Canadian Barter Platform Bunz to Launch Own Crypto

Each Bunz user will receive 1000 BTZ, which can be exchanged for goods and services or can be send and received within users' community
10 April 2018   424

The Canadian platform for online trading and barter Bunz Trading Zone has issued its own crypto currency called BTZ. This is reported by Globe and Mail.

BTZ (pronounced "bitz") is, as its creators state, "the first Canadian crypto-currency, emitted in an already formed community - among the platform participants."

The Bunz project was created in 2013 by designer Emily Bitz as a closed group on Facebook in order to exchange things with friends. The number of the group grew rapidly, and she soon went beyond Facebook and Toronto. In 2016, an application and a website were released for Bunz.

The platform grew so quickly due to its simplicity and the absence of cash payments. However, it was the absence of payments that became a serious problem for Bunz, as it deprived the platform of "an obvious source of income".

You can use it in a simple and elegant way. We know the technology works … but we haven’t really seen a viable use case that the mass market can get behind. I think we’re going to be the first example of that.
 

Sascha Mojtahedi

CEO, Bunz

As stated in the project blog, each Bunz user will receive 1000 BTZ, which can be exchanged for goods and services or receive / send to other users of the platform. Initially, 1000 BTZ will be worth "enough to buy three coffee". BTZ tokens are available to 200,000 platform users since April 9th.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   75

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.