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No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers

No Libra style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers European Union finance ministers have agreed a defacto ban on the launch in the region of so-called global ‘stablecoins’ such as Facebook’s planned Libra digital currency until the bloc has a common approach to regulation that can mitigate the risks posed […]

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Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith accused of helping North Korea evade sanctions

Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith accused of helping North Korea evade sanctions On Friday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that Ethereum Foundation staff member Virgil Griffith was arrested. He faces charges of conspiracy following a trip to North Korea and a presentation at the Pyongyang […]

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Facebook’s Libra code chugs along ignoring regulatory deadlock

Facebook’s Libra code chugs along ignoring regulatory deadlock “5 months and growing strong” the Libra Association announced today in an post about its technical infrastructure that completely omits the fierce regulatory backlash to its cryptocurrency. 40 wallets, tools, and block explorers plus 1,700 Github commits have how now been built on its […]

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The Garage is a new blockchain-focused incubator based in Paris

The Garage is a new blockchain-focused incubator based in Paris Meet The Garage, a new incubator in Paris that is all about blockchain projects. Co-founded by Cyril Paglino from Starchain Capital, Fabrice Le Fessant from Dune Network and Oussama Ammar from The Family, the company will support blockchain startups, help big companies […]

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Dutch court orders Facebook to ban celebrity crypto scam ads after another lawsuit

Dutch court orders Facebook to ban celebrity crypto scam ads after another lawsuit A Dutch court has ruled that Facebook can be required to use filter technologies to identify and pre-emptively take down fake ads linked to crypto currency scams that carry the image of a media personality, John de Mol, and […]

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Andreessen Horowitz launches free crypto startup school

Andreessen Horowitz launches free crypto startup school Last month, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Chris Dixon announced at TechCrunch Disrupt that the VC firm would run a free crypto startup school. And the company is officially launching its school today. Applications are now open and you have four weeks to apply. With this […]

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HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone

HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone Whatever you might say about HTC (and believe me, there’s plenty to say), at least the company takes some fascinating chance. As newly minted CEO Yves Maitre admitted to me at Disrupt a couple of weeks back, the once mighty smartphone giant has lost the thread […]

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Libra claims 180 potential replacements for 7 mutineers

Libra claims 180 potential replacements for 7 mutineers Attempting to signal its popularity despite high-profile defections from Visa, Stripe, and more, the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra Assocation announced that 1,500 organizations have expressed interest in joining the Libra project. 180 of those meet eligibility requirements to become members, which could replace the 7 […]

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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook

Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the […]

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Pegging Libra just to the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says

Pegging Libra just to the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says What if Libra wasn’t backed by a basket of international currencies, but only the dollar? Regulatory pushback to the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra has caused major partners including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and eBay to pull out of the Libra Association. But one […]

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