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    Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Ethereum

    1,200 Australian convenience stores now sell bitcoin and ether

    Antipodes can now buy cryptocurrencies with their deodorant

    Mainstreaming is weird. After being blessed by regulators as valid and viable, getting a wink of acknowledgement from Starbucks, and making some highly conspicuous appearances in the world’s stock photo supply, cryptocurrency is now available in 1,200 convenience stores across the country-continent of Australia. Like buying lotto tickets or cigarettes, Australian would-be crypto-traders can now buy bitcoin and ether over the counter with nothing more than cash, a phone number, and an email address. The minimum purchase is A$50, and there’s a 5 percent fee. Though the system only went live last week, the infrastructure has been in place for a couple of years. That’s because cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin.com.au partnered…