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AltcoinWeekly - Issue #103

Issue #103

14 - 20 November 2015 

R3 seems to be getting more banks on board. This week, they announced that 5 more banks have joined their global network and also that Mike Hearn, a Bitcoin Core Dev has joined their team.
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Latest News

30 top banks and Mike Hearn have now joined R3 Global Consortium

While R3 CEV continues to rack up the number of banks joining their consortium, several core team members have been announced, including seasoned Bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn.

Blockchain Firm Align Commerce Raises $12.5 Million Series A

Blockchain payments startup Align Commerce has raised $12.5m in Series A funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Introducing the Shift Card

Coinbase has introduced the first US-issued bitcoin debit card, the Shift Card. The Shift Card is a VISA debit card that currently allows Coinbase users in twenty-four states in the U.S. to spend bitcoin online and offline at over 38 million merchants worldwide.

Market

Is Bitcoin Anonymous? A Complete Beginner’s Guide

Bitcoin is not anonymous, but, rather, pseudo-anonymous. By now, most Bitcoin veterans know this. It’s less obvious to many, however, why Bitcoin is not really anonymous by default, and what can be done to de-anonymize Bitcoin users – and what Bitcoin users can do to reclaim their privacy.

Nasdaq, LHV Bank, Technology Startups Develop Blockchain-Based Fintech Applications in Estonia

Nasdaq Co-President Hans-Ole Jochumsen mentioned that Nasdaq is planning to develop several blockchain applications through its operations in Estonia. Nasdaq owns the Tallinn Stock Exchange, Estonia's only regulated secondary securities market, as well as the Estonian Central Securities Depository (ECSD).

Ecosystem

3 Reasons Why Onename Switched from Namecoin to Bitcoin

Onename recently switched storage of user data from Namecoin to the Bitcoin blockchain. Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea explained their reasons for this move.

Mining (And Learning) With The 21 Bitcoin Computer

Amazon has started to ship the 21 Bitcoin computers. It will be interesting to look out for reviews in the coming weeks as more people receive their 21 Bitcoin computers.

ÐΞVCON1 a ‘watershed moment’ for the Ethereum ecosystem

Spanning across 5 days with 60+ talks, over 400 attendees and 15,000+ viewers of the livestream, this year’s Ethereum Developer Conference, was an “absolutely fabulous” success.

Ledger Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Review

CoinGecko reviews the Ledger Nano, Unplugged and Starter. We take a look at its security features and how it can help you protect your bitcoin holdings.

Legal

Brazil Holds Hearing on Bitcoin Regulation Bill Amid Oversight Push

Brazil’s House of Representatives held a hearing this week to discuss a bill that would give the country’s central bank oversight of digital currencies.

Japanese Regulators Discuss Policing Local Bitcoin Exchanges

The Japan government is gearing up to regulate bitcoin activity more actively in the wake of the collapse of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.

Learn

Capgemini: Finance 'Can't Ignore' Blockchain Tech

Consulting and technology services firm Capgemini recently published a report saying that financial services firms can no longer "afford to ignore" blockchain technology. It also mentioned BitShares, Counterparty, Ethereum, Factom and Ripple as part of the report.

 

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