Finance Industry

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Smoking: a 100-Year Story That Doesn’t End Here

Through the acrid haze, he can see the outline of the famous detective, Holmes, sitting in his dressing gown with a black clay pipe clenched between his lips. No children’s book would paint this scene today. But in 1902, it was common to read about characters lighting up cigarettes in a restaurant – it was a harmless vice, a gentleman’s amusement. Holmes smoking through a pound of strong tobacco, almost half a kilogram, was just what he did. Even kids recognized the iconic pictures of him smoking a pipe.

Facebook’s Libra: The World’s First Corporate Digital Currency

On the 18th of June, Facebook announced the launch of Libra, a new digital currency. Not even two weeks went by before the U.S. Congress called for Facebook to halt all further development of Libra and summoned the company to a hearing. Since then, there have been discussions, press releases, and talk of a new bill that prevents tech companies from launching their own digital currencies.

Libra – Facebook’s new currency

Last month, the Libra Association, headed by Facebook, announced the launch of a new digital currency. While Bitcoin has been around for over 10 years, and thousands of other digital currencies exist, Libra will be the first digital currency to be backed by a major corporation.