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21  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] Goldman Sachs sees bitcoin's future is in payment not as gold 2.0 on: October 03, 2017, 09:29:43 AM
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"Goldman’s effort involves both its currency-trading division and the bank’s strategic investment group, the people said. That suggests the firm believes bitcoin’s future is more as a payment method rather than a store of value, like gold," the [Suspicious link removed]j.com/articles/goldman-sachs-explores-a-new-world-trading-bitcoin-1506959128]Wall Street Journal[/url] reported.

For the full story see https://www.coindesk.com/report-goldman-sachs-considering-bitcoin-services-clients/
22  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-09-29] IBM’s Future Blockchain Projects May Give New Meaning to its Name on: October 02, 2017, 05:13:19 PM
Regarding the blockchain, it's also worth checking out IBM's free online course 'Blockchain essentials' - https://developer.ibm.com/courses/all/blockchain-essentials/
23  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] What Success Of Bitcoin Tells Us About The Power Of Storytelling on: October 02, 2017, 05:01:11 PM
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Bitcoin has a mystery genius at its heart: its story begins with Satoshi Nakamoto, a secretive figure who no one’s ever met and who might not even be real. It’s also subversive. Part of the story of bitcoin is the idea that it lets people own currency without government involvement or endorsement. The currency isn’t under the control of a national bank, and governments have little influence over it. The banking infrastructure has been built entirely from the ground up.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/10/02/what-the-success-of-bitcoin-tells-us-about-the-power-of-storytelling/#76745ee32720
24  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-10-02] US Wants Bitcoin Operators to Apply for Bank Status on: October 02, 2017, 04:54:04 PM
Plus if that regulation happens in the US it will have broader effects globally in terms of the regulation of cryptocurrency I believe.
25  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] Global blockchain benchmarking study 2017 on: October 02, 2017, 04:42:38 PM
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The global blockchain benchmarking study, a joint project by EY, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and Visa, is the first of its kind. It presents a comprehensive view of how the financial services industry, as well as the public and private sectors in general, are currently using DLT, how they envision using it in the future, and the challenges to mainstream adoption.

For more information, plus a link to the download:

https://fsinsights.ey.com/big-issues/Digital-and-connectivity/Global-blockchain-benchmarking-study-2017
26  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Bitcoin Events and Meetups in London? on: October 02, 2017, 04:17:38 PM
Are there any regular meet ups in London more friendly for beginners to learn more about developing or tutorial organisations?

If you are interested in the wider subject of the blockchain it's worth checking out IBM's online course 'Blockchain essentials' - https://developer.ibm.com/courses/all/blockchain-essentials/
27  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] Bitcoin Beats Classic Cars, Art, Wines in Luxury Investment Index on: October 02, 2017, 04:03:39 PM
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As the Bitcoin price starts to regain its strength following the short dip it experienced in the past week, the latest Knight Frank's Luxury Investment Index, which has risen in value by 5% over the past year, shows that certain luxe collectables have been plummeting in value.

While this may not directly point at Bitcoin as the next and the most appropriate option to be embraced (it was not mentioned in the Index), the ranking which is based on third-party data that tracks the performance of a representative basket of high-end collectibles, rules out safe haven options such as residential property and gold as the best options for investment in recent times.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-beats-classic-cars-art-wines-in-luxury-investment-index
28  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Bitcoin Events and Meetups in London? on: October 02, 2017, 03:47:48 PM
We are having our pre-ICO event in London on Thurs 5 Oct, please add that to your list:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/babb-bank-account-based-blockchain-pre-ico-party-tickets-37650711291?aff=es2
29  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [10-01]Sweden Poised to Become Leading Scandinavian Cashless Society through BTC on: October 02, 2017, 03:22:38 PM
Thanks for posting this piece. Plus the reminder that the Danish Government has “set a 2030 deadline to completely do away with paper money.”
30  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] Nigeria Expands Its Crypto Universe As Bitkoin.Africa Launches on: October 02, 2017, 02:47:58 PM
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A dedicated Bitcoin exchange for Africa has launched after a four-month development phase from Nigeria-based programmers.

Announced Sunday by lead developer Timi Ajiboye, the unusually-named Bitkoin.Africa seeks to provide legitimate trading opportunities for local cryptocurrency holders.

“We're launching today Oct. 1, 2017. With complete support for Nigeria and partial (buying only) support for all other countries,” Ajiboye confirmed on Twitter.

https://www.cointelegraph.com/news/nigeria-expands-its-crypto-universe-as-bitkoinafrica-launches-exchange
31  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-09-29] Christine Lagarde: Ignoring Cryptocurrencies 'May Not Be Wise' on: October 02, 2017, 02:31:20 PM
'Dollarization', that's a new phrase for the cryptocurrency sector - "Call it dollarization 2.0" - for sure from Christine Lagarde.
32  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-10-02] US Wants Bitcoin Operators to Apply for Bank Status on: October 02, 2017, 02:21:32 PM
Interesting to see how the US authorities are progressing in respect of the regulation of the cryptocurrency space, thanks.
33  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-09-30] China Is Going To Regulate Cryptocurrencies on: October 02, 2017, 12:52:08 PM
Has anyone seen confirmation of the new cryptocurrency regulation by Chinese authorities?
34  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] Nasdaq and SEB set blockchain free on the Swedish mutual fund mkt on: October 02, 2017, 12:44:07 PM
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The fund markets are seen by SEB and Nasdaq as ripe ground for a blockchain trial, because, in contrast to the equities market, which relies on a Central Securities Depository (CSD), the Swedish fund market lacks a central, primary point for registering holdings.

For more information see http://nordic.businessinsider.com/nasdaq-and-seb-are-setting-blockchain-free-on-the-mutual-fund-markets-in-new-trial-2017-10/
35  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-10-01] European Central Bank ‘Does Not Have Authority’ to Regulate Bitcoin on: October 02, 2017, 11:29:22 AM
European Central Bank ‘Does Not Have Authority’ to Regulate Bitcoin: ECB President

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi stated that the agency does not have the authority to regulate bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
ECB Does Not Have Authority to Regulate Bitcoin

Draghi made these comments in a meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Although Draghi’s formal statement did not address cryptocurrency, a committee member asked him to reveal what approach the ECB intends to take toward cryptocurrencies, in light of China’s recent ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs), as well as more conciliatory stances from Japan and Mexico, among others.

Draghi replied that the European Central Bank has not yet discussed the implications of cryptocurrency. However, he said that if it later decided to analyze the risks of digital currency, the bank would take the same approach as with all financial innovations: examine the technology’s scale, usage, and impact on the European economy.

He added that it is not within the ECB’s powers to prohibit or regulate bitcoin.

Source: https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/european-central-bank-not-authority-regulate-bitcoin-ecb-president/

Thanks for the article, I would imagine that the ECB will need to *discuss the implications of cryptocurency* in the near future, not just in terms of the risks, but also the potential benefits to EU citizens as well as instutitions.
36  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-01] IBM’s Future Blockchain Projects May Give New Meaning to its Name on: October 02, 2017, 11:17:30 AM
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Juniper Research has released the results of a survey indicating that International Business Machines (IBM) is the top provider of Blockchain among all other companies, with 43% of the vote. Instead of “International Business Machines,” IBM could very well stand for “International Blockchain Model” in the near future.

On the same survey entitled, “Blockchain Enterprise Survey,” Microsoft came in second with 20% of the vote, followed by Accenture. Several factors were noted on the rise of IBM to the number one spot; however, most of them were credited to the use of Hyperledger and other research development efforts.

The code that Microsoft uses for deployment is more public and as such, whenever there are issues in the code, they automatically become public. The company has also shown a preference for the Ethereum Blockchain. For the full story see:
https://cointelegraph.com/news/ibms-future-blockchain-projects-may-give-new-meaning-to-its-name
37  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2017-09-01] Dubai Will Issue First Ever State Cryptocurrency on: October 02, 2017, 11:07:25 AM
Thanks for posting this news about how the Dubai local government is using cryptocurrency. Indeed, it will be interesting to see how this impacts on banking services in general, and payments in particular.
38  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-10-02] What, Jamie? Bitcoin Price Regains Pre-FUD $4,400 Heights, NEO Jump on: October 02, 2017, 10:51:16 AM
Bitcoin prices finally shrugged off the negative impact of Jamie Dimon and China Monday to pass $4,400.

As of this morning (Mon 2nd Oct), BTC was trading at around $4,440, marking its highest level since Sep. 9.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/what-jamie-bitcoin-price-regains-pre-fud-4400-heights-neo-jumps-15
39  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / ICO technology, benefits, risks and regulatory measures on: October 02, 2017, 09:54:01 AM
“The Stellar Development Foundation and The Luxembourg House of Financial Technology Foundation spent the last two months researching ICOs (from the very first one in 2014 to China’s ban on ICOs last week), speaking with developers, regulators, lawyers and entrepreneurs to get the most holistic view of the ICO phenomenon.“

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/19/the-technology-benefits-risks-and-regulatory-measures-that-you-need-to-know-about-icos-now/
40  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-09-23] In Blockchain We Trust? Not Yet, Say Consumers on: October 01, 2017, 06:12:58 PM
“Referring to a question on blockchain technology and what role it could play in the area of trade finance and banking, Treacher added: “It creates a model whereby as business services are exchanged - the value around the world - the record of who owns what and who is lending, who is borrowing and who is financing, is baked into the supply chain and stands as an irrefutable record and untamperable. And, the impact it will have on the industry I believe will be seismic.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogeraitken/2017/09/23/in-blockchain-we-trust-not-yet-say-consumers/#3be717617fd7
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