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Bitcoin-drop: El Salvador falters in legal tender rollout

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Bitcoin plunged as much as 17 per cent to its lowest level in a month as El Salvador’s crypto rollout got off to a rocky start

The largest cryptocurrency fell as low as $43,050 in New York on Tuesday, plunging more than 10 per cent over an hour, before recovering about half the losses.

The Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index, which tracks some of the largest digital tokens, lost as much as 19 per cent at one point. 

El Salvador has become the first country to accept Bitcoin everywhere

The drop comes as Bitcoin faces one of its biggest test in its 12-year history as El Salvador became the first country to adopt it as legal tender

You can now pay for a burger using bitcoin, as businesses across the nation are advised to accept the digital coins as payment 

The Central American nation’s president, Nayib Bukele, said on Twitter that the digital wallet being used in the project can now be downloaded after it was shut down earlier because of technical glitches.  

The wallet, known as Chivo, comes pre-loaded with $30 worth of the currency for users who register with a Salvadoran national ID number

Millions of people are expected to download the government’s new digital wallet app.

More than 200 new cash machines are being installed across the country to enable dollars to be converted into Bitcoin.

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Binance pours in another billion to help crypto

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Crypto exchange Binance has allocated another $1 billion for its industry recovery fund, effectively doubling the size of the fund within just one week.

The additional allocation was announced by Binance’s CEO.

Binance won’t be on its own. Aptos Labs and Jump Crypto, along with other prominent crypto companies joined Binance’s initiative and will contribute $50 million to the fund.

The crypto market has seen a massive decline since the start of the year, leading to several crypto firms going out of business.

The recovery fund will be used to buy distressed crypto assets and support the industry.

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Billion dollar fund to save crypto

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is trying to shore up trust in the industry, revealing new details about its industry recovery fund.

It aims to prop up struggling players in the wake of FTX’s calamitous bankruptcy.

Binance plans to devote $1 billion in initial commitments to the recovery fund and may even double that if the need arises.

Binance CEO Chang-peng Zhao shared the public wallet address with its initial commitment to prove the company is acting transparently.

The fund is an attempt by Binance to keep the crypto industry afloat after controversial entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried’s exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.

Musk’s distance

Twitter CEO Elon Musk is distancing his new company from FTX’s disgraced founder Sam Bankman-Fried and his alleged ownership of Twitter shares.

In a series of tweets, Musk called out a “news report that alleged Bankman-Fried rolled his $100 million holdings of Twitter into private shares.

Musk discredited the report which alleged Bankman-Fried “owns a sizable chunk of a now privately held and debt-laden Twitter.”

The report claimed an FTX balance sheet prepared after the takeover closed at the end of October and circulated to investors earlier this month.

In a tweet Musk says “SBF/FTX do not own shares in Twitter.”

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Should crypto be banned for NYC retirement savings?

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New York’s Attorney General wants lawmakers to ban the use of crypto assets as an investment option for retirement accounts.

In the letter addressed to members of Congress, the attorney general claimed that US lawmakers need to protect workers’ retirement funds from high-risk crypto assets.

It follows the recent collapse of FTX which delivered billions in losses to retail users.

She added that while investment in crypto assets has found momentum over the past few years, these assets “have no intrinsic value on which their prices are based.”

James also urged Congress to reject a recent law that would prevent the Secretary of Labor from banning digital asset investments.

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