CCN is Shutting Down after Google’s June 2019 Core Update

Dear readers, Let’s get straight to it. Google’s June 2019 Core Update rolled out on June 3th 2019 and CCN’s traffic from Google searches dropped more than 71% on mobile overnight. Our traffic has experienced a massive impact by Google’s June 2019 Core Update. Image from Sistrix.com.   CCN’s visibility index on Sistrix.com shows how …

Robinhood Attracts $200 Million as Valuation Swells to $7 Billion: Report

By CCN: Who says millennials don’t like to save and invest their money? By building a commission-free stock brokerage and trading app with a slick interface, Robinhood has built a $7 billion business in just six years. That’s the company’s valuation as it nears a $200 million funding round from its current financial backers, Bloomberg …

Google Dumps Huawei from Android After Trump-Led U.S Blacklist

By CCN: Huawei has been unceremoniously axed by Google after the U.S government blacklisted the Chinese tech giant earlier this week. Now, Huawei mobile phones are no longer allowed to integrate official Android updates, and will be barred from hosting Google Play mobile apps, such as YouTube and Gmail. Google Drops Huawei: No More Android …

Hitachi Partners India’s Largest Bank for Digital Payments Push

Hitachi Payments is entering a joint venture with the State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank, to establish a digital payments platform The collaboration sees Hitachi Payments, the wholly-owned Indian payments subsidiary of 108-year old Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, join the State Bank of India (SBI) in developing a sweeping digital payments platform with applications in …

SEC’s New Fintech Hub Helps Blockchain Startups Navigate ICO Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today the launch of a “New Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology.” In a surprising move, the project — dubbed “FinHub” — allows blockchain innovators and initial coin offering (ICO) operators, among other fintech stakeholders, to speak with the SEC directly on rules and market integrity. As the …

Mongolia Issues First Digital Currency License to Local Telecom Operator

Mongolia has taken a significant step forward toward bolstering its fintech sector, with the East Asian country’s central bank authorizing a local telecom operator to issue a digital currency under the country’s recently-passed national payment system bill. As first reported by state-owned news agency Montsame, the Bank of Mongolia on Friday issued its first-ever digital …

Google-Backed Fintech Startup Uses Bitcoin for Cross-Border Settlement

Veem, a cross-border payments platform that uses bitcoin to move funds among businesses without the need of banks, has raised $25 million in a round led by Goldman Sachs, according to Forbes. The service, which does not require either counterparty to hold bitcoin directly, has quadrupled its revenue in the past year. Also participating in the …

Japanese Giant SBI Plans Crypto Token ‘S Coin’ for Mobile Retail Payments

Japanese banking giant SBI Holdings has unveiled plans to launch “S Coin”, a cryptocurrency token for mobile retail payments. Announcing the news in a statement on Tuesday, SBI revealed that the proposed coin, which is the product of a partnership with DLT provider Orb and Glory Corporation, will begin a trial run from October 2018 as …

ICO Pilot a Success, Legal Hurdles Remain

A regulatory platform operated by the Bank of Russia has concluded an initial coin offering (ICO) pilot, a central bank official has revealed. Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok – a port city near the Chinese border –Ivan Semagin, deputy director of financial markets development at the Bank of Russia revealed the authority’s …