The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with Coil, a startup founded by Ripple's former CTO, to provide payment services for the unbanked.
While it sees potential for distributed ledgers in supporting its mission, the Gates Foundation also notes limitations to the technology.
Two formerly cautious blockchain collaborators are rekindling their relationship with an effort that could result in new Hyperledger consortium code.
Bitcoin's much-anticipated Lightning Network is now compatible with seven payment networks, thanks to new code from Ripple and Bitfury.
Ripple has open-sourced a bitcoin plug-in, making the biggest cryptocurrency interoperable with other ledgers. Litecoin could be next.