Telegram plans $1.2bn ICO to create native cryptocurrency

Popular secure messaging app Telegram looks set to enter the cryptocurrency space, with plans underway for a major ICO.

The company is planning to raise $1.2bn in total, first with a $600m pre-sale restricted to venture capital backers and close investors, according to TechCrunch. This will be running from January to February on an invitation-only basis. Following the private pre-sale, Telegram is said to be planning a public sale in March, which will allow retail investors to enter. This sale aims to raise a further $600m.


Bitcoin tumbles to 6-week low on fears of regulatory noose tightening

Bitcoin’s spot price was slumping on Tuesday, touching a six-week low below $11,000, as the biggest cryptocurrencies came under pressure across the board.

The selloff follows reports that South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said banning trading in virtual currencies was “a live option.” That has added to ongoing worries about a potential crackdown in what’s considered the world’s third-largest crypto trading market.





PBoC Official Calls for Wider Ban on Chinese Crypto Trading: Report – CoinDesk

A senior official at the People’s Bank of China is reportedly calling for a wider ban on services related to cryptocurrency trading in the country.

Pan Gongsheng, vice governor of the central bank, said, to prevent market risk, the government would apply more strict regulation to end all cryptocurrency trading-related activities and services. The news comes via a Reuters report today, citing an internal memo reviewed by the news agency.

While it’s not yet clear whether the reported memo will become immediate policy, the news indicates the continuing severe stance taken by China’s top regulators towards curbing cryptocurrency speculation and lowering perceived financial risk in the country.

According to the report, Pan said in the memo that a wider ban should extend to services and activities including individual or institutional market-makers, centralized trading platforms, guarantors, or settlement providers like online cryptocurrency wallets.


Kodak unveiled its own bitcoin miner at CES, will let you rent it for $3,400 for two years

If you thought Kodak news couldn’t get any stranger following the company’s debut of a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” called KODAKCoin earlier this week… you were wrong. In a further attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency mania currently spreading across the world, Kodak has debuted its own bitcoin mining machine at CES.

The bitcoin miner is called the Kodak KashMiner, and you can rent it for just $3,400 and keep a share of the profits you make mining bitcoin for the next 2 years.

We’ll give you a moment to let the absurdity of those last few sentences soak in before we attempt to put this madness in context.


8 Risks You Must Be Aware of Before Trading in Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency might be gaining mainstream appeal, but much like other new technologies, the average person isn’t aware of the all the risks involved. Most aren’t concerned with or even considering problems beyond issues associated with traditional trading, which puts them…