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Weekly Roundup: Crypto Market Cap Hits $2T, ICE3X Ceases Operations

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Major news headlines hit the crypto scene this week. The crypto market cap hit a new all-time high of $2 trillion and long-standing South African digital asset exchange, ICE3X, ceases its operations. To learn about this and other stories, keep reading.

Crypto Market Cap Hits $2T

On April 6, 2021, the total crypto market capitalisation hit $2 trillion for the first time, thanks to an ETH, XRP, TRX, XLM, and BTT rally. These digital assets have been fuelling the altcoin season and have pushed the market capitalisation to $2 trillion. Moreover, the rising interest in these altcoins could eventually benefit bitcoin, according to market analysts.

Bitcoin’s dominance has, however, decreased from about 73 percent at the beginning of 2021 to the current 55 percent.

“These early adopters shifting to altcoins will both work to decrease volatility in bitcoin and also eventually help decide the winners from the losers in the alt space, which is kind of a necessary condition for any altcoin to emerge as a viable longer-term asset,” Chad Steinglass, head of trading at digital assets capital markets firm CrossTower, told Coindesk.

Earlier this year, the value of the crypto market surged above $1 trillion for the first time on the back of bitcoin’s rising price. The current bitcoin market cap, according to Coinmarketcap, is around $1.07 trillion.

South Africa’s Crypto Exchange ICE3X Ceases Operations

South Africa’s crypto exchange ICE3X has ceased operations according to an April 6, 2021, statement. The exchange has disabled withdrawals from the platform and is currently processing submitted withdrawal requests.

“We regret to inform you that the platform will not return to operation and [we are undertaking] liquidation proceedings. All withdrawals logged via the form (except BTC & LTC) up to and including 06/04/2021 have been completed. All remaining assets (Tokens & FIAT) are now held in trust by Manong Badenhorst Attorneys and liquidation proceedings [are underway],” the crypto exchange wrote.

ICE3X was founded in 2013. Users can download the requisition form here.

PayPal Rolls Out Checkout with Crypto

buy bitcoin with PayPal instantlyPayPal has rolled out checkout with crypto, a service that will enable US customers to pay merchants in crypto. In October 2020, the online payment company announced that it would allow US customers to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies.

“As the use of digital payments and digital currencies accelerates, the introduction of checkout with crypto continues our focus on driving mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies while continuing to offer PayPal customers choice and flexibility in the ways they can pay using the PayPal wallet. Enabling cryptocurrencies to make purchases at businesses around the world is the next chapter in driving the ubiquity and mass acceptance of digital currencies,” said Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal.

PayPal will automatically display this payment method when a customer has a sufficient crypto balance. The platform will then convert crypto to fiat once the user confirms the purchase. Checkout with crypto will be available to the rest of the world at a later date.

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Join Us for a Live Telegram AMA with Cryptolocally on Monday, May 17

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Join us on Monday, May 17, at 2pm EAT (12pm WAT) for a Live Telegram AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Cryptolocally’s co-founder Hugo Campanella. 

Cryptolocally is a fast-growing peer-to-peer crypto exchange that has entered the African market with the intention to provide more crypto on- and off-ramps as well as DeFi earnings opportunities to Africa’s crypto community.

Join us in our Telegram Community to ask Cryptolocally any question you’d like on Monday! 

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Weekly Roundup: Bitcoin Drops Below $50,000, Paxful Billboards Hit Lagos

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In this week’s news roundup, we will cover the recent drop in the price of bitcoin, Paxful’s new advertising in Lagos, and the upcoming CryptoLocally AMA that we will host on our Telegram group.

Bitcoin Drops Below $50,000 After Elon Musk’s Energy Tweet

In an interesting twist of events, Tesla has stopped accepting bitcoin for car purchases. As a result of the announcement and the company’s reasoning, the price of bitcoin dropped below $50,000. Tesla’s stock also fell by about 1.3 percent in after-hours trading, according to an article on MarketWatch.

Bitcoin took a hit after Elon Musk tweeted his concerns over the effects of bitcoin mining on the environment. The tweet read: “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin. We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”

 

The announcement that the company was going to start accepting bitcoin payments in February affected the market positively. However, several critics did not support Tesla’s decision to embrace bitcoin, citing that the decision went against the company’s goal to safeguard the environment. This rising criticism could have pushed Tesla to its new decision.

“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels, and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment,” Musk observed.

Tesla will, however, not sell the bitcoin it had invested. Also, the company will start accepting bitcoin as payment again when mining shifts to cleaner energy. 

Paxful Billboards and Bumper Stickers Hit Lagos

The rising adoption of bitcoin in Nigeria has motivated Paxful to deploy new advertising tools to attract new customers. These tools include bumper stickers and billboards.

According to the P2P platform, there are one million crypto users in Nigeria and 1.1 million monthly trades. Moreover, $100 is spent on each transaction on average, and about $65 million worth of trades are completed each month.

Paxful is also giving away $20 worth of bitcoin to lucky traders and their favourite trade partners this Eid Al-Fitr. To participate in this giveaway, you should have an ID verified account. Participants can enter the giveaway on any of the Paxful social media accounts. Simply enter both your usernames and tag a Paxful user in the comments section. The giveaway will close on May 14 at 11:59 PM EST. Paxful will announce the winners on the blog.

CryptoLocally to Hold AMA on Bitcoin Africa’s Telegram Group

CryptoLocallyCryptoLocally and BitcoinAfrica.io have partnered to hold a Telegram Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Monday at 2 PM East African Time (GMT +3 hours). The purpose of the AMA is to help crypto users and enthusiasts in Africa to learn more about CryptoLocally.

If you are looking for a P2P platform, join us on Monday for a friendly and informative session with CryptoLocally. Group members will have a chance to ask questions as well. Use this invite link https://t.me/BitcoinAfricaioCo to join our Telegram group ahead of the Monday AMA.

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Weekly Roundup: Bitzlato Adds Lemonade Finance, NFT Initiative AFEN Partners with Quidax

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In this week’s news roundup, we will cover the new partnership between Bitzlato and Lemonade Finance and other top crypto stories.

Bitzlato Adds Lemonade Finance

Bitzlato, a peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto exchange and a new entrant in the African market, has added Lemonade Finance as a payment method. The partnership will enable users to buy and sell crypto on the platform at zero fees.

Furthermore, Nigerian users can now send Naira to MPesa at zero cost. They can also send local currency to users in Ghana and other countries at no cost.

“This partnership will provide a much-needed gateway that enables the markets we serve to seamlessly interact with each other in a borderless and open environment. We seek to break the barriers that presently exist for cross-border transfers and enable our users to generate value through the opportunities that accrue from cryptocurrency trading,” said Mike Lunov, the CEO of Bitzlato.

Lemonade Finance is a payment platform that facilitates borderless payments within and outside Africa.

NFT Initiative AFEN Partners with Quidax

AFEN Partners with QuidaxThe first government-backed NFT initiative in Africa, AFEN, has partnered with crypto exchange Quidax. The collaboration will allow AFEN to list its token on the exchange.

The AFEN initiative wants to use blockchain technology to revolutionise opportunities in Africa with a focus on arts, education, and real estate. AFEN is using Binance Smart Chain (BSC) for its project.

“We will have the exclusive right to mint legacy African arts upon the launch of our NFT marketplace, adding value to Africa’s art. The $Afen token will be used for transactions on the NFT marketplace. We will release a new roadmap that will include the development stages of its NFT platform as well as extensive tokenomics,” the company recently said.

Crypto Demand on PayPal Exceeds Expectations

According to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, the demand for crypto on the platform has exceeded their expectations. The payment platform announced the buy and sell crypto service in October 2020. The service became available in November 2020.

“Demand on the crypto side has been multiple-fold to what we initially expected. There is a lot of excitement,” he told TIME Magazine.

He also said that in ten years, the use of cash and credit cards will go down because financial transactions will be taking place through smartphones.

“When all of those things start to happen, then central banks need to rethink monetary policy as well because you cannot just issue more paper money into the system because people are not using paper money,” Schulman explained.

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