Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have suddenly surged after a tumultuous week for crypto traders.
The bitcoin price has added around 7% over the last 24 hours, while ethereum, Binance’s BNB, Ripple’s XRP and dogecoin have climbed between 5% and 10%—pushing the combined crypto market value up by $200 billion since Wednesday.
The bitcoin and crypto market boost comes after technology giants Twitter TWTR and Amazon AMZN both revealed they’re taking cryptocurrencies more seriously, adding to an Elon Musk-fueled boost for bitcoin, ethereum and dogecoin prices.
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On Thursday, Twitter and Square SQ chief executive Jack Dorsey, a fierce bitcoin proponent, told Twitter investors bitcoin will be a «big part» of the company’s future.
Bitcoin can help the social media giant move faster in terms of its product expansions and is the «best candidate» to become the «native currency» of the internet, Dorsey said, speaking on Twitter’s second-quarter earnings call.
«If the internet has a native currency, a global currency, we are able to move so much faster with products such as Super Follows, Commerce, Subscriptions, Tip Jar and we can reach every single person on the planet because of that instead of going down a market-by-market-by-market approach.»
Meanwhile, online retailer Amazon is looking to hire a digital currency and blockchain expert, according to a recent job posting.
«You will leverage your domain expertise in blockchain, distributed ledger, central bank digital currencies and cryptocurrency to develop the case for the capabilities which should be developed, drive overall vision and product strategy, and gain leadership buy-in and investment for new capabilities,» the posting, first reported by Insider, read.
An Amazon spokesperson told Insider Amazon wants to eventually accept cryptocurrency from its customers.
«We’re inspired by the innovation happening in the cryptocurrency space and are exploring what this could look like on Amazon,» the spokesperson said. «We believe the future will be built on new technologies that enable modern, fast, and inexpensive payments, and hope to bring that future to Amazon customers as soon as possible.»
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Earlier this week, the cryptocurrency community was gripped by an online discussion between Dorsey, Tesla TSLA billionaire Elon Musk and Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood.
«I might pump but I don’t dump,» Musk said, revealing his rocket company SpaceX has joined Tesla in holding bitcoin while he personally holds some of ethereum’s ether tokens. The meme-based dogecoin, adopted by Musk as a pet project in recent months, soared along with ethereum during the hotly-anticipated event after Musk elaborated on ideas he’d previously floated to combine dogecoin with ethereum to «max transaction rates and lower transaction costs.»
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have struggled since a sell-off through April and May that wiped more than $1 trillion from the combined crypto market’s value.
All of the top ten most valuable cryptocurrencies, including ethereum, Binance’s BNB, cardano and XRP, are down by more than 50% since their recent highs, with dogecoin off by over 70% since its early May peak.
Bitcoin and crypto market watchers have cheered the bitcoin price rebound, with investors heartened by the $30,000 per bitcoin support more-or-less holding.
«Bitcoin started the week on a somber note but managed to climb back above the $32,000 mark,» Pankaj Balani, the chief executive of the Singapore-based crypto derivatives Delta Exchange, said in emailed comments.
«In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a lot of negative news flow and strong selling pressure on bitcoin. Despite the weak sentiment and weakness in the global markets bitcoin held the $30,000 support. Bitcoin did slip below the $30,000 mark but the bears failed to push it further below and we are seeing a healthy bounce thereafter. For the first time in many weeks we are seeing bullish signs here and expect bitcoin to head towards the upper end of the $30,000 to $40,000 range.»
I am a journalist with significant experience covering technology, finance, economics, and business around the world. As the founding editor of Verdict.co.uk I reported
I am a journalist with significant experience covering technology, finance, economics, and business around the world. As the founding editor of Verdict.co.uk I reported on how technology is changing business, political trends, and the latest culture and lifestyle. I have covered the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrency since 2012 and have charted its emergence as a niche technology into the greatest threat to the established financial system the world has ever seen and the most important new technology since the internet itself. I have worked and written for CityAM, the Financial Times, and the New Statesman, amongst others. Follow me on Twitter @billybambrough or email me on billyATbillybambrough.com. Disclosure: I occasionally hold some small amount of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.