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Starbucks Accepts Bitcoin, Is Mainstream Adoption On The Way?

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Starbucks accepts Bitcoin and paves the way for mainstream adoption for cryptocurrencies as the latest cryptocurrency news report. The United States coffeehouse chain has finally confirmed the allegations after it teamed up with Microsoft to track its beans with the help of blockchain.

The reports also mention that the coffee giant might start accepting BTC payments in the US branches later in 2019. Starbuck’s relationship with crypto starts somewhere early in 2018 when the CEO of the company Howard Schultz discussed the matter in the earnings call in Q1. Shultz was skeptical about bitcoin at that time and suggested:

“I’m bringing this up because as we think about the future of our company and the future of consumer behavior, I personally believe that there is going to be a one or a few legitimate trusted digital currencies off of the blockchain technology.”

Schultz added in an interview with Fox Business that cryptocurrencies have an underlying technology and pointed out that: I think blockchain technology is probably the rails in which an integrated app at Starbucks will be sitting on top of.’’

Additionally, Starbucks made clear that it would make a pilot program open source to disseminate their findings. The partnership with Microsoft includes predictive drive-thru ordering and IOT enabled equipment in the cafe locations. The CEO of Starbucks Kevin Johnson was also a former Microsoft executive so when Starbucks accepts Bitcoin with Microsoft’s help, the sales are expected to increase.

It is unknown why Starbucks needs a blockchain in the first place. Dowling suggests that the blockchain could represent a potential improved way to track which farmer is sourcing the best beans:

“To be honest, I find the entire program, as explained in the press, very confusing and I’m not sure what problem they are trying to solve. […] Why does it need to be decentralized?  Why does this program — of people voting for beans, I think — require the application of public/private keys and a distributed database?”

As reported in the best cryptocurrency news sites, Starbucks still has to clarify why the blockchain technology is needed and how exactly it could benefit the entire company including the farmers. However, the coffee giant still hasn’t provided an answer up to press time.

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Bitcoin’s Price Goes To $8K Again, Bullish Indicators Are Returning

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Bitcoin’s price goes to $8K price level again and continues to follow a steady ascending triangle pattern. The altcoin news today will give you some more detail on the price analysis of the number one cryptocurrency. The Bulls managed to go past the $7,500 price level yesterday and will now focus on the psychological $8K level.  On the daily BTC/USD charts we can see that the ascending triangle is continuously forming since the asset made a strong recovery off the uptrending pattern yesterday. Currently, the $8,000 level seems to be making slight friction in the uptrend as selling pressure from the short-term traders is reaching the market. Bearish signals on the MACD indicators are seemingly worsening since the analysis made a day ago despite the price surge in Bitcoin by 5.24% in the last 24 hours. The selling volume is also growing and the 12-MA has yet to show signs of converging above the 26-MA point. We should also consider that the MACD is a lagging indicator so the signals can often trail behind the current price activity. If the bulls come close to the $8K price point, we could expect a bullish convergence to appear during the early hours of the day. But if BTC ends the day below the said price point, we could see another bearish breakout which will take Bitcoin’s price below the uptrending support near the $7,600 mark. Bitcoin's price goes to $8K level strongly despite the insignificant bearish sentiment. As noted in the latest cryptocurrency news, the RSI indicator shows that the sentiment remains bearish as the momentum shows a slight decline along the support line. From this, we can all see that the buying momentum is weak and could result in a reversal trend unless new support comes. On the 4-hour charts, the BTC/USD pair shows a totally different picture. Here it appears that the price action is breaking out of the bullish pattern. The indicators also track the price action closely and will give the traders a better idea of the bitcoin’s price movements. Over time, traders will be able to see smaller changes in momentum clearly which is why the bullish signals are appearing on the MACD and RSI. Overall, we could expect to see Bitcoin test the $8,100 level in the new few days if the momentum continues to improve.
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Trump Rival Presidential Candidate To Make US A Bitcoin Nation

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Trump rival presidential candidate from the Democratic Party Eric Swalwell aims to make the US a bitcoin nation. He is even accepting BTC donations for his dark-horse bid to get the current president off his position and we find out more in the latest cryptocurrency news today. The congressman aims to use the blockchain technology in every part of the government after he removes Trump from the White House. Swalwell is also accepting six cryptocurrencies one of which is the White Standard-a stablecoin that has $0 in USD reserves. The White company is now running his campaign contribution site which explains his decision. The other cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin SV, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar and Ethereum. The Trump rival reportedly aiming for mass blockchain adoption after he pointed out:
 “Blockchain can change the world if we let it. […] Our nation pioneered the Internet. We use smartphones all day every day to move money, to buy goods and services, to share our innermost thoughts, and participate in public life. So it’s pure cognitive dissonance to believe that we cannot extend this further into our democracy and our economy.”
Another presidential candidate Andrew Yang is also accepting crypto donations but he is slowly losing his support after tweeting that ‘’cash is king.’’ Both of the candidates are a long-shot in the race against Trump but they are hoping to get the vote of the crypto community. Swalwell offers broad ‘’support’’ for the blockchain technology and Yang has an entire policy platform based on the idea of crypto. As mentioned in the coming altcoin news, Swalwell will not accept corporate ‘’PAC money’’ in his campaign. Politicians were quick to demand a well-regulated and established crypto economy while there was almost no improvement in the regulatory sector in the country. The nature of the federal government towards cryptocurrencies has made other countries become the perfect crypto hub for crypto companies. Experts around the world think that a summary ban on crypto could increase the prices for cryptocurrencies and the demand would also increase. However, the more things are urging to change, the more nobody does anything about the crypto climate.
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AT&T Telecom Giant Starts Accepting Bitcoin Payments For Your Phone Bills

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AT&T Telecom giant which is the largest US mobile carrier started accepting bitcoin payments for mobile phone bills and the decision is expected to bring the mass adoption for the number one cryptocurrency at a higher level. We read more about this amazing news in today’s altcoin news. The United States telecom giant AT&T announced that the customers can now pay their bill in crypto. This decision makes the telecom giant the first to offer this option and the vice president of Communications Finance Business Operations of the company Kevin McDorman noted:
‘’We’re always looking for ways to improve and expand our services [and] we have customers who use cryptocurrency, and we are happy we can offer them a way to pay their bills with the method they prefer.’’
Currently, crypto payments are only limited to bill payment and AY&T didn’t explain whether the customers will be able to use their crypto to purchase smartphones and other accessories online or at the stores. All of the customers who are interested in making a crypto payment should simply select the BitPay option as a preferred payment option when they login to their accounts or simply go through the myAT&T app. As reported in the latest cryptocurrency news previously, AT&T is not the first US-based titan corporation that started accepting crypto payments. Some of the companies that allowed this option include Overstock, Subway, Shopify, Expedia and Microsoft which only makes up the small percentage of multinational corporations which accept crypto payments. Recently, Whole Foods and other major food retailers started accepting bitcoin through a third-party payment partnership. AT&T telecom giant and its dominance on the market and brand recognition in the telecom sector will surely make a positive influence on the market for the entire crypto sector, not just bitcoin. As we can expect, not everyone is thrilled about the new decision of the company. For example, Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano tweeted the news earlier and expressing his support and a number of skeptics bombarded his tweet disagreeing with him and the aT&T announcement. However, this decision is expected to increase the level of mass adoption for Bitcoin but we could also expect to see some movements in the price for the cryptocurrency giant as well.
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Expected Bitcoin Drop Leads Major Crypto Assets To Drop By 7%

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Expected bitcoin drop that happened over the past 24 hours has led the other major crypto assets to plunge by 7 percent. Bitcoin’s price dropped by around four percent against the US dollar and we find out more in the coming altcoin news. The anticipated drawback of both bitcoin and all of the other major crypto assets comes after the technical analyst Josh Rager proposed that a healthy bitcoin pullback will surely come due to the coming off a massive 100 percent gain. He pointed out:
“BTC 30%+ pullback coming? Yes, eventually. If history repeats, there should be plenty of strong pullbacks on the way to next peak all-time high. There were at least nine 30%+ pullbacks from last cycle accumulation and uptrend Plenty of buying opportunities ahead, don’t let it shake you.’’
Over the night, the value of the entire crypto market dropped by around $12 billion from the previous $249 billion and reached $237 billion. In the past 30 days, the price of the number one crypto asset started climbing from $5,100 and reached $8,000 which an increase of $3,000. This is a massive monthly gain against the US dollar by 56 percent. On another occasion, bitcoin came out as a winner in the short-term gains since it corrected itself by 20-30 percent as mentioned in the latest cryptocurrency news. The 20-30 percent correction could have meant a drop to the $6,000 price range which some technical analysts believe could happen in the previous weeks. Similarly, another crypto trader better known as ‘’Mayne’’ suggested that a drop below the $7,500 could lead the major asset to plunge below the $7,000 support level. He said:
 “BTC – Need to hold $7,884 and red OB for upside target $9k+. Break below red OB I expect $7,300 and maybe lower to $6,400. ETH – USD pair needs to break and close thru $260 to get to $300. BTC pair had a nice reaction of range low if we can hold EQ and flip grey OB looks good.’’
The expected bitcoin drop from its position is considered as a healthy step for bitcoin that could strengthen the foundation for the market to start a strong upside movement soon. The founder of Morgan Creek Digital stated that the average return for bitcoin over the past years could appeal to institutions that have billions of dollars to pour in the asset.
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