• Shopify helps Facebook’s Libra frontman David Marcus
    Alt coins,  Regulation

    Shopify joins Libra, providing badly needed win

    The Libra Association’s long losing streak came to an end today as the global e-commerce firm Shopify announced its membership in the stablecoin project

    After a long, painful string of defections, the Libra Association finally has some good news to announce. A new member, retail e-commerce site Shopify, made the $25 million commitment to join on Feb. 21.

  • 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.

  • Bison Trails' Aaron Henshaw and Joe Lallouz (Photo: Bison Trails).
    Ethereum,  Politics,  Technology

    Joe Lallouz sees proof of stake becoming dominant

    Bison Trails and Coinbase Custody join the Proof of Stake Alliance, seeking to educate regulators on how staking is superior to mining

    Blockchain infrastructure firm Bison Trails and cryptocurrency storage provider Coinbase Custody announced on Jan. 30 that they have joined the Proof of Stake Alliance to support what one CEO called “the next wave of blockchain technology.

  • Vodafone says Africa is calling. Gonna focus on M-Pesa instead of Libra. (via iStock)
    Cryptocurrencies,  Libra

    Vodafone quits Libra Association

    The British telecom giant has become the eighth big company to withdraw from Facebook’s troubled cryptocurrency project

    Vodafone has withdrawn from the Libra Association, the independent governing council for Facebook’s global cryptocurrency project. The British telecom giant said that it wants to switch gears and put the resources it originally intended for Libra into its African mobile money transfer service M-Pesa.