Libra

Facebook Considering Currency-Backed Stablecoins For Libra

Following the departure of several major backers of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, Reuters is reporting the social media giant is considering a compromise. Initially, Facebook proposed a synthetic unit for the cryptocurrency. The company’s efforts have been met with widespread suspicion and criticism from governments around the world. In what is no doubt an effort to …

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How Libra Will Change Social Media Marketing

Mark Zuckerberg has already changed the way we market. The rise of Facebook, with its mixture of detailed personal demographics and ongoing engagement, has forced marketers to create new ways of building relationships with leads and customers. As the platform has grown, we’ve all grown used to creating posts, producing videos, broadcasting live, answering questions, …

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Like Libra But Without Facebook

In the wake of reports that Facebook’s Libra currency is losing backers, Mashable is reporting that OpenLibra is being positioned as an alternative, “an open platform for financial inclusion. Not run by Facebook.” The new cryptocurrency was announced in Osaka, Japan at the Ethereum Foundation’s Devcon 5 conference. The currency will share the same Move …

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Facebook Libra Backers Back Out

A week ago we covered a Wall Street Journal article highlighting potential trouble for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, as multiple backers were reconsidering their commitment to the project. Fast-forward a week and things have only gone from bad to worse. As Bloomberg reports, PayPal was the first to announce they were leaving on October 6, with …

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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook – TechCrunch

There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra Association. They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token’s launch or growth. Fearing regulators’ inquiries not just into their Libra …

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Big blow to Facebook’s Libra: Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, eBay and Mercado Pago all pull out

The floodgates opened today on Facebook Inc.’s Libra Association as no fewer than five more companies exited the group overseeing the social network’s proposed cryptocurrency: Mastercard Inc., Visa Inc., eBay Inc., Stripe Inc. and Mercado Pago. Reports that some companies were looking to withdraw their support from Libra surfaced Oct. 1, with PayPal Holdings Inc. becoming the first to …

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eBay, Stripe, Mastercard, and Visa leave Facebook’s Libra Association

(Reuters) — Facebook’s ambitious efforts to establish a global digital currency called Libra suffered severe setbacks on Friday, as major payment companies including Mastercard and Visa quit the group behind the project. The two companies announced they would leave the association Friday afternoon, as did eBay, Stripe, and Latin American payments company Mercado Pago. They …

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Libra Currency Backers Reconsidering Involvement

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting that financial backers of Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, are having second thoughts. According to sources familiar with the situation, Visa and Mastercard—both members of the Libra Association created by Facebook to oversee the project—are having doubts about continuing to back the currency amid criticism from various governments. Neither of …

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Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service – TechCrunch

As Facebook prepares to launch its new cryptocurrency Libra in 2020, it’s putting the pieces in place to help it run. In one of the latest developments, it has acquired Servicefriend, a startup that built bots — chat clients for messaging apps based on artificial intelligence — to help customer service teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. …

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Facebook’s Libra Is a Force For Good, Says PayPal Co-Founder

“In general, Libra is a force for good,” says PayPal Co-Founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin. “It’s a really interesting experiment. I’m glad they’re doing it in a way that isn’t just Facebook because of all the headwind that Facebook has experienced with the regulators. There are many questions to ask about the practical applications. …

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Designed From the Ground Up To Be a Great Medium Of Exchange, Says Facebook Calibra Head

Facebook announced today a new digital wallet for a new digital currency. It is currently in a test phase and will launch live in 2020. Here is how Facebook explains the launch in its announcement release: “Today we’re sharing plans for Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary whose goal is to provide financial services that …

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