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Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Nov. 3-10

The past week has marked a number of crypto- and blockchain-related developments in the German-speaking world. Malta Enterprise partnered with Deutsche Telekom’s IT service subsidiary to offer its blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) marketplace, French IT company Atos and Austrian startup Smart Digital proposed industrial plant inspections using blockchain, and the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) launched …

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Instagram’s push to hide ‘Like’ counts comes to the US next week

Sponsored Links Vladimir Obradovic via Getty Images Instagram has been testing out a change that hides the “likes” counter on posts around the world for months, but not in the US. According to Instagram head Adam Mosseri, that’s about to change. During an interview at the Wired 25 event today Mosseri explained that it will …

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Facebook subpoena refusal forces California to make its privacy probe public

Sponsored Links MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images For the first time, California’s State Attorney General has admitted that his office has been investigating Facebook’s privacy dealings over the past 18 months — and we wouldn’t even have known if the social network had just complied with his requests. Attorney General Xavier Becerra has revealed in …

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European Union to Regulate Stablecoins, Not Issue Its Own: Source

The European Union is taking a closer look at how to regulate stablecoins, but has no plans to issue one of its own. A group within the EU presidency is working on a draft political declaration regarding the regulation of stablecoins, an individual familiar with the matter told CoinDesk. First reported by Reuters, the declaration …

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Libra Won’t Spread as Quickly as Facebook, Says Calibra Exec

Libra will take years – if not decades –  to catch on says a Calibra executive. The new stablecoin project won’t scale like social media, said Kevin Weil, vice president of product at Facebook subsidiary Calibra at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday. CNBC reported on his talk. “This is not going to be …

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Portal TV review: Facebook invades the living room

Facebook’s Portal video chat displays have faced quite a bit of scrutiny over the past year due to the company’s terrible record when it comes to privacy, security and lack of transparency. Perhaps as a result, reports have surfaced that Portal products are not selling very well. But that hasn’t stopped Facebook from moving forward …

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Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Enlarge / Maybe this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages designer491 / Getty Images Once upon a time, there was a phone company—or rather, the phone company. AT&T Corp., the venerable “Ma Bell,” provided nearly all telephone service to nearly all Americans for decades… until it didn’t. The company infamously broke up on …

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23 Central Banks Divulge Their Digital Currency Requirements

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Twenty-three leading central banks participated in an in-depth survey on their digital currency developments and requirements, including fungibility, convertibility, and availability. </strong><strong>They also discussed the timeframe for issuing consumer-ready central bank digital currencies and divulged their greatest concerns about implementing them.</strong> Also read: China Ranks 35 Crypto Projects as President Xi Pushes …

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Mark Zuckerberg still won’t ban ‘political’ ads from Facebook

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS For the better part of the past four years, Facebook just hasn’t been able to keep its name out of the bad news cycle. The latest backlash the company is facing has to do with its political ad policies, which essentially allow politicians to spread misinformation on the site. CEO Mark …

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Calibra Head David Marcus Touts Libra’s Money Laundering Standards

Calibra CEO David Marcus recently claimed that the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) standards of Libra — Facebook’s proposed stablecoin project — will be better than other payments networks. Citing statements from Marcus’ speech at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas, finance publication Finextra reports on Oct. 29 that he explained the nuances of the project …

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