Telegram ICO Investors Included Russian Oligarch and Ex-Minister

Newly released documents relating to Telegram’s 2018 ICO have revealed some big-name backers, including Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich and former Minister of Open Government Affairs Mikhail Abyzov. The publication of the documents highlighting some of the big-money backers in Telegram’s planned blockchain, Telegram Open Network (TON), is just the latest development in the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case against the firm, which claims the messaging app violated securities laws by failing to register its 2018 token sale. The names and the amount that they invested were listed…

Tezos Surges After Successful Protocol Upgrade

Tezos successfully voted-in and implemented the network upgrade “Carthage,” causing XTZ to surge 13%. The upgrade fixes several issues from the last version of the protocol. The Tezos network has successfully upgraded to protocol 006 following an on-chain governance process. The self-amending governance network upgraded from the Babylon protocol to Carthage at block 851,969, bringing about a gas limit increase and various other small fixes for the network.  XTZ Jumps 13% in 24 hours Tezos, a proof-of-stake (PoS) network behind the XTZ coin, has seen significant growth. The 10th largest…

Vitalik Buterin Sees Future in Decentralized Privacy Currency

With governments increasingly looking at launching their own digital currencies, you might worry that crypto just can’t compete with national financial infrastructures. Not so, says Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. Buterin spoke with Block TV podcast on March 4 about his predictions for the future of currency — specifically the fate of decentralization. He claimed that digitalization is inevitable and decentralized privacy currency would be more favorable to many than a state-controlled Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). Digitalization is inevitable and privacy is king Vitalik believes that with or without blockchain…

Blaming Warren’s Defeat on Sexism Makes the Glass Ceiling Worse

Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential campaign Thursday. Her irate supporters rushed to blame her defeat on sexism. But she lost with voters fair and square for one reason: her own lack of merits. Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, just two days after suffering a stunning defeat in Super Tuesday states across the country. It was so ugly that voters in her own home state even placed her third behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. While analysts scrambled to understand why Warren lost after…

Google Stealthily Delivered on This Long-Neglected Stadia Promise

Stadia users are reporting 4K streaming in Google Chrome. Google has yet to issue an official statement confirming the new functionality. The tech giant appears to be rolling out 4K support incrementally. Not everyone can benefit from the higher stream quality quite yet. It looks like Google is stealthily rolling out 4K web browser support for its Stadia cloud gaming service. Users Report Stadia 4K Web Streaming Although the tech giant has yet to issue an official statement confirming the new functionality, users on the Stadia subreddit report the ability…

Crypto Software Firm Zabo Raises $2.5M in a Seed Round

Zabo has announced it has raised $ 2.5 million in seed funding, allowing it to extend its portfolio of services to continue connecting its customers’ cryptocurrency wallets to banks, brokerage firms, FinTech apps, and tax software. As detailed in a March 5 blog post, the seed round was led by Moonshots Capital and included funding from Blockchange Ventures, Castle Island Ventures, Digital Currency Group, CoinShares, Tezos Foundation, Capital Factory, among others. Bolstering connections with mainstream financial services Zabo’s technology is used in a wide variety of financial services applications, both…

Trump Concedes Thousands Are Infected

President Trump has cast doubt on the WHO’s 3.4% death rate for coronavirus. Speaking on “Hannity”, Trump implied thousands more undiagnosed people could have coronavirus. Without these infections being counted as confirmed cases, the coronavirus death toll is artificially high. Is Trump admitting thousands of Americans have coronavirus? This is an astonishing departure from the “airtight” control the White House previously claimed. Donald Trump can’t figure out which lie to tell about the coronavirus. While on the one hand, the White House has claimed that the virus is well contained,…

The US Dollar Could Fall Out of Favor If It Doesn’t Go Digital, ING Economist Says

As multiple countries and entities weigh the validity of a central bank digital currency the physical United States dollar still sits in a place of dominance — but for how long? “The dollar is the dominant currency today,” ING economist Carlo Cocuzzo said on a panel at London Blockchain Week. Cocuzzo added that “90% of forex turnover is in dollars, so the U.S. stands to lose in this game.” A September 2019 report from The Bridge showed similar prominence, with USD tallying 60-70% of foreign exchange reserves.  Countries and companies…

Brazilian Ministry of Education Proposes Issuing Diplomas on the Blockchain

In an attempt to fight against the falsification of university diplomas in Brazil, the Ministry of Education (MEC) has proposed, creating a Blockchain-based platform to issue digital certifications among non-state universities. According to Cointelegraph Brazil, MEC minister Abraham Weintraub has raised this possibility, which also seeks to create cohesion between diplomas and thus generate a space for self-regulation. To finance the creation of the platform, Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico has said that the resources will come from the private educational institutions themselves since they will be exclusively responsible for issuing…

Here’s Everything We Know About HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ Series

HBO is adapting hit PlayStation game The Last of Us into a TV show. Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin are writing the series. The adaptation will follow the events of the first game with the door open for additional content linked to the sequel. HBO announced today it is working on a TV adaptation of The Last of Us, the breakout video game from Naughty Dog. HBO ‘The Last of Us’ Series In The Works Craig Mazin, famed for penning the critically-acclaimed Chernobyl HBO series, is teaming up with Neil…