• 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.

  • 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.

  • Fed Chairman Jerome Powell: Central bank digital currency? We don't need no stinkin' central bank digital currency! (via Federal Reserve Bank).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    Fed Chairman Powell calls U.S. central bank digital currency pointless

    America’s chief central banker told two congressmen that the problems a CBDC could solve are largely limited to poorer developing countries.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell poured cold water on the idea of a United States-issued central bank digital currency happening anytime soon. Responding to two Congressmen, Powell wrote, “it is not yet clear what additional value a general purpose CBDC could provide in the U.S.”

  • 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?