Blockchain 

Ripple Boosts Regulatory Focus With Opening of DC Office

Ripple has increased its focus on regulatory advocacy for cryptocurrency by opening an office in Washington DC with a dedicated regulatory team. With regulatory attitudes towards cryptocurrencies becoming a focal point of conversation, particularly as the controversy around Libra dominates headlines, Ripple has decided to take a proactive step in the matter. It has become the first major blockchain company to launch a division specifically dedicated to educating lawmakers on the benefits of blockchain technology, with four team members moving into the new premises in the US capital. Ripple has…

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Blockchain 

Mastercard and Visa Reconsider Libra as Regulatory Criticism Intensifies

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA) and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), among other financial partners, could be reconsidering their position in Facebook Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FB) cryptocurrency project Libra. Backers Not Ready for Criticism from Regulators The Journal report indicated that the financial backers of the cryptocurrency project are not ready to draw criticism from regulators. Libra has received criticism from legislators owing to the reputation of Facebook regarding how it has been handling personal information. Many have declined Facebook’s request to support Libra publicly. In an interview with…

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Blockchain 

ECB Questions Stablecoin Stability Amidst Regulatory Uncertainties

Stablecoins are not immune to uncertainties. Those are the sentiments shared by the European Central Bank (ECB). According to the regulator, stablecoin stability could be hampered by the uncertainties stemming from the lack of regulations. Uncertainties The fact that regulatory pressures do affect fiat currencies is one of the tailwinds that could take a toll on the stability of stablecoins. For instance, these coins pegged on fiat currencies, such as Tether (USDT), are always subject to volatility in line with regulatory policies instituted by the FED to protect the dollar. The…

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Cryptocurrency 

Investors Consider Cutting Ties with Facebook’s Libra Amid Regulatory Scrutiny

At least three investors in Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency are considering disassociating with the currency following intense regulatory pushback. According to a report published in the Financial Times on Friday, some backers are fearful that the spotlight placed on the social media giant’s proposed cryptocurrency will also bring their own separate, independent businesses into disrepute. Two founding partners have allegedly held discussions with regard to what the “right next steps” should be for their investment. “I think it’s going to be difficult for partners who want to be seen as in compliance [with their…

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Blockchain 

Ripple (XRP) Gains Regulatory Clarity in the UK

While cryptocurrencies may have initially started with a revolutionary idea about decentralized financial systems, most cryptos are now looking for ways to enter the mainstream. However, for that to happen, there needs to be regulatory clarity, and once it is achieved, then regulated cryptocurrencies can manage to attract investments from institutional investors. Over the past months, the regulatory bodies in the United States have expressed skepticism towards cryptocurrencies at large and even the President urged Facebook to apply for a bank license if it wanted to launch its cryptocurrency Libra.…

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Blockchain 

Bitcoin Miners Diversifying from China to the US over Regulatory Concerns

Bitcoin miners in China are increasingly looking for diversification out of the country because of the anticipated crypto mining ban, the Chinese government’s thoughtful position regarding cryptocurrency, and the increasing pressure from the ongoing trade war with the US. Squire Mining to Host 41,000 ASICs Canadian-based blockchain firm Squire Mining, a leading miner in the world in terms of hashpower, has signed a letter of intent seeking to host more than 41,000 Bitcoin ASICs in the US. This move is part of an agreement with Kevin Turner-led Core Scientific, which…

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