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MasterCard And VISA To Classify Crypto ICOs As ‘High-Risk’ And Adopt Monitoring Practices

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One of the two most popular payment giants, MasterCard and VISA, recently decided to group cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) jurisdictions in a new “high risk” category. The crypto news has spread all around the web, mainly driven by the latest fluctuation in the prices of Bitcoin and other altcoins.

First reported by a financial trading news site called Finance Magnates, the news spread like wildfire, especially because MasterCard earlier this year proposed a classification which became public in May 2018.

According to the registry, binary options, CFDs, forex, cryptocurrency options, and ICOs will now fall under a new category labeled as “High-Risk Securities Merchants” starting on October 12 and with the subject to additional monitoring.

This grouping, according to the source, means that chargebacks could now be executed up to 540 days after the actual date of the transaction. As anonymous sources familiar with the matter confirmed, the new classification will reportedly start today – Monday, October 15th.

Aside from MasterCard and its initiative to monitor cryptos, ICOs, forex, and binary options, VISA also stopped supporting crypto debit cards in a partnership with the debit card provider WaveCrest in January 2018, blocking the cards associated with products such as CryptoPay, Bitwala, TenX, Wirex, and others.

 

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Web Search Stats Show Rising Interest For Facebook Libra

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With the recently unveiled Libra cryptocurrency by Facebook which is hot in the altcoin news all over the world, China has emerged as a perhaps surprising leader when it comes to the public interest about cryptocurrency in general. New web search stats show that despite the fact that cryptocurrency is banned in the country, the searches on it are soaring at press time. The top two hottest search trends on the web search giant Weibo address a Chinese film celebrity's jealous children as well as the first movement of Leonardo da Vinci and his iconic Mona Lisa painting outside the Louvre since 2005. Facebook Libra searches are currently ranking in third place and were in the second place before that. The web search stats also show that the regional fascination in Facebook's proposed stablecoin - which is meant to provide a means of payment initially - could expand to their use cases in time. The data shows that this is viral on many best cryptocurrency news sites but also a hot topic on Google Trends. As Google's web search stats show, there are more and more people looking for information on "Facebook Libra" which peaked around the time of June 18 when the Libra whitepaper was launched. This indicates that China is the number one ranked nation for that search term. Surprisingly, the US is down at number 14 on this list. We should add that Google is officially blocked in China which is why the web search stats come from Weibo, the leading search engine provider in the country. And while the growing concerns from global regulators have also dominated the headlines in recent days, the Google searches for "Facebook Libra regulation" are currently too low to indicate any regional preferences. Even though Libra may not see its launch to the public for a year or more (as the coming altcoin news show), plenty of people are searching for "Facebook Libra price" with Pakistan, Singapore and South Africa being the nations with the most searches on this term. Overall, the web search stats show that Facebook's token pales into insignificance when compared to Bitcoin, which appears an almost flat blue line dominated by the massive interest in the top cryptocurrency market value.
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Bear Euphoria Continues As Bitcoin Plummets Below $10,000

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The coming altcoin news and Bitcoin news too show a negative decline in the crypto markets, leading to billions of losses on a weekly level. The bear euphoria managed to 'steal' away more than $60 billion over the past 7 days and Bitcoin is now down by more than 26% in the same period. The recent tumbling of Bitcoin's price of 15% triggered the altcoins to post new losses too. Instead of optimistic targets, the latest cryptocurrency news show bearish targets - with the one of $8,800 that is currently in sight. Since the weekend, the bear euphoria made BTC dump more than 30% as the selloff accelerates. From an intraday high of $10,750 seen yesterday, Bitcoin is now at $9,500 losing a lot of its value in the past 24 hours. A very slight recovery has made BTC fix its sentiment and go from $9,260 to $9,500 which is the price point at press time. We can definitely attribute the decline to the latest altcoin news where Facebook's Libra is a main point of interrogation and investigation from the US Treasury Secretary. On top of this, it seems like Trump's comments on Bitcoin accelerated a further decline in the long run - despite the House Representative Kevin McCarthy who admitted to 'liking Bitcoin'. This did not stop the bear euphoria as the slide back to four figures resumed. According to the expert trader and analyst Alex Kruger, pullbacks should be welcomed in a bull market. As his optimistic tweet showed:
“Bull market corrections are unavoidable and should be welcome. Assets that go too far up too fast tend to crash the hardest. As everyone who speculated with the price of bitcoin during 2017 and 2018 well knows.”
We can also see the Bitcoin hater Nouriel Roubini who is featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites for his pessimistic statement towards BTC and optimistic towards the Trump-Congress hearings. He said:
“Bitcoin has crashed by almost 30% in the last week and over 15% in the last day. As Congress, Mnuchin, Trump and myself point out that the criminal scams of crypto shitcoins-land will be cracked down on, the scammers and criminals know their days of unregulated casinos are gone!”
As a reminder, the bear euphoria has made BTC correct more than eight times during the previous bull run - and Bitcoin lost more than 30% in the same period before reaching the all time high close to $20,000 at the end of 2017.
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Privacy And Trust Issues: Libra Hearing Continues In US Senate

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The ongoing hearing of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency project with the Banking Committee of the United States Senate is continuing. The latest cryptocurrency news show that the US lawmakers and senators are mostly concerned about Libra's privacy and trust issues.

This is the main interrogation subject from them. As many best cryptocurrency news sites reported recently, the head of Facebook's crypto wallet Calibra is stressing the project's trust and regulatory compliance - but the regulators are not convinced.

For instance, Senator Jon Tester asked about Libra's privacy and trust issues. He questioned if Libra is able to make assurances against fraudulent purchases or loss of funds, along the line of credit cards or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. As David Marcus from Calibra responded,  “we will do our best to resolve those types of issues and claims as quickly as possible.” Tester stated that “it is critical that that is resolved before it goes live.”

Another US Senator jumped in the altcoin news. Sherrod Brown of Ohio took a more critical stance towards the project and asked "do you really think people should trust Facebook with their hard-earned money?" Marcus said that Facebook “will have no special privilege,” at which point Brown interrupted: “Mr. Marcus, you know better than that.”

Brown also addressed the privacy and trust issues and asked Marcus if there is anything elected leaders can say that will convince Marcus and the company to not launch Libra. Marcus responded:

“If our country fails to act, we could soon see a digital currency controlled by others whose values differ radically from ours.”

When the chair of the Committee Mike Crapo asked Marcus why the Libra Corporation had chosen to register in Switzerland, Marcus said that they would also register with US regulators. He pointed out that social and financial data would be entirely separate on the Calibra Network and added "in order to earn people's trust, we will have to have the highest standards in terms of privacy."

Aside from the privacy and trust issues, the Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (known as a big cryptocurrency critic) also jumped in the coming altcoin news and asked about Facebook's willingness to allow data portability. She asked:

“If a Facebook user wishes to use a wallet other than Calibra, will you make it easy to allow the export of other data?”

In response to this, Marcus answered "absolutely, Senator." She then followed up by asking for the same commitment for messaging apps WhatsApp and Messenger, on which Marcus hedged too.

The official hearing on Libra with the US House of Financial Services Committee is scheduled for July 17, 2019.

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Analyst Rips Libra Saying It’s The Worst Product In The World Ever

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Analyst rips Libra, Facebook’s crypto project saying that it is the world’s worst product ever invented. In the coming altcoin news below, Karen Petrou the managing partner by the Federal Financial Analytics company noted that the project is a poorly managed product. When she appeared on the CNBC show, Petrou said that that the cryptocurrency was incompetent at best since it had unified political rivals such as the Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Maxine waters who is the chair of the US House Financial Services Committee saying: You’ve got to admit that this is about the world’s worst product launch ever. To bring out President Trump, chairwoman Maxine Waters and now the Treasury Secretary along with the Bank of England, the head of the Federal Reserve Board and many other top policymakers to tell Facebook that they don’t feel good about this is sending a real message. The views that Petrou has are based that Facebook had skipped on the groundwork that the traditional providers of financial services normally have to go with. Petrou also expressed doubts that Facebook will be able to proceed with rolling out the crypto project in the developing world in the event that the countries such as U.S. and U.K. close their doors on it. According to her, this is because the entire financial system is highly intertwined. The backlash against Facebook’s cryptocurrency comes after the social media giant’s executives prepare to hold Congressional hearings over the week. With Libra’s already facing privacy violation accusation on its social media platforms, the lawmakers will be interested in finding out how customer data will be handled. The analyst rips Facebook’s libra project mainly because of its controversies. Back on Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that he is concerned over Libra while nothing that Facebook will only be allowed to access the financial systems in the US but only after it convinces the regulators that it has abided by high standards. The lawmakers are also frustrated over Facebook’s lack of clarity over cryptocurrency plans. In the latest cryptocurrency news, the Bank of England governor Mark Carney stated that Libra will have to meet the highest standards before getting into the United Kingdom.
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