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20 BTC ATMs Installed At Multiple Cricle K Stores In The US

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20 BTC ATMs were installed in Circle K Convenient stores around the United States which marks the expansion of retail crypto availability in the Western US. In the latest cryptocurrency news today, we are talking about Nevada and Arizona where Circle K Stores now host the new ATMs.

According to reports, the new bitcoin ATM machines only serve BTC with more than 10% mark-up for purchases. This new opportunity is named as the pilot program so Circle K has now more than 15,000 other locations in the plan for ATM installation. The press release also pointed out that the new 20 BTC ATMs are mainly one-directional. DigitalMint’s website shows that some of the machines will accept credit or debit cards. This company offers multiple services all including Bitcoin. In addition to providing offline Bitcoin ATMs, the company makes possible for outlets to act as bitcoin tellers which are a similar model used by LibertyX.

The stores, however, were not able to discuss further the new machines and needed to transfer the call to corporate in order to explain further. The stores were also not allowed to answer any questions to the media. Corporate also did not have an accurate answer of how much the interest for the ATMs will increase with this new machine. The increased presence of Bitcoin ATMs has played a very important role in the mass crypto adoption outside tech circles. The increased BTC demand and the demand for ATM locations shows an increased demand for exchanges putting pressure on the price. Bitcoin ATMs and FOMO can bring a massive bitcoin bull run and return to dominance. Joel Konicke, a representative for Circle K noted:

 “We are very happy to add DigitalMint as a partner and we look forward to working with their team. Partnering with DigitalMint allows us to provide our customers with seamless access to bitcoin, at a very reasonable price.”

As noted in the altcoin news before, the United States has now more than 3,200 crypto ATM locations with the larger part of the country being unserved. The industry is still struggling with things like partnerships and little knowledge of crypto, but crime is involved as well. According to Coin ATM radar, the United States has more than 3,200 BTC ATMs. At this point, there is literally one bitcoin ATM for 1 million people.

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OKEx Expands Product Offering With Tether-Margined BTC Futures

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Okex expands its product offering by starting to include Tether-margined Bitcoin futures and the launch comes after the successful simulation period that started at the beginning of the month as we read in the blockchain news before.The malta-based OKEx describes itself as ‘’the world’s largest futures crypto exchange’ and now the BTC/USDT futures product represents a virtual derivative that is settled in Tether. It has a value of 0.0001 BTC and all of the traders can long or short position with a leverage of 0.01 and 100x. however, the question remains why trade with Tether and BTC/USD futures or at all use Bakkt’s Bitcoin settled futures?OKEx expands its number of advantages as well in a press release. The linear contract shows that there is no need to hedge the margin risk of an inverse contract but the Tether altcoin removes the need to change between fiat and crypto thus improving efficiency and reducing cost. OKEx claims that the trading experience is also much more intuitive and makes it much easier for the users to learn about it. The system is described as ‘similar to spot trading, with the addition of leverage.’ Following the successful simulation period, the CEO Of OKEx Jay Hao stated that he has seen some positive feedback from the traders. However, he claims that this was only the beginning of Tether-backed futures products:
‘’At OKEx, we’ve developed a safe, reliable, and stable environment for cryptocurrency trading, and strive to offer new services based on our customers’ interests.’’
After the addition of the USDT linear futures contract, there are a few other plans to add the pairing to the OKEx perpetual swap market and some of the other cryptocurrencies such as ETH, LTC, BCH, and EOS will be launched on the USDT-margined futures market soon. OKEx claimed more than $2.4 billion of crypto derivatives and traded in less than 24 hours back in March surpassing BitMEX and kicked it off the top spot. However, it has also faced accusations that up to 90 percent of claimed spot-volume which was wash-traded.The CEO HAO put up a 100BTC bet that he can prove that about 10 percent of the exchange’s volume was real.
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Bitcoin Difficulty Drops, Can The Miners Survive The Halving Event?

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Bitcoin difficulty drops for the first time this year but does this mean that the industry goes forward or the miners will face even more problems. Let’s find out in the Bitcoin news today.Back on Monday, the Bitcoin difficulty level adjusted down by 7 percent and made it easier for the miners to solve algorithms and mine blocks. As to why this occurred, it seems to be in conjunction with the recent price drop of the leading cryptocurrency. The mining difficulty will reconfigure itself every 2016 blocks or about every two weeks. The difficulty modulates based on how long it takes for the miners to discover the previous 2016 blocks. It if takes about two weeks, the difficulty is tuned down.Dovey Wan, the founder of primal ventures, suggests that the difficulty alternation could be present because of the end of the rainy season in China. Bitcoin’s hash rate dropped to more than 90 exahashes per second from the previous high of 100 EH/s. China is best known for its bitcoin mining and cheap electricity which supplements the previous one and has witnessed a gradual end to the rainy season. Dovey and other analysts believe this to be the main reason for the falling hash rate.China’s southwestern provinces such as Sichuan, have some of the cheapest electricity tariffs and they even reach as low as $0.02 per kWh. During the rainy season, these regions gather the power of mother nature and utilize hydroelectricity plants to produce more energy. With the relative drought getting into the country, the miners will have to close the shops and go somewhere else.Also, the recent price drop contributed the most to the bitcoin difficulty adjustment. The miners stop all operations because of the high price levels and once they do the power in the bitcoin network itself declines. This is also registered by the network and this adjusts the difficulty in order to re-incentivize the miners.  Bitcoin’s creator created this protocol via the autonomous monetary policy better known as bitcoin halving and every 210,000 blocks on about four years, the mining reward halves. This makes sure that the circulating supply is under control.
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Zimbabwe Believes Bitcoin Is The Best Solution For Hyperinflation

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Zimbabwe believes that in their current situation, bitcoin could be the right answer for hyperinflation in the country because they no longer trust their government. Bitcoin seems to be the perfect solution since it eliminates the need to trust an authority such as the government. Let’s find out more in the Bitcoin news now.Trying to diminish the effects of hyperinflation, Zimbabwe believes bitcoin is the right option but also, they decided to launch their own new generation of the Zimbabwe dollar. The government of the country plans to distribute 1 billion ZMB dollars over the course of six months and they launched the new currency on Tuesday. The citizens lined up for hours outside the banks and tried to get the new currency notes but they ended up with empty hands. The bank prohibited withdrawals of more than 300 ZMB dollars per week. The inflation rate in the country hit 380% so 300 ZMB dollars is not enough to buy anything.The cash shortages and the increased fuel costs and hyperinflation only show how the country is desperate for a currency that will be immune to the black market speculation and increased government influence. This also comes at a time when Zimbabweans moved to mobile money transactions and it seems as the conditions are perfect for the entry of the most dominant cryptocurrency on the market right now.The government of the country clearly mismanaged the fiscal policy of the nation and over ten years ago the country spiraled into one of the worst financial periods of hyperinflation in recorded history. The hyperinflation rate reached its peak in November 2008 when the rates reached to 80 trillion percent. The government also had to give the nation’s currency in order to fight the hyperinflation but the trust in public governance has been broken ever since. The African nation tried to cope by using foreign currency but it never brought it any good. Ten years later, Zimbabwe faces the same problem.The writer Kabweza believes that bitcoin could save his country and he conceded that the leading cryptocurrency is extremely volatile but it seems to be a better alternative than any other type of money controlled by the government:
Bitcoin is notoriously volatile, but nowhere close to the unpredictable nature of Zimbabwe’s current government, perceived or real.’’
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FED Added $12.7 Million Bitcoin To Financial System As Bailout

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FED added the equivalent of $12.7 million bitcoin to the financial system this week as an attempt to provide banking bailout so let’s find out more about it in the cryptocurrency news today.The US Federal Reserve banking bailouts are getting stronger currently and that’s why the FED added the equivalent of 12.7 million Bitcoin and according to the reports in the Wall Street Journal, the intervention came in two parts; a 14 day repo that totaled up to $34.9 billion and also overnight repurchase agreements that totaled up to $76.9 billion. The federal reserve had to loan banks in order to stabilize the financial system.The repo interventions usually take in Treasury and mortgage securities from the banks which are basically a short-term loan that is collateralized by the bonds. The goal is to ensure that the financial system is liquid enough and that the short-term borrowing rates will remain under control. In the report, we can also read that the FED is also buying Treasury bills to increase the size of the balance sheet and to make the financial system more liquid. These agreements have also been going on this year since the financial system started breaking in September.The situation arose when piles of cash and securities met and resulted in more than $3 trillion in debt being financed every day. The banks are running low on cash reserves so now the repo market mess is clearly showing that the banking system lacks the boosters that are needed in times of turmoil since they are now relying on the FED to keep printing money to bail them out.There is also currently an additional conflict between the central bank and the POTUS who is still trying to bring negative interest rates. The FED Chair Jerome Powell told the congress that the negative interest rates that are demanded by President Trump are not quite appropriate for the US economy since the FED has already cut rates three times this year. These signals cause the safe-haven assets such as gold to drop down this week and since the month started, the precious metal lost about 3 percent from 2019 high. Bitcoin followed and slid more than 5 percent this time last week.
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