• Facebook ditches Calibra name
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    Facebook ditches Calibra name and renames crypto wallet ‘Novi’

    Facebook’s Libra frontman and Calibra CEO David Marcus says the change is designed to alleviate ‘confusion.’ Conveniently, it will also help distance Libra from Facebook, whose poor reputation is an anchor around the neck of the stablecoin

    First, the Libra Association underwent a radical overhaul in an attempt to make Facebook’s controversial stablecoin project more palatable to investors. Now, the embattled social network’s cryptocurrency wallet, Calibra, is getting a new name, too.

  • Celo mainnet launch
    Cryptocurrencies

    Celo mainnet launch paves way for nearly free cross-border payments

    The social impact-focused foundation driving the ecosystem says the launch enables its Celo Gold staking token Celo Gold to be sent and received

    After two-and-a-half years of development, the Celo Foundation has announced that its mainnet has officially launched. The proof-of-stake blockchain enables stablecoins to be sent to phone numbers instead of blockchain addresses.

  • Levey to lead Libra
    Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics

    Stuart Levey to lead Libra Association, comfort critics

    A top HSBC executive and Treasury Department official in charge of financial crimes and sanctions, a big part of the new CEO’s role is to reassure central bankers, regulators, and elected officials

    By hiring Stuart Levey the Facebook-founded Libra Association is announcing that compliance—with central bankers, financial regulators, tax authorities, and criminal and intelligence investigators—will be a prime driver as it moves forward.

  • Embattled Libra Association
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    Embattled Libra Association’s radical overhaul

    With a rewritten white paper and a ‘watered-down’ concept, Facebook’s controversial Libra stablecoin project is hoping to succeed in wooing regulators the second time round

    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).