Nic Carter on Quadriga, Libra and Other Suspect Projects

Yeah, it seems that is the number one story of the year. What’s really interesting to me is that, Congress got so upset about it, I think mostly to score political points. But I think Facebook miscalculated, because they thought their messaging was about creating a global currency. We’re gonna have this reserve, and we’re gonna fill it with all these foreign currencies, and a little bit of dollars. Obviously, that’s going to offend Congress. Because the dollar is like 70 percent of all international trade. So they’re going to…

US Lawmakers Want to Brand Libra a Security, Association Disagrees

A couple of United States lawmakers are looking to classify stablecoins as securities. With Libra considering adopting fiat-pegged stablecoins rather than a single token supported by a basket of national currencies, the proposed crypto project might be facing yet another regulatory hurdle. Meanwhile, lawmakers sponsoring the bill say stablecoins should be classified as securities to protect U.S. consumers. If passed, stablecoin projects like Libra will potentially fall under the purview of stringent U.S. securities regulations. Critics of the move remark that such measures only serve to further dampen the country’s…

Klaytn Blockchain Ahead of Facebook’s Libra Network, Says Kakao CEO

Yeo Min-soo, the CEO of South Korean internet giant Kakao, said that his firm’s Klaytn blockchain is similar to Facebook’s Libra except it is way ahead in its development. According to the Korea Herald on Nov. 28, Min-soo lauded Klatyn’s development during the first Klaytn Governance Council Summit held in Seoul: “Facebook’s Libra launched last month with aims to recruit 100 partners. Libra is taking a similar approach to ours, but it has yet to experience the milestones we have crossed. […] Next year, Klaytn will become Asia’s biggest blockchain…

Facebook Should Drop Libra and Support Third-Party Stablecoins

Blockchain researchers at online brokerage eToro have argued that Facebook should look to support third-party stablecoins, not Libra. According to a Nov. 28 report from Finextra, eToro’s blockchain research unit eToroX Labs believes that while Facebook’s crypto project offers a “trailblazing opportunity” to disrupt financial services worldwide, the social media giant needs to change its strategy to assure success. Facebook should focus on wallet infrastructure Distrust and forceful opposition have plagued Facebook’s project since its inception — prompting American politicians to recast Libra derisively as “ZuckBucks.”  Yet eToroX Labs’ researchers…

Libra Co-Founder Says It Isn’t Competing With Fiat Currencies

Libra co-founder and chief economist of Calibra Wallet Christian Catalini has attempted to clear up misconceptions in relation to the planned digital coin in an interview with CNN’s Julia Chatterley. The release of the whitepaper on Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) proposed coin back in June prompted massive debate from politicians around the world, most of which vehemently oppose the plan as they feel it poses a threat to the economic sovereignty of nations. Catalini has attempted to allay some of those concerns by saying that Libra is, at its most basic, a…

Facebook’s Announcement of Libra Was ‘Ridiculously Stupid’

CEO of blockchain firm R3 has ridiculed the way Facebook introduced its yet-to-be-released Libra stablecoin. Skepticism surrounding Facebook’s forthcoming Libra stablecoin continues growing as David Rutter, the CEO of enterprise software firm R3, said that the announcement of Libra this summer was “ridiculously stupid,” Financial News reported on Nov. 18. “Really naïve” Rutter delivered comments during a recent company conference in London, admitting that Facebook’s plans to issue their own cryptocurrency made policy makers and financial regulators have sped up the process of examination of blockchain and cryptocurrency applications. However,…

Libra Network Logged Over 30 Projects in Past Two Months of Testing

The Libra Association, the entity behind Facebook’s forthcoming eponymous stablecoin, has logged over 30 projects and 51,000 transactions on the Libra network during the past two months. Despite global regulators’ controversial stance towards Libra and the loss of a one-fourth of its founding partners, the Libra Association continues to develop the stablecoin’s network and has plans to introduce a range of new features in the upcoming months, which it set forth in a press release published on Nov. 15. Ten wallets, 11 blockchain explorers, one integrated development environment, one application…