Cryptocurrency 

Libra Might Become Unrecognizable by Navigating Regulatory Concerns

Amid the regulatory storm facing Libra, the project’s hierarchy is looking to change one important detail of the payment system: using fiat-pegged stablecoins rather than a token supported by a basket of national currencies. The Libra Association says such considerations are part of efforts to create a more agile payment platform. Meanwhile, the furor over the controversial Libra has begun to take a more political undertone, both within and outside the United States. Arguments for and against the project now seem to include issues surrounding the trade war between the U.S. and China. In…

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Cryptocurrency 

Libra US Congressional Hearing — Recap Before Zuckerberg Faces Senate

Today, Oct. 23, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee regarding Libra — the company’s stablecoin project that has been facing major regulatory backlash since the day it was announced.  While Libra was previously represented in front of the U.S. lawmakers by the head of the coin’s native Calibra crypto wallet, David Marcus, this will be the first time Zuckerberg himself will represent the project in Congress. So, could the Facebook CEO have any tricks up his sleeve, and how beneficial…

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Cryptocurrency 

Libra Loses Key Members, Potentially Forked — Still Looks Confident

Earlier this week, initial members of the Libra Association formalized a governance structure after holding their inaugural meeting in Geneva. The transition happened just days after seven high-profile participants, including Visa, eBay and Mastercard, chose to leave the organization. Libra’s setback happened amid general regulatory upheaval in the crypto industry: In October alone, United States authorities fined EOS developer Block.One for holding an unregistered securities offering and halted TON — the largest private token offering — over similar charges. Related: TON’s ‘Force Majeure’ Clause — Is Telegram About to Refund…

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Bitcoin 

Libra Surprise, Telegram Drama, Cointelegraph Blocked: Hodler’s Digest, Oct 14–20

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week New York district court postpones Telegram’s TON hearing to 2020 It looks like we’re all going to be waiting a while for the legal showdown between Telegram and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. A district court in New York has said the next…

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Bitcoin 

What Does Skepticism for Libra Say About Bitcoin?

Facebook’s dream of being a cryptocurrency giant is seemingly becoming more distant by the day, as increasing regulatory uncertainty continues to jeopardize the company’s Libra project. While Libra has been surrounded by anything but good news even before its launch, crypto watchers should ask themselves, Does Bitcoin need Libra to thrive at all? A crypto world without Libra — is that a good thing or not? What would a no-Libra crypto world be like, and how would that impact Bitcoin? Scrutiny Despite its innovative approach and its ambition as a…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Is Totally Different Than Libra: Calibra Head David Marcus

⁠David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s forthcoming cryptocurrency wallet Calibra, said that he is a fan of Bitcoin (BTC), but it is totally different than the proposed Libra stablecoin. Bitcoin is digital gold, Marcus Says In a Squawk Box interview on Oct. 16, Marcus stated that he has been looking at Bitcoin since 2012 and considers it to be akin to digital gold. When asked by Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen if he owns any Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, Marcus did not answer directly but noted that he was an…

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Bitcoin 

Facebook Should Add Bitcoin, Not Create Libra

United States Rep. Warren Davidson (R) has said that Facebook adding Bitcoin (BTC) to its Calibra wallet would be a “way better idea” than creating its new currency, Libra. In an interview for the Noded Bitcoin podcast on Oct. 11, the Congressman said that “part of the beauty” of Facebook’s unveiling its proposed Libra stablecoin is that it crystallized all of the problems that already exist on the social media platform today. “Do we want filtered transactions or freedom?” Davidson argued that the Congressional hearings devoted to Libra this July…

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Cryptocurrency 

Zuckerberg’s Charm Offensive on Behalf of Libra With US Lawmakers

When Facebook published the Libra white paper in June 2019, shockwaves were felt across the crypto markets the world over. Triggering the end of a long bear market, Bitcoin soared past the iconic $10,000 mark, and many prominent altcoins rose on the back of a phenomenon now known as the “Libra Effect.” As so often occurs alongside milestone cryptocurrency announcements, Facebook’s venture into digital payments was also met with a barrage of criticism. Regulators and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are calling either for intense scrutiny of the…

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Cryptocurrency 

Libra Seen as Threat to National Currency Sovereignty, Pleads With G-7

Public authorities across the globe continue to press the developers of Libra, Facebook’s proposed stablecoin-like digital asset.  On Sept. 16, Libra representatives met with the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI), a part of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) — an umbrella group for 60 central banks and monetary authorities — to discuss the regulatory hurdles around stablecoins developed by large financial institutions and tech companies.  Members of blockchain-powered digital cash system firm Fnality International and JPM Coin — another stablecoin-like project, hosted by one of the largest…

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