cryptocurrency

Apr
04

iSignthis & Coinify deliver AML regulatory compliance via Blockchain

Media Release: APRIL 4TH, 2016; MONEY 20/20 EUROPE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The strategic partnership between fintech industry’s innovative KYC compliance service provider, iSignthis Ltd (ASX : ISX) (‘iSignthis’), and the leading blockchain payments provider, Coinify ApS (Coinify), delivers service commencement of a new global product connecting blockchain payments, KYC identity & credit cards.   Enabled by ‘top of class’ AML/CTF KYC services by iSignthis, the new payment product will allow instant bitcoin purchases on the Coinify platform. This development will support majority of the credit card types and will open the option to use Coinify Trade platform internationally. The Coinify trade platform acts as a processor of up to 17 blockchain currencies, as well as […]

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Mar
21

Scott Morrison scraps GST on Bitcoin, cuts fintech red tape

Treasurer Scott Morrison said digital currencies such as Bitcoin will be exempt from GST and restrictions on crowdfunding eased, under changes to boost the fintech sector. The government will also reduce tax barriers for venture capital investing in fintech companies and is working with the corporate regulator on a “regulatory sandbox” for start-ups that will allow them to focus on developing new products first and regulatory requirements later. Other measures include tasking the Productivity Commission with deciding whether major banks should be forced to share customers’ repayments data with credit bureaus and creating a new “entrepreneur’s visa”, which was announced in December. Digital currency Bitcoin will be exempt from GST […]

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Mar
21

Blockchain safer than existing systems, says IBM’s James Wallis

Recent advances with blockchain technology had already made it more secure than most of the current financial systems it could replace, according to IBM’s blockchain expert, James Wallis. “Blockchain is already more secure now than most systems that are already out there,” IBM’s vice-president, global payments industry and blockchain, told The Australian. Speaking on a visit to Australia, Mr Wallis rejected suggestions that the commercial use of blockchain, the technology behind the bitcoin cyber-currency, which is now be reviewed by the ASX and the big four banks, was vulnerable to hacking. Several bitcoin operators lost millions of bitcoins in hacking attacks last year.“A lot of the computer science that has […]

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Mar
09

Greg Medcraft urges innovation on blockchain technology

Australian Securities & Investments Commission chairman Greg Medcraft has called on market regulators around the world to “start thinking about” the challenges of blockchain, the tech­nology behind cyber-currency bitcoin. Mr Medcraft, who is also ­chairman of the International ­Organisation of Securities Commissioners, urged regulators to consider the potential challenges of blockchain at a recent meeting in Madrid. In an interview with The Australian, Mr Medcraft said the broader commercial use of the blockchain technology was “on the horizon” with industry claims that it could “save billions of dollars if they can make it work”. He said it also had the potential to “improve liquidity” in some ­financial instruments, “which is […]

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Australian Startup Rewards Customers Paying Bills with Bitcoin

An Australian startup that acts as an intermediary to enable Australians to pay their bills with Bitcoin is now rewarding customers with a first-of-its-kind loyalty program. Living Room of Satoshi, aptly named after Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto is an Australian blockchain-based payments company that enables its users to settle their bills with bitcoin. Customers can use bitcoin to pay for utilities, home and property rent, school fees, credit card payments and insurance premiums. Now, the payments company has announced a loyalty program which will reap rewards for Australians who choose to make their payments in bitcoin. The rewards include the likes of Apple TVs, PlayStation 4 consoles, Fitbit wristbands […]

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Feb
23

Reserve Bank says Australian dollars could come in digital form in future

Death of the cheque and the rise of Bitcoin? FinTech is certainly gaining momentum in Australia with the RBA hinting at digital dollars, or a form of Bitcoin, in the future is quite a possibility.   It is entirely possible that Australian dollars will come in digital form in the future, breaking the link entirely between material notes and coins, the Reserve Bank says. In a speech where he also flagged the end of the cheque, Mr Richards said the RBA had been watching the growth in demand for privately-established virtual currencies like Bitcoin, and believed there was a place for a central-bank-issued digital currency in Australia. It thinks digital […]

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Feb
06

Blockchain and how it will change everything

In May, British billionaire Richard Branson invited a select posse of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and technology advisers to his Caribbean residence for an exclusive pow wow on an issue occupying some of the top markets minds in the world. The topic for discussion on the picturesque Necker Island was the “blockchain”. “Every now and then, something comes along that might just change everything. And this is one of those moments,” ASX chief executive Elmer Funke Kupper. In case you’re one of the many yet to wrap your head around the promising technology, blockchain, on a simple level, uses computer code to engender trust in digital-economy transactions. One of the attendees […]

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Dec
18

ANZ Bank joins tech giants creating blockchain ‘Hyperledger’

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has joined a slew of tech giants and financial institutions banding together to explore how blockchain technology may further their businesses and potentially replace the dated international money transfer system. Lead by not-for-profit organisation The Linux Foundation, ANZ will join the likes of IBM, Intel, the London Stock Exchange, State Street, Wells Fargo, Cisco, CLS, Digital Asset, Fujitsu, IC3, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, SWIFT and VMware, in a project is called “Hyperledger”. In the project the firms in the group will each offer intellectual property and resources to develop their own “blockchain”. The blockchain is a decentralised database of transactions of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, […]

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