Why banks are wooing African startups

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"This time around, traditional bank-to-bank competition is not the issue. This new wave of competition is coming from both nimble, innovative, cloud- and mobile-first startups as well as the major technology players largely unencumbered by policy and regulation." This is how David Lynch, managing director at Hong Kong-based DBS Bank, describes the current state of play in the global banking sector, with traditional banks vulnerable to the latest wave of innovation coming from startups across the world. Some of the biggest names in tech are coming to TNW Conference in Amsterdam this May. "These companies are able to arbitrage their own scale and customer reach to create new revenue streams," he says.


BCH DEVCON Seeks to Build the Bitcoin Cash Ecosystem, Reward Development - Bitsonline

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In an effort to spur development and innovation on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain, VC investment fund Permissionless Ventures is holding a series of hackathon contests called BCH DEVCON around the world. The first will take place on October 10-11th as part of San Francisco Blockchain Week (SFBW), followed later by events in Amsterdam (October 27-28th), Israel, Japan, South Korea, and India. Also see: Is a Bitcoin ETF Approval Closer with New SEC Appointee? BCH DEVCON is offering 10 BCH plus investment by Permissionless Ventures for the first-place getter, 5 BCH for the second and 1 BCH for third. Participants will also benefit from the attention they receive from SFBW's 5,000 attendees, plus direct mentorship and advice from representatives of Bitcoin ABC, Coinbase, MoneyButton, and Bitbox.


Bancor Welcomes Second Smart Token – STORM tokens join network for autonomously convertible cryptocurrencies

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StormX, the Blockchain-powered adtech and micro-task innovators, today announced the plans for integration of the Bancor Protocol, a standard for autonomously convertible Blockchain cryptocurrencies and other tokens called Smart Tokens . The collaboration will allow STORM tokens to be converted to and from ETH and other tokens in the Bancor Network, directly from a simple web application. The protocol enables Smart Tokens to be purchased or sold directly through the tokens' smart contracts, without any counterparty. This newly embedded functionality in the STORM token will enhance user experience by offering additional stability thanks to an algorithmic price determining mechanism. Guy Benartzi, Bancor Co-Founder and member of StormX's Board of Advisors, said: "The addition of STORM tokens to the Bancor Network is a great pleasure for us as another step towards autonomous convertibility between all cryptocurrencies.


The Politics of Artificial Intelligence in Financial Markets

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Technology is and has always been a crucial part of finance. From the first promissory notes (banknotes) in the Netherlands and China, there was a race with counterfeiters that parasitically undermined trust. As in political communication, technology is the message, rather than merely "a tool": when it comes to money, trust is not just instrumental, it is fundamental. With cashless payments being the norm and social media platforms weαving an additional layer of involvement in our social data web – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple – Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already in our wallets, business, and financial affairs. In a non-western setting, one may refer to the Chinese "social rating" system, which allows the state to value and evaluate social behaviour patterns, creating a link to individual credit rating.


NavInfo, Tencent and GIC to invest in HERE; companies to develop location services for Chinese market

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Eindhoven, Netherlands and Beijing and shenzhen, China and singapore - DECEMBER 27, 2016 - HERE, the Open Location Platform company, NavInfo Co., Ltd ("NavInfo"), a leading provider of digital maps and location services in China, and Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent"), a leading provider of Internet value added services in China, today announced their intention to form a strategic partnership to develop and offer best-in-class location services for the Chinese market. Aside from the planned strategic partnership, NavInfo, and Tencent, together with GIC, a leading global investment firm, also intend to jointly acquire a 10% stake in HERE, thereby further broadening the company's shareholder structure. The planned transaction would result in AUDI AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG reducing their indirect shareholding in HERE in equal measure. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals. The planned formation of a joint venture in China: HERE and NavInfo intend to form a 50/50 joint venture in China enabling location services for Chinese and global customers across a range of industries.