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How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg's Grilling in Congress Today Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before lawmakers on Libra and more later today. Watch the livestream here.

Libra Association Partners are Yet to Make Any Monetary Commitment The 20 companies partnered with Facebook to form the Libra Association are yet to make any monetary commitment for the project, BBC revealed on Wednesday. The Libra Association was officially formed on October 14. However, it is still an unbinding one and allows the members to leave anytime.

PeerNova Validates Shift to Enterprise Blockchain with $31 Million Funding Blockchain startup PeerNova has received $31 million in a Series B round, bringing the company's total fundraising to $74 million. Mosaik Partners led the latest investment, joined by Intuitive Venture Partners and Medici Ventures, the investing arm of retail giant Overstock, the company said.

Securities Numbering Body Launches Task Force to Standardize Digital Assets The Association of National Numbering Agencies has launched a task force to address digital asset labelings across financial markets.

US Treasury to Monitor Libra Over Possible Financial Risks Department of the Treasury has committed to monitoring the Facebook-led cryptocurrency project Libra. The news was announced by Emanuel Cleaver, II, congressman for Missouri's fifth district, on Tuesday.

Bitcoin Volatility Hits 6.5-Month Low as Price Falls Back to $8,000 Bitcoin's struggle for clear directional bias looks set to end, with volatility hitting multi-month lows and the charts suggesting a big move could soon occur on the higher side. The top cryptocurrency by market value has spent a better part of the last four weeks trading the range of $7,800 to $8,400.

Malaysia Regulator Approves International Crypto Exchange Luno The strict financial regulator in Malaysia is trying to help the local fintech industry scale up and attract new investors. As part of that trend the Malaysia Securities Commission is recognizing the right of cryptocurrency exchanges such as Luno to serve local customers.

Cardano Ties with COTI to Build an ADA Payment Gateway Cardano Foundation on Wednesday announced its partnership with fintech firm COTI for the development of an ADA payment gateway. The gateway will allow merchants to accept payments in ADA tokens and will offer an instant settlement service into 35 fiat currencies into the linked bank accounts, the announcement detailed.

Regulate Stablecoins - Don't Squash Them The report also articulates regulators' concerns that will need to be satisfied with regard to the potential for market manipulation, the risks stable coins pose to legacy financial systems, and the lack of a clear global regulatory framework.

15 Million USD-Tether Swapped from Ethereum to Tron - Here's How they Stand Now A whale transaction of $15 million USDT minted at Tether triggered a hype momentarily. However, Paolo Ardoino, the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether, soon clarified that it was a chain swap from ERC-20 to Tron. Minting or burning USD-Tether has had predominant effects on the price of Bitcoin.

Celsius Now Offers 12 Percent Annual Interest on Tether Deposits Crypto lending and borrowing platform Celsius partnered with Tether to offer USDt holders an annual interest rate of 12 percent, the company announced on Wednesday. For USDt deposits the platform has raised the interest rates as for other digital currencies Celsius is offering only 10 percent annual interest.

What to Expect When Facebook's Zuckerberg Defends Libra on Capitol Hill Mark Zuckerberg, the social media giant's founder and CEO, will testify before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, arguing that Libra will benefit unbanked individuals and that the U.S. should allow Libra to launch. He'll also be defending his company's recent record on discrimination, among other issues.

US Congressman: Default Reaction to Bitcoin, Blockchain Must Be 'Yes' Congressman Patrick McHenry, who represents North Carolina's 10th District, says he wants regulators' default reaction to crypto innovation to be "yes." The Congressman - who goes by the moniker of "Mr. Fintech" on Capitol Hill - made his remarks during an interview for Laura Shin's Unchained podcast, published on Oct.

Bitcoin to Beat Banks as Half Predicted to Collapse in Economic Downturn It has been suggested by that half of the world’s banks are too weak to survive an economic downturn. How does this affect Bitcoin ?

Former World Gold Council Exec Develops New Bitcoin ETF The former managing director of the World Gold Council and the portfolio manager behind SPDR Gold Shares is developing a bitcoin exchange-traded fund with boutique asset manager Kryptoin Investment Advisors. The Cayman Islands-based firm has filed an initial registration statement with the U.S.

Aussie Feds seize arms dealer's Bitcoin, profit 20-fold Have you ever wondered what happens to the Bitcoin BTC that's seized by police in drug cartel busts and other criminal investigations? In Australia, it's been revealed that one case earned the police a twenty-fold profit.

Bank Crisis Spreads in India - Deaths, Strike, Supreme Court Denial The Indian banking sector is facing multiple challenges. Customers of several cooperative banks are still struggling to withdraw their money, and deaths have been reported in connection with withdrawal restrictions.

Facebook Not the 'Ideal Messenger' for Libra: CEO to Tell Congress On a testimony before Congress scheduled for later today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to admit that the social media company is not the "ideal messenger" for Libra.

ING Bank Devises Privacy Fix for R3's Corda Blockchain ING, the Netherlands megabank blazing a trail with extra privacy measures for enterprise blockchains, has come up with such a solution for the Corda distributed ledger system built by R3. Announced Tuesday at the annual developer conference CordaCon, ING has helped solve a security / privacy trade-off that currently bedevils Corda users.

NY Authorities to Revisit Requirements for BitLicense The New York Department of Financial Services is re-evaluating the requirements for the controversial BitLicense, a mandatory license for crypto companies willing to operate in the state of New York.

BitFunder Operator to Pay Restitution of $155,500 The exact restitution that Jon Montroll, the operator of the shuttered Bitcoin ‎securities exchange BitFunder and WeExchange needs to pay has been determined on Tuesday by Judge Richard M. Berman of the New York Southern District Court.

Binance Joins Governance Council of Kakao's Klaytn Blockchain Binance has joined the governance council of Kakao's Klaytn blockchain network as the project scrambles for partners and "use cases" and seeks to building its legitimacy. Binance, one of the largest crypto exchanges by trading volume, is the latest member of Klaytn's 24-company board.

Bitmain Aims to Build a 300MW Texas Mining Farm The Beijing-based Bitmain Technologies and DMG Blockchain Solutions announced the launch of a 25MW mining facility in Rockdale, Texas. The new mine aims to bolster Bitmain's international expansion which will soon expand to 50MW of processing power and then extend the operation's capacity to more than 300MW.

Crypto Extortion on the Rise, Says Academic Study Hackers can make up to $130,000 a month for a $10,000 investment.

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