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200 Bitcoin ATMs are installed in Walmart stores, according to a report

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It is now possible for customers of Walmart stores to withdraw Bitcoins at ATMs installed in their US stores.

The American retail multinational will allow its customers to buy bitcoin using ATMs installed in some of its stores in the United States. The initiative was made possible after a collaboration between retail giant Coinstar and Coinme.

Walmart will actually install Bitcoin ATMs

Last month, Walmart’s name became involved in a story, according to which the company had partnered with Litecoin (LTC) to allow its customers to make payments with the cryptocurrency. Although the rumors caused great excitement throughout the market, as soon as the facts were revealed he corrected them.

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Now, however, a more credible Bloomberg report says the company has joined forces with Coinstar – known for its machines that can exchange physical currency for digital money.

The result of this new partnership was the installation of 200 Bitcoin ATMs in Walmart stores. It is now possible for customers to buy and withdraw Bitcoins at ATMs installed in some US stores.

Sam Doctor – director of strategy at cryptocurrency broker BitOoda – said installing bitcoin ATMs in supermarkets is a growing trend in the United States. However, he noted that Walmart is different from its rivals in that its customer niche can reach a more sizable percentage of society:

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“Walmart expands access to Bitcoin to more people, as long as it continues to provide legitimacy among the most skeptical”

The Coinstar deal was previously reported by Coindesk, which tested the service. Customers who buy Bitcoin will need to insert paper bills into the machine to receive a voucher.

They must also set up a Coinme account and undergo a background check before the voucher can be redeemed. The machines charge a 4% fee for the Bitcoin option and a 7% cash exchange rate.

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“It’s an expensive way to buy Bitcoin, but it lowers the barriers to entry for first-time cryptocurrency buyers,” concluded Sam Doctor.

Number of Bitcoin ATMs Grows Worldwide

This is not just a trend in the US. The number of Bitcoin ATMs is growing worldwide.

According to Coin ATM Radar data, they had only 7,756 in May 2020, and we’ve jumped to 29,852 now in October 2021.

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What likely influenced the increase in demand for Bitcoin ATMs (ATMs) between 2020 and 2021 was the growing popularity of digital payments.

A report by Global Trade Magazine suggests that digital payments increased in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, with retailers reporting a 69% increase in usage since January, and this likely weighed on the increased demand for bitcoin worldwide.

A month ago, for example, Bitcoin became the official currency of El Salvador and the government launched its own BTC wallet, but, especially because of identity theft, adoption is not going as well as you think.

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When there was a distribution of US$ 30 in bitcoin for each citizen in the country, criminals went after other people’s bonuses, similar to what happened in Brazil with the coronavoucher.

Other problems were also reported by two Brazilians who were in the country.

“For example, one of the things that happened is that they announced that the 200 ATMs were going to be [fruto de] a public-private partnership, but in the end, I don’t know if there was any problem in the bidding or any commercial problem in this project, [mas] it ended up being done with public resources”, they told Cointimes.

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Solana set to be the ‘Bitcoin Killer’?

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A blockchain with the ability to perform thousands of transactions per second must be the next Bitcoin. Sam Bankman-Fried believes SOL has the potential to become the next Bitcoin since the Solana blockchain can execute 50,000 transactions per second. 

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), in a recent interview with Kitco, praised Solana for its potential to expand to millions of transactions per second. According to the FTX CEO, this makes Solana a critical component of cryptocurrency acceptance and the next Bitcoin.

The scalability of Solana could aid its evolution into a new Ethereum or Bitcoin. 

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“I am optimistic about Solana. She has every chance of doing this, which is very interesting, I think.’

Analyst bullish on SOL

Influential investors are positive on Solana, which is helping altcoin gain traction. 

With a growth in institutional acceptance, venturefounder, a cryptocurrency analyst, feels that Solana could end up competing with Ethereum. 

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“More Crypto Online” cryptocurrency analysts are positive on Solana. As the cryptocurrency price trend reverses, analysts forecast a price rise to a new all-time high of $305. 

During the crypto massacre on Black Friday, the price of Solana fell below $200. The price of the altcoin has recovered and is now trading near $200 at the time of writing. Over the last two months, there has been a surge in institutional intake and capital rotation into Solana.

At the time of writing, SOL is trading at $196.63, up 0.6% in the last 24 hours.the resistance on the upside is at $199.94. However in case of a decline, the support on the downside is at $190.68.  

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El Salvador’s President Has A few Words For Bank Of England’s Chief

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El Salvador’s President has a few words for Bank of England’s chief who recently expressed worries about the country’s Bitcoin adoption.

Check out his relevant tweet below.

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A commenter said: “Before bitcoin nobody around the world cared about El Salvador now there are competing interests either supporting or attacking El Salvador. El Salvador is now relevant.”

Someone else posted this: “Exactly what i been saying! My family is from el salvador, and my whole life not a single soul i ever met here in the U.S even knew about the country, and if they did, they only heard of it because of gang affiliation… nothing else. Bukele is making waves!!!”

On the other hand, a follower said: “The Bank of England’s Point of Concern: “….It concerns me that a country would choose it as its national currency. What would worry me most of all is, do the citizens of El Salvador understand the nature and volatility of the currency they have.” Seems a legitimate worry.”

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Bitcoin adoption concerning?

CryptoSlate notes the fact that Bailey said the move to adopt Bitcoin within a dual currency system was concerning, while also adding that volatility would impact most detrimentally.

This isn’t the first time that Bailey warned of the “dangers” of crypto.

Back in May, Bailey said cryptos have no intrinsic value and that investors should be prepared to lose all their money.

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At the moment of writing this article, BTC is trading in the red and the king coin is priced at $54,667.

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Bitcoin skeptic Saule Omarova to be rejected as Biden’s nominee for OCC in win for crypto

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  • Saule Omarova was nominated to head OCC and it looked bleak for the future of cryptocurrencies as she is an outspoken critic of Bitcoin.
  • New reports reveal that some Democratic senators in U.S Congress will reject her, and with all Republicans united against her, she will most likely not assume office.

Saule Omarova, a Bitcoin critic who was nominated for one of the most important financial regulatory jobs in the U.S, is looking unlikely to go through Senate confirmation. According to new reports, some Democratic Senators have rejected the Biden pick, particularly opposing her hardline stance against big banks. With Republican Senators all against her, she looks unlikely to be the next Comptroller of the Currency.

Omarova was nominated by the White House in September to take over from the Acting OCC, Michael Hsu. As CNF reported at the time, the cryptocurrency community joined the banking fraternity to ask questions of what would be of her reign. Omarova is an outspoken critic of the big banks, having consistently criticized government bailouts. She has also suggested that the Federal Reserve should be allowed to serve Americans, effectively wiping out the commercial banks.

For cryptocurrencies, the future looked just as bleak. She has previously stated that she believes they “benefit mainly the dysfunctional financial system we already have.”

In her Senate grilling two weeks ago, she held on to her anti-Bitcoin views. Responding to crypto-friendly Senator Cynthia Lummis‘ question on whether Bitcoin threatens national security, she stated:

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I’m not an expert on Bitcoin but I’d worry if all our financial transactions were up to some blockchain system where various actors who might actually be located in other countries, not particularly friendly to us, control the functioning of the system.

Omarova to be rejected

According to reports in Washington, Omarova is set to be rejected in Senate. Already, virtually all Republican senators have said they will reject her. Many of them have even attacked her on personal terms, as well as her ‘socialist-leaning’ beliefs.

Axios reports that five Democratic Senators have joined the anti-Omarova bandwagon as well. The five told Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who heads the Senate Banking Committee of their dissent. If they vote against her, the Kazakhstan-born academic will stand virtually no chance as the house is almost divided in half between Republicans and Democrats.

However, despite the opposition, the White House continues to back her publicly. A White House official told Axios:

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The White House continues to strongly support her historic nomination. Saule Omarova is eminently qualified for this position. She has been treated unfairly since her nomination with unacceptable red-baiting from Republicans like it’s the McCarthy era.

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