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China: Insurance Giant Ping An Subsidiary to Create Boutique Bank Supported...

A subsidiary of Chinese insurance holding Ping An Group will create a boutique bank backed with AI, blockchain, and big data. Ping An Bank, a subsidiary of China’s Ping An Insurance Group, will launch a boutique bank using blockchain, cloud services, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Ping An Insurance Group is one of the world's leading financial and insurance corporations, and their subsidiary’s announcement was reported on Nov. 20 by People’s Daily, China’s official state run press service. A boutique bank is defined as a non-full service investment bank that supports more individualized services than larger firms. The new boutique bank will rely on Ping An Group's scientific and technological skills and comprehensive financial capabilities to provide integrated financial services to enterprises through Ping An Bank's supply chain receivables service platform, entitled "SAS.” The article states that the authenticity of transactions will be provided by the SAS platform..

Malaysian Lending Giant CIMB Joins Ripple’s Cross-Border Payment Network

Malaysian lending giant CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. has signed on to use Ripple’s xCurrent technology for expediting cross-border payments. Malaysian lending giant CIMB Group Holdings Bhd has joined Ripple’s (XRP) cross-border payments network RippleNet, Bloomberg reports Nov. 15. The $53.5 billion market cap CIMB will integrate Ripple’s XCurrent product, a software solution for expediting cross-border payments, for its “SpeedSend” remittance product. As Bloomberg reports, CIMB’s product serves multiple Southeast Asian markets, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. As Bloomberg notes, Ripple is vying to outstrip incumbent money transfer giant SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) in the global cross-border payments industry. The latter’s website claims SWIFT currently serves over 11,000 clients across 200 countries. In an interview with Bloomberg at the Singapore Fintech Festival 2018 this week, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse responded to the report..

China: Insurance Giant Ping An, Sanya City Gov’t to Build ‘Smart...

A “Smart City” with key technologies such as blockchain and AI will be developed by the Sanya municipal government and Chinese insurance holding Ping An Group. China’s Ping An Insurance Group, one of the world's largest insurance corporations, and the Sanya municipal government signed a strategic cooperation agreement for “Smart City” construction. The new project will be backed with blockchain tech, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and cloud computing, the official state run press People’s Daily reported Nov. 14. Ping An Group signed a strategic agreement with the Sanya Municipal People's Government to carry out comprehensive cooperation on financial investment and “Smart City” construction as a part of a major strategic urban development in China. The article states that one of the “core segments” of the smart city ecosystem will be “blockchain, [...] biometrics, and other technologies.” Another governmental news agency, Xinhua News, reported that Ping An Group will..

$5 Trln FX Settlement Giant CLS to Launch Blockchain-Based Netting Service...

Forex exchange settlement giant CLS will launch its IBM blockchain-powered netting service within “a matter of days.” Forex exchange (FX) settlement giant CLS will launch its IBM blockchain-powered netting service within “a matter of days,” according to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Alan Manquard. The CSO made the announcement at the IBM Think Tank conference in London Nov. 14, as reported by tech news source Computer Business Review (CBR). CLS Group, which reportedly settles on average $5 trillion in payment instructions daily, is a U.S. FX settlement service supplier with high-profile members that include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Barclays, and Citigroup. A netting service entails offsetting and determining the value of multiple positions or payments that are due to be exchanged between parties, accounting for factors such as the currency volatility caused by differences in time zones. In such cases, the service is used to fix the remuneration a given party is owed. Manquard reportedl..

S. Korea: Mobile Messaging Giant Kakao and Stablecoin Project Terra Have...

A South Korean messaging giant Kakao Corp jointly with stablecoin project Terra to launch a blockchain-based payment system. Kakao Corp, the major internet conglomerate and service provider for popular South Korean messaging app KakaoTalk, and a new stablecoin project, dubbed Terra, have signed a partnership agreement to develop the latter's blockchain-based payment system, local news outlet The Korea Times reported Nov. 14. The new partnership agreement is to apply the former's blockchain platform technology Klaytn, the brainchild of Kakao subsidiary Ground X, to blockchain-based payment system. Through two firms cooperation, it is planned “to enhance core requirements for payment services, such as speed, stability and reliability,” says the article. It also adds: “The [...] partnership agreement is expected to contribute to promptly creating a blockchain ecosystem suitable for services offered to a large group of people.” Back to spring, Kakao Corp, announced the plans to ..

Electronics Giant Bosch Partners with IOTA to Launch New Device for...

Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch has partnered with IOTA, integrating its new data collection Internet of Things device with the IOTA Data Marketplace. Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch has partnered with IOTA, integrating its new data collection Internet of Things (IoT) device with the decentralized IOTA Data Marketplace, according to a tweet from Bosch Nov. 12. The IOTA Marketplace is a decentralized data marketplace where parties can buy or sell access to active data streams, using MAM (Masked Authenticated Messaging). According to a post on Bosch’s blog, MAM is a second-layer data communication protocol that allows for data to be shared peer-to-peer securely via an encrypted channel. Data subscribers can in this way “trust the source and integrity of data even though the identity of the source is masked,” as the blog post outlines. Bosch’s new connectivity device, Bosch XDK (Cross Domain Development Kit) is described as a “a programmable sensor device an..

Japan’s Banking Giant MUFG Signs MoU to Develop Ripple-Based Remittances to...

Japan and Brazil are the target of a new cryptocurrency-based remittance service based on Ripple. Japanese bank holding and financial services company Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) said it will use Ripple (XRP) to create a new cross-border payments service to Brazil in a press release Nov. 9. MUFG, which has demonstrated an increasing interest in cryptocurrency products, will partner with Brazil’s Banco Bradesco to create the platform through its local subsidiary Banco MUFG Brasil. Confirming the two parties had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), MUFG reiterated its faith in Ripple’s technology, after joining its global payments steering group in March last year. “The new payment system [...] will assist the banks as they work toward commercializing a high-speed, transparent and traceable cross-border payments solution between Japan and Brazil,” the press release states. MUFG and Bradesco had previously worked together on initiatives dating back to the 1970s, th..

Mining Giant Bitmain Sues Unknown Hacker for Alleged Theft of $5.5...

Bitman sues unknown hacker who allegedly stole $5.5 million worth of crypto by using Binance and Bittrex wallets for manipulation of MANA token. China-based Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has sued an anonymous hacker for the alleged theft of cryptocurrency worth $5.5 million from Bitmain’s account on Binance in April, according to a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle on Nov. 7. As stated in the court document, an unknown hacker, referred to as “John Doe” in the case, managed to take over Bitmain’s Binance account and used stored Bitcoin to manipulate the price of altcoin Decentraland (MANA) and then steal the profits. Bitmain says in the court document that the amount of the company’s losses “exceeds” $5.5 million in “Bitcoin and other digital assets,” and specifying that the defendant was able to steal “approximately 617 BTC.” The document cites that the unauthorized action took place on April 22, when Bitcoin was trading ..

Mining Giant Bitmain Hurries to Deploy 90,000 S9 Antminers Ahead of...

Ahead of the imminent Bitcoin Cash hard fork, mining giant Bitmain has rushed to deploy around 90,000 Antminer S9 machines to the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Ahead of the imminent Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork, mining giant Bitmain has rushed to deploy around 90,000 Antminer S9 machines to the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, Chinese blockchain news source DeepChain reports Nov. 8. As reported, the BCH network will hard fork on Nov. 15, and Bitmain is reported to be strategizing its role in the forthcoming computing “power war” by reaching out to local mining farms in the coal-rich region of Xianjing. Local mining pool operator Yu Hao told DeepChain that the mining titan has been in talks with “almost all” the local mining farms since late October, and persuaded them to host almost 90,000 of its S9 machines: “[Bitmain’s] AntPool requested that a single mining farm should host over 5,000 machines. But in fact, only a few mining farms can satisfy their demand.” An unnamed sour..

Post-Trade Financial Services Giant, 15 Major Banks Test DLT Project for...

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is entering the testing phase of its re-platformed Trade Information Warehouse using DLT. Global post-trade market infrastructure giant The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is entering the testing phase of its replatformed Trade Information Warehouse (TIW) based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), according to a press release published Nov. 6. DTCC’s warehouse provides event processing services for around 98 percent of all credit derivatives transactions in the global marketplace. The infrastructure provider is now reportedly working with fifteen of the world’s leading banks to test its new DLT-based restructuring of the warehouse. While participant banks in DTCC’s 2016 proof-of-concept (PoC) included Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse, and JPMorgan, today’s release only explicitly names U.K.-based Barclays alongside 14 unnamed others. According to the press release, the testing will entail using simulated use case..
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