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Telegram creator Pavel Durov lashed out at Facebook and WhatsApp

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The creator of Telegram Pavel Durov wrote a great post in which he harshly criticized the WhatsApp messenger and the “empire” of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook / WhatsApp / Instagram).

In his channel in Telegram, where Durov shared a link to growth, he wrote that he didn’t like to “concentrate on competitors”, but since people often ask him about WhatsApp, he decided to express his opinion.

We in Telegram must recognize our responsibility for shaping the future. It is either we or a monopolist of Facebook. It is either freedom and privacy, or greed and hypocrisy. Our team has been competing with Facebook for the past 13 years. We have already defeated them once on the social networking market in Eastern Europe. We will defeat them again on the global instant messenger market. We have to.

According to Durov, creating a secure messaging application in the US is not easy. For the week of work in the USA, the Telegram team in 2016 faced three attempts at invasion by the FBI.

Imagine how 10 years in these conditions can affect the activities of an American company.

Durov added that the FBI and other government agencies justify this in the fight against terrorism, but criminals and authoritarian regimes can also use backdoors, noting that in 2012, access to WhatsApp messages could be obtained not only by the authorities or hackers, but also by mobile operators or administrators of Wi-Fi points.

And although WhatsApp later added encryption, de facto it was a marketing ploy, and the keys to decrypt messages were available to at least several governments, including Russia.

When Telegram began to gain popularity, the founders of WhatsApp sold their company to Facebook and said that "confidentiality was in their DNA." If this is true, then it must be a sleeping or recessive gene.

Three years ago, WhatsApp announced that it had implemented end-to-end encryption, but, Durov writes, WhatsApp did not tell its users that when backing up messages are no longer protected by end-to-end encryption and can be accessed by hackers and law enforcement.

Brilliant marketing, and some naive people are serving their sentences in jail as a result.

At the end, Durov noted that most of the new messaging features first appear in Telegram, and then WhatsApp are copied to the smallest detail.

More recently, we witnessed a Facebook attempt to borrow the entire Telegram philosophy when Zuckerberg unexpectedly declared the importance of confidentiality, almost literally quoting the description of the Telegram application in his F8 speech.

It should be noted that in early 2018, Telegram held a closed ICO for its blockade platform Telegram Open Network (TON) , raising a record $ 1.7 billion. At the same time, Facebook banned the promotion of cryptocurrency and ICO, but apparently only to note later this ban and develop your own stablebcoin for your payment system .

Publication date 17/05/2019
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OKEx is going to launch futures on Tron on May 20,

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OKEx Crypto Exchange announced the launch of futures contracts for Tron (TRX). A new financial product will appear on the trading platform already on May 20 at 10:00 Moscow time.

Justin Sun, CEO of the Tron Foundation, said that with the launch of the OKEx futures platform on the TRX, the number of transactions with a digital coin will reach 15 million per day. Note that on the eve of the network appeared information that the daily number of users of the platform of decentralized applications from Tron reached 100 thousand, exceeding the achievements of Ethereum and EOS.

The Tron project token currently occupies the 11th position in the cryptocurrency rating in terms of market capitalization. Recently, TRX was listed on the P2PB2B crypto exchange, and the number of smart contracts in the Tron-blockchain reached almost a thousand.

OKEx futures will be settled on a weekly, fortnightly, and quarterly basis. The maximum allowable shoulder size for this derivative is 20x. The new tool will combine data for the TRX / BTC pair, taking into account the performance of three crypto-exchanges – Binance, Huobi, OKEx.

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By the way, this week the team Tron left Lucien Chen, technical director of the project. He explained his departure to the fact that TRX is no longer decentralized, now Chen is going to develop his own project, the Volume Network (VOL), which will strive to achieve the goals that were moved to the Tron Foundation.

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The Central Bank of Great Britain for the first time recognized the huge potential of Bitcoin

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For the first time, a representative of the Central Bank of Great Britain commented positively on cryptocurrency and Bitcoin , in particular.

For a long time, the British financial regulator spoke extremely negatively about Bitcoin and doubted its reliability as a form of capital preservation.

For example, at the end of April, the Deputy Head of the Office for Markets and Financial Affairs of the Central Bank of the Kingdom, Dave Ramsden, reaffirmed the negative attitude of the regulator to the cryptosphere.

However, this week, the chief economist of the British Central Bank Andrew Haldane, during his speech to the students for the first time, acknowledged not only reliability, but also the gigantic prospects of Bitcoin. In his opinion, the largest cryptocurrency will be able to completely replace cash in the next 20-30 years.

Haldane said that he was following the development of the cryptocurrency industry and was aware of the existence of thousands of coins. Nevertheless, despite the fact that for the first time one of the influential employees of the British Central Bank noted the growing value of Bitcoin, the position of the regulator’s management is unlikely to change anytime soon, analysts say.

But it is quite possible that, following the chief economist, many other senior officials of the Central Bank will reconsider their position, and this will create conditions for the British Bitcoin regulator to be fully recognized as a reliable payment instrument.

Publication date 19/05/2019
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OKEx Exchange will launch TRON

OKEx cryptocurrency exchange announced the launch of TRON (TRX) cryptocurrency futures. TRON (TRX) futures trading will be available from 08:00 May 20, 2019 (CET, UTC + 1). Details as follows: https: //t.co/344ykd3iGi – OKEx (@OKEx) 17 May 2019 p. The new financial instrument will be available for trading on Monday, May 20. The following are the specifications of the TRON futures: […]

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OKEx cryptocurrency exchange announced the launch of TRON (TRX) cryptocurrency futures.

The new financial instrument will be available for trading on Monday, May 20. The following are the TRON futures specifications:

Derivatives calculations will be made on a weekly, fortnightly and quarterly basis. The maximum possible shoulder size of this futures is 20x. The instrument will be based on data on the TRX / BTC currency pair from OKEx, Huobi and Binance exchanges.

OKEx also reported that more than 557 million OKB tokens were purchased and burned this week. Since the start of the program (May 4, 2019), more than 1 million native tokens of the exchange have been destroyed.

Recall the other day TRON support announced Opera browser.

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