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Telegram Investors Stick With TON Plans Despite SEC Injuction

Telegram investors have turned down the offer of a refund on their investment in the TON ICO despite an injunction by the SEC delaying the launch of the network. Telegram, which is an important part of the crypto ecosystem due to its encrypted communication abilities, has been embroiled in a dispute with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which argues that its planned blockchain, Telegram Open Network (TON), is a security, meaning the ICO was actually illegal. The commission issued an injunction last week preventing the company from launching TON…

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Libra Will Not Hit the Market Without US Approval, Says Zuckerberg

The crypto sphere is known for being a disruptive force, but even this sector got a disruptive jolt of its own when Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced it would be launching its own cryptocurrency, Libra, in 2020. However, ever since the company announced the launch of its own stablecoin, it has come under fire from regulators from all over the world. Major Setback? As a matter of fact, even the United States President slammed the project and asked the company to instead apply for a banking license. It has now emerged that…

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Facebook’s Libra May Cause Banks to Cut Financing to the Company

Ever since the potential launch of Facebook’s Libra was announced by the social media behemoth, the company’s cryptocurrency project has lurched from one problem to the next. Regulators from different parts of the world had voiced their concerns about the Libra cryptocurrency, and even the President of the United States slammed Facebook in one of his famous tweets. New Trouble? In a new development, it has now emerged that if Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) does not take care of the regulatory issues with regards to Libra, then banks might refuse to provide…

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Libra Gets First Major Political Backer in US Congress

Libra, the underfire planned cryptocurrency led by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), has been dominating headlines in the world of crypto for all the wrong reasons. Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have been staunchly opposed to the development of the coin, labeling it a threat to the economic and monetary sovereignty of nations. However, in a rare show of political support for Libra, Republican Senator for South Dakota Mike Rounds has written to Anchorage to endorse the project. Anchorage, a South Dakota-based trust fund, is one of the 21 founding chartered…

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Telegram to Delay the Launch of TON Due to SEC Meeting

Over the past few years, Telegram has become an important part of the crypto ecosystem due to its use as a communication platform for traders as well as market enthusiasts. Hence, it did not come as a complete surprise when the encrypted messaging service platform announced the launch of its own blockchain, the Telegram Open Network (TON). Major Details However, it seems to have run into issues with the all-powerful Securities and Exchange Commission. In a new development, the company told its investors that the date of the launch is…

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eToro Launches Twitter Sentiment Trading Portfolio

eToro, the Israeli-based brokerage firm, has launched a new portfolio that uses AI to analyze Twitter for the latest social media perceptions of digital assets. The tool, which is called TheTIE-LongOnly CopyPortfolio, is a collaboration between eToro and cryptocurrency analytics firm The TIE. According to The TIE, the platform’s “proprietary machine learning and language processing models ingest 850 million tweets per day, quantifying the positive and negative tone of conversations on Twitter.” The platform then leverages this data and allocates trades based “on positive sentiment, algorithmically rebalancing once per month.” The system is…

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Facebook Officially Launches Libra Despite High-Profile Departures

Libra, the highly-scrutinized planned cryptocurrency led by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), officially launched in Geneva yesterday despite several high-profile defections from the project last week. Libra Launches With 21 Chartered Members The Libra Association, the non-profit governing body of the digital currency, officially signed on 21 charter members at a meeting at its Swiss headquarters. The association was originally made up of 27 members; however, the high level of regulatory scrutiny leveled at the project led to several prominent defections in recent weeks. These include Visa (NYSE:V), PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), and Mastercard (NYSE:MA),…

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Mark Zuckerberg to Testify Before Congress Over Libra

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will defend the proposed Libra cryptocurrency in a testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on October 23. The highly scrutinized proposed cryptocurrency, which is being led by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), has come under fire from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic due to its potential threat to monetary sovereignty. Now, Zuckerberg must defend the plans before US lawmakers for a third time when he speaks at a hearing entitled “An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors.” Previously, Libra had…

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Cryptocurrency Faces Challenges in Cuba Despite Growing Crypto Adoption

Cuba rolled out mobile across the country last year, and this has resulted in increased usage of cryptocurrency. Most Cubans are increasingly using cryptocurrencies to circumvent economic sanctions levied by the US to access the global marketplace. However, despite this increasing adoption, crypto still faces several challenges in Cuba. Some of the challenges include restricted access to cryptocurrency exchanges, lack of proper regulations, as well as the growing acceptance of the gold-backed MLM stablecoin. Using Crypto to Circumvent Sanctions A report published on September 12 by Reuters included passages from…

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Deutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Interbank Information Network Platform

Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has joined 320 other banks in the JPMorgan blockchain network, the Interbank Information Network (IIN). The move aims to lower cost for Deutsche Bank, which handles a vaster amount of euro payments relative to any other bank globally. This will also enhance cross-border transactions and thus avoid the costly lag periods. IIN Platform to Enhance Cross-Border Transactions According to the bank’s head of cash management globally, Ole Matthiessen, the Interbank Information Network will allow the bank to provide customers with enhanced services. He added that…

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