• Celo mainnet launch
    Cryptocurrencies

    Celo mainnet launch paves way for nearly free cross-border payments

    The social impact-focused foundation driving the ecosystem says the launch enables its Celo Gold staking token to be sent and received

    After two-and-a-half years of development, the Celo Foundation has announced that its mainnet has officially launched. The proof-of-stake blockchain enables stablecoins to be sent to phone numbers instead of blockchain addresses.

  • Levey to lead Libra
    Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics

    Stuart Levey to lead Libra Association, comfort critics

    A top HSBC executive and Treasury Department official in charge of financial crimes and sanctions, a big part of the new CEO’s role is to reassure central bankers, regulators, and elected officials

    By hiring Stuart Levey the Facebook-founded Libra Association is announcing that compliance—with central bankers, financial regulators, tax authorities, and criminal and intelligence investigators—will be a prime driver as it moves forward.

  • COVID-19 spur blockchain adoption
    People,  Politics,  Regulation,  Technology

    Perianne Boring: COVID-19 will spur global blockchain adoption

    The founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce said the stresses the pandemic is putting on global supply chains will accelerate the acceptance and use of digital ledgers

    The COVID-19 crisis will spur global adoption of blockchain, Chamber of Digital Commerce founder and president Perianne Boring predicted. “We’re seeing all kinds of critical systems being stress tested and cracking under the current demands," she said.

  • Binance jumps into bitcoin mining
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  People

    Binance jumps into bitcoin mining

    The biggest cryptocurrency exchange promises ‘the lowest rates’ but also raises concerns about the concentration of mining power in a few hands

    Cryptocurrency exchange Binance jumped into bitcoin mining business today, announcing the launch of Binance Pool. The move comes only weeks before the third “halving” will reduce the reward for mining a Bitcoin block from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC—an event that has preceded big price increases in the past.