• China's flag and bitcoin
    Asia & Australia,  Cryptocurrencies,  Media

    Binance to The Block: STFU and let us do business in China

    The Block’s Larry Cermak opened a can of worms in explaining how Chinese citizens can use Alipay and WeChat, which ban cryptocurrency transactions

    Did the CEO of Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, threaten cryptocurrency media site The Block over a trio of tweets detailing how banned peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading really happens in China?

  • Lucas Geiger said OpenLibra is going to hijack Libra, but in a "non-adversarial" way (Lane Rettig, via Twitter).
    Libra

    OpenLibra plans fork to create Facebook-free version of Libra stablecoin

    A group of blockchain developers threatened to split the Libra cryptocurrency’s blockchain and create a competitor free from corporate control

    Facebook’s Libra stablecoin may be years from becoming a reality, but that didn’t stop a group of blockchain companies calling itself OpenLibra from announcing plans to fork the stablecoin. News of the preemptive split came at the Ethereum developer conference Devcon 5 in Osaka, Japan on October 9. Lucas Geiger, co-founder of blockchain infrastructure firm Wireline, described the OpenLibra project, as aimed squarely at the corporate control of Libra. Essentially, OpenLibra would be pegged to the Libra coin, a cryptocurrency which will be backed by a basket of fiat currencies to keep its price level. Using the tagline “lock the door open,” the newly launched OpenLibra website called itself an…

  • Protestors in Hong Kong (Photo by Oscar Chan from Pexels).
    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin

    Hong Kong’s Bitcoin spike: Foresight or fluke?

    A tremendous jump in trade volume on a small Hong Kong P2P exchange was touted as proof that Bitcoin is the new gold. But it may have just been a whale’s splash

    Bitcoin trades in Hong Kong saw a massive spike at the end of September—blowing past even the volumes seen at the height of the 2017 bubble—simultaneous to political unrest in the Chinese territory.     With nearly $12.3 million HKD (equivalent to $1.5 million in USD) traded in the week ending September 28 according to charts on peer-to-peer trading site Coin.dance’s LocalBitcoins, it was hard not to see a connection with escalating protests, anti-Chinese bank sentiment, and vandalism that recently caused ATMs to run dry, and panic-buying reported at supermarkets on October 7. It’s especially interesting considering the same Bitcoin (BTC) volume jump was seen, on a smaller scale, during the last…