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The University of Texas at Austin is among one of the first academic institutions to receive funding from Ripple, the San Francisco-based distributed ledger technology startup. The company pledged to invest $2 million over the next five years in the university’s McCombs School of Business to support its Blockchain Research Initiative, according to The Daily …

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The global financial services industry spent a combined $1.7 billion on blockchain development in 2017, with institutions having increased their individual budgets for the technology by 67 percent in the same year. According to research published by U.S.-based market intelligence firm Greenwich Associates on Tuesday, amid the general increase, 10 percent of the surveyed banking …

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In 2017, Japanese consumers filed over three times the number of enquiries about cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings than in the previous year, according to data released by Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA). The numbers were disclosed at the second cryptocurrency exchange study group meeting hosted by Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) on April …

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After a historic 2017, the cryptocurrency markets took a decided downturn in Q1. Bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin – and most major cryptocurrencies – saw declines in a variety of metrics: exchange volumes, transaction counts, and, of course, price. With it, too, public sentiment on the technology appears to have become more mixed. Some naysayers, like Nobel …

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Blockchain developer Protocol Labs has launched a multi-million dollar research grant program. The startup, which is behind projects such as Filecoin, IPFS and Coinlist, on Tuesday announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) program that will see an initial $5 million put towards research efforts. Successful bids will receive grants between $5,000 and $200,000, the company …

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Japanese multinational Fujitsu, one of the world’s largest IT services companies, has launched a Brussels-based Blockchain Innovation Center. The company announced the initiative on Wednesday, noting that its primary objective would be to facilitate research on blockchain technology and to develop projects in collaboration with private and public sector organizations. “The center underscores Fujitsu’s commitment to …

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A new report argues that switching to a distributed, blockchain-based infrastructure could bring significant financial benefits to the asset management industry. The release from Calastone, a transaction network for the mutual funds industry, predicts that such a move could slash costs for the global mutual funds market by over $2.5 billion a year. According to an FT …

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If bitcoin is in a bubble, it is one of the few in the history of finance – if not the first – that expanded with negligible use of credit. That’s just one of the unique takeaways from CoinDesk’s State of Blockchain 2018 report, the latest in the quarterly series setting out our in-depth research …

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Magda Borowik is the special envoy for fintech to the Minister of Digital Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the director of technology research at FinTech Poland. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. The last couple of years were owned by the ‘fintech’ buzzword. From startups to investors to …

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The Bank of Korea (BoK), South Korea’s central bank, has launched a cryptocurrency task force to explore the technology’s effects on the financial system. According to a report by local news agency Pulse News, the bank said that the task force will see participation from eight departments, including the financial stability and monetary policy units, to …

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President Donald Trump has signed a $700 billion military spending bill that includes a mandate for a blockchain cybersecurity research study. As CoinDesk reported in September, the bill – as advanced by the U.S. Senate at the time – called for the Department of Defense to investigate “potential offensive and defensive cyber applications of blockchain technology …

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Blockchain technology could represent a major shift in how companies conduct their business, according to Deutsche Bank’s  chief investment officer. In a slide presentation this month, Christian Nolting, also the bank’s global head of wealth, and Marcus Muller, global head of the CIO office, explained how digital currencies and blockchains work and predicted where they …

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Researchers from several European universities have joined the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3), a research effort set up to develop new cryptocurrency systems. Faculty members at ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and University College London (UCL) have become the latest to the join the initiative, which launched in 2015 with financial …

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