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Litecoin Price Jumps 20 Percent

Litecoin spiked Monday after a false press release claimed Walmart would accept the cryptocurrency. Litecoin price jumps 20 percent after ho...

Litecoin spiked Monday after a false press release claimed Walmart would accept the cryptocurrency.
Litecoin price jumps 20 percent after hoax links the cryptocurrency and Walmart An apparently fake press release said the retailer would begin accepting the cryptocurrency. The Litecoin cryptocurrency saw its price spike by as much as 20 percent on Monday after a fake press release claimed Walmart would begin accepting Litecoin as payment.

The press release posted to GlobeNewswire linked to a non-functioning website, and there was no evidence of any Securities and Exchange Commission filing, which would have been expected since Walmart is publicly traded. Walmart’s official newsroom never included the release, and the company typically uses Business Wire to distribute releases.

Several news outlets published reports based on the hoax press release, and a short time later Litecoin’s price jumped, along with those of other cryptocurrencies, before quickly falling back to the previous levels. It’s not yet clear who may have been behind the hoax press release, but a Walmart spokesperson confirmed to CNBC that the news announcement was fake. 

GlobeNewswire and Walmart didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment on Monday. Samsung has unveiled two new members of its Galaxy Book line. There’s the Galaxy Book Pro, a clamshell, and the Galaxy Book Pro 360, a 2-in-1 convertible. Both devices come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, and all four configurations include gorgeous AMOLED screens. They’ll be some of the lightest and most portable PCs you can buy, and they’re powered by Intel’s latest 11th-Gen processors.

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