Digital Resistance: Telegram to Use Bitcoin to Bypass Russia’s Ban

Telegram founder and CEO, Pavel Durov, has announced that he recently started issuing bitcoin grants to individuals and companies that ran socks5 proxies and VPNs, and that he plans to donate millions of dollars this year alone in order to fund such technologies which circumvent government bans on his Telegram.

Russian Government to Control Bitcoin to Fiat Exchange Operations

The Russian government has prepared a memo on the law “On digital financial assets” that states the “exchange of cryptocurrencies for fiat money to the amount of 600,000 rubles (around $10,000) and more has to be subject to mandatory currency control,” Russian publication Izvestiya reports.

Court Orders Telegram Messenger App to be Blocked in Russia

Moscow court ordered Telegram messenger app to be blocked in Russia after failing to give the country’s Secret Service (FSB) decryption keys to access users’ messages. Telegram argues this would violate users’ privacy and that the codes constantly change.

AR Startup Piligrim XXI Patents New Algorithms for Creating Digital Land

Piligrim XXI, an augmented reality (AR) startup designing the blockchain-based platform Arcona, which allows users to deposit virtual objects anywhere in the world, has obtained a patent for its new algorithms. This solution will facilitate the creation of a universal AR layer called Digital Land. Arcona launches its ICO on.