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JPMorgan, National Bank of Canada, others test debt issuance on blockchain 12:30am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co has tested a new blockchain platform for issuing financial instruments with the National Bank of Canada and other large firms, they said on Friday, seeking to streamline origination, settlement, interest rate payments and other processes.  Full Article

 
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End of Sorrell's reign heralds change for big ad empires 2:06am EDT 

LONDON (Reuters) - Martin Sorrell's departure from the world's biggest advertising company heralds change for his sprawling WPP empire and may accelerate a shake up of the big ad groups that followed his lead.  Full Article  

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Asia tech shares spooked by phone warning, oil near highs 2:55am EDT 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares slipped on Friday as a warning on smartphone demand from the world's largest contract chipmaker slugged the tech sector, while high oil prices stirred inflation fears and undermined sovereign bonds.  Full Article