Libra

Switzerland Softens Tone on Libra After Ex-President Says Project ‘Failed’

The Swiss government has attempted to strike a more conciliatory tone on the Facebook-led Libra project, weeks after the country’s now-departed president called the project a failure. A government memo, seen by Bloomberg, emphasizes that the country’s regulators have not ruled out the possibility that Libra could one day receive their approval. Swiss officials will …

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Anchorage, Bison Trails Execs to Helm Libra’s New ‘Technical Steering Committee’

The Libra Association announced Thursday it had formed a technical steering committee to coordinate the design of the Libra platform. The new committee, composed of Anchorage co-founder Diogo Monica, Calibra core product lead George Cabrera III, Bison Trails founder Joe Lallouz, Union Square Ventures partner Nick Grossman and Mercy Corps emerging technology director Ric Shreves, …

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WisdomTree Mulls New Stablecoin as US Money Manager Drives Toward Crypto

WisdomTree, an asset manager specializing in exchange-traded funds, is vying to become one of the first established U.S. financial firms to offer clients digital assets, including a so-called stablecoin whose value is closely linked to the U.S. dollar.  New York-based WisdomTree, which oversees about $63 billion, views cryptocurrencies and digital assets as a natural extension …

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Highlights Digital Commerce, but Not Libra, in 2030 Vision

Mark Zuckerberg’s new 10-year vision says a lot about Facebook’s plan for financial services – and nothing whatsoever about Libra.  Unveiling a vision for 2030, the Facebook CEO unveiled a laundry list of decade’s-end aims for his social media goliath, including an extensive “opportunity” for Facebook to “decentralize” finance and business. “Over the next decade, …

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Australians Won’t Use Libra, Believes Central Bank

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has expressed doubt over whether cryptocurrencies, including Libra and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), will ever become viable solutions. In a submission (pdf) to the Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology just before Christmas, RBA officials were skeptical that cryptocurrencies, in their current and future forms, would ever …

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Better Safe Than Hacked? Google and Apple Flip-Flop on Crypto

The cryptocurrency sector has many criticisms. One is that it can appear impenetrable to newcomers. Another is that it is probably easier to lose money investing in crypto than in most other areas of finance. What’s more, these issues can combine to create a lucrative environment for hackers with nefarious intentions.  Chrome browser extension makes …

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Libra Association Exec: World Needs Us Because Bitcoin Is ‘Not a Means of Payment’

LAS VEGAS — “Bitcoin as an asset class has proven that mathematical scarcity can support an incredibly exciting asset,” Dante Disparte, vice chairman of the Libra Association, said Tuesday. “It’s not a means of payment. It just isn’t.” Disparte spoke at the Digital Money Forum at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, making his …

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What You Need To Know About Congress’s Two Proposed Crypto Laws

As the cryptocurrency universe enters 2020, U.S. lawmakers are drafting bills to provide clarity around stablecoins and offer regulations for tech companies like Facebook that might want to create their own cryptocurrencies. The draft legislation “Keep Big Tech Out Of Finance Act” was proposed on July 15, 2019 by the Democratic majority of the House Financial …

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What Is a Cryptocurrency? We Need Clearer Definitions

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Dr Gina C Pieters is an Assistant Instructional Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, and a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative …

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Facebook’s Libra Has Failed in Current Form, Says Swiss President

The basket of assets backing Facebook’s Libra stablecoin needs to change in order for the project to be accepted by regulators, according to Switzerland’s President. “Central banks will not accept the basket of currencies underpinning it” Reuters reported on Dec. 27 that Swiss finance minister and outgoing president Ueli Maurer said that Libra won’t be …

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