Bitcoin value plunges below $50k after Elon Musk bans Tesla accepting payments

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$68 BILLION MARKET CAP

Dogecoin has climbed about 25% after Musk’s latest tweet, according to CoinGecko, and was last at $0.52, down from its record $0.73 hit last week.

“Working with Doge devs to improve system transaction efficiency. Potentially promising,” Musk wrote on Thursday. He called it a “hustle” last week, knocking its price.

It was unclear if Musk was referring to efficiency in terms of energy, ease of use or suitability as a currency, said Mark Humphery-Jenner, associate professor of finance at the University of New South Wales.

Dogecoin consumes 0.12 kilowatt hours of electricity per transaction compared with 707 for bitcoin, according to data centre provider TRG.

The token, whose logo features a Shiba Inu dog, has surged this year to become the fourth-largest cryptocurrency with a total value of $68 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.



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