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Telegram wants its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency

Enormous Initial Coin Offering

Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond. According to multiple sources which have spoken to TechCrunch, the “Telegram Open Network” (TON) will be a new, ‘third generation’ blockchain with superior capabilities, after Bitcoin and, later, Ethereum paved the way.

The launch will be funded with an enormous Initial Coin Offering, with forthcoming private pre-sales ranging into the hundreds of millions, potentially making it one of the largest ICOs to date. Demand is driven by the fact that rather than the ICO coming from a fresh startup, Telegram is a well-established messaging platform used around the world.

Adopting a homegrown cryptocurrency could give Telegram’s payment system enormous independence from any government or bank — something Co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov is known to covet after investors took over his last company, Russian social network VK. Durov has not responded to TechCrunch’s several attempts to contact him regarding this story.

http://www.techcrunch.com/ … Tue., 16  January 2018

Tax cuts could risk overheating the U.S. economy

Wages to quickly rise

New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley is worried new tax cuts could risk overheating the U.S. economy in the next few years.
Economic prospects in 2018 are looking “reasonably bright,” Dudley said in a speech to the Securities and Financial Markets Association on Thursday. He expects unemployment to remain low and wages to quickly rise.

But Dudley warned that central bankers may have to “press harder on the brakes” at some point in the next few years to help stave off a possible recession.
http://money.cnn.com/ … Fri., 12  January 2018

Eastman Kodak unveils cryptocurrency

Stock doubles

Shares of Eastman Kodak Co (KODK.N) more than doubled on Tuesday after the one-time leader in photography became the latest company to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon.

The storied Rochester, New York-based company said in a statement it is launching a cryptocurrency called “KODAKCoin” for photographers, part of “KODAKOne,” an image rights management platform in a licensing partnership with WENN Digital.

The platform uses blockchain technology, the backbone of bitcoin and other digital currencies that have surged in recent months and raised fears of a price bubble.

http://reuters.com/ … Wed., 10  January 2018

Who are the world’s 500 richest people?

Bloomberg Billionaires index

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world’s richest people. Details about the calculations are provided in the net worth analysis on each billionaire’s profile page. The figures are updated at the close of every trading day in New York.

http://www.bloomberg.com… Thu., 28  December 2017

Bitcoin becomes volatile

Bitcoin falls by more than $2,000 in 12 hours

Bitcoin and several other major cryptocurrencies plunged Thursday evening New York time as the end of an exponential year of growth neared. The slashing decline triggered temporary, built-in trading halts in the bitcoin futures traded on the CME and Cboe.

Bitcoin plunged more than 17 percent to a low of $13,077.94 according to CoinDesk, down more than $2,000 from $15,830 less than 12 hours ago. The digital currency recovered to near $ 14,039, as of 1:07 a.m., ET. 

http://www.cnbc.com… Fri., 22  December 2017

34 things you need to know about the incoming tax law

Winners and loosers

It’s official. Congress has ushered through the first major tax overhaul since Ronald Reagan was president. The measure, which now awaits President Trump’s signature, is about to shake up life for millions of Americans. It will redistribute the country’s wealth. It could sway decisions about whether to buy a home, or where to send kids to school. It could even affect when unhappy couples decide to get a divorce.
As the bill becomes law, here are 34 things you need to know.

http://www.cnn.com… Thu., 21  December 2017

Senate approves GOP tax plan

First overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years

In a vote in the early Wednesday morning hours, the Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017.
The bill passed along party lines, 51-48 with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence who presided over the vote. Sen. Jeff Flake, the last undeclared Republican, voted yes.
http://www.cnn.com… Wed., 20  December 2017

Bitcoin’s illiquidity

Which scenario if the bubble bursts ?

Imagine how bad this is going to get on the day some negative news hits the wires and the really significant holders of bitcoin decide, “I’ve had enough of this. I’ve made my money. I am bailing.” The majority of bitcoins are held by a tiny percentage of the market. 40% are held by 1,000 people. Those few major holders can crash the market whenever they want.

As anyone who remembers the market crashes of 2000 and 2008 knows, these things happen fast. Billions get wiped off the market in minutes. People who need to cash out now, but who are an hour or so behind the news, can lose their shirts.

It is brutal.

And blockchain just isn’t equipped to deal with it.

http://www.businessinsider.com… Mon., 18  December 2017

Americans keep waiting for bigger paychecks

The increase in wages remains frustratingly low given the health of the overall job market

Average hourly earnings rose 2.5% over the past 12 months. That’s a slight improvement from the 2.4% increase the government reported for October. Still, it remains below the 3% increase that most economists (not to mention workers) would like to see. People are finding jobs. That’s not the problem. The economy added 228,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1% — its lowest level since December 2000.

http://www.cnn.com… Wed., 13  December 2017

Bitcoin Futures Launch Sees Price Spike

CBOE Website Crashes

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)’s website became unavailable just as it launched its first bitcoin futures contracts at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday.

The website downtime – which CBOE attributed to significant traffic around the futures launch in a post on Twitter – coincided with a sudden surge in the price of bitcoin, which jumped from $14,509 at 22:59 UTC to $15,732 at 23:06 UTC according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Yet as of press time, CBOE’s website is becoming more available – delayed information about the contracts being offered can be found here – and the price of bitcoin has maintained a somewhat steady pace since that initial jump, trading at $15,226.29 per the BPI.

The data coming in thus far suggest that buyers are indeed moving to purchase contracts. Activity has been largely centered around the first contract to expire, dated January 17, 2018, with social media posts pointing to purchases of contracts scheduled to expire on March 14. According to CNBC, 672 January contracts have been sold as of 7:10 pm EST, with the news service reporting a price of $15,800.

http://www.coindesk.com… Mon., 11  December 2017