Libra Confident, France Angry, Domino's BTC Prize: Hodler's Digest, Sept. 9-15

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The head of the not-for-profit driving Facebook's Libra digital currency has said he is confident that seemingly endless regulatory difficulties can be ironed out - paving the way for the token to launch in the second half of 2020.

Bertrand Perez's comments came on Thursday - the same day French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned "We cannot authorize the development of Libra on European soil." He fears that the stablecoin puts monetary sovereignty of European Union nations at risk, with American lawmakers equally concerned that Libra could undermine the U.S. dollar.

Analysts such as RT host Max Keiser argue that gains in BTC prices traditionally follow leaps in hash rate.

Domino's Pizza France announced this week that it plans to give away BTC worth 100,000 euros to mark its 30th anniversary.

Pizza has a long connection to BTC, given how early adopter Laszlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas for 10,000 BTC back in May 2010.

Prediction of the WeekNew mining difficulty metric points to $31,000 Bitcoin price by 2021Dust off the crystal ball - it's prediction time! New data based on mining difficulty suggests that BTC prices should exceed $30,000 during its current price cycle.

The analysis by PlanB argues that Bitcoin bull markets start at a difficulty low - and as competition rises between miners increases, the complexity of the equations they must solve to validate blocks of BTC increases.

Late 2013 saw BTC prices hit highs of $1,300 - a 50,000% increase from prices at the time of the previous difficulty low.

The gang was selling fake notes on the darknet in return for BTC - creating 1.3 million euros in forged cash.

The Finnish peer-to-peer exchange says that, while using the browser is not against its terms of service, it does increase the risk of BTC being stolen.