The Hill: Understanding what Facebook’s Libra is — and what it isn’t. “When Facebook announced its own blockchain and cryptocurrency (both referred to as ‘Libra’), everyone from late-night comedy hosts to mainstream media outlets to regulators offered possible interpretations, implications, use cases and reasons for both encouragement and prohibition. In order to determine the usefulness (or lack thereof) of Libra, it is helpful to quickly demystify what these things are. After all, Facebook claims Libra ‘will enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.’ That is quite the goal.
TechCrunch: Facebook plans June 18th cryptocurrency debut. Here’s what we know. “Facebook is finally ready to reveal details about its cryptocurrency codenamed Libra. It’s currently scheduled for a June 18th release of a white paper explaining its cryptocurrency’s basics, according to a source who says multiple investors briefed on the project by Facebook were told that date.”
The Register: Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year
The Register: Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year . “The online ad giant has expressed its regret to the government of Ghana for a software bug that made it appear last week that the country’s cedi currency had collapsed.”
Mobile AR News: Google Puts Faces of Historic Women on US Currency via Augmented Reality. “Using image recognition, the new Notable Women app replaces the usual faces shown on various denominations of US currency with faces from the Notable Women database. Once enabled, the app also lets users tap the screen to read more about the person’s achievements.”
Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database. “Collectors of ancient coins will be delighted with the latest addition to Heritage’s… website. Details are now provided at the click of a mouse for nearly every ancient coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and which has appeared in a Heritage sale. This information is displayed along with comparable auction results and a population guide.”
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: FRED Adds Cryptocurrency Series . “FRED has added four series on the prices of different cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. The price data are updated daily and span from as early as 2014 to the present.” That’s interesting. FRED in this case stands for Federal Reserve Economic Data.
Digital Journal: New website launched for easy conversion of cryptocurrency and world currency (PRESS RELEASE)
Digital Journal: New website launched for easy conversion of cryptocurrency and world currency. (PRESS RELEASE). “A new website has been launched for easy accurate and powerful online currency conversion. The website CurrencyConvert.online has been designed to convert as many as 2636 conventional currencies and cryptocurrencies conveniently. The website supports 60 languages.”
PR Newswire: TipRanks Launches CoinWatch, a Comprehensive Platform for Data Aggregation and Analytics in the Cryptocurrency Market (PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: TipRanks Launches CoinWatch, a Comprehensive Platform for Data Aggregation and Analytics in the Cryptocurrency Market (PRESS RELEASE). “TipRanks, the world’s leading financial analyst ranking service, today announced the launch of an innovative tool dedicated to providing in-depth data and real-time analytics on the volatile cryptocurrency market. In addition to aggregating the latest trading prices and historical data for over 1,000 different crypto coins, CoinWatch offers unique data on recent media buzz and news sentiment affecting coins.”
The Next Web: Get started in cryptocurrency with this beginner’s directory. “Bitcoin was founded in 2009. It represented the first decentralized cryptocurrency. It’s the oldest, and, as of August 17th it reached an all-time high of over $4,500. Just six months prior it was worth about $900. While you’re trying to wrap your head around that, keep in mind Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency. How many cryptocurrency offerings are there? Over 850 are currently listed on CoinMarketCap. Before you decide which one to blow your speculation money on, make sure you have all your crypto-ducks in a row.”
State Archives of Florida on Facebook: “A small selection of currency from the collections of the State Library of Florida was recently digitized and made available on Florida Memory.”. It is really a tiny collection (38 items) but beautiful examples of 19th century paper currency.
New in Opera: a currency converter. “The new feature is simple. You can set the browser to automatically show foreign currency prices in your currency of choice. That allows you to get a quick conversion when you highlight a price, using the daily exchange rate from the European Central Bank. Given the rate of speed that Amazon, Alibaba and others are making cross-border trade happen worldwide, that could be a nifty feature for many Opera stalwarts.”
The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has relaunched its Web site, and as part of that relaunch is making part of its magazine available as open access, CC-BY. It looks like issues over three years old will be released this way; currently over 40 issues are available on its Web site.