from BITCOIN BEN:
by Adrian Zmudzinski, Coin Telegraph:
Miami-based Bitcoin (BTC) automatic teller machines (ATM) firm Bitstop has partnered with the largest shopping mall operator in the United States, Simon Malls, to install Bitcoin ATMs at several locations.
BitStop announced on Nov. 26 that the firm has already installed Bitcoin ATMs at five Simon Malls locations in California, Florida and Georgia. Bitstop co-founder and CEO Andrew Barnard said that the machines were installed ahead of the holiday season:
from Silver Doctors:
The stunning news release last week didn’t even make it to many in the mainstream media…
The stunning news that was released last week that didn’t make it to many of the mainstream media outlets was that according to former CFTC official Christopher Giancarlo, the Trump administration actively intervened in the Bitcoin market to drive the price lower.
by Brady Dale, Coindesk:
SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration acted to deflate the bitcoin bubble of 2017 by allowing the introduction of futures products, a former official said Monday.
Christopher Giancarlo, who left the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) at the end of his five-year term as chairman in April, told CoinDesk in an interview:
“One of the untold stories of the past few years is that the CFTC, the Treasury, the SEC and the [National Economic Council] director at the time, Gary Cohn, believed that the launch of bitcoin futures would have the impact of popping the bitcoin bubble. And it worked.”
by Helen Partz, Coin Telegraph:
A 150-year-old English church is being sold for $1.5 million with the vendor accepting payment in Bitcoin (BTC).
Vendor is willing to receive payment in Bitcoin
According to a listing on Rightmove, a major British online real estate portal and property website, a vendor put an 18th-century church converted into a seven-bedroom character property up for sale and is willing to accept Bitcoin as payment.
by William Suberg, Coin Telegraph:
Trading record underscores Bitcoin’s “non-seizability”
As multiple commentators including Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano noted this week, Bitcoin is a genuine solution for Hong Kong residents worried about monetary sovereignty.
According to Bloomberg, the Central Bank of Venezuela is examining whether it can receive and transfer cryptocurrencies.
The bank’s investigation follows the news of state-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PSDV), which has been running tests to eventually transfer Bitcoin and Etherum to the central bank and have it pay its suppliers with digital currency, according to four people with direct knowledge.
Sources said the central bank has been studying plans that would allow cryptocurrencies to be recorded as international reserves, now near-record-low levels.