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An eventful week has come to an end, and it's time to summarize it! We've compiled the top 5 most interesting and relevant news in one article so you can stay informed!

MicroStrategy to Invest $700 Million in Bitcoin

MicroStrategy plans to expand its Bitcoin holdings by investing $700 million, leveraging proceeds from a convertible notes offering increased from $500 million. These notes, carrying a 2.25% interest rate and maturing in 2032, will be privately sold to institutional investors. The company, already holding 214,400 BTC valued at $7.54 billion, continues to bet on Bitcoin despite previous losses. This move aligns with a broader trend of strong accumulation in the market, potentially signaling a significant future price surge for the cryptocurrency.

SEC Clears Ethereum of Securities Violations

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has concluded its investigation into Ethereum 2.0, determining that ETH transactions do not constitute securities violations. This decision follows a period of regulatory uncertainty and legal challenges, particularly from Consensys, which argued for Ethereum's classification as a commodity. The closure of this investigation is seen as a significant victory for Ethereum developers and businesses, potentially paving the way for further growth and stability in the cryptocurrency market. Consensys continues to seek broader regulatory clarity for other Ethereum-based services.

Record Block Time in the Bitcoin Network

On July 1, 2021, the Bitcoin network experienced the longest block time in its history—2 hours and 19 minutes. This occurred between block heights 689300 and 689301, significantly exceeding the usual block addition time. This event highlights the importance of network optimization to improve transaction speed and efficiency. Analyzing this instance will help identify areas for improvement and development within the Bitcoin blockchain system in the future.

NVIDIA Surpasses Microsoft as World's Most Valuable Company

NVIDIA has overtaken Microsoft to become the most valuable publicly traded company globally. As of the latest trading session, NVIDIA's stock rose by 3.08% to $135.02, pushing its market capitalization to $3.326 trillion. Concurrently, Microsoft's stock dipped by 0.3% to $447.05, bringing its market value to $3.324 trillion. This milestone follows NVIDIA surpassing Alphabet and Apple earlier this year, highlighting its rapid ascent in the tech sector.

CleanSpark Expands Bitcoin Mining Operations in Georgia with $25.8 Million Acquisition

CleanSpark has acquired five new bitcoin mining facilities in Georgia for $25.8 million, enhancing its operational capacity. This strategic expansion aims to boost CleanSpark's mining output, leveraging Georgia's favorable conditions for cryptocurrency operations. The newly acquired sites are expected to significantly increase the company's hashrate, reinforcing CleanSpark's position in the competitive bitcoin mining industry. This move aligns with their ongoing efforts to optimize efficiency and scale their operations effectively.

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