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Cryptocurrency in 2018

Bitcoin is SO last year!

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Modern day cryptocurrencies have become a global phenomenon known to most people. While still somewhat misunderstood by most, banks, governments and many companies are aware of its importance.

Most of the time however, when people think Cryptocurrency it’s always Bitcoin. According to News BTC,  Bitcoin was a bubble that was about to pop and others predicted moderate increases up to $4,000. No one expected it to get to around the $20,000 and even though it has dropped, it has still settled around the $15,000 mark. What the mainstream media seem to be forgetting are the huge returns it has made over the year than the occasional profits taking. Anyone with a Bitcoin Wallet with a sizeable amount held in it over the whole year made a fortune and the same will happen the year ahead.

However, a name you need to be on the lookout for is Ripple. This week alone, has been a wild and exciting ride for Ripple investors this week. The currency reached an ATH of $3.81, a 1424% increase from 30 days prior.

Stellar is another cryptocurrency you need to watch! Stellar had a market cap of $10 billion as the eighth-largest digital currency, according to CoinMarketCap. Unlike popular digital currency, Stellar’s transactions settle in 2 to 5 seconds and allows users to quickly exchange government-backed currencies, such as turning U.S. money into foreign currency. Technology giant IBM is using Stellar’s network to develop a cross-border payments system with some large banks.

Erin is a Demi Lovato fan, Mass Communication and Media Studies major, and Multi-Media Specialist for the City of Chelsea, in that order.

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Trump Has a Really Big Budget Proposal

And it might hit higher education right where it hurts.

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The president is feeling confident about his 2019 budget (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The White House’s 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year. The proposal bears President Trump’s vision of an America armed for war, paid for in part by an America that doesn’t prioritize education.

The $4.4 trillion is a dramatic increase from the amount of money the Trump administration spent during 2017. Much of the added funds would go toward military spending and toward funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.

“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” the president said. To “balance” the federal budget see-saw, Trump removes weight through cuts, scientific research, public broadcasting, and domestic programs benefitting the poor and middle class, such as student loans.

The proposal would also reduce funding for social programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Even with these cuts, government spending is projected to increase the federal debt by at least $7 trillion by 2027.

According to CNBC, “The proposal would sharply curtail income-based repayment plans, scratch the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and embolden the government to go after students who don’t pay their loans and cut funding for federal work study in half.”

Implementation of such changes to loans would be seen by borrowers only after July 1, 2019. 

As lawmakers from both parties digest the details, they will be arming for a potentially long struggle toward approval in the weeks ahead.

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Dunkin’ to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020

And it’s about time, too.

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There has always been something different about getting coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a no-frill — but super tasty — alternative to Starbucks or your local brewer, with down home, no-frills feel.

And they serve their brew in those foam cups. Comforting and easy to grab, sure, but not very good for the environment.

Dunkin’ announced today that those polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020, reducing the waste stream by millions.

Foam packaging of any kind decomposes very slowly, washes into waterways and can harm sea life and other creatures who depend on the water supply to live.

McDonald’s also said it will get rid of any remaining foam cups in the next few years as well, though they have already drastically reduced dependance on them.

So raise one to Dunkin’ for taking a step in an environmentally friendly direction.

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Buzzfeed and NBC Launched a ‘Millennial Parenting’ Channel Today

Playfull is aimed at parents aged 20-34, which is you, college students with kids.

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NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launched something that is being called a “millennial parenting channel” today on Facebook.

Peggy Wang, BuzzFeed’s editorial director for lifestyle brands told Digiday that the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent. Those parents are in the age range of 20 to 34, meaning it would include some college students.

Expect to see a 15-second commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics pushing the Playfull brand.

The idea behind Playfull is to replicate the success of other lifestyle platforms like Tasty and Nifty. Together, those two channels have over 100 million followers on Facebook.

Here’s the video that appeared on Playfull’s page this morning:

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