Bitcoins surges past $30,000 as large investors bet on currency joining mainstream

In a significant development, Bitcoin extended its bull run smashing its previous record and surging over $30,000 for the very first time; investors and traders are betting that the digital currency is on its way to becoming a mainstream payment method. On Saturday, Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency traded as high as $33,099 with…

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings joins Facebook-backed Libra digital currency project

Despite facing intense scrutiny from global regulators, Facebook’s Libra project saw Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings joining the cryptocurrency project. Financial regulators are worried that the Libra project when launched could erode national control over money. Late on Thursday, Switzerland-based Libra Association, which manages the Facebook-backed digital currency project, announced Temasek entry into the project.…

Vodafone Group PLC exits Facebook’s Libra crypto currency project

In a statement, Facebook’s Libra Association said, Britain’s Vodafone Group PLC has left its global digital currency initiative. In recent months, Facebook’s digital currency has seen an exodus of its backers midst increased regulatory scrutiny, including financial companies such as Mastercard Inc and Paypal Holdings Inc. In June 2019, Facebook had announced a plan to…

China to pass cryptography law in preparation for launching digital currency

China is treating blockchain technology as a foundational building block for future science and technology innovations. Late on Saturday, in a development that marks China gearing up to launch its own digital currency, the country’s rubber stamp parliament passed a new law on cryptography, reported state media late on Saturday. In 2014, China’s central bank…

Japan’s Coincheck Inc to repay investors, resume trading on selected cryptocurrencies

Investors who lost out due to the $530 million heist, will now be reimbursed. On Thursday, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, stated from next week, it plans on reimbursing lost digital monies to investors who were affected by the $530 million heist. Coincheck also stated, it plans on resuming services for some cryptocurrencies starting from…

Israel’s central bank eyeing centralized digital currency setup

While traditionally, digital currencies such as the bitcoin, have always been decentralized and provide anonymity to the holder of the currency, Israel’s digital currency is likely to be centralized and compliant with existing money laundering laws. Israel’s central bank, the Bank of Israel, stated it is examining the possibility of issuing digital currency in order…

Banks should deepen their commitment to instant payments to avoid alternatives such as Bitcoin: ECB’s Yves Mersch.

Although crypto currencies are yet to go mainstream, the fantastic appreciation of the value of the Bitcoin is pushing many central banks to issue their own digital currency. On Thursday, Yves Mersch, a member of the European Central Bank’s executive board stated, if banks were to speed up the introduction of instant payments it would…

22 of the world’s biggest banks have collaborated on this blockchain project

The R3 project is likely to be a significant milestone in the history for blockchain technology. On Tuesday, in a significant development, twenty two of the world’s biggest banks have come together to collaborate on developing an international payments system that would allow existing central bank currencies and any new digital ones to be transacted…