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Want to Break up Facebook and the Tech Giants? Here’s the Argument

January 16, 2018 |

Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Critics say they should get the same treatment. The answer to the antitrust question depends on a narrow test: Are consumers worse off?
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Here’s What Doctor Had to Say After Trump’s Physical

January 13, 2018 |

President Trump’s White House physician declared him in “excellent health” after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, the AP reports. Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the physical examination “went exceptionally well. The President is in…
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TMZ

UFC’s Tyron Woodley: Ronda Rousey to WWE Is Happening, Here’s Why

January 12, 2018 |

You’re gonna see Ronda Rousey in the ring sooner rather than later — so says Tyron Woodley, who’s got a strong hunch when the UFC megastar’s making her WWE debut.  Tyron broke down why the timing’s perfect for Rousey to cross over to pro…

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T.I.: NFL Ownership Sucks, Here’s Why

January 11, 2018 |

T.I. says he does NOT want in on Diddy and Steph Curry’s bid to buy the Carolina Panthers … ’cause owning a team ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. The rap star broke it down for us out in Beverly Hills … telling TMZ Sports he wouldn’t…

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Here’s What Trump Wants in Deal to Protect Dreamers

January 6, 2018 |

President Trump is asking for $ 18 billion to fund a portion of his promised border wall in exchange for allowing hundreds of thousands of Dreamers—young immigrants brought to the US illegally—to stay in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the New York Times , the wall…
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Here’s why the Iran protests are significant

January 1, 2018 |

The largest public display of discontent in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement has brought about a series of tweets from US President Donald Trump, pushback from the Iranian government and a scene that might have been unfathomable a decade ago — protesters challenging the rule of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
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Shannon Sharpe: Here’s What Needs to Happen for Diddy to Buy Panthers …

December 26, 2017 |

Shannon Sharpe REALLY hopes Diddy can become the next owner of the Carolina Panthers … and he’s spelling out everything that needs to happen in order for that to become a reality.  The co-host of FS1’s “Undisputed” has been a Diddy supporter…

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Here’s How Long Spending Bill Staves Off Shutdown This Time

December 22, 2017 |

Congress is getting closer to delaying a government shutdown for a few more weeks—yet again—after passing a temporary spending bill on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the AP , the bill passed the House by a 231-188 vote and the Senate by a 66-32 vote with…
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Bitcoin is Trading at a 40% Premium in Africa – Here’s Why

December 17, 2017 |

Bitcoin is Trading at a 40% Premium in Africa – Here’s Why

This week bitcoin surpassed $ 19,000 on global exchanges, with the exception of one continent – Africa. Customers of the world’s second largest and second most populous continent were already paying that much per coin back in November. Prices at Africa’s Golix.com exchange have been 40% higher than the rest of the word for months. Now news.Bitcoin.com can reveal why.

Also read: European Union Terror Fears Drive New Crackdown on Bitcoin Across Member States

Africa is Illiquid

On November 15, it was revealed that Zimbabweans were paying $ 13,500 for bitcoin, a sum that was described at the time as “eye-watering”. Last month’s expensive bitcoin is this month’s cheap bitcoin, and the intense demand for the digital currency has since pushed it to over $ 19,000 globally as of this writing. The premium that’s been in place at the continent’s Golix exchange remains in place though. As a consequence, one bitcoin there is currently trading for around $ 32,000, down slightly from a peak of $ 34,000.

Citizens of Zimbabwe Use Bitcoin to Access International Markets“Who’s talking about us?” runs a banner on the homepage of Golix alongside logos for media organizations that include CNN, CNBC, Reuters, and news.Bitcoin.com. Everyone in bitcoin is talking about Golix and they’re all asking the same question – why? Why is it so expensive to acquire the virtual currency in Africa? The answer comes from a recent blog post on Golix which outlines the factors that have contributed to the premium price.

Digital Scarcity in a Land of Poverty

Bitcoin has always traded higher in nations such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Nigeria apparently, but previously only by around 10%. One reason why buyers will pay over the odds for their cryptocurrency in Africa is due to a lack of liquidity. When there’s a shortage of sellers, it’s easy for players to set higher prices in the knowledge that their orders will still be filled. In countries such as Nigeria and Angola, this has forced buyers to pay as much as a 100% markup for bitcoin.

Bitcoin is Trading at a 40% Premium in Africa – Here’s Why

With demand outstripping supply, exacerbated by the failings of hyperinflationary fiat currencies, overpriced bitcoin is still seen as a better deal. Any port in a storm and any price to obtain a deflationary currency that will hold its value and then some. There’s another reason why bitcoin is so expensive in Africa though, which the Golix blog only references in passing – power.

Africa Has a Power Vacuum

Africa is one of the worst places in the world to mine bitcoin. It’s hot, dusty, and suffers from poor infrastructure. Power blackouts are a daily occurrence in many parts of the continent, making Africa wholly unsuited to mining. In South Africa, utility companies regularly engage in “load shedding” – imposing national blackouts to ease the demand on the electricity grid. As an NYT report from 2015 notes: “All of sub-Saharan Africa’s power generating capacity is less than South Korea’s, and a quarter of it is unproductive at any given moment because of the continent’s aging infrastructure.”

Bitcoin is Trading at a 40% Premium in Africa – Here’s WhyIn Nigeria, meanwhile, the national power supply is so patchy that most of the country runs on private generators. On other continents, cryptocurrency mining ensures a steady supply of coins moving onto exchanges as miners seek to pay their bills and cash in their profits. In their absence, virtually no one in Africa is selling bitcoin. Power issues aside, the continent’s internet is also poor, with most Africans reliant on mobile data. Finding a stable source of power and internet with which to mine cryptocurrency is nigh impossible.

Bitcoin might be unsuitable for mining and priced at a premium, but Africans have at least one other means of getting their hands on cryptocurrency – by earning it. It’s a slow accumulation strategy, but one in which they are at less of a disadvantage. From Steemit to the bitcoin cash-friendly Yours.org, there are plenty of sites that will remunerate contributors in crypto. The process requires hard work and perseverance, but Africans aren’t afraid to graft. Given the financial stability and possible route out of poverty afforded by cryptocurrency, it’s no wonder Africa has developed a taste for bitcoin.

Would you still buy bitcoin if you had to pay a 40% premium for the privilege? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Here’s What’s in the Final GOP Tax Bill

December 16, 2017 |

Congressional Republicans on Friday evening revealed the final version of their massive tax bill, which appears likely to pass next week, the Washington Post reports. Here’s some of what’s included in the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”: The corporate tax rate is reduced from 35% to 21%, representing an approximately…
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