• Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga Facebook Libra
    Alt coins,  Politics,  Regulation

    Mastercard’s chief tosses Facebook’s Libra under the bus

    The credit card firm’s CEO, Ajay Banga, said compliance concerns were the reason he pulled out of Facebook’s stablecoin project

    Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga told the Financial Times on Monday that important members of the Libra Association wouldn’t give a firm commitment to follow local laws in all circumstances, including know your client (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations.

  • The Bank of England (George Rex via Flickr, CC-BY-SA).
    Politics

    6 central banks team up to explore digital currencies

    England’s apex bank is joining forces with the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and others to study use cases for central bank digital currencies

    The Bank of England’s statement said the group will explore “CBDC use cases; economic, functional and technical design choices, including cross-border interoperability; and the sharing of knowledge on emerging technologies.”

  • The French Army couldn't beat China in the Tonkin War of 1884-5. Can it beat China's central bank to a to a digital currency in 2020? (via Banque de France)
    Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics

    France: 2020 national digital currency bridge to e-euro

    François Villeroy de Galhau appoints Nathalie Aufauvre to build a French national digital currency leading to an e-euro

    Banque de France Governor François Villeroy de Galhau is planning to test a central bank-issued digital currency by 2020 to do it. Along the way, he’s making a play for French leadership of the European economy.

  • 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?