John McAfee tributes, El Salvador’s bold plans, altcoin fears

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Remembering John McAfee: Computer programmer and crypto evangelist dead at 75

John McAfee was found dead in his Spanish prison cell hours after the country’s courts ruled that he could be extradited to the U.S. to face tax evasion charges. He was 75.

He was best known for creating one of the world’s best-known antivirus software programs. The entrepreneur also made headlines in the crypto space and mainstream media for a July 2017 prediction that the price of Bitcoin would reach $500,000 by 2020. McAfee didn’t end up fulfilling the terms of an extravagant bet where he claimed he would “eat [his] dick on national television” if it didn’t happen.

Spanish officials have not ruled out the possibility that McAfee killed himself. News of his death prompted an outpouring of tributes and conspiracy theories.

Former NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: “Europe should not extradite those accused of non-violent crimes to a court system so unfair—and a prison system so cruel—that native-born defendants would rather die than become subject to it.”

Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson described McAfee as a “deeply troubled person,” but praised him as being “one of the most enigmatic and interesting people in the cryptocurrency space and the history of computing.” 

El Salvador to airdrop $30 in Bitcoin to every adult citizen

The opposition may be mounting a challenge to President Nayib Bukele’s Bitcoin Law, but it seems that El Salvador’s leader is determined to push ahead with his plans to adopt the cryptocurrency as legal tender.

This week, Bukele announced that the government will airdrop BTC worth $30 to citizens who download a government-issued…

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