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Fast and Cheap: Ripple’s xRapid Delivers on its Promise

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The latest tests have shown that Ripple’s xRapid actually delivers on its promise on making cheap and fast cross-border transactions. In another new twist, it would seem that Facebook will join the crypto hype as well, according to recent reports.

Ripple’s tests show great promise

Ripple has been announcing a new product for some time now, and it would seem that its development is finally nearing completion. A product by the name of xRapid has had its first pilot test recently, where it was used for sending funds across the border, and for minimal cost.

The project was developed due to many complaints that sending the money around the world is a slow and long process, which can get quite costly. Ripple decided to combat the issue, and so far, its efforts seem to be successful. The company has just finished a pilot test where they have sent a payment from the US to Mexico.

The payment went through xRapid to a financial institution and, according to Ripple, payments such as this will be 40-70% cheaper than before. The whole process took only around two minutes, while other, more-traditional methods usually take two or three days.

The process works through a connection made between a financial institution and a crypto exchange. This connection is represented by the xRapid product. The money begins its journey in a form of a currency that is being sent by the sender. On its way, it gets exchanged into XRP, which then gets exchanged into the currency that is desired by the receiver.

The transfers are cheap, fast, and can be tracked, which is a welcome introduction of transparency for this kind of transaction.

Facebook wants in on cryptos

Another new report from inside of the popular social media platform claims that Facebook is planning on competing with Ripple when it comes to the cross-border payments. The platform is already doing its research on cryptos and even on the creation of its own coin. If they decide to go through with this project, both Ripple and other cryptos may have a real problem on their hands quite soon.

An anonymous source from within Facebook stated that the company is very serious about achieving this. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has shown his personal interest in cryptos earlier in the year.

He stated that they are taking power from centralization and giving it to the people. However, Zuckerberg is not careless and is well aware of the risks that cryptos carry due to their nature. Still, he wishes to study them and find the best use regarding services that the company provides.

Another statement from Messenger’s leader, David Marcus, uncovered that there are plans to implement blockchain technology on the platform. Marcus, who was previously one of the board members on Coinbase, as well as the president of PayPal now wishes for a new challenge after spending four years in Messenger.

It will be under his guidance and leadership that Facebook team will explore various possibilities that blockchain can offer to the platform. He is also known for being an early investor in Bitcoin, so we can expect that he knows exactly what he is doing.

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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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