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23 Central Banks Divulge Their Digital Currency Requirements

23 Central Banks Divulge Their Digital Currency RequirementsTwenty-three leading central banks participated in an in-depth survey on their digital currency developments and requirements, including fungibility, convertibility, and availability. They also discussed the timeframe for issuing consumer-ready central bank digital currencies and divulged their greatest concerns about implementing them. Also read: China Ranks 35 Crypto Projects as President Xi Pushes Blockchain The First […]

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Indian Finance Minister Answers Crypto Questions at IMF Meeting

Indian Finance Minister Answers Crypto Questions at IMF ConferenceAt an IMF and World Bank meeting, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman talked about cryptocurrency and stablecoins when asked about Facebook’s Libra digital currency project. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das also addressed the subject at the conference. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case to November, New Date Confirmed Finance Minister Talks Crypto At the […]

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G20 Informed Stablecoins Could Pose Financial Stability Risk

G20 Informed Stablecoins Could Pose Financial Stability RiskThe Financial Stability Board has informed the G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the risks stablecoins could pose to financial stability. Unlike crypto assets which do not pose financial stability risk at this time, stablecoins could pose a host of challenges. Also read: Unicef Launches Cryptocurrency Fund Financial Stability Risk The Financial Stability […]

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Visa, Mastercard, Ebay, Stripe Join Paypal in Leaving Libra

Visa, Mastercard, Ebay, Stripe Join Paypal in Leaving LibraMost payment companies have now pulled out of Facebook’s Libra project. Visa, Mastercard, Ebay, and Stripe have followed Paypal in dropping out of the project amid regulatory concerns. The Libra Association has responded to the exodus of these companies. David Marcus, who is in charge of the project, calls it “liberating.” Also read: European Countries […]

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Paypal Exits Libra – Mastercard and Visa May Follow

Paypal Exits Libra; Mastercard and Visa May FollowFacebook’s ambitious financial inclusion project, Libra, continues marching forward in spite of mountainous regulatory obstacles, but key members of the Libra Association are having doubts and dropping out. Paypal has now reportedly left the group due to regulatory concerns. Libra representative Dante Disparte has indirectly criticized the move, noting the required “boldness and fortitude to […]

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This AI Platform Identifies Privacy Threats in Social Networks and Messengers

AI Platform Identifies Privacy Threats in Social Networks and MessengersPreserving your online privacy has become almost a lost cause these days. Thankfully, some entrepreneurial minds have taken it upon themselves to help web users stay informed of privacy risks and take action to thwart attempts to access their personal data. Guard is a platform which is doing exactly that. Also read: Bankers Start to […]

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Popular Smartphone Apps Are Adding Crypto Capabilities

Popular Smartphone Apps Are Adding Crypto CapabilitiesNews of Japan messaging giant Line’s September 17 launch of an app-connected crypto exchange is captivating lots of attention in the crypto and tech industries this week. Other initially non-crypto apps are also entering the market, adding native tokens, tipping functions and cryptocurrency wallets, illustrating a growing trend toward mainstream crypto acceptance and awareness. Also […]

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European Countries Step Up Response to Facebook’s Libra

European Countries Step Up Their Responses to Facebook’s LibraThe European Central Bank (ECB) and a number of countries in the region have stepped up their efforts in response to Facebook’s Libra, which has revived a competing ECB project for instant payments. As Facebook engages Switzerland’s financial regulator, the ECB clarifies how Libra can be regulated under EU laws. Also read: India’s Popular ‘Who […]

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Total Surveillance Coin Will Be a Dystopia if Controlled by Facebook or Government

Total Surveillance Coin Will Be a Dystopia if Controlled by Facebook or GovernmentDigital currency provides unprecedented abilities to spy on and control what people do, and having that power in the hands of a few people is very dangerous. The Big Tech monopolies of Silicon Valley are building a future where your every action is monitored, and giving Facebook control over what you can and can’t do […]

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Bitcoin’s Scaling Problems Forced Facebook to Launch Libra

Bitcoin’s Scaling Problems Forced Facebook to Launch LibraIf it wasn’t for Bitcoin there would be no Libra. That much is self-evident, since Satoshi’s creation laid the groundwork for every crypto asset that’s followed. The extent to which Bitcoin was responsible for spawning Facebook’s currency has now been made brutally clear in an interview with Abra’s Bill Barhydt. The investment platform’s CEO claims […]

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‘Amazon of Japan’ Rakuten Launches Crypto Exchange Service

'Amazon of Japan' Rakuten Launches Crypto Exchange Service, Others Following SuitRakuten, the “Amazon of Japan,” announced the launch of its new crypto exchange platform Monday, August 19, offering spot trading of crypto assets via a dedicated smartphone app. The e-commerce giant has been crypto-friendly for a while now, experimenting and investing in crypto payment systems since at least 2014, but with the launch of the […]

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Research Reports Show Positive Crypto Industry Growth in H1 2019

More than half the year is behind us and the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to move forward, showing relentless growth over the last six months. 2019 has also seen a new theme arise as speculators believe the cryptocurrency ecosystem is experiencing an influx of institutional interest and regulatory crackdowns. A variety of cryptocurrency research reports analyzing […]

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Crypto Bullishness Spreads on Capitol Hill

Cryptocurrency Bullishness Spreads on Capitol HillU.S. Congress has shown that it is starting to care about cryptocurrency as a number of lawmakers spoke up in favor of it this week. “The world Satoshi Nakamoto had envisioned is an unstoppable force” and “there’s no capacity to kill bitcoin” are some of the comments made by lawmakers. Meanwhile, the Fed chair said […]

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G7 Agrees on Crypto Action Plan Spurred by Facebook’s Libra

G7 Agrees on Crypto Action Plan Spurred by Facebook's LibraG7 finance chiefs met this week and Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency was high on their agenda. They agreed on several crypto initiatives and fast regulatory responses to projects such as Libra, calling for them to meet the highest standards of financial regulation. Also read: G20 Leaders Issue Declaration on Crypto Assets – A Look at Their […]

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Market Outlook: Crypto Bulls Rally After Bearish Downturn

Market Outlook: Crypto Bull Market Still in Play After Bearish DeclineSince July 13, digital currency prices have dropped in value significantly, but most coins have since experienced some recovery. While many crypto supporters are optimistic on where the markets are headed, traders and analysts have noticed a bullish-to-bearish trend. BTC and a slew of other currencies spiked more than 10% at 11 a.m. EST on […]

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How US ‘Keep Big Tech Out of Finance’ Draft Bill Targets Facebook’s Libra

US Bill 'Keep Big Tech Out of Finance’ Discussion Draft Targets Facebook's LibraFacebook’s digital currency plans have caused concern among bureaucrats worldwide and members of the U.S. government seem fearful of a giant tech establishing itself as a financial institution. Prior to the U.S. congressional hearings and the upcoming G7 finance meeting, a U.S. discussion draft bill, the Keep Big Tech Out of Finance Act, hopes to […]

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The Best Responses to Donald Trump’s Claim That Bitcoin Is Backed by ‘Thin Air’

The Best Responses to Donald Trump’s Claim That Bitcoin Is Backed by ‘Thin Air’The cryptosphere was rubbing its hands with glee when U.S. president Donald Trump fired off a typically cantankerous tweetstorm on June 11 in which he took aim at Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and Libra. Bitcoiners relished the sudden attention directed towards their sphere from the president’s 62 million-strong Twitter account, but took issue with the veracity of […]

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How 10 Countries Respond to Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

How 10 Countries Respond to Facebook’s Libra CryptocurrencyA growing number of governments have responded to Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans including China, France, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. Several intergovernmental organizations have also weighed in such as the European Central Bank and the Bank of International Settlements. Also read: G20 Leaders Issue Declaration on Crypto Assets – […]

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The Swiss Are Onto Something: Facebook, Libra and the Case for Decentralization

A recent letter from the U.S. House of Representatives to social media giant Facebook has crypto users speculating feverishly. The implications of the letter, and Calibra CEO David Marcus’ recent response, will inform the future of money not only in America, but worldwide. House Chairwoman Maxine Waters and cohorts took aim this week not only […]

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8 Irate Quotes From Officials Who Hate Facebook’s Digital Currency

8 Irate Quotes From Officials Who Feel Threatened by Facebook’s Digital CurrencyThe best thing about Facebook’s proposed digital currency isn’t its BTF consensus algorithm, account-based data model or single Merkle tree structure. No, the greatest thing about Libra has to be the triggered reactions from politicians and bankers who can sense the rug being pulled from under their feet, threatening their hegemony and upending their world […]

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Facebook Is a Threat to Governments Not Crypto

The moment Facebook released the whitepaper for its planned Libra coin, social media was flooded with claims about Zuckerberg’s new drive to take over the cryptocurrency market, with some even calling it a Bitcoin killer. However, looking at the actual details of the plan, it has little to do with cryptocurrency and is in fact […]

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Facebook Globalcoin: Bitcoin Killer or Bitcoin Multiplier?

Globalcoin: Bitcoin Killer or Bitcoin Multiplier?It may sound like a 2014-era shitcoin, but Globalcoin is this year’s most anticipated new digital asset. It doesn’t matter that it’s not decentralized, not permissionless, and not even crypto. The only question that really matters is what does Facebook’s currency spell for bitcoin? Will it steal its thunder or accelerate bitcoin adoption? Also read: […]

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Zuckbucks or Bust: How SEC Rulemaking Hurts Startup Cryptos and Favors Big Tech

SEC guidance has created a more attractive environment for regulated tech firms like Facebook to offer proprietary cryptoassets integrated into their existing products that can be legally traded on existing crypto-exchanges as non-securities. Meanwhile, the SEC has targeted startup cryptos for increased scrutiny. Also Read: SEC Commissioner Says Time Is Right for Bitcoin ETFs — […]

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Latest Hack Sparks Concern Whatsapp Will Never Be Secure

Latest Hack Sparks Concern Whatsapp Will Never Be SecureFacebook’s popular messaging app with 1.5 billion users in over 180 countries has another major vulnerability. Hackers were able to covertly install spyware on iOS and Android smartphones using Whatsapp with just a phone call. “All of their security issues are conveniently suitable for surveillance, and look and work a lot like backdoors,” said Telegram’s […]

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