• The Capitol's in for stormy weather if Bakkt CEO Kelly Loefflin to the Senate over the President's wishes (via Max Pixel).
    People,  Politics

    Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler heading to Senate

    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint the Republican, who heads up the cryptocurrency futures exchange.

    Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of the Bakkt cryptocurrency futures platform, is heading to the U.S. Senate, according to press reports. Loeffler's appointment to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson will give the cryptocurrency industry a strong voice in Congress, if it goes through over President Trump's wishes

  • You really don't want to tweet something like this (via Twitter).
    Ethereum,  Politics

    DoJ: Ethereum expert helped North Korean sanction busting

    The Department of Justice arrested the Ethereum Foundation’s Virgil Griffith for allegedly teaching North Korea to use cryptocurrency to avoid economic sanctions

    Here’s a clue: if you’re going to teach North Korea how to use cryptocurrency to evade sanctions, don’t post your visa on Twitter. Particularly if the U.S. State Department has warned you not to go.

  • Did an inaccurate story claiming Chinese police raided Binance's Shanghai offices really knock $1,000 off the price of bitcoin? (Mussi Katz, via Flickr)
    Media

    EXCLUSIVE: The Block and Binance were working on a deal. Then a fight broke out.

    A lucrative partnership was lost after a cryptocurrency billionaire called a reporting error malice and demanded that journalists act as cheerleaders

    The Block and Binance were working on a potentially lucrative strategic partnership for more than a month, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told Modern Consensus. Then, on Nov. 21, the crypto news and research site published a story claiming that a police raid forced Binance out of its Shanghai offices. Not only was that wrong—at least about the police raid part—it enraged  cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s billionaire CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao. He promptly jumped on Twitter, telling his 450,000 followers that The Block’s story was a lie. There was no raid, he said, and Binance hasn’t had a Shanghai office for two years. During the four-day Twitter fight that…

  • Fed Chairman Jerome Powell: Central bank digital currency? We don't need no stinkin' central bank digital currency! (via Federal Reserve Bank).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    Fed Chairman Powell calls U.S. central bank digital currency pointless

    America’s chief central banker told two congressmen that the problems a CBDC could solve are largely limited to poorer developing countries.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell poured cold water on the idea of a United States-issued central bank digital currency happening anytime soon. Responding to two Congressmen, Powell wrote, “it is not yet clear what additional value a general purpose CBDC could provide in the U.S.”