• 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.”

  • Dave Kleiman couldn't even get a loan at 400%, Craig Wright claims (via Wikimedia Commons).
    Bitcoin,  People

    Alleged Bitcoin inventor Dave Kleiman denied payday loan the day he died

    Craig Wright’s partner may have owned half of bitcoin cache now worth billions, but died in such poverty he was refused loan of a few hundred dollars, court documents reveal

    Dave Kleiman was so desperate for money that he tried to take out a predatory payday loan the day he died, said his former partner, self-proclaimed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright

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    Tether

    Bitfinex to launch bitcoin options

    The cryptocurrency exchange’s options will be settled in tether, the stablecoin issued by Bitfinex’s sister company; ICE and Bakkt also announced options, but settled in cash

    Bitfinex has announced plans to offer bitcoin options that will put it in direct competition with two major traditional exchange operators, Intercontinental Exchange and CME Group’s Bakkt. Both of those also announced enhanced bitcoin options choices over the past two days.

  • 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?