• Paul Grewal joins Coinbase
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    Paul Grewal poached from Facebook to become Coinbase’s chief legal officer

    He replaces Brian Brooks, who left Coinbase four months ago to join the Office for the Comptroller of the Currency; Grewal may presiding over a Coinbase IPO

    In a July 8 blog post announcing the hire, Grewal was described as a top executive who has “repeatedly encountered some of the largest and most complicated legal issues in tech.”

  • reinvent social media
    Technology

    Yet another blockchain-based project vows to reinvent social media

    Charter’s intentions are laudable, but projects like it have a problem: despite Facebook’s shortcomings, its 2.6 billion users make it hard to leave without losing touch with many people they know

    Saying “corporate social media has failed us” the not-for-profit social enterprise Blockchain Commons, along with the decentralized reputation platform Bitmark, have unveiled plans to develop a new social media architecture for the public.

  • Unstoppable decentralized blogs
    Politics,  Technology,  United States

    Will decentralized blogs make freedom of speech Unstoppable?

    As endless rows over censorship bubble up, Unstoppable Domains hopes decentralized blogs will be spared questionable moderation decisions

    Some are concerned at how big decisions about what’s acceptable speech are falling into the hands of tech giants. Blockchain-based domain name provider Unstoppable Domains is taking another approach: allowing the owners of .crypto sites to launch their very own decentralized blogs.

  • 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.