• Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Crypto). Er, we mean (R-Ga.) of course (via @GovKemp).
    People,  Politics

    Kelly Loeffler Senate appointment win for cryptocurrency industry

    Industry analyst Mati Greenspan said the CEO of Bakkt will be ‘a friend of crypto’ in Congress as digital asset regulations are written

    Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler's appointment as a U.S. Senator for Georgia is "is really good news for crypto regulation in the United States,” Mati Greenspan, founder of Quantum Economics, told Modern Consensus.

  • Google monetizing yet another pair of eyeballs (photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay).
    Libra,  Technology

    Facebook, Google want to be your banker

    In separate announcements, Facebook unveiled a non-blockchain payments tool that could compete with Libra, and Google said it will offer consumer checking accounts

    The tech giants that already know everything about you, and now they want to be your banker, too. What could possibly go wrong?

  • This doesn't look like a good business plan (via Pixabay).
    Alt coins

    Stellar burned by $3.5 billion gamble

    The Stellar Development Foundation just lost billions to give other lumen cryptocurrency owners a mere $260 million windfall.

    On November 5, the Stellar Development Foundation shocked attendees of its first Stellar Conference in Mexico City by announcing that 55 billion of the 105 billion lumen (XLM) in existence had been “burned” by sending them to a wallet with no key.

  • Protestors in Hong Kong (Photo by Oscar Chan from Pexels).
    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin

    Hong Kong’s Bitcoin spike: Foresight or fluke?

    A tremendous jump in trade volume on a small Hong Kong P2P exchange was touted as proof that Bitcoin is the new gold. But it may have just been a whale’s splash

    Bitcoin trades in Hong Kong saw a massive spike at the end of September—blowing past even the volumes seen at the height of the 2017 bubble—simultaneous to political unrest in the Chinese territory.     With nearly $12.3 million HKD (equivalent to $1.5 million in USD) traded in the week ending September 28 according to charts on peer-to-peer trading site Coin.dance’s LocalBitcoins, it was hard not to see a connection with escalating protests, anti-Chinese bank sentiment, and vandalism that recently caused ATMs to run dry, and panic-buying reported at supermarkets on October 7. It’s especially interesting considering the same Bitcoin (BTC) volume jump was seen, on a smaller scale, during the last…