Libra Testnet Surpasses 50,000 Transactions Since September Launch

The Libra testnet has logged over 51,000 transactions since it was reset in September, with 34 projects having been developed on the network according to an update released by The Libra Association last week. In a blog post titled “Five months and growing strong: the Libra project,” the project’s lead developer, Michael Engle, said, “It’s been just five months since we announced the Libra project on June 18, 2019, and nearly a month since the Association charter was signed by its members in Geneva. We’ve been working diligently to build the…

Bitfinex Looks to Launch Options Trading As Soon As Q1 2020

According to an executive, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex is planning to launch options and a gold-backed stablecoin, among a host of new products. New range of products In a Nov. 12 appearance on the Scoop, Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex and Tether, told the Block that Bitfinex is considering launching options trading, while also taking a closer look at prospects for a gold-backed stablecoin, dubbed Tether Gold. Although Ardoino didn’t reveal any additional details about Tether Gold, he did reveal that the company is currently eyeing a Q1 2020 launch of…

CME Says It Will Launch Bitcoin Options in January

Derivatives exchange CME Group has announced it will launch options on its bitcoin futures contracts in January. In a notice on its website on Tuesday, the Chicago-based exchange said, as long as it gets the green light from regulators, the options will go live on Jan. 13, 2020. In late October, the firm published details of the options product, saying each contract would be based on one bitcoin futures contract (comprising of five bitcoin). They will be quoted in U.S. dollars per bitcoin with a tick size of $25 (or $5…

Tunisia to Launch E-Dinar National Currency Using Blockchain

Tunisia has become the first country to start moving its national currency to a blockchain platform. Russian ICO startup Universa will help issue and manage Tunisia’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), reported Russian news agency Tass on Nov. 7. E-dinar expected to be more transparent, cheaper to issue The Central Bank of Tunisia announced that the digitization of the Tunisian dinar has started and that the paper-backed CBDC will be issued on the Universa Blockchain.  Furthermore, Universa will also reportedly receive a percentage of all transactions carried out with the…

Fed Must Launch FedNow Ahead of Facebook’s Libra, Says Gov’t Official

A senior United States federal official has argued that Facebook’s Libra highlights the need for the Federal Reserve (Fed) to act urgently and launch its own real-time payments system. In a letter addressed to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors on Nov. 7, Rohit Chopra —  a commissioner at the United States Federal Trade Commission — expressed his support of the central bank’s proposal to launch a new, round-the-clock real-time payments system dubbed “FedNow Service.” A potential “shadow global central bank” In his letter, Commissioner Chopra argued that the central…

China Unironically Bans Blockchain Slurs as Crypto Launch Looms

Authoritarian China has unironically banned criticism of blockchain technology. The move comes after President Xi Jinping publicly called for more blockchain research. The crypto industry remains divided about China’s sudden pivot. In one of the biggest U-turns in crypto history, China professed its love for blockchain. Now, the nation is going as far as to penalize anyone who dares oppose it. Chinese President  Xi Jinping recently rocked the crypto industry with a speech exalting blockchain, praising the economic benefits and efficiencies available through the technology. The bitcoin price soared in…

Binance Hikes Leverage to 125x for Launch of Bitcoin-Tether Futures

Binance’s futures exchange is raising leverage to 125x with the launch of bitcoin (BTC)/tether (USDT) contracts today. The cryptocurrency exchange first announced its futures platform in early July, at the time hinting it would allow 20x leverage. Now, futures traders can now choose leveraged positions between 1x and 125x, it said Friday. “We have seen an increase in institutional participation in trading … And they are flocking to Binance Futures,” said Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao in a statement. “The market has been demanding a product with superior stability and performance; now…

Telegram to Delay the Launch of TON Due to SEC Meeting

Over the past few years, Telegram has become an important part of the crypto ecosystem due to its use as a communication platform for traders as well as market enthusiasts. Hence, it did not come as a complete surprise when the encrypted messaging service platform announced the launch of its own blockchain, the Telegram Open Network (TON). Major Details However, it seems to have run into issues with the all-powerful Securities and Exchange Commission. In a new development, the company told its investors that the date of the launch is…