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Telegram supports protests in Belarus with new opposition flag emoji

The app has helped Belorussians stay in touch during a communications blackout. Major encrypted messaging app provider Telegram has expressed support for the mass protests in Belarus against sitting President Alexander Lukashenko. On Aug. 25, the Telegram app introduced a new animated emoji to replace the national flag of Belarus with the white-red-white flag. Opposed to the official red and green flag of Belarus, the white-red-white flag is used as a symbol of the opposition to Lukashenko's regime. With the new feature, the emoji of Belarus’ national flag automatically turns to the animated opposition flag when a single symbol is…

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Starting Second Term Today, SEC Commissioner Peirce Tells Cointelegraph Her Crypto Priorities

Sworn in for her second term today, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce tells Cointelegraph about the commission’s work on crypto and new tech in investing. Most days, there is little love lost between the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the world of crypto. As the regulator of the world’s largest capital market, the commission’s continuing work to track down sales for tokens it considers unregistered securities has left a fair bit of the crypto market viewing the commission like a boogeyman.Which is not fair. There are controversial cases, but the ICO boom was rampant with predation, fraud and theft:…

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Pavel Durov Denies: “We Are Not Selling Telegram”

CEO of Telegram Pavel Durov denies that the company is selling Telegram tokens after the TON failure as we are reading more in the upcoming altcoin news. Pavel Durov denies:  “We are not selling Telegram – neither in part, nor in full.” The CEO of the popular encrypted messaging platform Telegram denied the reports that the company is preparing to sell the company after the failed Telegram blockchain project. According to a report by the local tech publication iXBT, the internet company from Russia Mail.ru is one of the parties involved in acquired Telegram. Another is the unidentified Russian billionaire…

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Pavel Durov Denies He’s Selling Telegram Following TON Failure

“We are not selling Telegram – neither in part, nor in full,” Telegram CEO Pavel Durov promises. Pavel Durov, CEO of the popular encrypted messaging platform, Telegram, has denied reports that the firm is preparing to sell the company after the failure of Telegram’s blockchain project.According to an Aug. 5 report by local tech publication iXBT, Russia’s internet company Mail.ru is one of the parties interested in acquiring Telegram. Another is an as yet unidentified Russian billionaire. The information was reportedly shared by Russia-based trader and analyst, Kirill Promzin. As reported by iXBT, Promzin predicted Bitcoin’s 2017 bull run back…

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Telegram’s Durov Posture as Defenders Against Foreign Tech Invasions

The leaders of two tech giants are using nationalism to win back the governments of their respective home countries after stumbling over crypto launches. Two icons of tech — one American, one Russian — are hard at work trying to win back the jilted governments of their home countries by stirring up concerns over foreign competitors. When nationalism meets techIn a hearing tomorrow before the congressional Antitrust Subcommittee, Mark Zuckerberg plans to portray Facebook as the American champion to meet Chinese tech. Meanwhile, Pavel Durov has waged a similar campaign to rehabilitate Telegram in his native Russia, largely by painting U.S.…

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SEC Commissioner Peirce Asks ‘Who Did We Protect?’ in Telegram Shutdown

Commissioner Hester Peirce clearly doesn’t see the SEC’s courtroom win against Telegram as a victory for the regulator or innovation in the U.S. In her July 21 speech for Blockchain Week Singapore, Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester Peirce, known among the industry as ‘CryptoMom,’ spoke out on her opposition to the SEC’s recently concluded suit against Telegram.SEC action against Telegram served neither investors nor missionPeirce’s speech, entitled “Not Braking and Breaking,” emphasized the roles and responsibilities of regulators regarding innovation, particularly in the light of the case against Telegram that came to an end in June.Telegram had sold $1.7 billion…

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