• French test digital euro
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    France successfully tests digital euro

    Further experiments are set to take place in the coming weeks, Banque de France said, as the global race to launch a central bank digital currency heats up

    In Banque de France’s experiment on May 14, a blockchain developed by its team was used to settle an issue of digital securities by Société Générale. Covered bonds worth $44 million were issued as security tokens directly registered on a public blockchain.

  • China testing digital yuan
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    China testing digital yuan in four cities

    European and Asian countries have been scrambling to catch up in the race for a digital currency, even as the U.S. drags its heels; annoucement suggests no 2022 Winter Olympics roll-out

    The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said in an April 17 release that its prototype, central bank-issued digital yuan is being put through its paces in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Xiong’an, which lies about 60 miles from Beijing. It will also be tested at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

  • crypto’s use as currency is growing
    Cryptocurrencies,  Technology

    Although ranked last for trustworthiness, crypto’s use as currency is growing

    60% of those polled are currently using cryptocurrencies for day-to-day purchases or plan to do so within a year, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey

    Although nearly 40% cryptocurrencies face an uphill struggle against distrust to be crowned as its anointed successor.

  • ConsenSys cut 14% of staff
    Ethereum

    ConsenSys cut 14% of staff today, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic

    Another round of layoffs hit 90 people at Joe Lubin’s Ethereum venture studio, two months after similar cuts related to a reorganization

    Two months after ConsenSys cut 14% of staff in a round of layoffs, the axe has struck once again at Joe Lubin’s Brooklyn-based Ethereum venture studio. On April 20, the company announced another 14% reduction in headcount, this time attributed to the coronavirus pandemic downturn. That’s about 90 people. “Like most of its peers, ConsenSys is seeing extraordinary uncertainty in the market, with businesses rebalancing priorities and reevaluating timelines,” a spokesperson told Modern Consensus via email. “In such an environment, we must make changes to conserve resources and ensure our continued ability to support our customers, drive innovation, and serve the broader ecosystem.”  Adding that “no particular areas that were…