Livemint: BitBuddy launches Bitcoin explorer- a web tool to access all Bitcoin statistics

Livemint: BitBuddy launches Bitcoin explorer- a web tool to access all Bitcoin statistics. “The users can access every record of Bitcoin from explorer, including the real-time Bitcoin statistics, mining difficulty rate, and Bitcoin transfer hash. This unique interface can also be used to track and understand all insights of the Bitcoin blockchain. Additionally, it also provides the transaction status done via Bitcoin, a crypto asset.”

Exclusive: Google removes 49 Chrome extensions caught stealing crypto-wallet keys (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Exclusive: Google removes 49 Chrome extensions caught stealing crypto-wallet keys. “Google has removed 49 Chrome extensions from the Web Store that posed as legitimate cryptocurrency wallet apps but contained malicious code that stole crypto-wallet private keys, mnemonic phrases, and other raw secrets.”

FBI: FBI Expects a Rise in Scams Involving Cryptocurrency Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

FBI: FBI Expects a Rise in Scams Involving Cryptocurrency Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Fraudsters are leveraging increased fear and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money and launder it through the complex cryptocurrency ecosystem. People of all ages, including the elderly, are being victimized by criminals through cryptocurrency-related fraud schemes. Developments in cryptocurrency technology and an increasing number of businesses accepting it as payment have driven the growing popularity and accessibility of cryptocurrency. There are not only numerous virtual asset service providers online but also thousands of cryptocurrency kiosks located throughout the world which are exploited by criminals to facilitate their schemes. Many traditional financial crimes and money laundering schemes are now orchestrated via cryptocurrencies.”

BBC: Facebook ‘rethinks’ plans for Libra cryptocurrency

BBC: Facebook ‘rethinks’ plans for Libra cryptocurrency. “Facebook is reportedly rethinking its plans for its own digital currency after resistance from regulators. It is now considering a system with digital versions of established currencies, including the dollar and the Euro, according to Bloomberg and tech site The Information.”

CoinWorld360: Brave New Coin’s new tool uses artificial intelligence to track emotions of the crypto community on Twitter

CoinWorld360: Brave New Coin’s new tool uses artificial intelligence to track emotions of the crypto community on Twitter. “Brave New Coin (BNC), a New Zealand research company specializing in blockchains, has introduced a new system for assessing the emotions of the Bitcoin community based on Twitter messages. According to the BNC, the new Twitter Sentiment assessment system analyzes over 34 million Twitter feeds related to the bitcoin every week. The firm uses artificial intelligence algorithms that look for entries containing the words bitcoin, $BTC and BTC and others.”

Decrypt: A malicious Google Chrome extension cost one user $16,000

Decrypt: A malicious Google Chrome extension cost one user $16,000. “A user of a malicious cryptocurrency wallet, Ledger Secure, claims to have lost $16,000 worth of the privacy coin Zcash. Ledger Secure, an extension for Google Chrome, isn’t related to Ledger, the hardware wallet makers of a similar name. Instead, it passes a user’s seed phrase back to the creator of the extension, claimed @BTCSchellingPt.”

The Economic Times: Google faces backlash for removing cryptocurrency videos from YouTube

The Economic Times: Google faces backlash for removing cryptocurrency videos from YouTube. “US-based technology behemoth Google has faced backlash from the cryptocurrency trading community for removing — and later reinstating — hundreds of cryptocurrency videos from its video-sharing platform YouTube in the last three days, and for suspending a cryptocurrency wallet application from its Android marketplace, Google Play, last week.”

Slate: What to Salvage From the Wreckage of Libra

Slate: What to Salvage From the Wreckage of Libra. “… the 1.7 billion users of Facebook’s platforms outside the U.S. and Europe actually could use something like Libra to store and transfer money. These users would take on most of the risk and harm if things go wrong with Libra. And if everything went right—it’s a big if—they’d gain the most too. It’s why, even if Libra is dead in the water, I hope the idea behind it isn’t.”

The Verge: Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook

The Verge: Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. “Facebook is launching a new payments system today, appropriately named Facebook Pay. It will be available across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and it’s designed to facilitate payments across Facebook’s popular social networks and apps. You’ll be able to use Facebook Pay to send money to friends, shop for goods, or even donate to fundraisers.” I guess we’ll be hearing about this now for 10,000 news cycles instead of Libra.

Ubergizmo: Facebook’s Libra In Trouble As More Companies Withdraw Their Support

Ubergizmo: Facebook’s Libra In Trouble As More Companies Withdraw Their Support. “Last week, it was reported that Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency lost one of the companies that initially supported it. This came in the form of PayPal who decided to back out of the cryptocurrency. However, it seems that Libra could be in serious trouble because it looks like more founding companies are withdrawing their support as well.”

Digital Trends: Get your popcorn ready. Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress again

Digital Trends: Get your popcorn ready. Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress again. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be back in Washington D.C. to testify before Congress once again, this time in support of the platform’s Libra cryptocurrency.”

CNN: Facebook’s financial partners in Libra may be getting cold feet

CNN: Facebook’s financial partners in Libra may be getting cold feet. “The coalition Facebook assembled to create a global payments network may be losing some key financial support. Visa, Mastercard and other financial partners who signed on to support Libra are reconsidering their involvement in the network, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.”