Swiss National Bank President Says Stablecoins Could Hamper Policy

Swiss National Bank (SNB) President Thomas Jordan said that stablecoins pegged to foreign currencies could hamper Switzerland’s monetary policy in some circumstances. Cryptocurrencies’ limited use as payment instruments On Sept. 5, Jordan spoke at the University of Basel, saying that he is convinced that cryptocurrencies are of limited use as payment instruments, stores of value and units of account, as they are subject to major fluctuations. Jordan went on to say: “Crypto tokens are more like speculative investment instruments than ‘good’ money in terms of their characteristics. Users typically describe…

Bitcoin Fails to Break $11,000 Again, Drops $400 in One Hour

Friday, Sept. 6 — The Bitcoin (BTC) price is holding around the $10,400 price mark after the largest cryptocurrency got rejected in its attempt to break $11,000. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Bitcoin was well on its way to the $11,000 price mark, hitting an intraday high of $10,895 when it lost $400 in less than an hour of trading. At press time the world’s most popular cryptocurrency is trading at $10,350, down 2.12% on the day. Bitcoin’s 24-hour price chart. Source: Coin360 The upward momentum seen in the 12% seven-day gains excited…

Blockchain Startup DappRadar Raises $2.33M From Naspers, Blockchain.com

Lithuanian blockchain startup DappRadar, a platform for discovering and analyzing blockchain-based decentralized applications (DApps), announced it raised $2.33 million in seed funding. $2.33 million to expand services  On Sept. 5, DappRadar announced the closing of a $2.33 million seeding round, which was led by Naspers, a South African-based global internet and media group, with participation from Blockchain.com Ventures, a venture capital fund and subsidiary of Blockchain.com, and Angel Invest Berlin. The blockchain startup, which tracks over 2,500 dapps across seven blockchains, including Ethereum, EOS and Tron, explained that the investment…

Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork Implementation Delayed to Early October

Ethereum’s testnet activation of the Istanbul hard fork has been pushed back to early October, according to the community manager of the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson. According to CoinDesk on Sept. 6, Jameson said on a developers’ call that the testnet launch of the hard fork is now scheduled to take place in the beginning of October. He added: “For anyone listening in who doesn’t know how this works, we pick a block number that we estimate to be around the 2nd of October. […] However, that might be one…

Fed Chair Says Agency Monitoring Crypto But Not Developing Its Own

Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Jerome Powell said that the United States Federal Reserve is monitoring digital currencies carefully, but not working on its own at the moment. Speaking at a forum in Zurich, Switzerland, on Sept. 6, Powell addressed the issue of cryptocurrencies, arguing that central banks would likely will not release their own digital currency in the near future. Powell added that cryptocurrencies raise a range of concerns including cyber security issues: “If you think about one currency that was for the United States, it would…

Telegram Releases TON Testnet Explorer and Node Software

The encrypted instant messaging service Telegram has released the Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet explorer and node software. Telegram token due in two months On Sept. 6, Telegram released its Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet explorer and node software on its website, two months ahead of its planned launch of the Gram digital currency. As Cointelegraph reported on Aug. 28, three anonymous investors in Telegram’s $1.7 billion private initial coin offering had said that Telegram confirmed it would issue the first Gram tokens by October. The investors added at the time that…

Maltese Financial Regulator Will Actively Monitor Cryptocurrency Firms

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) says in its recently published strategic plan that it will actively monitor and manage business-related risks related to cryptocurrency firms. Monitor crypto firms to prevent crypto-related crimes On Sept. 6, the MFSA published its three-year strategic plan for 2019–2021 which states the Malta financial regulator will strive to modernize their regulatory approach to be one step ahead of industry developments. The MFSA said it will work closely with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit and other national and international authorities, including the newly formed Malta Digital…

Facebook Hires on New Lobbyists for Libra Stablecoin Project

Social media giant Facebook has hired two more lobbyists to aid the release of its forthcoming Libra stablecoin. As Bloomberg reported on Sept. 5, lobbying disclosures filed earlier this week revealed that William Hollier, the president of legislative and regulatory counseling firm Hollier Associates LLC, began lobbying for Facebook on blockchain policy, among other matters, in late August. Previously, Hollier worked for U.S. Republican Sen. Mike Crapo, who said at a hearing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, “Facebook’s Libra project has generated renewed interest in digital currencies and blockchain […] with…

Turkish Takasbank Announces Blockchain Platform for Gold Trading

Turkey’s Istanbul Clearing, Settlement and Custody Bank (Takasbank) has announced its blockchain-based platform for trading physical gold. Dubbed BiGA, Takasbank’s new project aims to enable people to transfer physical gold stored at the Borsa Istanbul Stock Exchange (BIST), Turkey’s sole exchange entity, through digitized gold units on a blockchain, the bank announced on Sept. 6. The  units, which are similar in form and function to physically-backed stablecoins, have their value tied to the traded gold. As “BiGA” is the Turkish abbreviation for one gram of gold, one BiGA is equivalent…