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June 19, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I won't give Facebook my vacation photos, so they're definitely not getting my banking info for Libra currency

Facebook Libra logo
Facebook wants your banking info via Libra, but I'm more interested in why my mall just installed a Bitcoin machine in the food court.
Facebook announced plans to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra and the jokes are still making the rounds. Zuck seems to have forgotten that Facebook has been involved in several huge data mismanagement scandals and some smaller ones. Facebook wants to be your friend. They want to help you share your photos and whatnot. In reality, Facebook is just as dreadfully ruthless and deceitful as all the other enormous companies trying to be your pal.

I don't use Facebook for any personal things. I simply have an account from which I can create a public page for 8-Bit Central. If I need to tell my friends about my latest vacation or other news, I call them or hang out with them. I don't post any personal info, text or photos, to my Facebook account.

I have never posted photos of myself or my family. This is how little I trust Facebook. The notion of using their cryptocurrency is laughable. No thank you. It's not for me.

This past May, a CoinMover machine appeared in my local mall's food court. At first I thought it was a glitzy ATM machine, but it lacked the usual security of the standard ATM. Closer inspection revealed a Bitcoin logo and my eyes rolled. I'm not likely to want to buy a slice of pizza with Bitcoin and the machine won't play Space Invaders, so my interest waned.

Of course, I'm not the target audience for such a machine and I wonder if locals or the vibrant tourism industry around here will find this CoinMover machine a practical benefit to the mall.

CoinMover Bitcoin machine People look at it. Some poke the screen. But I haven't seen anyone trading cash for a fatter e-wallet.
CoinMover Bitcoin machine This funky ATM-looking device seems like it would fit in better at the local arcade among the other bright lights, but here it sits in the mall's food court.

CoinMover lets you quickly trade cryptocurrency without a bank account, debit card or credit card with just a crypto wallet app on your smartphone. They support Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), LiteCoin (LTC), Dash (DASH), and Monero (XMR).

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