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4 Possible Reasons Alibaba’s New Mobile App Is Being Powered by xCurrent or XRP

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Back in late June, Alibaba’s payment arm of Ant Financial launched a blockchain based electronic wallet that enabled payments between Hong Kong and the Philippines. In the maiden transaction that Jack Ma was a part of, the transaction made by Ms. Mary Grace to the Philippines was completed in a matter of seconds. One report indicated that the time period taken for the transaction to complete was just 3 seconds.

This then brings us to the first reason the Mobile App is actually being powered by xCurrent or XRP. Comparing the 3-second speed of the transaction to that of XRP (3.3 Seconds on average), we see a vast similarity. The XRP ledger is the only ledger known to date, that can complete transactions at that speed. Also, the Santander App also showcased such speeds in early June. The app is being powered by Ripple’s xCurrent.

A second reason why the Ant Financial app could be powered by XRP is the link Justin Sun has with both Ripple and Jack Ma. Before starting the Tron Project, Justin was the Chief Representative and Adviser of Ripple Labs in the Greater China area. Justin is also the mentee of Jack Ma. Justin is also the first Millennial graduate at Jack Ma’s Hupan University. There is a lot of possibilities with these links of Justin to both Ripple and Jack Ma: founder of Alibaba.

Thirdly, WeChat Pay and AliPay run on dLocal which is a cross-border payment service that is powered by Ripple. The same AliPay, but in Hong Kong, facilitated the payment from Ms. Mary Grace’s phone through its app that sent money to a GCash wallet in the Philippines. Therefore, connecting the dots, the AliPayHK mobile app possibly used Ripple based software – xCurrent – to power the transaction.

The fourth reason as to why the AliPayHK payment app possibly used Ripple tech, is the speed at which they came up with the service. Taking into account that Ripple Labs have spent over 6 years perfecting its Ripple ledger, AliPay could not have come up with similar blockchain technology in less than a year. Knowing how business deals are done in corporations, rather than reinventing the wheel, AliPay probably signed a partnership with Ripple that probably included a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

In conclusion, the AliPayHK payment app that facilitated Ms. Mary Grace’s transaction was too quick for it not to be powered by Ripple or XRP. The speed and ease of the transaction point towards a Ripple powered platform.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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