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- The capitalization of bitcoin for the first time exceeded $1 trillion in mid-February. And, although many analysts doubt the continued growth, ARK Invest CEO Catherine Wood believes that the first trillion in the capitalization of the first cryptocurrency is only the first step.
“If we calculate the potential demand for bitcoin, given the limited supply of coins, we get huge numbers in the long run. Now is just the beginning, and the capitalization of $1 trillion is nothing compared to the indicators of the future, "- said the CEO of ARK Invest at a conference held by the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
The demand for bitcoin from institutional investors who are trying to hedge inflation risks with cryptocurrencies has become one of the most important things. At the same time, they buy bitcoin for a very long time and increase the number of coins withdrawn from circulation.
“We see Square, Tesla, MicroStrategy and others buying bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies dominate the business of these companies now. And the announcement of the sale of Tesla for BTC will allow you to do business in any region without wasting time and money on exchanging fiat currencies." So, the current position is only the beginning of a bullish cycle, Catherine Wood emphasized.

- The PayPal payment system is going to provide its customers with the opportunity to pay in bitcoins in all stores that are partners of the company in the near future. We are talking about approximately 29 million retail outlets around the world. According to Reuters, in addition to the main cryptocurrency, PayPal also plans to introduce support for payments in Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. Reuters noted that it is not about direct payment of goods and services with the help of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. All assets will be automatically converted to fiat in real time. This will make the option available in all countries where PayPal operates.
It will also be possible to transfer funds in real time to debit or credit cards. PayPal CEO Dan Shulman noted that there will be no fees for cryptocurrency transactions.

- Miami Mayor Francis Suarez wants to make the city the hub of bitcoin mining. According to him, 90% of miners extract the first cryptocurrency using "dirty energy" outside the United States. “This is the reason why bitcoin mining is considered a dirty business,” said Suarez.
According to him, the United States is ready to provide large bitcoin miners with access to renewable energy sources. He is confident that America should mine more digital gold, including for reasons of national security and environmental protection. “We have nuclear, which means clean energy, which is practically unlimited,” added Suarez.
According to the bitcoin energy consumption index Digiconomist, the indicator renewed its all-time high on March 28: the annual consumption reached 89.9 TWh.

- Enthusiasts used the Game Boy handheld gaming system to mine cryptocurrency. A video about this was released on a YouTube channel. Only the 4 MHz Sharp processor installed in this game console was used directly for mining. The system issued a 0.8 H/s hashrate. However, the result is not very encouraging: with a bitcoin rate of about $55,000, it will take 50 thousand years to mine $1.

- Latvian airBaltic was the first airline in the world to add bitcoin as a way to pay for its flights. According to the company, about 1000 customers have used this option since its integration. And now airBaltic has added the ability to buy tickets with Ethereum, Dogecoin, Bitcoin Cash, USD Coin, Binance Dollar, Gemini Dollar and Paxos. Airline prices are denominated in euros. The BitPay payment service automatically converts cryptocurrencies into fiat upon purchase.

- Popular cryptocurrency analyst Willy Woo said that we will see the final stage of the explosive growth of the first cryptocurrency this year, which will be the last for a three-year "bullish cycle". Now the bitcoin rate is at a local bottom and there is no point in selling your BTC reserves. On the contrary, this is a good time to develop the position.
“You have to be crazy to sell right now. At the bottom, bitcoin is now being bought up in huge volumes,” the analyst noted. In support of his statement that bitcoin is unlikely to decline anytime soon, Woo recalled large-scale transfers of BTC from the [censored] cryptocurrency exchange to cold wallets - this suggests that the "whales" are buying and are waiting for the growth of the first cryptocurrency.

- Canadian mortgage broker Mogo with a capitalization of $435 million has launched a new program: the users will be able to receive cashback up to $2,460 when applying for a mortgage and use it to buy bitcoins. The program works both when applying for a new mortgage, and when refinancing an existing one.
“Given the volatility and speculative nature of bitcoin, more Canadians are looking for an opportunity to participate in BTC trading without investing their own money. Our program is designed for just such customers,” explained David Feller, CEO of Mogo.

- During the current cycle, the price of the cryptocurrency has risen by almost 500% since October and has updated highs above $60,000. Bitcoin rallied during the first two months of 2021 but ran into a hurdle in March. Historical data shows that bitcoin may continue to rise in April after the March rollback.
“The season may be the determining factor. - Danny Scott, head of CoinCorner exchange, said in a conversation with Forbes. - April always stands out because it marks the end of the UK and US tax period. If we start from historical information, April may well end with an upswing."
So, the data shows that bitcoin has risen by an average of 51% in April over the past 10 years. If this scenario is repeated, its price may be around of $80,000 by the end of the month.
There were only two negative months of April: in 2014 (minus 6%) and in 2015 (minus 4%). But both of these times happened on bearish cycles, and therefore it is worth taking into account the "current sentiment in the industry." “Now we are, by and large, experiencing a bullish period, and momentum is consistently forming every week,” said Scott.

- Norwegian billionaire and investor Oystein Stray Spetalen was actively criticizing bitcoin on March 18. “The only conclusion I came to in the course of my analysis is that bitcoin consumes as much electricity today as the whole of Norway. This is extremely harmful to the environment. - he was indignant at the DNB conference. - The authorities and the EU should immediately ban it. This is just nonsense. The existing payment systems are doing an excellent job with their tasks."
And now, just a few days later, Spetalen unexpectedly announced during an interview with Finansavisen that he had become an investor in the Norwegian crypto exchange Miraiex. “When facts change, so do I. I met with the founders of Miraiex and realized I was wrong. And when I read that Kjell Inge Rokke also joined bitcoin, the choice became obvious. I can’t allow him to make money, but me not,” Spetalen said.
For reference: Norwegian industrial tycoon and billionaire Kjell Inge Rokke opened a 500 million kroner ($ 58.6 million) Seetee company to invest in bitcoin in early March.

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