• Facebook dislike Thumbs down (via Wikimedia Commons).
    Cryptocurrencies

    Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project is crumbling

    Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe, and Mercado Pago withdrew on October 11, leaving the stablecoin on its knees

    Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plan began to collapse over the course of a few hours on the evening of Friday, October 11. Like dominoes toppling, many of its major partners began pulling out...

  • China's flag and bitcoin
    Asia & Australia,  Cryptocurrencies,  Media

    Binance to The Block: STFU and let us do business in China

    The Block’s Larry Cermak opened a can of worms in explaining how Chinese citizens can use Alipay and WeChat, which ban cryptocurrency transactions

    Did the CEO of Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, threaten cryptocurrency media site The Block over a trio of tweets detailing how banned peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading really happens in China?

  • The Madison Blockchain Hackathon, 2018 (via MouseBelt).
    Innovators

    New Blockchain Education Alliance goal: Attracting top talent fresh out of school to blockchain

    Created by blockchain accelerator MouseBelt, the group has attracted partners like the Stellar Development Foundation and TRON.

    Blockchain accelerator MouseBelt announced it has joined with more than a dozen firms to create the Blockchain Education Alliance, aimed at attracting students to the industry.

  • Lucas Geiger said OpenLibra is going to hijack Libra, but in a "non-adversarial" way (Lane Rettig, via Twitter).
    Libra

    OpenLibra plans fork to create Facebook-free version of Libra stablecoin

    A group of blockchain developers threatened to split the Libra cryptocurrency’s blockchain and create a competitor free from corporate control

    Facebook’s Libra stablecoin may be years from becoming a reality, but that didn’t stop a group of blockchain companies calling itself OpenLibra from announcing plans to fork the stablecoin. News of the preemptive split came at the Ethereum developer conference Devcon 5 in Osaka, Japan on October 9. Lucas Geiger, co-founder of blockchain infrastructure firm Wireline, described the OpenLibra project, as aimed squarely at the corporate control of Libra. Essentially, OpenLibra would be pegged to the Libra coin, a cryptocurrency which will be backed by a basket of fiat currencies to keep its price level. Using the tagline “lock the door open,” the newly launched OpenLibra website called itself an…