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You Could Soon use Bitcoin (BTC) to Pay For your Starbucks as Early as November

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Crypto-adoption is one of the major driving forces that will send our favorite digital assets to the Moon in terms of value in the crypto markets. We are always reminded of the 10,000 BTC pizza purchase of 2010 that could be worth a few million with today’s value of Bitcoin. But that purchase was necessary to popularize Bitcoin as a medium of exchange for the purchase of goods and service. That particular purchase even kick-started the use of Bitcoin as a store of value to the point where Wall Street firms want a piece of the action.

Yes. Wall Street wants in on Bitcoin. The owners of the New York Stock Exchange (Intercontinental Exchange) has partnered with Microsoft, Starbucks, BCG, and others, to launch the Bakkt Company. The latter firm aims at making Bitcoin and all digital currencies, more visible as viable investment options as well as digital assets to be used in the day to day purchases of goods and services. This is where Starbucks comes into play.

A better explanation of how Starbucks will push the adoption of Bitcoin was given by CNBC’s Brian Kelly in a commentary only a few hours after the Bakkt announcement was made. Mr. Kelly stated that:

“Starbucks are going to allow you to take your crypto and effectively load up a US Dollar card with it. We do not have a problem with that payment system here in the US.

This is more about a move forward and if you look at Starbuck’s history, they are really at the forefront of digital payments particularly in the retail space. To have them involved is more of a signal that this is becoming more of a mainstream.

If you go globally, they are talking about Bitcoin as a global currency…which I believe it could be…People are going to start using Bitcoin to buy their coffee if their currency does not work well.”

With Bakkt being slated to start operations in November, this is where we get the timeline of us being able to purchase coffee using BTC by then. It could be sooner or later and depend on how Starbucks wishes to spearhead the adoption of BTC.

Either way, this is huge news and in the desired direction of Bitcoin and other digital assets, being adopted as a means of investing as well as paying for day to day items such as coffee at Starbucks. This, in turn, means that their value in the crypto-markets could reach for the Moon.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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The rise of the crypto casinos

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In the hyper-competitive world of online casinos, operators are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. The most usual methods include using distinctive branding, offering generous bonuses and making sure that they are on all of the major so-called affiliate sites where players can compare and contrast casinos’ different offerings.

But now a whole new generation of casinos are starting to emerge – ones whose key difference isn’t what and how you play, but more in how you pay.

The rise and rise of the cryptocurrency casino is seen by many as the next logical step in a world that is slowly but surely starting to accept that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, et al. are certainly here to stay.

Of course, it’s the first of these cryptocurrencies that has really grabbed the headlines and led the way with its meteoric performance in 2017 when it seemed like its $20,000 value was just the start of the story. Admittedly, this was short-lived and the value quickly fell back to a more sustainable level but, if it achieved one thing, it was to cement this exciting new kind of currency in the consciousness of the general public.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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