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Bitcoin drops below $30k leaving investors worried

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Nearly $100 billion has been wiped off the crypto market as bitcoin droped again

Bitcoin has dived below $30,000 for the first time since June 22nd, dragging other digital coins lower.

Around $98 billion was wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market in 24 hours according to CoinMarketCap data.

Bitcoin was down more than 6% while Ethereum fell nearly 9%.

Investors are again worried about Bitcoin’s latest slump

Bitcoin’s latest dive follows a volatile few months for cryptocurrency, and comes as many nations crackdown on digital coins.

This week Malaysian authorities seized 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs then laid them out in a parking lot at police headquarters and used a steamroller to crush them.

You’d call it a crypto crackdown — literally

Malaysian authorities have seized 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs then laid them out in a parking lot at police headquarters and used a steamroller to crush them.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police the crackdown came after miners allegedly stole $2 million worth of electricity.

Police opted to crush the mining gear rather than sell it, in accordance with a court order.

Ether co-founder ditches crypto

The co-founder of etherium has sensationally abandoned the cryptocurrency market.

Canadian entrepreneur Anthony DiIorio has revealed he is quitting crypto and plans to sell his Toronto-based blockchain company Decentral.

The 48-year-old plans to never set foot in the cryptocurrency world again. As you might expect, the announcement has sent the price of ethereum also plummeting.

The digital coin fell by 7.13 percent in the last 24 hours.

Ethereum is the second biggest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, with a market capitalisation of $275 billion.

Global markets slump

Yesterday saw heavy selling pressure in equity markets across the globe.

The Dow Jones fell 2.1% while London’s FTSE 100 dropped by 2.3%.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Mass protests in El Salvador as thousands protest against Bitcoin

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El Salvador President Nayib Bukele remains hopeful that Bitcoin will help the people of his nation that are currently working abroad, transfer money back home.

Protesters however feel the cryptocurrency will bring instability and inflation to the Latin American nation.

During the protests on Thursday demonstrators could be seen setting fire to a brand-new Bitcoin machine, while others spray painted some shop windows.

As of last week, El Salvador officially became the first country to allow the digital currency to be used as legal tender, alongside the US dollar.

Protesters are against Bitcoin becoming legal tender / Image: The Gaurdian

The demonstrators, gathered in the capital San Salvador on the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence, brandishing placards reading “No to Bitcoin” and “Respect the Constitution”.

Protesters have accused President Bukele of abusing his authoritative power by allowing Bitcoin to become the country’s legal tender.

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How a fake Walmart news post boosted cryptocurrencies

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A fake Walmart news release claiming the retail giant would soon accept cryptocurrency has send the digital coin sector into a frenzy

Cryptocurrency Litecoin saw a sudden surge on Monday over the press release, which turned out to be fake.

The release, published through a legitimate press channel, claimed that Walmart would accept the currency through all of the company’s digital stores.

Walmart Store / Image: File

Walmart later told US media outlets the announcement was “inauthentic”

By the time Walmart confirmed that the news release was fake, several major news websites and press agencies had spread the supposed news.

The announcement made it on to Globe Newswire, a service widely used to distribute press material from companies.

The faked release has since been deleted, and did not appear on Walmart’s own website.

A tweet from a verified Litecoin Twitter account linking to the release has also been deleted.

Hours later, the Litecoin Foundation tweeted to confirm that the organisation had no such partnership:

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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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