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Libra’s Future in Question as Mark Zuckerberg is Set to Testify Before the U.S. Congress

Things do not seem to be going as planned for Facebook’s Libra as Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before the US Congress later in the month. This was revealed by the Chairwoman of the United States House Committee on Financial Services Maxine Waters (D) in a press statement yesterday. The Chairwoman indicated that a letter had been sent to the Social media giant in July “requesting an immediate moratorium on the implementation of Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra, and digital...

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Facebook’s Libra to Be Forked to ‘OpenLibra’

When Facebook‘s cryptocurrency Libra started struggling with keeping its co-workers to keep partners on board and all of the institutions happy, an alternative called OpenLibra came to address some of Libra’s potential flaws.OpenLibra is described as an “open platform for financial inclusion,” with a tagline: “Not run by Facebook” and it was announced at Ethereum Foundation‘s Devcon 5 conference in Osaka, Japan.Be it as it may, thirty blockchain companies and nonprofit organizations decided...

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Robinhood Announces Revamped Cash Management Feature With 2.05% APY

Robinhood, the financial services and stock-trading company based in California, has just announced its launch of a new feature called Cash Management. According to the announcement, the new feature which will come with a Mastercard debit card will allow its users to earn an annual percentage yield (APY) of 2.05% on all unused funds left in brokerage accounts. Users can now visit Robinhood and join a growing waitlist, to take advantage of Cash Management and reserve a debit card.In December...

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Southeast Asia Set to Dominate Global Fintech Market to Serve Unbanked Population

All over the world, financial technology is one of the most potent and growing industries, with the power to not only improve but also completely disrupt the traditional financial sector. There almost always is a new fintech focused firm springing up every day at different corners of the world, to not only solve certain problems that have existed for so long but also to create better effectiveness and efficiency. So far, however, they have been successful because there is a very real and...

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Facebook’s Libra Will Be Delayed For At Least 3 Years, Believes Ripple CEO

Photo: ShutterstockWhen Facebook announced it is going with its own cryptocurrency Libra back in June, the CEO of Ripple Labs Inc., a US-based technology company, Brad Garlinghouse, was one of its first open supporters.Actually, he was so thrilled by the whole project and all the ‘fuss’ it had gathered in the crypto community that he decided to send the champagne to the Zuckerberg & Co.Be it as it may, a hard times has come to Libra, even before it actually came to circulation. As we had...

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PayPal Absent From Libra Association Meeting, Might Abandon Facebook’s Project Entirely

Apart from its ongoing antitrust investigation as put forward by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Facebook is also having a rough time regarding its proposed digital currency, the Libra. A few months ago, Facebook announced its plans to float its own cryptocurrency and also released a whitepaper to the effect.As part of the announcement, a Libra Association was announced, an association made up of several big companies including Uber, Mastercard, Visa, eBay, Spotify and many other...

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Apple’s Tim Cook Says the Company Has No Plans to Launch a Cryptocurrency

Although Apple is making an aggressive move in the fintech and global payments industry, the tech giant has no plans to step in the crypto space for now. Apple Inc’s chief executive officer Tim Cook recently said that his company has no plans to launch its own digital currency.During an interview with French financial newspaper Les Echos, Cook said that matters related to currency should remain in the hands of countries and their respective governments. He added:“I really think that a...

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Philly Fed President Says Bank Cryptos are ‘Inevitable,’ but the U.S Won’t Take the Lead

It seems Patrick Harker, the president of the Philadelphia Fed, has finally got the memo, accepting that central bank digital currencies (CBDC) are “inevitable.” Still, that isn’t enough for America to take the lead on them. Harker, although extremely late to the party, made an important caveat on the U.S plans to create a CBDC. According to Reuters, speaking at a community banking conference on Wednesday, the Fed president addressed the unavoidable adoption of CBDCs. “It is inevitable I...

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Unfazed by All the Negativity, Facebook’s Libra Publishes Roadmap for Mainnet Launch

There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the launch of Facebook Libra over the last few months. Global regulators and banking institutions have showered severe criticism over the project. However, despite several kickbacks, the Libra Association is proceeding ahead with its plans of mainnet launch.Recently, the Libra Association has published a new roadmap that highlights 4 major milestones to be attained before the launch of the Libra network. The Calibra team says that the first...

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Expect Facebook to Ramp up Lobbying Efforts to Get Libra Cryptocurrency Off the Ground

As Facebook continues in the effort to launch its Libra cryptocurrency, the social media giant is likely to rely more heavily on paid lobbyists and the persuasion powers of its senior executives. Mark Zuckerberg prefers closed-door approach In a leaked audiotape of a Facebook town hall released by The Verge, the co-founder and CEO of the tech colossus Mark Zuckerberg took a swipe at public hearings on Libra and instead seemed to favor one-on-one engagements with decision-makers. While...

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