Pakistan Telenor Subsidiary Launches Remittance Service Using Alipay’s Blockchain Tech

The Pakistan-based subsidiary of global telecommunications giant Telenor has launched a blockchain-powered cross-border remittance service, according to a press release published Jan. 8. Per the announcement, the Pakistan-based Telenor Microfinance Bank (TMB), Valyou — a Malaysian fintech subsidiary of Telenor…

Where the Future of Crypto Payments Is Being Built

Leah Callon-Butler is the co-founder of Intimate.io, a token project aiming to bring payments, privacy and reputation to the adult industry. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  “The stars have aligned,” he said, the room…

Visa to Purchase Ripple Cross-Border Payments Partner Earthport

American payment services giant Visa Inc. is acquiring Ripple partner Earthport Plc, a payment network for cross-border transactions, Reuters U.K. reported Dec. 27. Founded in 1997, London-based Earthport is a financial services firm that offers cross-border payments service to banks…

Bank of Japan: Central Bank-Issued Digital Currencies Are Not an Effective Economic Tool

The Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) deputy governor Masayoshi Amamiya has recently reiterated his negative stance towards central bank-issued digital currencies (CBDC), the New York Times reports Oct. 20. Speaking on Saturday at a meeting in Nagoya, central Japan, Amamiya expressed…

Singapore Taps Blockchain Platform for Selling Tokenized Securities

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) are looking to blockchain to create a secure platform for selling tokenized securities. Technology firm Anquan, consulting giant Deloitte and stock exchange operator Nasdaq will work with the MAS…

BlockShow Panelists Argue About Bitcoin’s Decentralization, Blockchain Pros and Cons

Today, August 21, at BlockShow Americas 2018, speakers at a blockchain-related panel debated the question of the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain’s decentralization and the benefits of its applications to the global community. At the discussion panel titled “The Great Controversy: Blockchain…

Blockchain Startup Signs MOU With Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Barbados-based fintech startup Bitt Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) to research the possibility of issuing a digital guilder, according to an August 12 press release. The parties…