Kik Messaging App Now Has New Owner, Will Continue Work on Kin Token

MediaLab, a Santa Monica-based holding company, has finalized an agreement with Kik Interactive to acquire the Kik messaging platform. MediaLab sees the long-term potential of Kik and Kin token On Oct. 18, in a blog post to the millions of members of the Kik community, MediaLab announced that it has acquired the Kik messaging app and explained how the acquisition will impact the app’s future. MediaLab said that the company is committed to Kik for the long term and believes that “Kik’s best days remain ahead of it.” While not…

German Minister Doubles Down on Statements Against Facebook’s Libra

German Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz has doubled down on his previous statement that policymakers should prevent the issuance of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin. At the International Monetary Fund and World Bank fall meeting on Friday, Scholz stressed that stablecoins could pose international risks, Reuters reported on Oct. 18. Scholz expressed his utter skepticism regarding the social media giant’s plans, stating: “We will carefully monitor the situation with all the means at our disposal. I am not in favour of the successful creation of such a world currency because that…

Two More US Jurisdictions Launch Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting

Two state counties in the United States are implementing blockchain-based mobile voting in the special elections in November. On Oct. 18, the nonprofit Tusk Philanthropies announced its partnership with Jackson and Umatilla Counties in Oregon to pilot the mobile elections platform Voatz. The pilot offers eligible voters to cast their votes using their smartphones, which are secured through blockchain and facial recognition technology. Pilot participants are mostly servicemembers overseas The pilot is only available to a small and select group of voters, allowing servicemembers overseas, their eligible dependents and other…

Dollar Deposits On Binance.US Now Have FDIC Insurance Coverage

Binance.US — the United States-focused wing of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance — announced that its customer’s dollar deposits are eligible for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance coverage. FDIC insures deposits up to $250,000 In a blog post on Oct. 18, Binance.US announced that the exchange holds its U.S. dollar deposits in pooled custodial accounts at different banks that are insured by the FDIC, which is a United States government agency designed to protect consumers and the U.S. financial system. Binance.US explained: “The pooled custodial accounts are maintained in a…

Either I’m Satoshi Nakamoto, or He Plagiarized Me

Australian computer scientist and tech entrepreneur Craig Wright has asserted that Satoshi Nakamoto, the author of the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper, plagiarized him. Speaking at the CC London Investment in Blockchain and AI Forum 2019, which took place from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, Wright claimed that he was about to reveal the ultimate proof of his authorship of the original Bitcoin code. This will come out, according to Wright, in the form of a thesis he wrote back in 2008. Wright said that Nakamoto lifted entire sections of the…

Kik Sells Messaging App, Reaffirms Kin Crypto Integration

The Kik messaging platform has been bought by MediaLab, a holding company which operates Whisper and a number of other apps, the company announced Friday. Kik Interactive, the company behind the messaging platform, previously announced that it would be shutting the app down in October, though CEO Ted Livingston announced last week that a company had signed a letter of intent to purchase the app. Details of the sale were not disclosed. “We believe that Kik’s best days remain ahead of it,” the blog post read. While MediaLab plans to…

FATF Joins BIS in Calling Stablecoins ‘Global Risk,’ Citing Money Laundering Concerns

Stablecoins pose a money laundering and terrorist financing risk to the world, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Friday. In documents released after its latest meeting, the intergovernmental organization referred to cryptocurrencies as a “major strategic initiative,” and said cryptos whose values are pegged to fiat currencies could have a particularly big impact. Some 800 representatives from 205 jurisdictions met from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18 to discuss various issues under the jurisdiction of FATF, led this year by Xiangmin Liu of China, according to the publication. Crypto-related concerns…

Libra Gets First Major Political Backer in US Congress

Libra, the underfire planned cryptocurrency led by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), has been dominating headlines in the world of crypto for all the wrong reasons. Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have been staunchly opposed to the development of the coin, labeling it a threat to the economic and monetary sovereignty of nations. However, in a rare show of political support for Libra, Republican Senator for South Dakota Mike Rounds has written to Anchorage to endorse the project. Anchorage, a South Dakota-based trust fund, is one of the 21 founding chartered…