Walmart, a multinational retailer in the United States, recently launched a Bitcoin ATM pilot program. The goal is to eventually implement the project on large scale
After a partnership with Coinstar,
Walmart customers will now be able to buy Bitcoin at the retailer that operates several grocery stores and hypermarkets. The company stealthily launched the pilot program featuring 200 Bitcoin ATMs set up across some stores in the US. Walmart intends to install up to 8000 Bitcoin ATMs in the future but is yet to disclose when the initiative will commence.
Coinstar specializes in operating coin-cashing machines throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The company claims to have installed more than 23,000 coin counter kiosks in the region it operates in. Coinstar lets users exchange loose change for cash, gift cards or cash. A fee is charged to facilitate the conversion.
The Washington-headquartered company doesn’t directly deal with cryptocurrencies. CoinMe, a digital currency exchange, was used by the company to offer Bitcoin. The installation of ATM-like machines allows users to convert cash into Bitcoin at Walmart stores.
The process of purchasing Bitcoin via these machines is simple but expensive. The ATM will issue a voucher with a redemption code. Shoppers can insert banknotes. After completing the Know-Your Customer process, the voucher cannot be redeemed. According to the Coinstar FAQ page, “Each purchase carries a transaction fee of 4% and a cash exchange fee of 7%.”
There have been mixed reactions on social media in response to the news of the pilot program, with some users viewing it as a step forward in terms of cryptocurrency adoption. Other users, however, consider the fees charged as exorbitant.
Bitcoin ATMs are very popular, despite the high fees involved. The fees charged by centralised exchanges are usually less than the charges for ATMs in Walmart. Last year, Coinstar revealed its plan to set up 3,500 CoinMe Bitcoin ATMs to capitalize on the market demand. The partnership between Walmart and Coinstar is significant, given the US consumer base that the former commands.
Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops to 4.33%, Largest Reduction in 10 months
It’s now 4. 33% easier to mine bitcoin over the next two weeks as the difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) dropped from 31. 25 trillion to today’s 29. 85 trillion. It’s the largest DAA drop since July 17, 2021, when the difficulty dropped 4. 81% at block height 691,488.
Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops 4. 33% — The Largest Drop Since July 2021
- Mining bitcoin is a lot less difficult than it was before May 25, 2022, as Bitcoin’s difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) saw a 4. 33% reduction in difficulty.
- Prior to the drop, Bitcoin’s difficulty was approximately 31. 25 trillion and today, it’s approximately 29. 85 trillion after the largest drop since July 2021. The DAA change occurred at block height 737,856 on Wednesday.
- Bitcoin’s USD value has been lower in recent times, so a downward difficulty adjustment helps miners recoup some of the losses by making it 4. 33% easier to find bitcoin block rewards. Currently, a Bitmain Antminer S19 Pro+ Hyd. with 198 terahash per second (TH/s) in hashpower can get an estimated $9. 24 per day in BTC profits.
- Bitcoin’s global hashrate has been consistent and above the 200 exahash per second (EH/s) region for quite some time now. On May 2, 2022, Bitcoin’s hashrate tapped an all-time high at 275 EH/s at block height 734,577.
- Right now, there are 1,864 bitcoin (BTC) blocks left to be found until the next DAA change on June 8, 2022, and 101,992 blocks left until the next reward halving. There will be roughly 51 consecutive DAA changes every two weeks before the block reward halving occurs.
- Bitcoin’s current difficulty, the USD value, and a cost of $0. 12 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) makes it so machines that produce 30 terahash per second (TH/s) are not very profitable, unless the miner pays less than $0. 12 per kWh. For example, the Innosilicon T3+ (52 TH/s), gets around $0. 21 per day in BTC profits if electricity costs $0. 12 per kWh.
- Three-day mining pool statistics indicate that there are 12 known mining pools today dedicating SHA256 hashpower to the BTC chain. Around 1. 44% of the global hashrate is operated by unknown or stealth miners with roughly 3. 04 EH/s of hashpower.
- Metrics over the past 72 hours show Foundry USA has been the top bitcoin mining pool in terms of global hashrate and blocks found. At the time of writing, Foundry’s hashrate is approximately 24. 28% of Bitcoin’s global hashrate or 51. 10 EH/s. The pool found 101 BTC block rewards out of the 416 blocks found during the past three days.
- Bitmain’s Antpool managed to find 61 blocks out of the 416 found in three days, making it the second largest pool in terms of computational power. Antpool’s 30. 86 EH/s of hashrate equates to 14. 66% of the global aggregate.
- With BTC‘s difficulty running at 29,850,529,410,160 estimates currently show another reduction is in the cards, but 13 days can change the estimation a great deal. The DAA has a reduction of 0. 16% lower.
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LimeWire signs major deal with Universal Music Group to provide music-based NFTs
LimeWire, the new NFTs marketplace that sprung from the discontinued popular music app of the early 2000s, has scored a huge deal with Universal Music Group (UMG). LimeWire’s continued rise into the spotlight is due to the partnership with UMG. UMG is a global leader in entertainment and music. Per a press announcement released on…
LimeWire, the new NFTs marketplace that sprung from the discontinued popular music app of the early 2000s, has scored a huge deal with Universal Music Group (UMG).
LimeWire’s continued rise into the spotlight is due to the partnership with UMG. UMG is a global leader in entertainment and music.
Per a press announcement released on Tuesday, the deal with Universal Music allows the firm to offer its digital collectibles marketplace to several iconic record labels and revered artists.
UMG to license artists to LimeWire’s NFT marketplace
Labels could tap into LimeWire NFT Marketplace to increase fan engagement through digital music NFTs. These include Virgin Music, Virgin Music and Republic Records.
Paul, LimeWire coCEOs, commented on the collaboration. Julian Zehetmayr and Paul, LimeWire coCEOs, stated that the partnership was “true evidence of the speed at which the music business embraces Web3”.
“We’re thrilled to open up the LimeWire NFT ecosystem to Universal Music Group artists and fans and can’t wait to see the first creative projects being launched on the marketplace,” they added.
Important milestone reached! We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Universal Music Group @UMG, opening up opportunities for music NFTs to all artists signed to Universal and UMG labels.
— LimeWire (@limewire) May 17, 2022
The partnership will enable the marketplace to access the licenses it needs to partner artists signed up by UMG. The collaboration will translate to original music-based NFT project.
The NFT market continues to grow, as major players, including governments, embrace technology that allows the creation and security of digital items on blockchain.
Monetization possibilities make the industry a great fit for artists and other people looking to improve their revenue streams. LimeWire will offer that opportunity to UMG artists.
Smart Token Labs supports Carla Chan & La Prairie in First NFT drop
Manly, Australia, 17th May, 2022, Chainwire Bringing Art and Beauty Lovers Into Web3 The first NFT art collection by La Prairie, the leading luxury skincare brand in the world, was created with the help of Carla Chan, a world-renowned digital artist. It is more than just the inspiring and innovative art it contains. “Space Beyond”…
Manly, Australia, 17th May, 2022, Chainwire
Bringing Art and Beauty Lovers Into Web3
The first NFT art collection by La Prairie, the leading luxury skincare brand in the world, was created with the help of Carla Chan, a world-renowned digital artist. It is more than just the inspiring and innovative art it contains.
“Space Beyond” by Carla Chan involves 365 + 1 editions of unique, forever-changing artworks generated in real-time with weather and demographic data. Each artwork represents a day in the year of the 31 most populated cities across the globe.
The artwork will be dropped on May 18 at FRIEZE New York and proceeds will benefit the preservation of glaciers around the world.
The drop can be accessed at www.nft.carlachan.com from 11am EDT on May 18.
Smart Token Labs supports Carla Chan, La Prairie and brings the NFT drop to life in order to attract an art buyer audience that isn’t necessarily crypto-native.
“Our TokenScript framework was used to make it simple for people to buy the NFT without having a digital wallet, and then to unlock unique experiences using the La Prairie brand via NFT,” stated Victor Zhang, CEO of Smart Token Labs.
‘ The payment flow allows you to buy the NFT using a credit card. A magic link attestation will be sent to the buyer to prove ownership. The magic link can be used to mint the NFT at a later date via a digital wallet.
NFT holders will have access to exclusive experiences and custom software via TokenScript Brand Connector, which connects the NFT with a La Prairie brand website.
Carla Chan stated : “We are thrilled that holders of Space Beyond NFTs can seamlessly interact with La Prairie brands at locations around the globe via experiences such as events and product reveals. Smart Token Labs has provided world-class technology and support to us in bringing art buyers from all over the globe into our first NFT collection. We are grateful for their help. We couldn’t have been happier with the scope and excitement of this project. Now I’m super excited to launch my collection at Frieze New York and Art Basel Hong Kong. It will certainly bring/attract old collectors into web3 with no hassle “
About Smart Token Labs
Smart Token Labs has set a new standard in tokenized future. Since 2017, it has been building two core bridges to this future: AlphaWallet, a superuser agent for smart tokens and TokenScript, the smart token interface for token composability. TokenScript is a token-centric framework that allows you to build composable smart tokens across all NFTs, PlayFi and DeFi.
About Carla Chan
Carla Chan, a media artist based in Berlin from Hong Kong, is . Her approach to media art is similar to the ever-evolving technology. It challenges conventional perceptions of media interfaces and opens up new possibilities for artistic expressions. Chan’s work has been exhibited at many international venues, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HK), ZKM (DE), Art Basel (HK), Frieze New York (US), Today Art Museum (CN), among others. At the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, she was awarded the Toy Berlin Masters Award in DE and Young Artist Award in Media Arts. Her works are in the Burger Collection (CH/HK), and M+ Museum, (HK )
About La Prairie
La Prairie is the leader in luxury skincare, present in 90 countries around the world. Rooted in Switzerland, La Prairie evokes innovation, performance, high-touch service and Swissness — the purity, precision and excellence inherent to the extraordinary land that saw the brand’s inception in 1978.
About La Prairie and Art
La Prairie is intrinsically connected to the world art from its inceptions. It finds inspiration in contemporary aesthetic codes which fuel the House’s creative approach. Paul Niehans, La Prairie’s founder, has been a tireless pursuer of timeless beauty. La Prairie creates new connections with other art worlds in an effort to preserve beauty for all time.
Chief Marketing Officer, Brent Annells, Smart Token Labs, [email protected]
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