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More than 20 global fintech hubs to form federation in innovation push

Financial technology groups from more than 20 cities across the world plan to form a federation of 'fintech' hubs this year in what would be the first attempt to coordinate and globalise web-based innovation transforming the financial industry.

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UBS leads team of banks working on blockchain settlement system

Swiss bank UBS is leading a team of four of the world's biggest banks developing a system to enable financial markets to make payments and settle transactions quickly using blockchain technology.

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Expert shortage hampers Japanese financials in blockchain race

Japanese financial firms risk falling behind on the world stage as efforts to adopt blockchain technology are hamstrung by a dearth of specialists.

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Banks sign up to blockchain trial for processing currency trades

A venture backed by eight major banks and financial institutions has begun beta testing a peer-to-peer network that aims to use blockchain distributed ledger technology to slash billions off the cost of processing foreign exchange transactions.

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Banks and tech firms apply blockchain to trade finance

An HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch venture and financial technology firm R3 said separately on Aug 10 that they had created ways of using blockchain technology to simplify trade finance processes.

Business

Breakfast briefing: Thursday, August 11

Breakfast briefing: Thursday, August 11

Business

US$72mil bitcoin stolen from Bitfinex in HK

It’s the 2nd-biggest security breach ever of such an exchange

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Europe's first regulated bitcoin product launches in Gibraltar

Europe's first regulated bitcoin product begins trading this week on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse.

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Coinbase offers digital currency to consumers

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase said on July 21 it is now offering the ether digital currency to consumers.

Corporate News

Yahoo deals and smart contracts

YAHOO is expecting final bids for its core Internet business on Monday, and things seem to be going pretty well, all things considered: