Currency

Bitcoin and ether slide as China intensifies crypto crackdown

Bitcoin and ether tumbled Friday, with traders rattled by tough talk out of China.

The price of bitcoin fell nearly 6% to $42,124.73, according to Coin Metrics data. Ether, the second-largest digital currency, dropped 8% to $2,894.36.

It comes after the People’s Bank of China said in a Q&A that all crypto-related activities are illegal. Services offering trading, order matching or derivatives for virtual currencies are strictly prohibited, the PBOC said, while overseas exchanges are also illegal.

Beijing has cracked down sharply on crypto this year. The Chinese government moved to stamp out digital currency mining, the energy-intensive operation that validates transactions and produces new coins. That led to sharp slump in bitcoin’s processing power as miners took their equipment offline…read more.

 

You can now get paid in bitcoin to use Twitter

Twitter on Thursday announced it will now allow users to tip their favorite creators on the social network using bitcoin.

The company introduced tipping as a test feature back in May as a way to experiment with helping creators earn payments from their followers for the content they post on Twitter. The company announced Thursday that its Tips feature will now roll out globally to all Apple iOS users this week and will become available for Android users in the coming weeks.

Previously, users could tip with fiat currency using more traditional payment services such as Square’s Cash app and PayPal’s Venmo. Twitter will integrate the Strike bitcoin lighting wallet service so creators can receive bitcoin tips. The company will also allow users to add their bitcoin address to send and receive these cryptocurrency tips…read more.

At end of the day, if bitcoin is successful governments will ‘kill it,’ says Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, billionaire investor and founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, said that the more successful that bitcoin becomes, the more likely that it will get neutralized by governments and regulators supporting traditional monetary systems.

In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Dalio reiterated comments that he has made in the past, repeating that governments have the power to undercut the growth of the nascent cryptocurrency market, including bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.92% and Ether ETHUSD, 0.54% on the Ethereum blockchain, which may pose a threat to conventional finance and global central banks.

Dalio said that bitcoin may not “have intrinsic value” but said that it could still be useful in a diversified portfolio. The hedge-fund manager said that he thinks it’s worth considering all the alternatives to cash and all the alternatives to some of the financial assets…read more.

Bitcoin worth $2 billion moves for just $0.78

Block data from Blockchain.com reveals that a colossal Bitcoin (BTC) transaction worth $2 billion was processed on Monday night. Despite the enormous financial value, the unknown wallet holder only paid 0.00001713 BTC fees equivalent to $0.78.

Although it is unknown what the purpose of this transfer was, or indeed which individual or entity enacted it, what has clearly been showcased is the enormous potential of financial transactions utilizing cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.

However, this is not the first instance of a transaction of this magnitude with minimal fees. Back in August 2020, a Bitcoin transaction worth $1 billion was recorded with a nominal fee of just $4…read more.

Walmart says press release on pact with Litecoin was fake and cryptocurrencies fall

Crypto investors got a fresh injection of volatility on Monday, after Litecoin (LTC-USD) spiked — then quickly tanked — after news of a partnership with Walmart (WMT) was exposed as a hoax.

Litecoin rallied as high at 25% in under half an hour, after a fake announcement circulated early Monday that stated the U.S. retail giant would allow customers to pay in the digital currency. It spurred LTC up from $174 to a session high of $232 — before it came back to earth once Walmart knocked down the fake press release.

“As it pertains to Litecoin, the press release is not real,” a representative for Walmart said in a statement, which fabricated a quote from CEO Doug McMillon…read more.