Cryptocurrency Gram by Pavel Durov: at What Stage is the Project Development?

New digital coins appear on the cryptocurrency market almost every day. Vast majority of them remain unnoticed by wide audience. There are still some rare coins, which become very popular even before their official release. One of these projects will be discussed in our today’s article. So, as you may have guessed from the title, this is a review of the cryptocurrency Gram.

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  1. The history of creation and basic information
  2. What is known for today?
  3. Mining of the cryptocurrency Gram
  4. Advantages and disadvantages
  5. Conclusion

1. The history of creation and basic information

To begin with, Gram is the coin that will be started on basis of the TON (Telegram Open Network) platform. The creator and main ideological inspirer of this project is Pavel Durov. If someone does not know, Durov created the Russian social network “VKontakte”. After he sold his stake in VK, he switched to the new project Telegram messenger. By March 2018, the users base of this project amounted to more than 200 million people (there is no more recent official data).

From 2013 to 2017, performance and functioning of the messenger was carried out exclusively by the personal funds of Pavel Durov (about $ 1 million per month) and the issue of monetization of the project was still open. But after the appearance of information about Durov’s desire to create a decentralized platform on its basis, everything fell into place. Firstly, this became known not from official sources, but after a short period of time this information was confirmed. Durov`s team laid out the white paper project in open access. This document has 140 pages of detailed descriptions of the upcoming project.

Durov calls Gram the third generation cryptocurrency. The blockchain platform TON will be able to process hundreds of thousands transactions per second. This mark is several times more than that of VISA or Mastercard, not talking about other cryptocurrencies.

The project has become so popular that its creators did not even have organize a public ICO. As a result, two closed pre-ICO tours were held, during which the project managed to raise more than $1.7 billion. It is worth to note, that Durov had to refuse many willing investors, since the demand for tokens was huge.

2. What is known for today?

At the moment, there is not much information about this project. New official statements from the development team have not been received for a long time. To have a rough idea of what is happening inside the project now, it is possible to see its roadmap.

We want to remind you, that in mid-April 2018, the Telegram messenger was blocked throughout Russia. Of course, many users will be able to get round the blocking of Roskomnadzor without any problems, but such a policy of the Russian Federation will still adversely affect the users base expansion of the messenger.

By the end of 2018, all Telegram users should receive a Gram cryptocurrency wallet. But it is very important to understand, that this coin cannot be bought anywhere yet. There are many scammers in the Internet, who offer to purchase Gram cryptocurrency. This is absolutely wrong to trust. Its output and, accordingly, listing on major exchanges will happen not earlier than 2019.

3. Mining of the Cryptocurrency Gram

The blockchain Gram will work on the protocol of consensus Proof of Stake. It is possible to mine this cryptocurrency, but the developers have come up with a number of rules which have never been encountered before. Let’s take a closer look at the main features of the Gram coin mining process:

  • Multitasking. The miners will be responsible for not only mining new coins, but also checking transactions, supervising the emergence of new blocks, etc.
  • Random 1,000 miners per month. Each month there will be a new selection of miners, in which all users of the Telegram messenger can take part.
  • The system of bonuses and fines. In case of the conscionable fulfillment of their duties, the miners will be rewarded with an additional amount of coins. This pattern will work in both directions, and in case of disregard for their duties, the miners will be fined.

4. Advantages and disadvantages

The project of Pavel Durov has aroused heightened interest among the entire cryptocurrency community. Since more than a half year passed after the ICO, let`s objectively evaluate all the pros and cons of the TON platform. Let’s start with the benefits:

  • Cosmic transaction processing speed. For comparison: the Bitcoin blockchain can process 7 transactions per second, Ethereum – 17, Visa declares support for 24 thousand (but in fact processes about 1,700), Gram`s indicator is hundreds of thousands, and in theory even millions of transactions per second.
  • Convenience and usability. The whole platform will be implemented on the famous Telegram messenger basis. All operations with cryptocurrency Gram can be carried out directly from Telegram account application. Against the background of modern cryptocurrency wallets with their inconvenient and not always logical interface, the Telegram will look much more attractive.
  • Wide functionality. According to plans of Pavel Durov, it will be possible to pay by cryptocurrency Gram not only in digital, but also in real world. The VPN function (for getting round blocking), which is built in the messenger, is a good answer to Roskomnadzor. To understand the whole functionality of the future TON platform, it is needed to read the white paper of the project. It consists of 140 pages of text.
  • Investment tool. Just in the near future, cryptocurrency Gram will be able to show a crazy growth. It was not for nothing that many rich people invested in this project, the Google company even sent a blank check to Durov, saying that he could enter the required amount on his own.

But like any company on the planet, the TON project has its disadvantages, which we will discuss now:

  • This is just a concept. Many experts and skeptics believe that the existence of the TON project is possible only on paper. Durov and his development team have put almost impossible task (too wide functionality), the implementation of which can cause a number of difficulties.
  • The lack of official statements throughout the 2018 is alarming. The lack of news still does not mean anything bad, but indirectly, this may confirm existence of difficulties with the implementation of the platform.

5. Conclusion

The cryptocurrency Gram is one of the most high-profile events in the industry throughout 2018. In theory, the successful implementation of the project will be able to bring the cryptocurrency market to a qualitatively new level. Cryptocurrency Gram is predicted a great future. The investors of this project are group of the richest people on the planet. But the development team has not yet represented a really working product to a wide audience, so it’s too early to talk about the future of the TON platform. We can only wish good luck to Durov and his team, as well as intently follow the development of events.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 21: Is Cryptocurrency Declining Again?

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency Rate

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) has lost 0.72% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3934 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies show a slight downward trend:

Bitcoin Cash lost 2.15% over the past 24 hours and now costs $140 per coin;

Ripple decreased by 2.21% and costs $0.32;

EOS added 1.77% and its price is $3.78;

Litecoin fell by 0.21% and its price is $48;

Cardano lost 4.29% and its value is $0.044;

Stellar decreased by 1.71% and costs $0.088;

IOTA added 2.48% and its cost is $0.31;

Dash minus 0.8% and its price is $85;

Monero has become cheaper by 1.8% and costs $50.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum remained stable, decreasing slightly from time to time. The course of the coin is $144.

The total market capitalization increased to $133 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $69 billion.

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Elon Musk: Bitcoin Is Good, But Not For Tesla

Elon Musk has recently made a statement showing his attitude towards cryptocurrency and financial world as a whole. He supports Bitcoin, yet, it will not bring good for Tesla.

Elon Musk is a well-known technology entrepreneur and engineer with a fortune of $22.8 billion, he projects, like SpaceX, Tesla, PayPal, cover different areas of live, meanwhile they are competing to other companies at a high level. Musk is also a socially active person, he likes to post tweets sharing his thoughts about what is happening in the world. Though, sometimes it may bring consequences, like it was in July last year, when the SEC sent a request to Tesla regarding tweets of Elon Musk.

Furthermore, he freely expresses his attitude towards cryptocurrency. Once he even claimed how many Bitcoins he actually possessed. The Twitter community blowed up every time when Musk speaks about cryptocurrency. For instance, in October 2018, Elon posted a tweet about his love for anime and offered a subscriber to buy Bitcoins.

Twitter even blocked his account for a certain period of time to make sure he was the author. So, this time the world has gone mad, when Musk expressed his feelings about financial system and Bitcoin, in particular,  in the podcast “On the Road to Full Autonomy With Elon Musk.”

“Paper money is going away. Crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper, that’s for sure,” he said. “Bitcoin’s structure is brilliant but I don’t think it would be a good use of Tesla’s resources to get involved in crypto.”

Furthermore, Musk added that Bitcoin has its pros and cons, yet, what he is really concerned about is crypto mining, to create one Bitcoin, people use high-powered computers to solve a complex math problem.

“We’re really just trying to accelerate the advance of sustainable energy, and I think one of the down sides of crypto is that computationally it’s quite energy intensive. There had to be some kind of constraints on the creation of crypto. But it’s very energy intensive to create slightly incremental Bitcoin, at this point.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 20: Bitcoin Is Growing Steadily

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency Rate

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 1.1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3958 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are in a stable green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.46% over the past 24 hours and costs $145 per coin;

Ripple increased by 0.53% and its cost is $0.33;

EOS raised by 12% and its price is $3.95;

Litecoin grew by 6.5% and its price is $50;

Cardano plus 1.8% and its cost is $0.046;

Stellar increased by 4.7% and costs $0.091;

IOTA added 1.7% and its value is $0.30;

Dash grew by 0.3% and its price is $87;

Monero became more expensive by 1.1% and costs $52.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has lost 0.17%. The coin rate is $146 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $135 billion. Bitcoin’s share is 51.7% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $69 billion.

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Interview with Marco Robinson: Bitcoin is the Best Performing Asset of All Time

Nowadays pretty much everyone has an opportunity to become a successful entrepreneur and investor. With the emergence of cryptocurrency and blockchain, perhaps it has become even more accessible.

Today, we invited to talk Marco Robinson a man who not only managed to become a world-famous investor, but also created a number of successful projects. An Award Winning Entrepreneur, Prime Time TV Star, Philanthropist, #1 Bestselling Author, Winner of the iProperty People’s Choice Awards Best Real Estate Company, World Renowned Property Investor, and Restaurateur he knows how to make money work for you better than anyone.

Hello, Marco. First of all, let’s discuss your success as an investor. At what point in your life did you start investing in real estate, and why this particular area was one of the first you chose?

I first invested in real estate fairly late in life at 40 years old after I had a great business success and had quite a bit of money I didn’t know what to do with.

It was an interesting time in 2009 as it was the subprime crisis, I discovered properties were very cheap especially in the USA, and I found that fascinating so I started to study what made Real Estate go up and go down and wondered why this happened continually…I got so into this I decided to write a book about property cycles and what made them do that and I developed an algorithm based on four main drivers that triggered property price increases, they were:

  1. Cycles (economic cycles) for example in the UK there is a proven 18-year cycle
  2. Population growth. (Rent prices and property increased basically supply and demand.
  3. Structure plan. (What they are gonna build in the area, for example, new manufacturing, schools, etc)
  4. Local and individual property taxes & including friendly states and governments (some taxes are so high you can easily get negative cash flow)

When did you first learn about the blockchain technology, and how did it help you in the development of your projects?

I was introduced to Bitcoin in 2015.

I saw as a real threat to the banking system which I liked very much and after some detailed research discovered it was a genuine reaction, I felt, to the US sub prime crisis which made 40 million people homeless. I loved the security of it and especially it’s decentralization, that it could not be shut down and the founder very cleverly could not be identified.

I was also looking for a loyalty solution to connect all my businesses including my restaurants, my cosmetics, my property, my travel, my education and film companies, a currency everybody could use that I could keep within my own eco-system, so I could keep my clients loyal and grow my client based with the best value proposition in the market place. That currency I created is called NAKED DOLLARS and is now listed on LATOKEN.

Besides NKD, what do you think about investments in cryptocurrency in general?

It’s a brand new sector and to be frank not even the end of day one yet. A lot of cowboys presented a fabulous whitepaper in 2016 and 2017 and made a fortune off speculation…2018 saw a massive correction and the crypto market lost 80% of its value in one year because of this and because not many people had a real product.

It is here to stay, only just yesterday JP MORGAN created their own cryptocurrency, governments are creating their own, they have to as the FIAT CASH currency system is not sustainable, a new debt system has to be created or the majority of the world will go bankrupt.

Bitcoin is the SAFEST currency in the world, it cannot be hacked, it has no founder, no company, no office, and no assets, yet it is the best performing asset of all time increasing 350,000% in ten years! You cannot ignore it at all!

Are there any startups in the cryptocurrency world which you have invested or would like to invest in?

There are very few I would because of the losses in 2018. New projects don’t just have to have great technology, they must have great founders with great track records in business and great profiles in terms of influence.

How do you feel about buying, for example, real estate for Bitcoin?

I’d rather keep the bitcoin it gives a higher return potentially. I would rather use other cryptocurrency like Ethereum to buy real estate.

However I also use a profit strategy, so when I make great profits in bitcoin I will buy real estate as real estate gives me great cash flow.

In what areas, do you think, the use of blockchain technology is necessary?

I think it’s critical in pretty much every industry to prove the origins of each product or service and the security of it, especially in supply chain businesses such as gold and diamond mining to supply to make sure they are not conflict diamonds etc. I also love the adoption to health and medicine, for example, if someone has an accident one drop of blood or even a thumbprint can track the entire medical history of that person in seconds and the perfect medication can be administered!

You are a well-known philanthropist and are famous for your good deeds for the homeless and the needy, because you know very well what it feels like to not have a home. Let’s talk about an 18-year-old teenage mother Holly, a part of the TV Show “Get a House for Free.” Have you thought about not just “giving a fish” to people, but also trying to “teach people to fish”, that is, to give the needy the knowledge of how to “get back on their feet”?

I’m already now doing that with FREEDOMX, www.freedomxmovement.org where I have created a new charity social impact program where the victims of homelessness are rewarded on a merit based philosophy: “I help you if you help someone else” this is CONDITIONAL ALTRUISM, so we only help them if they want to be helped and IF they want to be microfinanced for a coffee shop on a bicycle, for example, they have to be certified and trained which lowers risk and creates a new economy for people to thrive in.

In what areas besides real estate, restaurant business, TV-shows would you like to or plan to realize yourself?

I’m making my first Hollywood movie “legacy of lies” next month, I helped fund the whole movie and my profits will be going to help the homeless

You can see the trailer here:

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CryptoMining.Farm Scam: 30 Victims Lost $1.34 Million

Thirty people have filed complaints to Thailand’s Technology Crime Suppression Division stating that they were victims of crypto mining scam, they allegedly lost 42 million baht ($1.34 million). The police thinks that the amount of victims can be bigger.

According to the victims’ words, the leaders of the scam convinced them to invest money into CryptoMining.Farm, a blockchain-mining website. One anonymous victim said to the Bangkok Post that one of the leaders promised investor an impossibly high return – 70% a year.

The victims signed contracts when they entered the website, the documents said that a customer may withdraw money at any time he/she wanted without any additional condition. However, the situation has changed since August. The victim stated that:

“From August the owner began imposing conditions for withdrawing the money. Then at the start of this month, the site announced it would start paying back investors in 84 installments which would take over seven years to complete. The payments were supposed to be made in foreign currencies [which] is not permitted by Thai laws.”

After a preliminary investigation, the police is sure that not 30, but 140 people became victims of the scam. Moreover, it can be related to a big scandal which happened in August 2018, when a popular Thai actor and his siblings stole about 797 million baht ($25.5 million).

According to the Bangkok Post, the company has two official offices in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, which may make the victims think that the company’s operations are legal.

Thailand treats digital money with caution and tries to regulate it. The Thai Ministry of Finance even issued a document last year where all the country’s cryptocurrency activities were regulated, including the taxation of participants of crypto market.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 19: EOS Has Increased By More Than 20%, BTC Approaches At $4000

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency Rate

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 4.1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3896 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are growing rapidly:

Bitcoin Cash added 11% over the past 24 hours and costs $145 per coin;

Ripple increased by 8% and costs $0.33;

EOS raised by 21% and its price is $3.57;

Litecoin grew by 6% and its value is $47;

Cardano plus  7% and costs $0.046;

Stellar fell by  9% and its price is $0.087;

IOTA added 7% and its cost is $0.30;

Dash raised by  8% and its price is $87;

Monero became more expensive by 5% and costs $51.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has added 5.6%. The coin rate is $146 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $132 billion. Bitcoin’s share is 51.8% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $68 billion.

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