Blockchain 

OpenLibra Plans to Launch Permissionless Fork of Facebook’s Stablecoin

Lucas Geiger, co-founder of blockchain infrastructure startup Wireline, has announced OpenLibra — a permissionless fork of Facebook’s planned stablecoin. Ethereum developer Lane Rettig tweeted on Oct. 8 that OpenLibra was announced by Geiger at the Ethereum developer conference Devcon 5, adding: “Seeing #openlibra publicly announced for the first time is sending shivers down my spine. I am so excited about this initiative to ‘lock the door open’ for libra tech.” A more trustworthy environment for Libra apps OpenLibra’s developers have already released the first version of a permissionless Libra-based virtual…

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Cryptocurrency 

PayPal Might Quit Facebook’s Libra Project

When it comes to the payments space, there is no other company that has a reputation as big as that of PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL). Hence, when it emerged that the payments giant was going to be a part of the Libra Association, there was a lot of anticipation about the sort of product Libra was going to be. Key Details However, according to the latest reports, it has emerged that PayPal is now considering pulling out of the Libra Association. The reason behind the decision is tied to the regulatory issues…

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Blockchain 

Facebook’s David Marcus Advocates for Blockchain-Based Payment Networks

David Marcus, the head of Calibra at Facebook, has set forth arguments in favor of blockchain-based payment networks. In a Sept. 25 blog post, Marcus pointed out shortcomings of existing payment systems such as regional and international networks, including SWIFT and RT1, central banks and others. Marcus began by noting the weakness of the underlying infrastructure of the current system that limits its efficiency and reach. In one case, Marcus wrote, an individual can send and receive funds from within one wallet, while not being able to do the same…

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Cryptocurrency 

Facebook’s Libra Wants to Hit the Market in Early 2020

It has been a hugely eventful year in the crypto sphere, and perhaps one of the most important developments has been the announcement of Facebook’s Libra. However, as soon as it was announced that it was going to be launched next year, plenty of influential regulators expressed their doubts about the cryptocurrency straightaway. Important Progress They are still doing so, and in a new development, it has emerged that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is going to go ahead with the launch of Libra next year as planned notwithstanding any misgivings from regulators. Regulators have…

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Cryptocurrency 

IBM is Interested in Working on Facebook’s Libra Crypto

The cryptocurrency space has been on an impressive run this year and one of the biggest developments this year was the announcement of Facebook’s Libra, the social media company’s very own crypto token. It goes without saying that it was a huge announcement and caused a lot of noise in the crypto sphere. As is well known, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is heading the Libra project, but the company is going to be helped by many other firms. Key Development Today, it has emerged that tech giant IBM (NYSE:IBM) is apparently open…

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Blockchain 

Libra Association Seeks Swiss Payments License for Facebook’s Crypto

Facebook is seeking a payment system license under Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) for its planned stablecoin project, Reuters reported on Sept. 11.  “Regulated, low-friction, high-security” blockchain payments In an official statement today, the Switzerland-registered Libra Association — a not-for-profit membership organization established to govern the Libra network — explained its choice to coordinate a regulatory framework with the Swiss watchdog: “Switzerland offers a pathway for responsible financial services innovation harmonized with global financial norms and strong oversight. We are engaging in constructive dialogue with FINMA and are encouraged…

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Cryptocurrency 

Facebook’s Libra | Coinbase’s Ex-Policy Head Will Lead Lobbying

In July, tech giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced that it was going to launch its own cryptocurrency named Libra, and since then, it has lurched from one problem to the next. Policymakers from all across the world, including the head of the US Federal Reserve and US President Donald Trump, expressed their skepticism about Libra soon after. Hence, it is quite clear that Facebook is currently at a loss as to how to tackle the myriad of policy issues that are going to arise with the launch of Libra. However, it seems…

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Blockchain 

The Bug Bounty Program for Facebook’s Libra Is Now Open to the Public

The Libra Association has opened its bug bounty program to the public to address security concerns in advance of Libra’s anticipated 2020 launch. Expanding the playing field The announcement comes via a post on Libra’s website on Aug. 27. The post emphasized that the expansion of the program would promote values critical to the Libra Association like “openness, transparency, and global access,”  and ensure minimal issues come launch date. The association wrote that it expects opening the bug bounty program up to the public will encourage “many more people with…

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Cryptocurrency 

Investors Consider Cutting Ties with Facebook’s Libra Amid Regulatory Scrutiny

At least three investors in Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency are considering disassociating with the currency following intense regulatory pushback. According to a report published in the Financial Times on Friday, some backers are fearful that the spotlight placed on the social media giant’s proposed cryptocurrency will also bring their own separate, independent businesses into disrepute. Two founding partners have allegedly held discussions with regard to what the “right next steps” should be for their investment. “I think it’s going to be difficult for partners who want to be seen as in compliance [with their…

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Blockchain 

Bitcoin Believer Turned Facebook’s Libra Boss

David Marcus, the man spearheading Facebook’s blockchain effort, has gotten a tremendous amount of spotlight lately. The rapid emergence of Libra has dominated the coverage of other crypto-related developments, as it became apparent that the social media giant’s inroad into the realm of digital assets will have most serious consequences for both the blockchain sector and the global financial system in general. While previously the crypto industry has hardly ever had one key spokesperson — which is perhaps a natural and welcome state of affairs for a domain wherein decentralization…

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