Bitcoin ATMs Are Popping Up in Great Numbers Across the US

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Since the beginning of the summer, there’s been an influx of Bitcoin ATMs (or “BTMs”) installed across the US. The past few months saw almost 20 new machines appear. Also read: The Bitcoin ATM: The Improved Teller Machine EasyBit Adds Six BTMs Across the US The EasyBit BTM network announced it has installed six new machines across four states. Headquartered in the US and Argentina, EasyBit has been gaining steam. The firm’s installed its first BTM at a Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. Now, the company operates 35 machines in nine countries. EasyBit uses both GenesisCoin and CoinOutlet cryptocurrency automated tellers. The six new BTMs are in Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, and Utah. Since its founding in 2013, EasyBit has become a reputable provider of Bitcoin-powered automated tellers. Michael Dupree, CEO, and founder of EasyBit, said at the latest install announcement: We’ve observed that adding a bitcoin ATM greatly improves bitcoin adoption in these communities. Our host locations often see better foot traffic and increased revenue after putting in a bitcoin ATM, making it a win-win for everyone. ATM Provider Athena Bitcoin Continues to Grow Another Bitcoin-based ATM operator is a growing US company called Athena Bitcoin. The Chicago-based company, launched seven new BTMs this past September. Athena Bitcoin has also ramped up …

8 Major Bitcoin Debit Cards: How Private and Anonymous Are They?

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CoinTelegraph contacted the eight major providers of Bitcoin debit cards with the question: Can Bitcoin debit cards really be private or anonymous? Below are the results, categorized by region and level of disclosure required. Financial privacy: Bitcoin vs. banks One of the main advantages of using Bitcoin over traditional funding methods is privacy. When a Bitcoin transaction is sent, its record is permanent and public on the blockchain, but not tied to any particular identity. Many users, such as those who frequented the Silk Road, prefer Bitcoin for exactly this reason: it’s anonymous and private. However, one of the major challenges of using Bitcoin is the limited number of merchants and services that accept it as payment. Enter Bitcoin debit cards, a product that takes Bitcoin and converts it into currency for use at traditional merchants. The challenge with Bitcoin debit cards is that, by and large, they tend to require the same level of financial disclosure of traditional financial institutions. While this is still an advantage over banks, which can shut down the account of a customer at any time under any pretense (especially under pressure from government), it still does not constitute financial privacy. Full identification (US) Coinbase Coinbase has …