Rumors circulate about Telegram launching its own cryptocurrency

Unconfirmed info about Telegram's Blockchain platform surfaced today on Facebook
22 December 2017   1002

The popular messenger Telegram will release their own cryptocurrency, according to unconfirmed sources from Facebook. Anton Rozenberg, former employee of Telegram's publishing division Telegraph, posted a video on his Facebook page detailing the upcoming “Telegram Open Network” (TON). He hasn't disclosed the source, but the video itself is quite interesting. According to it, Telegram will utilize the blockchain network to create a cryptocurrency of their own.

Besides, Pavel Durov himself, the creator of Telegram, said in his earlier interview to Bloomberg, that his messenger is a charity for people who live under oppressive governments and that he plans to monetize it only in 2018, and even then just enough to finance the expansion, no selling out. The important bit being about plans for 2018. So, it's quite possible, in hindsight, that he was referring to TON.

The described technology will allow for fast transactions because of multi-blockchain implementation and dynamic scaling by splitting the chains in real time. Also the clients wouldn't have to download and run heavy blockchain apps, only a light wallet, which will probably be embedded into the messenger itself.

That is, actually, a big bonus for TON, because right now Telegram boasts more than 180 million users, so their virtual currency wouldn't have to go through a lengthy adoption stage – just signing up all current users will get a wider coverage, than any other emerging crypto.

Telegram's rising popularity among crypto enthusiasts can be contributed to its end-to-end “hack-proof” encryption, servers location being a secret and, on top of that, multiple refusals by Pavel Durov to release users' personal information to any government agency in the world, regardless of lawsuits and even being declared a terrorist by Iran court in absentia.

Bank of China Filed a Patent to Scale Blockchain Systems

Bank of China has filed a patent application for a process able to scale blockchain systems  
23 February 2018   102

According to a document released by China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) on February 23, the application was invented by Zhao Shuxiang and first submitted on September 28 last year.

The application states that instead of letting a new block store transactions from its previous one, a data compressing system could be used to pack transactions from multiple blocks into what the patent calls a "data block."

For example, when the system receives a request to compress transactions from block 1 to 1,000, it causes a new data block to be formed and temporarily hosted on a different storage system. Then, the system will run the packed data through a hash function with a hash value. After that, the compression system will attach labels in order to identify blocks on the blockchain.

With the use of the described method, the patent claims a reduction in the amount of the data stored in new blocks as transactions mount in a blockchain while ensuring that data from all previous transactions will still be tamper-proof and traceable.

At the moment, the patent in the review process.