• U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Caricature by DonkeyHotey (Flickr.com/photos/DonkeyHotey)
    Libra,  United States

    Sen. Sherrod Brown leads attack on Facebook’s David Marcus during Libra hearing

    The Ohio Democrat led a senatorial gang-up on the social media executive during his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee

    Facebook is in for a rough ride with its Libra cryptocurrency project. If that wasn’t clear from the president’s anti-cryptocurrency Tweets last week and Treasury Secretary’s comments on Monday that they are “a national security issue,” it was very obvious after the Facebook executive spearheading its Libra payment system was treated like a bipartisan punching bag in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on July 16.

  • President Donald Trump and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) agree on their dislike of the Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency (Photo composite from images by Gage Skidmore of Peoria, AZ, and the U.S. Congress)
    Bitcoin,  Libra,  United States

    President Trump slams Bitcoin, piles on Facebook’s Libra

    Donald Trump and Rep. Maxine Waters actually agree on something: Facebook’s cryptocurrency is a bad idea

    Facebook is so powerful it can even make President Donald Trump agree with Rep. Maxine Waters, the liberal House Democrat from California’s 43rd district, near Los Angeles.

  • The Wall Street Journal
    Bitcoin,  Media

    Wall Street Journal jumps on the ‘long blockchain, unsure about bitcoin’ bandwagon

    The newspaper’s tech columnist joins the chorus of voices ready to praise blockchain but unwilling to commit to bitcoin.

    With bitcoin prices bouncing around from day to day and even minute to minute, it’s incredibly difficult to tie down finance professionals to a concrete prediction on where the cryptocurrency is heading. Nobody wants to be wrong, after all, and with cryptocurrencies’ extreme volatility, it’s highly likely that their predictions could be very wrong. So how do finance gurus handle the topic of bitcoin’s future without painting themselves into a corner? Increasingly, they avoid the question and talk about blockchain instead. Recently, it’s practically the default response of people in the industry to start singing the praises of blockchain when anyone asks them about bitcoin. Wall Street Journal tech columnist…