• 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

  • LedgerX CEO Paul Chou accuses CFTC Chairman Giancarlo of vendetta
    Regulation

    LedgerX accused ex-CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo of vendetta

    An unflattering blog post by LedgerX CEO Paul Chou led to a campaign of delays to the exchange’s license to offer physically settled Bitcoin futures, the firm alleged

    Cryptocurrency derivatives exchange LedgerX has accused former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo of carrying out a revenge campaign. LedgerX wrote two letters of complaining about Giancarlo to the CFTC in July, Coindesk reported September 28. Giancarlo is known as “Crypto-Dad” because of his favorable view of the cryptocurrency industry. Coindesk obtained the letters, written on July 3 and July 11 from the CFTC via a Freedom of Information Act request. In them, LedgerX CEO Paul Chou claimed Giancarlo deliberately sabotaged and delayed its vital derivatives clearing organization (DCO) license application. “In January, the Chairman called one of our board members and told him that he was going…

  • Brooklyn_Nets_Spencer Dinwiddie (Tdorante10 via Wikimedia commons)
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Regulation

    Spencer Dinwiddie plans rebound from NBA $13.5 million tokenization rejection

    The Brooklyn Nets star guard plans to meet with the league to argue that selling a cryptocurrency backed by his $34 million contract doesn’t violate NBA rules

    Despite league opposition, Brooklyn Nets star and cryptocurrency enthusiast Spencer Dinwiddie hasn’t given up on plans to tokenize his $34.4 million contract and sell it to investors on the Ethereum blockchain. On September 26, Dinwiddie announced plans to offer tokens worth up to $13.5 million of his three-year contract to investors, trading up-front cash for his per-game payments. His contract is guaranteed, so investors would not lose their money if he is injured. The next day, the NBA told Dinwiddie that the plan violated the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the National Basketball Players Association, which says a player cannot “assign or otherwise transfer” his salary, the New York Times…

  • Facebook seeks to MySpace Bitcoin. What, too soon? (Composite image by Modern Consensus.)
    Libra

    Facebook’s Libra seeks to MySpace Bitcoin

    The social media giant’s new stablecoin will harness its 2.7 billion users to bring the new cryptocurrency mainstream

    Facebook wants to do to Bitcoin—and maybe even the dollar, euro, and yen—what it did to MySpace and Friendster by launching a new cryptocurrency called libra, announced on Tuesday after months of anticipation and speculation.