The SEC found new evidence against Telegram in its ongoing investigation of the firm’s ICO; the White House released new principles to guide regulation of AI in the private sector; China’s central bank passed another hurdle on its way to issuing a ‘digital yuan’ token; Travelex was hacked, exposing customers’ personal financial data and leading to a $6M ransom; Tencent and China UnionPay are working to integrate their mobile payments systems; and HighRadius raised $125M at a valuation greater than $1B.
Global regulators, including FATF and the FSB, weighed in on the risks posed by stablecoins; the U.S. government is reportedly considering creating its own cryptocurrency; EU regulators are looking into potential antitrust violations by Apple Pay; the FT brought new evidence of fraudulent accounting practices at Wirecard; Venmo will launch its first credit card; Revolut is looking to raise $1.5B in debt and equity; and digital bank Chime experienced a service disruption affecting millions.
Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on Libra and Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans, while several more large companies dropped out of the project; CFTC Chairman Tarbert said the ether cryptocurrency should be treated as a commodity; the SEC halted Telegram’s $1.7B token offering; Robinhood rolled out interest-bearing accounts; BIS and the Swiss National Bank are exploring the potential for a central bank digital currency in Switzerland; and UNICEF established a fund for donations made in cryptocurrencies.
Libra faced a new round of criticism at the G-7 summit, while maintaining that it will go live in 2020; Wells Fargo partnered with Plaid to allow customer financial data; Deutsche Bank signed on to the JPMorgan-backed IIN; Wells Fargo plans to pilot a stablecoin; and Stripe raised $250M at a $35B valuation.
FIN urged Congress to apply BSA standards to crypto firms; Jay Clayton affirmed his stance that crypto products are subject to existing securities laws; China’s proposed cryptocurrency is taking shape ahead of an expected go-live later this year; Stripe launched a lending product for online businesses; Uber is exploring offering loans to its drivers; the Hong Kong Stock Exchange suffered cyber attacks; and U.K. digital banks are expected to triple their customer base over the next year, but likely will remain unprofitable.
Libra is facing scrutiny from European antitrust regulators; N26 launched in the U.S. market; Mark Carney suggested potentially replacing USD with crypto as the world’s reserve currency; Apple launched its credit card to U.S. consumers; Mastercard experienced a data breach affecting mostly German customers; and Tala raised $110M in Series D funding.