El Salvador became the first country to accept bitcoin as legal tender, meaning that businesses will be compelled to accept it as payment along with the American dollar, the official currency. The government hopes the cryptocurrency will appeal to the 70% of the population without access to a bank account.
Meanwhile, America’s Justice Department recovered most of the ransom paid in bitcoin to Russian hackers who had shut down a major pipeline. The fbi was able to seize the payment by tracking the bitcoin address used by the gang. It also emerged that JBS, the world’s biggest meat-processor, paid $11m in bitcoin to cyber-criminals after they disrupted its plants.
The Keystone XL pipeline was officially scrapped following Joe Biden’s decision not to grant it a permit to cross American territory. The project, opposed for years by greens and Native American groups, would have carried oil from Alberta’s tar sands.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, is focusing on his long-standing passion for spaceflight. He and his brother will be among the first people to fly with Blue Origin, a rocketry company he founded in 2000, when it makes its first flight with crew to 100km above Earth’s surface on July 20th. Mr Bezos is stepping down as Amazon’s chief executive on July 5th.
Mr Bezos may well want to escape the blue planet for a while, after revelations by ProPublica, a collection of investigative journalists, that he and the 24 other richest Americans pay little or no federal income tax. Between 2014 and 2018 this ultra-rich group, which also includes Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, paid $13.6bn in federal tax, amounting to an average tax rate of just 3.4%, according to ProPublica. For Mr Bezos it was 0.98%. The Internal Revenue Service is investigating how ProPublica got hold of data on thousands of America’s wealthiest people.
在ProPublica披露他和其他24位最富有的美国人缴纳的联邦所得税很少或根本不缴纳之后，贝佐斯很可能想暂时逃离地球，ProPublica是一家由记者构成的团队。ProPublica的数据显示，2014年至2018年间，包括埃隆·马斯克和马克·扎克伯格在内的这些超级富豪缴纳了136亿美元的联邦税，平均税率仅为3.4% 。贝佐斯则是0.98% 。美国国税局(Internal Revenue Service)正在调查ProPublica如何获得数千名美国最富有人士的（纳税）数据 。
1. shut down 关闭
The computer system will be shut down over the weekend.
2. get hold of 得到；抓住
Tell Richard I'm going to kill him when I get hold of him.
3. a collection of 一些；一批
A collection of paintings by different world-famous painters is on exhibition at the Museum of Art.
4. for a while 暂时
I think you'd better lay off fatty foods for a while.