Pavel Durov

Telegram supports protests in Belarus with new opposition flag emoji

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 …

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Russia to Reportedly Investigate an Allegedly Fraudulent TON Offering in UK

Shortly after lifting the country’s Telegram ban, Russian authorities began investigating potentially fraudulent offerings involving the company’s unlaunched token, Gram. The token was at one time meant to serve a new blockchain ecosystem known as the Telegram Open Network, or TON. Reports indicate that Russian prosecutors are set to investigate a British firm that allegedly …

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US Investor Backs up Telegram’s Claim of Completing $1.2B Refund

Telegram, the creator of the failed Gram (GRM) token and the Telegram Open Network, or TON, was well into investor reimbursement weeks before a court in the United States ruled that the firm had to return $1.2 billion. A U.S.-based TON investor tells Cointelegraph that he got his 72% refund from Telegram in late May …

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Pantera Capital Founder Says Regulators ‘Triggered’ by Grams and Libra

Dr. Steven Waterhouse, a founding partner of Pantera Capital and the CEO of Orchid (OXT), believes that the U.S. government will not let a private enterprise challenge the dollar. In an interview recorded prior to Telegram announcing it had given up on its blockchain project, Dr. Waterhouse said the U.S. government perceives cryptocurrencies issued by …

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Aggrieved Investors Mull Suing Telegram Over Canceled TON Blockchain Project

Investors in Telegram’s TON project are in discussion to sue the company after it abruptly shuttered the blockchain effort earlier this week, according to four individuals familiar with the situation.  It’s not the ambitious project being shut down that upset investors but the options they were given: Take back 72% of their investment immediately, in …

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Telegram Drops TON Cryptocurrency Project After US Prohibits Global Distribution

Popular messaging app Telegram has shut down its TON cryptocurrency project. Telegram founder Pavel Durov explains that a US court has stopped his TON project and prevented the gram cryptocurrency from being distributed to investors, not just in the US but globally. Telegram Discontinues TON Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Project Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov …

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No, Free TON Hasn’t Just Forked Telegram’s TON Blockchain

Free TON Community, an independent group of developers and users, have just launched a free version of the Telegram Open Network, or TON. During the launch event on May 7, community members answered major questions about the Free TON Blockchain launch. At the launch Zoom call, a number of users were wondering whether the Free …

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Telegram Won’t Let American TON Investors Get 110% Refund in 2021

Soon after missing the April 30 deadline to launch the Telegram Open Network (TON), Telegram sent another letter to its investors. In the new letter, Telegram reportedly said that American TON investors will not be able stay in the TON project for another 12 months. American TON investors will be only eligible for an immediate …

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