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It’s been a great week for Bitcoin, a week we’ve been waiting for. The currency has risen almost 13% and crossed the USD 13,000 barrier. Part of that support came from Paypal’s decision to enable the buying and selling of crypto currencies, a move that caused its shares to soar. The company will need that kind of increase to stay ahead of the curve in currency value. Bitcoin’s valuation is now just one behind the payment processor that allows people to trade with it.
However, traders are expecting Bitcoin to slow down after that strong rebound, which has allowed the currency to regain its dominance of the crypto currencies. Some experts think the new level may not even make sense. They see that prices will fall unless they get strong support from the bulls.
One person who sees any fall as temporary is Raoul Pal. Pal, a former hedge fund manager at Goldman Sachs, has said he believes Bitcoin could reach $1 million in as little as five years.
Meanwhile, as Bitcoin tries to decide whether to continue rising, retreat or stay around $13,000, Monero and other privacy currencies are fine. Monero has gone up more than 14 percent in the last two weeks and more than 41 percent in the last month.
One place that is happy with Bitcoin’s new price level is Turkey. Adoption in that country is increasing as inflation makes prices rise and the Turkish lira falls against the dollar. The currency has fallen by about a third since the beginning of the year. Turkish registrations in Paxful, a Bitcoin market, increased by 274 percent in the last twelve months.
However, it is not just financial health that the block chain is helping to preserve. Seventeen million Chinese tourists have now used a blockchain to check their health before visiting Macau. IBM has developed a blockchain-based digital health passport that will allow people to store their health reports on their smart phones safely. Individuals must give their consent before being granted access to their IBM Digital Health Pass details.
And in Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, the country’s prime minister and new interim president has suggested using a blockchain to secure future elections. The country has had three revolutions caused by unfair elections, he said. Japarov took power after his release from prison where he was serving an 11-and-a-half-year sentence for kidnapping a rival.
A passenger on a flight from Dubai to India might have wished he had thought of moving funds in the blockchain. The airport authorities thought that he was walking strangely and stopped him. They found two pounds of gold hidden in his ass. Either the food on the flight was particularly rich or the passenger was trying to avoid paying an 18 percent tax. He should have bought Bitcoin. It’s much more comfortable and now it’s even more popular than sex. At least on Reddit.
And finally, Atari, yes, that Atari will include a crypto currency in its new console. Customers will be able to use Atari tokens while playing Atari arcade games. It seems that Bitcoin isn’t the only currency that’s going up in levels.
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