The Wall Street Journal | By: Sam Schechner & Patricia Kowsmann |December 08, 2017:
New rule is latest mainstream effort to adopt record-keeping developed for virtual currencies.
France said Friday that it will allow wider use of the record-keeping technology behind bitcoin in the issuance and trading of traditional securities, part of a growing number of experiments to speed up trading by decentralizing it.
The change is the latest seal of mainstream approval for systems, often called blockchains or distributed ledgers, that were first developed to allow total strangers on the internet to place faith in virtual currency transactions without the need for a trusted third party.
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