• Google monetizing yet another pair of eyeballs (photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay).
    Libra,  Technology

    Facebook, Google want to be your banker

    In separate announcements, Facebook unveiled a non-blockchain payments tool that could compete with Libra, and Google said it will offer consumer checking accounts

    The tech giants that already know everything about you, and now they want to be your banker, too. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Igor Pejic, author of "Blockchain Babel" (publicity photo).
    Technology

    In ‘Blockchain Babel,’ a warning for banks and FinTechs

    Igor Pejic’s new books sees blockchain bringing misunderstanding, opportunities, and looming threats to the financial sector

    If there’s one theory at the heart of Igor Pejic’s new book, “Blockchain Babel: The Crypto Craze and the Challenge to Business,” it is that when it comes to using blockchain technology to remake the banking business, neither the financial institutions looking to maintain their dominance nor the FinTech firms trying to topple them understand each other, or how much they need each other.

  • A Citibank, in case you've never seen one (via Wiki Commons).
    Alt coins,  Technology

    As JPM Coin launches, Citi reflects on decision to cancel Citicoin

    JPMorgan’s Ethereum-based digital currency has competition from IBM Blockchain World Wire’s Stellar-based stablecoin platform

    In the wake of JPMorgan’s February launch of its Ethereum-based JPM Coin digital currency, Citi let it be known why it had killed the Citicoin project its innovation lab discussed—but never formally announced—back in 2015.

  • A pump jack in a canola field (via Shutterstock)
    Technology

    With Vakt investment, five of the biggest energy companies bet on blockchain

    The oil and gas industry is embracing blockchain technology for everything from tracking products to financing sales

    With the announcement on Jan. 16 that three major oil and gas firms including Chevron, Total, and Reliance Industries have joined Vakt, the energy-industry enterprise blockchain company now has five of the 10 largest oil firms by market capitalization on board.

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