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Libra is a cryptocurrency developed by Facebook. Libra’s mission is “a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers millions of people”. Libra uses a basket of stable currencies and assets as a reserve. Libra doesn’t challenge the power of money issuance typically owned by the central government, but Libra has the potential to replace money flow services of the current financial system, further reduce the role of banks and other financial institutions in financial services.

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Latin America E-Commerce Giant MercadoLibre Purchases $7.8 Million Worth of Bitcoin
Mercadolibre announced a $7.8 million Bitcoin purchase, believing deeply in the cryptocurrency.

Facebook's Rebranding of Libra Stablecoin to Diem May Face Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Facebook’s idea to rebrand its Libra stablecoin project to “Diem” may not be as smooth sailing as what the corporate firm had in mind.

Facebook Digital Currency Libra Rebrands Name to Diem Ahead of Its Dollar-Backed Stablecoin Launch
Facebook-backed Libra Association has rebranded its name to the Diem Association ahead of the proposed launch of its dollar-backed stablecoin.

Facebook to Launch Libra Cryptocurrency in January 2021, But in Limited Format
According to a new developing story, Facebook expects to launch its Libra cryptocurrency in January next year, but in a limited format.

New BIS Report Advocates Using Embedded Monitoring Trackers For Stablecoins
A new report from the Bank for International Settlements has advocated the deployment of ‘Embedded Systems’ in the monitoring of global stablecoin projects.

Facebook's Libra Sparked CBDC Race, COVID-19 Made Central Banks Realize Its Necessity
Digital innovation and central bank digital currency adoption (CBDC) have been on the rise despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. What has driven CBDC forward?

Libra Association Appoints Former HSBC Executive Ian Jenkins As CRO and CFO Of Payment Systems
Libra Association has announced the appointment of former HSBC executive Ian Jenkins as chief risk officer and chief financial officer of Libra Networks.

Ex-Chief Executive of the HKMA Establishes Digital Wallet Firm to Solve Issues in Cross-Border Trade Finance
The former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has established a new digital wallet company, RD Wallet Technologies Limited.

Facebook’s Libra Launch Will Be Halted Until Proper Regulations Are Set, According to G7 Draft
A G7 statement showed that the financial leaders of the world’s seven largest economies will oppose the launch of Libra.

US Senator Pat Toomey Eyes Senate Banking Committee Chair and Digital Currency Regulations
United States Senator Pat Toomey said he will take on digital currency regulation and payments reforms should he become the Senate Banking Committee’s next chairman.

What is CBDC?
CBDC stands for Central Bank Digital Currency, and represents the digital form of a nation’s fiat money (currency backed by trust or faith in the regulating government).

Blockchain Capital Joins the Libra Association as Newest Governing Member
Blockchain Capital investment company has joined the Libra Association as a governing member.

Facebook-Backed Association Picks Another Former HSBC Executive as Libra Network's CEO
James Emmett, the former HSBC executive, is joining Libra Networks as the new managing director. He will assume his new role on October 1.

Five EU Member States Take Position Against Stablecoins
Five members of the 27-member European Union Bloc has urged the body to pass regulations to stiffen the emergence and existence of stablecoins in the region

Libra Association Appoints Former Homeland Security General Counsel to Head Its Legal Services
Libra appoints Stevan Bunnell, former Homeland security department general counsel, as its own general counsel.

Bitcoin and Libra’s Ultimate Underlying Value to be Determined by Central Banks, says Ex-RBI Governor
Former Indian central bank governor said that Bitcoin and Libra could play a role in a world where central banks are issuing their own digital currencies.

G20 Lays Regulatory Foundation to Accept Digital Payments by November Summit
G20 officials have announced that they will begin the preliminary regulatory groundwork for the group to accept digital payments.

UK Financial Regulator Reveals: 1.9 Million British Adults Own Cryptocurrencies
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK reported that 1.9 million adults own cryptocurrencies, representing 3.86% of the general population. The regulator also noted that 75% of them hold crypto worth less than £1,000, approximately $1,230.

Chinese CBDC's Backend Developments are Complete, Revealed During 2020 FinTech Forum
The world’s attention is on China who has recorded a great advancement in the development of its central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Chinese CBDC project, also known as digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) entered its testing phase back in April with a test run billed for four major cities.

Understanding the Profound Impact of Stablecoins on Traditional Finance
Stablecoin is a compromise on absolute money issuance power and the adoption of disruptive blockchain technology. Stablecoin will have a profound impact on the infrastructure of future financial systems.

China Leads Pan-Asian Digital Currency Project to Compete with Facebook's Libra
Led by China, four Asian countries are in the early stages of developing a joint digital currency. The currency will help keep the Dollar and Libra in check

Libra Appoints New Chief Compliance Officer, Third C-Suite Executive Appointed with a Strong Compliance Track Record
The Libra Association appointed Sterling Daines as its new Chief Compliance Officer, who is currently the Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Credit Suisse. He is expected to leave his position at Credit Suisse and join the Libra Association later this year. Prior to Credit Suisse, he was the Managing Director and Deputy Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Goldman Sachs and has worked as a consultant to the US Department of Justice and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Facebook Calibra Digital Wallet Gets a New Name – Novi
Facebook has renamed its digital wallet, Calibra, as Novi. Calibra was the digital wallet that the social media giant has been building to access Libra digital currencies. In a blog post, the company explained that the new name was inspired by the Latin words “novus” and “via,” meaning “new” and “way.” The digital wallet company, a subsidiary under Facebook will now be named Novi Financial. As previously reported by Blockchain.News, Libra has abandoned its original plan of a widely accessible permissionless digital currency aimed to solve financial inclusion issues, due to ongoing regulatory backlash.

Singapore State Investor Temasek Joins Libra Association, Facebook’s Global Digital Currency Project
Singapore’s state investor, Temasek Holdings has officially been named a member of the Facebook-backed digital currency project Libra. Temasek as a portfolio value of 313 billion Singapore dollars (roughly $219 billion), making it one of the more prominent backers of Libra. The Libra Association, an independent group based in Switzerland has also welcomed crypto investor Paradigm and Slow Ventures, a private equity firm.

HSBC Chief Legal Officer Stuart Levey Gets Appointed as Libra’s New CEO, Expert in Dealing with Regulatory Backlash
The Libra Association appointed its first CEO, Stuart Levey, the Chief Legal Officer at HSBC Holdings. Levey will be overseeing the Libra digital currency and payments system and holds a strong compliance track record and is expected to join Libra in the coming months. However, HSBC has not shown the same upright compliance record. Levey is also expected to “combine technology innovation with robust compliance and regulatory framework.” The Facebook-led project has invited scrutiny from global regulators, with concerns over its threat to national sovereignty with its potential launch. Many of Libra’s original members, including Vodafone, PayPal, and Visa have also chosen to leave the association.

Facebook’s Libra Could Do to the Payment Sector What Elon Musk's SpaceX Did to the Space Industry, Binance Research Reveals
Libra has released its updated whitepaper, marking several significant changes towards providing individual stablecoins for major fiat currencies, including USD, EUR, GBP, and Libra Coin.

Libra Adds New Nonprofit Member Heifer International to Tackle World Hunger and Poverty After Enduring Months of Regulatory Scrutiny
The Libra Association has welcomed a new member, Heifer International, a nonprofit organization aimed to tackle world hunger and poverty. The addition of Heifer International brings the tally of members in the Libra Association to twenty-three.

Facebook’s Calibra Aims to Create 50 New Jobs in Dublin To Scale Up Its Libra Project
Social media giant Facebook is seeking to create 50 jobs for its payment subsidiary Calibra. The new hires, which are targeted to begin work at Dublin office, Ireland by the end of 2020, will be responsible for creating a wallet for sending and storing Libra. Calibra was formed in 2019 to develop a digital wallet for the Libra payment team.

Facebook’s Libra Move to Apply for Swiss Regulator FINMA License: A Failed Permissionless Network?
Libra is moving away from its original plan of permissionless digital currency, widely accessible for the public, due to ongoing unprecedented hardship. Libra will be moving towards a coin that would be subject to foreign exchange controls and regulations.

China’s Central Bank Digital Currency DCEP to be Operational for Local Government Employees Starting in May
Local government employees in the city of Suzhou will be receiving China’s central bank digital currency, digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) in May, according to a local news outlet. China has been charging full speed with its digital currency development plans shortly after Facebook revealed its Libra stablecoin project.

World Bank Pushes to Raise the Bar for FinTech and DLT for Cross-Border Interoperability and Financial Inclusion
The World Bank Group has recently published a study, issued by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) on “Payment aspects of financial inclusion in the FinTech era,” highlighting the concepts derived using blockchain, including stablecoins, and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Libra Faces Competition as Celo Foundation Hands Out First Grants Expanding the Use of its Platform
Libra has been facing some competition as the Celo Foundation has awarded its first grants of $700,000 in total to 13 projects that expand the use of its platform.

Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Randi Zuckerberg Shows Her Support For Bitcoin & Ripple
Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg's sister has lately been showing her immense support and interest in the cryptocurrency market, particularly for Bitcoin and Ripple XRP. She runs a satellite radio show SiriusXM which hosted three cryptocurrency experts who were very bullish on Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market as a whole.

Facebook Moving Further Away From Libra, But Considering its Own Digital Token System
Facebook is now considering developing a system of digital tokens, pegged to different government-issued currencies including the US dollar and the euro. The new plan will still include Libra, although Libra Association, separately, will continue its work on the stablecoin pegged to a basket of global currencies.

Canada, Netherlands, Ukraine Central Banks Say Blockchain Not Necessary for CBDC
In a conference hosted by National Bank of Ukraine, some central banks recently suggested that blockchain is unnecessary for digital fiat currency

JP Morgan Research: Blockchain Mainstream Years Away, Libra's Hurdles and Bitcoin Hedging
JP Morgan has been one the earliest advocates and adopters of blockchain technology among the major financial institutions and continues to lead many other enterprises in the space. However, a new report by the American institution indicates that while the infrastructure for a digital economy is being developed globally, mainstream adoption is unlikely for at least a few years.

How Far Away is Japan’s CBDC? Bank of Japan Meets with Monetary Authorities on Potential Digital Yen Issuance
Japan’s Monetary Authorities Get Serious About CBDC Research and Roll Out

Shopify Becomes Member of the Libra Association
Canadian-based e-commerce giant Shopify has announced it will become the latest member of the Libra Association's governing council.

Stablecoin
What is stablecoin? In terms of what we measure the "stability". Understand stablecoin in different features. Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)

Hong Kong's Highest-Profile FinTech Consultant: Libra Puts CBDCs to the Top of the Central Banks' Agenda
Blockchain.News interviewed Arslanian at the Asian Financial Forum held in Hong Kong earlier this month, where he was invited to speak on the development of FinTech.

Japanese Lawmaker Urges Digital Yen Development to Curb China Dominance
Japanese Lawmaker, Kozo Yamamoto has called for the expedited development of Japan’s digital yen as the race to be the first nation with an operating central bank digital currency (CBDC) heats up.

Six Leading Central Banks to Brainstorm the Issuance of Digital Currencies in Mid-April
The leaders of six major central banks are scheduled to meet in mid-April to conceptualize on creating their own digital currencies as they can be instrumental in substituting the digital yuan or Facebook’s Libra.

Federal Reserve Considers a FEDcoin in Wake of Rising Stablecoin and CBDC Development
Federal Reserve Governor, Lael Brainard said that the Fed is weighing the developments and policy issues in the digital payments sector and experimenting with central bank digital currencies (CBDC) in consideration of potentially issuing it own digital currency.

Mastercard CEO Answers: The Reasons Behind Leaving Facebook’s Libra Association
Mastercard’s CEO, Ajay Banga, stated the reasons behind the company leaving Facebook’s Libra Association in an interview with the Financial Times. Having left the Libra Association in October last year alongside Visa and other firms, the Libra Association has seen eight firms quitting the project.

Women in Payments CEO Answers: Could Facebook Libra Be a Huge Threat to Visa and Paypal?
Kristy Duncan, the CEO of Women in Payments the company in 2012, looking to add value in a different way, to connect, inspire, and champion women who are working in the payments industry globally. In our interview with Duncan, she shared with us the changing payment landscape with the emerging technologies in the sector.

Facebook and Calibra Head David Marcus: What Problems Would Wholesale CBDCs Even Solve?
During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum which included the topic of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), David Marcus, Head of Calibra, highlighted that digital currencies are the key to innovate cross-border payments and solve the issues of the unbanked—regardless of if that digital currency is Libra or not.

Vodafone Follows PayPal and Visa to Leave Facebook's Libra Association
Maybe what Facebook is not doing right that costs it to lose founding partners? Breaking news shows that Facebook’s Libra has lost another member of its council. This time round, Vodafone has confirmed to have left Libra Association.

Consensys Report: CBDC are Risk-Free Compared to Facebook Libra
In a recent white paper entitled Central Banks and the Future of Digital Money—Consensys offers an insightful and practical overview of the potential and risks of CBDC. The research paper also offers an example of how the Ethereum blockchain can be leveraged to design and build a CBDC and takes a deep dive into what the practical implementation of a CBDC would require.

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Abhijit Banerjee: Is Blockchain the Key to Financial Inclusion?
While Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof. Banerjee is no expert in blockchain or FinTech services, we went along to the Asian Financial Forum to find out his thoughts on the application of FinTech and Blockchain to facilitate inclusive finance for the developing world. His response surprised us.

Libra Association Appoints Steering Team to Oversee Its Cryptocurrency Network Development
The Libra Association has appointed a five-member technical steering team to oversee the ongoing development of the Libra project. Late last year, Libra made some important changes, including forming new firms and updating its mission to emphasize on payments instead of currency.

Expert's Take: What to Expect in 2020 for the Crypto Ecosystem?
A review of 2019 and what to expect for 2020. A startup advisor and investor standpoint.

IMF Chief Economist Says Crypto Won’t Threaten Dollar Dominance Although Global Reserves Decline
The Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gita Gopinath, expressed in an opinion piece in the Financial Times that digital currencies would not displace the US Dollar as the currency that dominates the global trade and finance.

Recap on 2019 Blockchain Use Cases: Who Got Off the Ground?
A quick look at some of the most exciting blockchain use-cases of 2019.

Fed Governor Warns ECB Forum that Libra Risks are Immense
The Governor of the Federal Reserve, Lael Brainard warned a European Central Bank (ECB) forum in Germany, that the risks posed by the potential mainstream adoption of the Facebook proposed stablecoin Libra, are too immense.

Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee Discusses: What Happens After the 10 Best Days for Bitcoin?
Thomas Lee, the Co-Founder, Managing Director, and Head of Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors, known for his opinions on the Bitcoin and crypto market has sat down with Blockchain.News to discuss his views on some macro trends and the Bitcoin industry we’re currently observing.

Paxos—Regulated and Rising above Trustless Tether and Lost Libra
In this second part of our interview with Cascarilla, he explains why the PAX stablecoin is ultimately superior to Tether and gives his thoughts on Facebook’s Libra project and the nature of money.

Korean Businesses Come Together to Form Massive Blockchain Council Similar to Libra's
Korea’s internet giant Kakao is bringing crypto and blockchain adoption to the Asian markets. A huge consortium of financial giants and big brands has joined together to form a Governance Council relating to all matters blockchain.

Libra Testnet ‘Going Strong,’ Boasts Over 51000 Transactions and 34 Projects
Regulators may think it’s the work of the devil but Facebook’s crypto project, Libra, has been “going strong.”

Dr. Alicia Garcia-Herrero's Take on China’s CBDC and Facebook’s Libra
In Part 2 of the interview, Garcia-Herrero explained the disruption of China’s CBDC – digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) on China’s monetary system. She also commented on the basket of currencies that Facebook’s Libra supports and Libra’s potential threat to monetary sovereignty.

Facebook’s Libra Co-Creator Thinks Bitcoin is Not a Currency
Speaking as a guest on CNBC, David Marcus initially talked about Libra setbacks, stating that Libra, Calibra, and Facebook would need time to allow digital money access and services to form for users around the world as well as his thoughts on BTC.

Ethereum Co-Founder: Facebook Not Fit to be Libra’s Driving Force
Joseph Lubin, Ethereum’s co-founder, has asserted that Facebook should not spearhead the Libra project based on the concerns raised about its reputation.

Mastercard Still Betting on Blockchain Despite Pulling Out from Facebook’s Libra
Mastercard recently pulled out of the Libra Association, along with Visa and PayPal, however, it has been reported that the payment processor is not giving up on blockchain.

Calibra Head David Marcus Declares Libra as the Most Secure Payment Network
David Marcus, Head of Calibra, the digital wallet for Facebook’s Libra stablecoin explained at Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas about how the network aims to transform the traditional payments industry.

China’s Central Bank Rolling Out DCEP National Currency, While Saying ‘Libra Won’t Succeed'
China has been reportedly developing its central bank-issued digital currency for a while and is believed to be ready to launch by China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China (PBoC).

Galaxy Digital CEO Michael Novogratz on Bearish Bitcoin, Libra Hearing and Regulator Angst
Michael Novogratz, CEO, and Chairman of Galaxy Digital recently appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” where he answered questions on Bitcoin’s bearish trend, Zuckerberg’s appearance on Capitol hill and the sentiment driving regulators of the crypto market.

Zuckerberg's Hearings with Congress and What the US Regulators Really Think
It has been more than three months since Facebook announced plans to launch its digital currency, Libra in June 2020; however, the social media giant has met with regulatory and political skepticism globally.

US Congress Examines Draft Stablecoin Bill While Facebook Will Not Launch Libra Until US Regulators Approve
The United States Congress has been considering drafting a bill that argues that all managed stablecoins must be treated as investment contracts and hence are securities.

ING Warns Facebook’s Ties With Banks May Be Breached Due To Libra Regulatory Concerns
Ralph Hamers, the CEO of ING, warned that Facebook's relationships with banks will probably be cut off due to its inability to address Libra regulatory issues, especially the money-laundering fears.

Bruno Le Maire Insists He Cannot Support Facebook’s Libra
Since the social media giant, Facebook announced its plan to launch its digital currency known Libra, one critic has repeatedly made his opinion known. Bruno Le Maire cannot and will not support the stablecoin project.

Most European Regulators Have Scrutinized Facebook's Libra, Except One: Who’s the Odd One Out?
Made up of more than two dozen companies and based in Geneva, a few of the founding members, including PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, Booking Holdings, and eBay, decided to leave the Libra project. A five-member board governance board was formed after the Libra Association reaffirmed its commitment by holding its inaugural meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Oct. 14.

Libra Forms Governing Board Despite Shrinking Membership
The Libra Association has reaffirmed its commitment in creating a payments-oriented stablecoin, holding its inaugural meeting yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland.

G7 Reports Stablecoins Like Libra Threaten Financial Security
According to the BBC, the G7 group of nations has drafted a report outlining nine major risks that digital currencies, such as Facebook’s proposed Libra, pose to the global financial system.

What Global Regulators Think of Libra: The Asia Pacific Edition
Libra, the new cryptocurrency by social media giant Facebook, has generated controversy with lawmakers and regulators globally since its announcement in June of this year. Concerns were mostly revolved around the stablecoin potentially disrupting the global financial system. The scrutiny towards Facebook aims at the fear that the new digital currency could possibly take power away from the governments.

Libra Association - Visa and MasterCard Have Second Thoughts
Libra internal struggles. Visa and MasterCard consider leaving.

Facebook’s Libra Developers Release Initial Roadmap
The developers behind Facebook’s cryptocurrency project Libra have released their initial roadmap outlining the milestones they plan to achieve prior to the mainnet launch of the Libra blockchain.

Facebook’s Libra Creating Shadow Monetary Ecosystem Warns FAC
Facebook’s creation of cryptocurrency Libra will spawn a ‘shadow banking’ system outside of sanctioned financial markets according to US banks.

What Happened: US Committee Hearing with the SEC on Crypto and Libra
The United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held a hearing on Sept. 24 with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) five commissioners. Vital topics covered in the hearing include the consideration of cryptocurrencies as securities, regulation of Facebook’s Libra and Calibra, and insider trading.

German Policymakers Cannot Accept Facebook’s Libra
The German cabinet is expected to adopt a comprehensive blockchain strategy with the aim of digitally enhancing its economy. The strategy also consists of plans to tackle risky new technologies such as Libra, which German policymakers fear could become an alternative currency.

Exclusive: Gerard Dache, on the Two Contradictions of Facebook Libra
In part 2 of the interview, Gerard walked us through some of the recommended bills to the government in fostering blockchain innovation, such as the “Blockchain Promotion Act”. He then shared his views on the nature of Bitcoin and two contradictions of Facebook’s Libra.

PwC: Crypto M&A and Fundraising in Asia Reports Major Growth
PwC previewed its latest white paper—PwC Global Crypto M&A and Fundraising Report—last Thursday at CoinDesk’s Invest: Asia event. This is the first report by PwC on the broader crypto ecosystem, but the firm will continue to publish updates twice a year moving forward.

Central Banks to Cross-Examine Libra’s Founders in Switzerland
The European Central Bank (ECB) officials and 25 global central banks will be meeting with Libra’s founders to assess the project.

Vitalik Buterin: Libra is a Real Wake-up Call for Governments
Libra has been hit with yet another wave of attack that could lead to a possible set back coming as a result of fresh resistance from regulatory bodies across the globe.

France Seeks to Block Development of Libra in Europe
While speaking at a recent conference in Paris on virtual currencies, Bruno Le Maire, French Finance Minister said, “In these conditions, we cannot authorise the developments of Libra on European soil.

Switzerland’s New Stablecoin Guidelines: 3 Things You Should Know
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) issued new guidelines for stablecoins added as a supplement to its existing guidelines for initial coin offerings (ICOs) to outline how stablecoins are treated under the Swiss supervisory law.

Facebook’s Libra Encouraged to Exclude the Chinese Yuan Being Tied to the Stablecoin
While Facebook is facing regulatory approvals for its Libra project, Facebook told US senators that the initial group of currencies that Libra will be likely backed by the US dollar, Euro, Yen, British Pound, and the Singapore dollar.

Gemini's Winklevoss Twins Willing to Dive into Facebook's Libra Project
Winklevoss twins, the Gemini Founders have made a revelation about a possible partnership with Facebook on the Libra Project.

Blockchain Market Report: 2019 H1 Review
Report: 2019 H1 Review

People’s Bank of China Announces Its Digital Currency is Ready
The central bank of China has announced that its digital currency can now be said to be ready. Speaking in a major event, the China forum as reported by local news site Shanghai Securities News on August 10, the deputy director of the people’s Bank of China (PBoC) Mu Changchun stated that over five years of rigorous research work has been put into creating a prototype that adopts the Blockchain architecture

Facebook’s Libra Likened to 2008 Subprime Mortgage Fiasco
Senator Brown compared Facebook's Libra to the subprime mortgage scenario. His sentiments show the divided debate facing the Libra project.

Bitwise: Facebook’s Libra Moved Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Ahead by Three Years
A cryptocurrency index fund provider Bitwise based in the US is of the opinion that the Facebook-owned stable Libra has accelerated the growth of cryptocurrencies by three years.

China’s Central Bank Accelerates R&D of its Legal Digital Currency
People's Bank of China, the Central Bank of China made an announcement of the acceleration of the development of its legal digital currency.

Will Facebook Ever Be Able to Launch Libra?
In recent speculation, Facebook has acknowledged that there are several regulatory issues that are preventing the progress of launching Libra globally.

Blockchain, Bitcoin, Libra, Facebook
What’s Bull___, Brilliant and Big Brother? Deep diving & examining where the real value is.

Huawei’s CEO Responds to Facebook: China Can Issue Its Own Libra
Ren Zhengfei, CEO of China’s Huawei believes that China can create their own digital currency in response to Facebook’s Libra.

What are the 7 Key Takeaways from Facebook's Libra Hearings?
The debate on Facebook's Libra continues with the hearing with Senate Banking Committee on 16 July and the United States House Committee of Financial Services on 17 July. Here are the 7 key takeaways from the two hearings.

US Senator Sherrod Brown: Facebook is delusional
“Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook is more like a government than a company. That’s delusional.” US Senator Sherrod Brown said in a video tweet.

Donald Trump is “Not a Fan” of Bitcoin and Crypto, Citing High Volatility
“I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money.” Donald Trump tweeted on 11 July.

Exclusive: Did Facebook Copy Hedera Hashgraph's Governance Model?
When Facebook released Libra’s whitepaper, Hedera Hashgraph allegedly “thanks” Facebook for imitating their governance model. What is the story behind?

Exclusive: Arbitrage - the Key Business Opportunity Brought by Blockchain
Following the latest update of Paxful, Ray took a step back and shared to us his inspiration to set up Paxful and what he learnt from 11 failed startups! He then identified arbitrage as the key business opportunities by blockchain and instead of decentralization, peer to peer should be the core value preposition of Bitcoin!

Facebook Libra: The Latest Crypto Used in Illegal Financial Activities?
“With the evolution of virtual currencies and new marketplaces, nefarious actors are continuously adapting to find new ways to engage in illegal financial activity.” said U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, during the briefing with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on 27 June.

Why Facebook's Libra Is Not A Real Cryptocurrency
Facebook on Tuesday announced its Bitcoin rival called Libra, a cryptocurrency created by a Facebook subsidiary called Calibra that will be managed by an oversight body called the Libra Association. The Libra coin will not be available immediately, as the announcement only covers the vision and technology behind the Facebook blockchain. But the company says Libra will be private, mostly.