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With a mobile phone, Kenyans can send and receive money via a service called M-PESA. Now Facebook is entering the digital currency realm. The social media giant has helped develop a digital currency called Libra that plans to launch in 2020. Nichole Sobecki for NPR hide caption

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A kilogram, or just over 2 pounds, of tomatoes sits next to the 5 million "strong" bolivars needed just to buy the bunch at an informal market in a low-income neighborhood of Venezuela's capital, Caracas. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters hide caption

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Massena, N.Y., Town Supervisor Steven O'Shaughnessy says the community is hungry for jobs, and cryptocurrency miners could represent a huge opportunity. "They need lots of power," he says. "And we can provide that." David Sommerstein/NCPR hide caption

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Cryptocurrency Miners Make Big Promises In Small Towns

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The Justice Department has charged Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, with bank fraud and money laundering. She allegedly converted money from credit cards into cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and transferred it abroad in support of ISIS. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Faced with rocketing inflation and low oil prices, Venezuela has introduced new, larger banknotes this year. Now the country is planning a cryptocurrency tied to its oil reserves. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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