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What El Salvador’s proposed ‘Bitcoin City’ will look like

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El Salvador plans to build a Bitcoin city at the base of a volcano – and according to the nation’s president the cryptocurrency will fund the project

El Salvador’s new Bitcoin city will be circular to represent the shape of a large coin and will be built in the south-eastern region of La Unión, President Nayib Bukele said.

The site would take advantage of the Conchagua volcano’s geothermal energy to power Bitcoin mining, he added.

El Salvador recently became the first country to use Bitcoin as legal tender.

The move led to large-scale protests over fears the cryptocurrency would bring instability and inflation to the impoverished Latin American count

Bukele addressed a raucous crowd at a promotional Bitcoin event in the coastal town of Mizata late on Saturday, and stated that the planned new city would “include everything”.

“Residential areas, commercial areas, services, museums, entertainment, bars, restaurants, airport, port, rail – everything devoted to Bitcoin,”

the 40-year-old said.

President Bukele, who appeared on stage wearing a baseball cap backwards, stated that no income taxes would be levied in the city, only value added tax referred to as VAT

The President confirmed that half of the revenue gained from this would be used to “to build up the city”, while the rest would be used to keep the streets “neat and clean”.

Mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is done using sophisticated computers to solve complex mathematical problems. It is costly, difficult and takes up large amounts of energy.

Mr Bukele did not provide dates for construction or completion of the city, but said he estimated that much of the public infrastructure would cost around 300,000 Bitcoins.

One Bitcoin is currently trading at just under $60,000.

In September, El Salvador introduced the virtual currency as a legal tender, alongside the US dollar.

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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SWIFT could soon be opening up with blockchain assets after new deal

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SWIFT could soon open up even further with blockchain assets

The financial telco is teaming up with the blockchain oracle network, Chainlink.

The pair are working on a proof-of-concept, which would allow SWIFT to allow token transfers across a range of blockchain environments.

The company believes this will give financial institutions the chance to become blockchain-friendly, without higher costs.

It’s not the first time these two firms have worked together. In fact, another proof-of-concept around bond issuance was tested around five years ago.

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We know how the crypto market will recover, but when?

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$2.2 Trillion Institutional Crypto Price Prediction Reveals Bitcoin And Ethereum Could Be Poised For Recovery

The crypto market took a huge hit after the Federal Reserve’s announcement of quantitative easing, but one analyst is predicting that both bitcoin and ethereum could stage a recovery in the near future.

According to a report from investment firm JP Morgan, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization could see prices rise to $14,000 and $3,900 per coin, respectively.

This would represent a significant rebound from their current levels of around $10,000 and $200.

The report cites the recent influx of institutional investors into the crypto space as a key driver of this price growth.

With more and more big money players getting involved in crypto, JP Morgan predicts that the market could soon see a “new paradigm” of price discovery.

So far, crypto has been largely driven by retail investors, who are often more prone to emotional buying and selling.

With institutional investors coming in, there could be more stability in the market and less volatility.

JP Morgan’s report is just one of many bullish crypto predictions that have come out in recent months.

With more and more mainstream companies and financial institutions taking crypto seriously, it seems that the once-niche market is finally coming into the mainstream.

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Ex-Crypto boss Do Kwon denies he’s on the run

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Do Kwon is denying reports he is on the run

The founder of Terraform Labs denied reports he is on the run from South Korean authorities.

It follows an international arrest warrant being issued for the cryptocurrency executive

Kwon’s company was behind the algorithmic stablecoin terra and its sister token luna, which collapsed in value from around $60 billion to nearly nothing in May.

The collapse of these tokens caused a ripple effect throughout the cryptocurrency industry, with those exposed to terra and luna, including Three Arrows Capital, feeling the pain.

Kwon insists that he is not fleeing from authorities and is cooperating with investigators.

Some analysts say this case highlights the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrency.

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