After receiving a fierce and unequivocal pushback from regulators worldwide, an embattled Libra Association now plans to offer digitized versions of single currencies—paving the way for a Libra dollar (LibraUSD), Libra euro (LibraEUR), and Libra pound (LibraGBP) in addition to the Libra payment token (≋LBR).
On May 22, 2010, two pizza pies were bought by a person named Laszlo Hanyecz. While the pies themselves were mundane, the transaction was revolutionary—they were bought with 10,000 bitcoins, worth roughly $41 at the time. Now that one purchase gages the health of the entire $258 billion cryptocurrency market. Of course, that wasn’t always the case. So when Dutch programmer Merijn Bellekom quietly launched the Twitter bot @bitcoin_pizza in 2015, he didn’t know it would blossom into a $100 million meme. Every day at 7:14pm ET, Bellekom’s bot publishes the value of 10,000 bitcoins—what Hanyecz paid for those two pizza pies in 2010—to Twitter using current prices. “The bot was…