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How the FDIC approaches cryptocurrencies

by Andie Corban and Molly Wood Nov 5, 2019
Is it an asset or a security? Jelena McWilliams, head of the banking insurance agency, talks about balancing innovation and regulation.
FDIC chairman Jelena McWilliams talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about financial technology, or fintech, in April 2019 in Arlington, Virginia.
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Zuckerberg offers an olive branch on Libra

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Oct 23, 2019
The Facebook CEO is trying to woo lawmakers and regulators to approve his digital currency.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook in Washington, DC, in 2018.
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Another partner abandons Facebook's cryptocurrency

by Kimberly Adams Oct 14, 2019
Travel firm Booking Holdings has pulled out of the Libra Association as companies involved in the digital currency face increased regulation.
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Pushback may delay Facebook's digital currency plans

by Jack Stewart Sep 30, 2019
Facebook has to convince regulators and potential users its currency plans are credible.
Facebook announced details about Libra, its planned digital currency, in June.
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Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency betrays the company's true ambitions

by Molly Wood Jun 26, 2019
Is it time to start asking: What is the functional difference between a company and a country?
In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg influenced our discourse, our privacy, our ideas about speech — free or otherwise — and our spending habits.
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Sending money to another country is a lot easier than it used to be

by Andy Uhler Jun 21, 2019
The remittances business is getting crowded, and customers have more options.
A sign advertises the money transfer service Western Union, often used to send remittances, in Berlin Germany.
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Facebook's crypto plan could disrupt remittance market

by Andy Uhler Jun 19, 2019
Facebook says sending money over its network will cost next to nothing. Remittance companies will be watching closely.
Facebook is leaping into the world of cryptocurrency with its own digital money, designed to let people save, send or spend money as easily as firing off text messages.
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Facebook's new cryptocurrency prompts regulation concerns

by Justin Ho Jun 18, 2019
Here's a look at some of the agencies that may police the digital currency.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit in San Jose, California, last year.
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Facebook unveils digital coin

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jun 18, 2019
Facebook says users will be able to buy things and send money using its new coin and wallet app.
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A company that encourages bartering finds it needs ... currency

by Emma Jacobs May 21, 2019
One Canadian company made a transition from the oldest system of commerce ... to one of the newest.
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