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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Blockchain 

Former Employees of JP Morgan, Intel and TrustToken Launch Stablecoin

The Global Currency Organization (GCO) is launching a new U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin, dubbed the USD Digital (USDD). In an Oct. 1 press release shared with Cointelegraph, the GCO announced the launch of the USDD, a new stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar. The organization, which is a new project led by former employees of JPMorgan, Intel and TrustToken, said that it plans to make the stablecoin model available to a worldwide network of partners, to focus on the possibility for end users to move between cryptocurrencies and fiat. The San…

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Ethereum 

Ether Price Drop Shakes DAI Stablecoin Peg, Two Collateral Contracts Closed

The recent Ether (ETH) price drop showed the reliability and weaknesses of the decentralized stablecoin built by MakerDAO, Dai (DAI), and the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem built on top of it. A decentralized stablecoin Ethereum-collateralized decentralized stablecoin DAI managed to maintain its peg to the United States dollar as Ether lost over 18% of its value in under two hours, falling from $190 to $155 yesterday. As of press time, Ethereum holds a price of about $171. Ethereum seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360 The impact of higher transaction fees DeFi…

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Cryptocurrency 

Wells Fargo to Launch USD-Pegged Stablecoin for Internal Settlements

US multinational megabank Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) has revealed plans to launch a US dollar-linked stablecoin that will run on the company’s first blockchain platform. The “Wells Fargo Digital Cash” The service, dubbed “Wells Fargo Digital Cash,” is a tokenized dollar that will be used in internal settlement across the firm’s business. The stablecoin will be piloted first and will debut next year. It’s initially targeting USD transfers, but there is a wider plan to accommodate transfers in other currencies within the company’s blockchain network. On Tuesday, the company…

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Ethereum 

BUSD — Binance and Paxos Stablecoin Latest to Get US Regulator Consent

Over the course of the past few weeks, the global cryptocurrency community bore witness to two major announcements related to stablecoins — with the first being the launch of Paxos’s gold-backed Ethereum token, PAX Gold (PAXG), and the other being the release of Binance’s cryptocoin backed by the United States dollar (BUSD).  Paxos, a global digital asset trust firm, announced the launch of its PAXG token via a press release a few days back. In the document, the firm claims that its product is the world’s first crypto asset to…

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Cryptocurrency 

Tether Introduces New Yuan-Linked Stablecoin, CNHT

The cryptocurrency space has had its fair share of controversies throughout the course of its short existence, and one of the biggest ones to date is the one related to stablecoins. There are plenty of stablecoins in circulation these days, but the most controversial one so far is Tether, and it is simply due to the fact that is it is the most popular one within this particular group of digital assets. Key Analysis The reason why many in the crypto space are suspicious of Tether and other stablecoins is…

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Cryptocurrency 

Facebook Libra to Be Pegged to Multiple Currencies as Stablecoin

One of the biggest disruptions to the crypto space this year has been the announcement of Libra from the tech giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) back in July. The white paper published by the company about its cryptocurrency resulted in a lot of chaos and eventually led to turmoil in the crypto market as lawmakers expressed their doubts about Libra quite vehemently. Key Updates The company was asked to clarify several aspects of the Libra project to United States senators. In a report by one of the leading business publications, the company…

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Cryptocurrency 

ECB Questions Stablecoin Stability Amidst Regulatory Uncertainties

Stablecoins are not immune to uncertainties. Those are the sentiments shared by the European Central Bank (ECB). According to the regulator, stablecoin stability could be hampered by the uncertainties stemming from the lack of regulations. Uncertainties The fact that regulatory pressures do affect fiat currencies is one of the tailwinds that could take a toll on the stability of stablecoins. For instance, these coins pegged on fiat currencies, such as Tether (USDT), are always subject to volatility in line with regulatory policies instituted by the FED to protect the dollar. The…

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Blockchain 

Terra Stablecoin Alliance Adds South Korean Music Streaming Platform

Blockchain payment system and stablecoin issuer Terra has added South Korean music streaming platform Bugs to its e-commerce alliance.  As CoinDesk reported Aug. 14, there are now 25 partners in the Singapore-based company’s South Korea-focused payment ecosystem. The Terra Alliance uses payment solutions provider CHAI as its front-end. CHAI incorporates a mobile payments app which connects to 15 major local banks. Terra’s blockchain-based platform then sits in the background, linking payments to e-commerce sites. Terra co-founder Daniel Shin said that the platform is smoother than the legacy payment systems in…

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Blockchain 

South Korean Fashion Platform Joins Terra Stablecoin Alliance

South Korean business-to-business fashion platform Sinsang Market has joined the Terra Alliance ecosystem, a stablecoin-focused association of large e-commerce companies. As South Korean economics-oriented newspaper EconoNews reported on Aug. 3, the partnership between Sinsang and Terra aims to create a payment system that deploys Korean mobile payment service CHAI. CHAI utilizes Terra’s blockchain technology to ensure fraud-resistant transactions and settlements with merchants in fiat currency. Sinsang will reportedly use Terra’s platform to enable its customers to conduct payments for a personal delivery service. Terra’s platform will ostensibly improve order settlements,…

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