The Hill: Understanding what Facebook’s Libra is — and what it isn’t

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

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.”

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization

Coin World: Josiah K. Lilly Jr. gold coin collection undergoing digitization. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the congressionally approved donation of the Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, the 6,125 numismatic items that comprise the collection are being digitally imaged for online access.”

Smithsonian Looking for Crowdsourcing Assistance for Chinese Coin Transcription

The Smithsonian is looking for crowdsourcing assistance in transcribing some Chinese coins. From the project page: “During 2017-2018, the NNC [National Numismatic Collection] digitized more than 8,000 of its East Asian Coins, making them publically accessible and available for research worldwide. The NNC is now working to digitize 6,000 Chinese notes and paper transactional objects that range from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. One of the main challenges to the digitization process is transcription, transliteration and translation of several Asian alphabets. Sometimes this can be done quickly, but often the process is too lengthy for NNC team members to complete while moving the project forward efficiently. In order to continue to share these objects rapidly, we need your help! The 50 coins here are a pilot project that will help our team (and you!) figure out how best to make these objects available and more easily searchable online.”

Numismaster: Heritage adds ancients database

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.”

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

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.”

CNET: What if you traded currency based off tweets?

CNET: What if you traded currency based off tweets?. “A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at 633 days of tweets about the euro/dollar exchange rate, and gauged how profitable it was to trade based off tweets. The researchers, Vahid Gholampour and Eric van Wincoop, looked at 268,770 tweets mentioning ‘EURUSD’ between October 9, 2013 and March 11, 2016.”

New In Opera: A Currency Converter

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.”