Now, on Monday afternoon, bitcoin is trading at around $64,143, according to Coin Metrics, and ether at around $4,611, as of 12:56 p.m. EST.
As President Joe Biden signs the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law — which includes tax reporting provisions that apply to cryptocurrency — here are six important things that happened this past week in the space.
1. Robinhood’s data breach involved about 7 million customers
For 5 million of them, email address were accessed. Another 2 million had their full names revealed. For about 310 users, name, date of birth and ZIP code were exposed. About 10 customers had more extensive account details revealed.
Robinhood said it is alerting affected individuals, and noted that based on its investigation, no Social Security numbers, bank account or debit card numbers were exposed.
2. Ripple to launch crypto service for financial companies
The San Francisco-based fintech start-up will offer trading in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, Ethereum, litecoin, ethereum classic, bitcoin cash and XRP. The Liquidity Hub feature will launch in 2022.
Ripple is in a legal battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over XRP, a cryptocurrency with which it is closely associated. The SEC is suing Ripple and its executives for allegedly raising funds through an unregistered securities offering. Ripple is fighting the suit.
3. Tim Cook says he owns cryptocurrency
Also on Tuesday, Tim Cook said he personally owns cryptocurrency.
After Cook was asked if he owns bitcoin or Ethereum, the Apple CEO replied, "I do."
"I think it's reasonable to own it as part of a diversified portfolio," Cook told Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times DealBook conference. "I'm not giving anyone investment advice by the way."
Cook added that he had been interested in cryptocurrency "for a while," but clarified that his views are personal and that Apple isn't accepting cryptocurrency as payment or buying cryptocurrency itself.
4. Coinbase shares drop after third-quarter revenue miss
The cryptocurrency exchange also said its monthly transacting users fell to 7.4 million from 8.8 million in the second quarter. In addition, trading volume fell from $462 billion to $327 billion in the previous quarter.
5. A major upgrade to bitcoin activated
Taproot, a highly anticipated upgrade to bitcoin, went into effect on Sunday at block 709,632.
This is bitcoin's first major upgrade since 2017, and it will impact the blockchain in a number of ways.
Taproot will introduce what's called Schnorr signatures, which will help bitcoin transactions become more private, efficient and less expensive. Most importantly, the upgrade will better enable bitcoin to execute smart contracts on the blockchain.
Read more about Taproot here.
6. President Biden to sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law
President Biden will sign the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law on Monday. The legislation includes tax reporting provisions that apply to digital assets like cryptocurrency and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs.
Cryptocurrency "brokers," which are mainly exchanges, will be required to issue a 1099-like form disclosing who their customers are. Businesses and exchanges will also be required to report each time they receive over $10,000 in cryptocurrency.
Many lobbyists within the cryptocurrency community believe more clarity in the definition of "broker" is needed. They also argue that requiring disclosure of transactions over $10,000 is unconstitutional.
Read more about the cryptocurrency tax provisions in the bill here.
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