The real-life Tony Stark is back to making headlines

Tesla has said it would begin accepting the controversial cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, as payment for its electric cars.
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Tesla Founder Elon Musk aka the real-life Tony Stark is as much an inspiration as an enigma for his many fans and followers across the world. 

Lately, he seems to have made it a habit of making the headlines with nearly every move of his, which is of course, tracked and followed very closely across the world.

 

Tesla has said it would begin accepting the controversial cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, as payment for its electric cars. The announcement comes in the backdrop of the electric carmaker investing $1.5 billion in Bitcoin; the biggest company to back the currency till date.

The Tesla founder has also been regularly posting about cryptocurrencies on micro-blogging site Twitter, where he has over 46 million followers.

After Tesla’s investment in Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency surged to an all-time high, jumping as much as 15 percent. 


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News & Updates

  • The government has ordered Twitter to block 1,178 accounts after the IT Ministry, on February 4, shared a list of Twitter accounts that were flagged by security agencies as accounts of Khalistan sympathisers or backed by Pakistan and operating from foreign territories, and causing threat to public order amid the ongoing farmer stir.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and a dozen of its organisations have moved to a homegrown Twitter-alternative platform Koo after the microblogging giant failed to respond to a notice filed by the government last week. The government is also mulling suspending Twitter in India for some time to put pressure on the social media giant.
  • Spacetech startups Bellatrix Aerospace and Skyroot Aerospace have now entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further India’s spacetech efforts. As a part of the deal, the Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) being developed by Bellatrix will be used in the upper stage of Vikram launch vehicles built by Skyroot.
  • The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) annual financial literacy week 2021, which began on Monday, is focused on the theme of credit discipline and credit from formal institutions. The initiative will aim to spread the message of responsible borrowing, borrowing from formal institutions, and timely repayments of loans and EMIs.

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