Alibaba Denies ‘Partnership’ With Lolli, Highlighting Crypto Industry Pitfalls

On Monday, CoinDesk reported the shopping app Lolli was offering bitcoin rewards to U.S.-based Alibaba shoppers for Singles Day. Alibaba Group representatives have since denied the “partnership” touted by Lolli CEO Alex Adelman. The fissure revealed a common misconception in the blockchain industry. “One of Alibaba.com’s contractors hired a subcontractor who brokered an affiliate marketing […]

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Fintech Arm of Chinese Insurance Giant Files for US IPO After Blockchain Push

OneConnect Financial Technology, the fintech arm of China’s largest insurance company, filed a prospectus on Wednesday for an initial public offering (IPO) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm plans to list its shares on NASDAQ. OneConnect’s filing with the SEC today called for a target raise of $100 million, though that […]

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From Banking Giants to Tech Darlings, China Reveals Over 500 Enterprise Blockchain Projects

The Takeaway: More than 500 blockchain projects have been registered with the Chinese government since March. The filings reveal some of the largest Chinese banks and tech companies working with the technology. Several government offices, including courts and tax bureaus, are testing blockchain platforms to execute administrative tasks, the filings show. Chinese president Xi Jinping […]

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Chinese Banking Giant CCB Expands Blockchain Platform as Volume Breaks $53 Billion

China Construction Bank, one of the largest Chinese commercial banks, has expanded its trade finance blockchain platform with new abilities, including cross-chain and inter-bank transactions, as trading volume surpasses $53 billion. Speaking in Beijing at the official launch of the upgraded platform BCTrade2.0, CCB vice president Ji Zhihong said the new platform will leverage blockchain […]

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Central Banks, Stablecoins and the Looming War of Currencies

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. This essay is presented as a part of No Closing Bell, a series leading up to Invest: Asia 2019 focused on how the Asian crypto markets are interacting with and impacting global investors. […]

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SBI Holdings’ Crypto Exchange Adopts New Tech to Help Meet FATF Standards

VC Trade, the Japan-based crypto exchange launched by SBI Holdings last year, is integrating new technology to help it comply with international customer verification standards issued by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June. The solution is provided by blockchain security company CoolBitX, which has developed a wallet product based on its know-your-customer (KYC) and […]

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China Should Prepare Digital Yuan to Counter Facebook Libra: Ex-PBoC Chief

Faced with the possibilities and threat posed by Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project, China’s central bank should rethink its plan for a national digital currency, according to its former head. As reported by the South China Morning Post, former People’s Bank of China (PBoC) governor Zhou Xiaochuan said at an event in Beijing this week that, with […]

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What Indonesia Reveals About Facebook’s Libra Plan

Facebook published plans for the Libra cryptocurrency in seven languages, including Indonesia’s Bahasa – a move that offers perhaps the clearest glimpse of what Facebook’s fintech ascent might look like. “Indonesia has the fourth-highest number of Facebook users in the world,” Pang Xue Kai, co-founder of the Indonesian crypto exchange Tokocrypto, told CoinDesk. “If Facebook’s […]

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