• Martine Paris interviewing Facebook's Kevin Weil at SF Blockchain Week (via @GCODigital).
    Libra

    Full speed ahead for Calibra, says Facebook’s Kevin Weil | Interview

    Libra’s co-creator on scaling blockchain for financial inclusion

    It’s been a pretty intense month for the Libra Association, whose stablecoin has come under intense scrutiny from the U.S. Congress and the G7 over fears of destabilizing the global financial system when it launches next year.

  • Facebook's chief seems to be losing, for once. (Anthony Quintano via Wikimedia Commons)
    Libra

    Despite being called ‘global threat’, Libra Association launches

    A signing ceremony by the cryptocurrency’s members was overshadowed by dropouts and a report calling stablecoins a threat to the global economy

    Facebook’s wounded Libra Association formally voted itself into existence on October 14, electing a board and choosing officers. The ceremony was overshadowed by the loss of seven original members including Mastercard and Visa.

  • 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.

  • Facebook seeks to MySpace Bitcoin. What, too soon? (Composite image by Modern Consensus.)
    Libra

    Facebook’s Libra seeks to MySpace Bitcoin

    The social media giant’s new stablecoin will harness its 2.7 billion users to bring the new cryptocurrency mainstream

    Facebook wants to do to Bitcoin—and maybe even the dollar, euro, and yen—what it did to MySpace and Friendster by launching a new cryptocurrency called libra, announced on Tuesday after months of anticipation and speculation.