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Facebook’s stupid crypto thing is reportedly going live next year

Great, it’s the anti-privacy coin.

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Facebook is set to unveil its own cryptocurrency next week, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The digital coin is said to be called “Libra” and has the backing of over a dozen big companies, all of which will be investing around $10 million into the scheme.

That group of backers will then form the Libra Association, which will then oversee the digital coin, independently from Facebook.

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Facebook’s digital cryptocurrency will be called Libra

Okay, before you start ragging on Facebook for using a name synonymous with balance, I doubt that’s the origin of the name.

See, in Ancient Rome, the Libra was a unit of weight, which eventually morphed into the British Pound. See where I’m going here? A measure of one thing, turning into a measure of money. Nice. Nothing at all to do with Zuckerberg thinking he’s Emperor of the Internet or any such thing.

  • The backers include major financial orgs like Visa and Mastercard, payment processors like PayPal and Stripe, Uber, and Booking.com.
  • Facebook wants to use the digital coin to fuel in-app money transfers over the company’s messaging properties like WhatsApp and Messenger
  • “Libra” is expected to be what’s known as a “stablecoin.” That is, it performs much closer to traditional currency without the volatility that Bitcoin is known for
  • Facebook is expected to unveil the digital coin on June 18 (TechCrunch)

$10 million buy-in feels a whole lot like a high-stakes poker game to me.

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