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Bitcoin Investment Trust has doubled its proposed IPO size from $500 million to $1 billion, per a Thursday afternoon regulatory filing.

Why it matters: This is a public market mainstreaming of bitcoin exposure, basically acting as an ETF that will reflect the cryptocurrency's value. By doubling the target to a whopping $1 billion, BIT managers are signaling their belief in widespread demand. Also voicing confidence are established financial firms Credit Suisse, KCG Americas and Wedbush Securities, which signed on as authorized participants (i.e., liquidity providers).

But: Just two months ago the SEC shot down a proposed bitcoin ETF that would have been managed by the Winklevoss twins, arguing that major bitcoin markets are particularly prone to price manipulation due to a lack of overseas regulation. BIT is betting that the SEC will view it more positively, both because of a slightly different structure and the fact that it already is publicly-traded on the OTC.

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What happens now that emergency orders are lifting

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Data: National Academy for State Health Policy and various governor declarations; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Soon, more than half the states will have ended their formal emergency declarations for the pandemic — which could have ripple effects across the economy.

Why it matters: Lifting those orders will allow businesses to serve more customers, but will also end certain safety nets, including expanded food and housing assistance, as well as eviction protections.

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500 Hong Kong police officers raid pro-democracy newspaper

Chief Operations Officer Chow Tat Kuen (front 2nd R) is escorted by police from the Apple Daily newspaper offices before being put into a waiting vehicle in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong's Apple Daily said 500 police officers searched the pro-democracy newspaper's offices and arrested five senior executives on Thursday.

Why it matters: The arrests of the paper's chief editor, Ryan Law, along with its chief operating officer, two other editors and the CEO of Next Digital, which operates Apple Daily, were made under China's national security law — which gives the government broad power to limit people's political freedom.

World Bank rejects El Salvador's request to help implement bitcoin

President Nayib Bukele, giving a speech in El Salvador's legislative assembly in San Salvado earlier this month, pushed for bitcoin to become legal tender. Photo: Emerson Flores/APHOTOGRAFIA/Getty Images

The World Bank has rejected the government of El Salvador's request to help the country implement Bitcoin as legal tender, Reuters first reported late Wednesday.

Why it matters: The international lender's rejection could hamper the government's goal of making the digital currency accepted across the country within three months.

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