Crypto news: Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk bitcoin event, Binance ban

Crypto news: Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk bitcoin event, Binance ban

Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk will discuss bitcoin at an upcoming event, and 5 other key crypto moments from the past week After a stream of reports regarding China’s renewed crackdown on cryptocurrency mining on June 21, bitcoin briefly dropped below $30,000 last week. Along with it, top cryptocurrencies by market value, including ether, were also hit. Though the top digital coins are back in the green on Monday morning, here are six things worth knowing from the volatile past week, from Andreessen Horowitz launching a $2.2 billion crypto fund to Jack Dorsey announcing a crypto event this July. 1. South African crypto founders vanish along with billions of dollars worth of bitcoin Ameer and Raees Cajee, the founders of Africrypt, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Africa, have vanished, along with billions of dollars worth of in bitcoin, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. In April, when bitcoin was trading at a peak of around $60,000 per coin, Africrypt warned clients of a hack with about 69,000 bitcoins missing, according to Bloomberg. At the time, the value totaled about $3.6 billion, but Africrypt asked clients not to alert law enforcement. If unable to be recovered, it’d be the biggest loss in a cryptocurrency scam to date. 2. Andreessen Horowitz launches a $2.2 billion crypto fund Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, announced its new $2.2 billion cryptocurrency-focused fund on Thursday. “The size of this fund speaks to the size of the opportunity before us: Crypto is not only the future of finance but, as with the internet in the early days, is poised to transform all aspects of our lives,” the firm said in a blog post. 3. El Salvador will give free bitcoin to its citizens On Thursday, Nayib Bukele, the president of El Salvador, announced the country’s recently passed law to make bitcoin legal tender will take effect on Sept. 7, Reuters reported. “This law is made to generate employment, to generate investments,” Bukele said. As part of his effort to push bitcoin adoption, Bukele also offered each adult citizen $30 worth of bitcoin for free. To receive the free bitcoin, citizens will need to sign up for the country’s sponsored cryptocurrency wallet app called Chivo. 4. Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey agree to talk about bitcoin at an event in July On Thursday, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey promoted an event called “The B Word,” which will aim to encourage companies and institutional investors to adopt bitcoin, according to its website. The event is scheduled to take place on July 21, with speakers including Dorsey and ARK Invest’s Cathie Wood. In response to Dorsey’s tweet of the event, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded and seemingly agreed to chat with Dorsey about bitcoin at the event. Musk has continued his support of altcoins like dogecoin, a meme-inspired cryptocurrency that began as a joke. On Monday, Musk tweeted in support of a dogecoin fee proposal by the digital coin’s lead developers, which reportedly boosted dogecoin’s price. 5. Binance gets banned by U.K. regulator On Saturday, the U.K. markets regulator announced it’s banning Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volumes. This comes after Binance did not meet the anti-money laundering requirements by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), CNBC reported. The U.K. FCA said Saturday that Binance Markets Limited, the U.K. division of Binance, “is not permitted to undertake any regulated activity in the U.K.” Despite this, Binance could still offer crypto trading through its website in the U.K., as non-registered firms can still interact with consumers in the country. “Providing access to cryptocurrencies itself is not a regulated activity, but offering derivatives is, which is presumably the activity the FCA is clamping down on,” Laith Khalaf, financial analyst at AJ Bell, recently told CNBC. 6. Billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego wants his bank to accept bitcoin On Sunday, billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego tweeted that he and the bank he owns, Banco Azteca, “are working to be the first bank in Mexico to accept #bitcoin.” On this news, bitcoin’s price reportedly climbed, and is now trading at around $34,400, according to CoinMarketCap. Sign up now: Get smarter about your money and career with our weekly newsletter Don’t miss: Crypto is ‘the future of finance’: Why Gen Z is ditching traditional investments—but with caution

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