• If SWIFT had a storefront in Ukraine, this would be their shingle (via Shutterstock).
    Ripple,  Technology

    Money transmitter SWIFT adds cryptocurrency capability with R3’s Corda

    The current bank transaction intermediary is playing catch-up with the speed, but not cost, of blockchain

    Bank transaction intermediary SWIFT announced on June 24 that if its current proof-of-concept test is successful, it will incorporate R3’s Corda enterprise distributed ledger technology (DLT) into its new high-speed payment confirmation platform, Global Payments Innovation (gpi).

  • A useful map of Southeast Asia, in case one were to get lost (via Shutterstock).
    Asia & Australia

    Central banks across Southeast Asia are embracing blockchain

    Serving the unbanked and leapfrogging inefficient interbank and international settlement systems are a major focus

    Financial authorities across Southeast Asia are embracing blockchain technology and digital currencies as a way of helping the poor get better access to banking services that can help lift them out of poverty, as well as speeding and improving interbank payments and cross-border settlements.

  • 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.