Bitwala not to fork away from Bitcoin Core version

Bitwala says that Core define what is Bitcoin and the platform won't fork away from it
24 August 2017   3213

Bitwala, a blockchain payment platform, has published the announcement reflecting an increasing number of inquiries regarding Bitwala’s support of the New York Agreement and SegWit2x.

Thus, according to the statement, Bitwala would like to honor the agreement that the company has subscribed to, at the same time following what their customers use and want to use. 

The company states its view on the situation pretty clearly:

We will not actively fork away from what we view as “bitcoin”, which is the chain that is supported by the current Core dev team.
 

Bitwala team

The announcement found feedback on social media. BITMAIN co-founder Jihan Wu defines the statement as "interesting":

"We will (and are constantly doing so) review which coins to natively support, so if you want to make your voice heard, we encourage you to politely and constructively approach those who can make the changes you desire or feel you are owed", Bitwala continues.

Should the Bitcoin developers come to the conclusion to follow the SegWit2X agreement, that chain will be considered the de-facto Bitcoin by Bitwala. Everything else is up to the market, which we will continue to serve as quickly and efficiently as we can.
 

Bitwala team

Thus, SegWit2x will likely become a second Bitcoin hard-fork in November, 2017.

Facebook to Launch GlobalCoin in 2020, BCC Says

Facebook consults with representatives of the US Treasury Department and Bank of England  about regulating the initiative named Libra
24 May 2019   43

Operator of the world's largest social network Facebook Inc. will launch a new payment network based on its own cryptocurrency in the “dozen countries” in the first quarter of 2020, the BBC reports.

The publication claims that Facebook consults with representatives of the US Treasury Department and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney about regulating the initiative, code-named Libra.

At the same time, the Financial Times reported that Facebook is already in talks about listing GlobalCoin on the American exchanges Gemini and Coinbase. 

Sources of the publication said that Facebook is discussing with the trading firms Jump and DRW the prospects of market-making and liquidity.

Previously, the media claimed that the company is also in talks to support the initiative with Western Union, Visa and Mastercard.

Testing the network is supposedly scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

On May 2, Facebook registered Libra Networks in Geneva, Switzerland. Its profile involves the development of infrastructure and software, in particular, related to investment activities, payment transactions, financing, identity management, data analysis, Big Data, blockchain and other technologies.