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Two blockchain veterans are gearing up to launch what could be the first cryptocurrency exchange in the Persian Gulf to be licensed by a central bank. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Rain Financial has opened its public waiting list after a year in the Central Bank of Bahrain’s fintech sandbox. Co-founded by Saudi blockchain consultant Abdullah …

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The RBI has denied the “formal creation” of a unit to research AI and blockchain technology, according to a report. The clarification after an investigation by Coin Crunch India comes weeks after the central bank was rumored to have set up the supposed unit to “research and possibly draft rules” for the emerging technologies. In an …

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This space ain’t big enough for all of us. That about sums up the way R3’s technical chiefs, CTO Richard Gendal Brown and lead platform engineer Mike Hearn, view the rivalry among enterprise blockchain solutions. While it may be more genial and less chaotic than the public blockchain world that Hearn left behind when he …

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The chief of the European Central Bank (ECB) said Friday that the institution sees no “concrete need” to issue a digital version of the euro, Reuters reports. In a letter to a member of the European Parliament, ECB President Mario Draghi said a lack of robustness in the technology that would underlie such an endeavor, …

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The Reserve Bank of India made the argument on Wednesday at the Supreme Court that bitcoin cannot be recognized in the country. In a case that has been brought by a number of exchanges against the Indian central bank for blocking their access to banking services five months ago, the RBI argued via an affidavit …

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The Digital Currency Research Lab of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is further expanding its ongoing research efforts to several cities outside of Beijing to encourage deployment of fintech, including blockchain, in real-life projects. According to a report on Wednesday from local financial news source Securities Times, the lab has launched a fintech center in Nanjing, …

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Members of the European Parliament held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss a proposal that, if approved, would create new regulations on initial coin offerings (ICOs) held within the economic bloc. The All-Party Innovation Group within the EU Parliament met to examine the potential benefits and issues with rules for ICOs that would form part …

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A blockchain trade finance platform spearheaded by China’s central bank has entered the testing phase ahead of an official roll-out. According to a report from 21st Century Business Herald on Tuesday, the first phase of the so-called Bay Area Trade Finance Blockchain Platform is already deployed across financial institutions in the southern city of Shenzhen and is …

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Leon Markovitz is a serial entrepreneur and marketing professional. Born in Venezuela, he now lives in Israel where he is researching and marketing stablecoin projects. I really got into cryptocurrencies when I heard about Venezuela’s stablecoin attempt, the petro, late last year. The idea that the dictatorship was going to try using blockchain to further …

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India’s central bank is researching how to introduce a rupee-backed central bank digital currency (CBDC) into its monetary policy in a bid to reduce its hefty annual bill for minting physical cash. The news was revealed in the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) annual report, published Wednesday, which indicated an inter-departmental unit has already been formed within the …

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Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. With blockchain platforms being tested for various business processes, prospective enterprise users that are unwilling to …

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The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has announced it expects to complete the first phase of a proof-of-concept trial for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by March 2019. The Thai central bank said in a release on Tuesday that it has partnered with eight financial institutions in the country in a bid to create a …

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Barbados-based blockchain startup Bitt is partnering with the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) to look into issuing a central bank-backed digital currency for the two nations. Bitt, a portfolio company of Overstock’s Medici Ventures, said Monday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the central bank for the Dutch Caribbean …

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Central bank-issued cryptocurrency can potentially bring economic welfare gains for Canada and the U.S., according to a central bank researcher. In a working paper published Thursday, the Bank of Canada’s S. Mohammad R. Davoodalhosseini states that introducing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) “can lead to an increase of up to 0.64 percent in consumption for Canada …

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