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IBM and Stellar (XLM) Enter Cross-Border Payments

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The battle to reign supreme in the industry of cross-border payments on the blockchain is no longer the sole arena of Ripple. The long-held partnership between IBM and Stellar (XLM) has yielded another development in the form of a ‘near instant’ cross-border payment solution. The two firms have introduced what is known as IBM Blockchain World Wire.

The new service plans to revolutionize cross-border payments by:

“Clearing and settlement [of payments] with finality in near real-time. The solution uses digital assets to settle transactions — serving as an agreed-upon store of value exchanged between parties — as well as integrating payment instruction messages. It all means funds can now be transferred at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional correspondent banking.”

The IBM firm had been known to be running 9 Stellar nodes to settle cross-border transactions prior to the announcement of this new blockchain service. With SWIFT being the only payment solution for the last 50 years, Stellar and IBM enter a domain that needs to be revitalized by new more efficient technologies. The probability of the banking industry adopting blockchain 100% in the next 12 months is very high and both Ripple and Stellar are at the front-line of all the action.

With Bitcoin having set the pace when its ledger was launched in 2009, it exists for such a long time has proven that digital assets can offer tangible improvements to financial services by increasing security as well as making them more efficient.

What does IBM mean for XLM and XRP in the markets?

From a business and investing point of view, XLM suddenly has the upper hand. With XRP having many so-called ‘non-believers’ in the crypto-space, XLM provides an option to invest in a relatively cheap digital asset with the potential of pulling off massive gains in the long run.

XLM is currently valued at $0.20 due to the massive crypto market correction that just happened, and at the moment of writing this. Looking at XRP, it is valued at only 9 cents higher at $0.29. However, XLM has a lower circulating supply at 18.8 Billion whereas XRP has 39.65 Billion. This, in turn, means that with considerable demand once this new cross-border service is live, XLM could continue to gain in the markets.

However, IBM and Stellar have not definitely stated that XLM will be used to source instant liquidity for the cross-border transactions. They simply state that the service will use the Stellar protocol with a Liquidity provider on both ends. A block diagram has been provided below for easier visualization of this concept.

How IBM Blockchain World Wire works. Source, IBM.com

Over 1 Million Active XLM Accounts on Its Ledger

The XLM network recently marked a new milestone of over 1 Million XLM accounts on its ledger. According to the block explorer on the network, the current number of active accounts stands at 1,218,453 further signifying a growing interest to buy, own and use XLM as a preferred digital asset across the globe. A clearer visual representation of the increment in accounts on the network can be found below:

Current active XLM Accounts. Source, stellar.expert/explorer/public/

In conclusion, blockchain technology from both Ripple and Stellar will go on to revolutionize cross-border payments in the next 12 months. This means that we will be more connected globally in not only by using the internet but by near-instant cross-border payments that will make our daily lives more efficient.

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Why BlocPal Is the Easiest Way to Accept Cryptocurrency

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The face of the retail industry is always changing.

E-commerce is one of the fastest growing trends worldwide, and for good reasons.

It’s convenient, secure, and is effective at connecting merchants with interested shoppers from across the world.

For this reason, it’s no surprise that online shipping is expected to overtake brick-and-mortar stores globally by 2021, making it the world’s largest medium for retail. As the industry changes, it’s important for retailers to keep up with the latest technology so they’re able to accommodate more customers at once. This is where BlocPal comes in.

BlocPal offers business owners an easier way to process payments

BlocPal understands that not every business owner adapts to technology at the same rate. As such, BlocPal has been designed to optimize transactions for both online and brick-and-mortar companies so that every retailer can enjoy the benefits that come with the world’s first true multi-currency payment solution.

With BlocPal, business owners can enjoy the following benefits:

    • The ability to process payments in fiat (USD and CAD) currency as well as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Expect more currencies to be added as BlocPal…
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Lite.IM Dethrones Facebook After Integrating Crypto Wallet With Popular Messaging Platforms

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With the crypto markets in turmoil, especially after news about a potential hack at Cryptopia, traders and investors need to turn their attention away from day trading.  Instead, crypto traders really need to think long-term and identify projects that are sure to win in the long-term.  In particular, one crypto company is making major headlines after winning an all-important technology battle against the mighty Facebook.  That company is Zulu Republic (ZTX).

Zulu Republic Develops Lite.IM

Zulu Republic is an ecosystem of blockchain tools and platforms, designed as a place where people, businesses, and organizations can thrive on their own terms.  And indeed, Zulu Republic has hit a grand slam with their development of Lite.IM.

Lite.IM is a crypto wallet that has been integrated with several of the most popular messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger and Telegram.  In addition, users in the U.S. and Canada can also exchange and manage crypto balances through SMS.  Although not all cryptocurrencies are available, the team has selected four of the most popular currencies which include Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), and the native currency of Zulu Republic (ZTX).

Telegram and Facebook Messenger are extremely popular platforms.  But, potentially even more exciting news, is that the Lite.IM team plan to announce WhatsApp integration in the next 1-2 weeks.  There is a reason why Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, for…

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Will 2019 be the Year of TRON (TRX)?

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While even the best years cannot help sustain bad cryptocurrency projects, the good and strong ones can do much even when years are extremely bad for crypto. TRON (TRX) has proven this in 2018 by being one of the most active and most popular projects around.

Throughout the previous year, TRON has been making great progress, setting foundations for growth and expansion, which may eventually lead to its dominance over the crypto market. Now, 2019 has barely even started, and it already promises to be a year filled with potential and all kinds of different possibilities for this coin.

TRON in 2018

2018 has started with a market crash that has brought a lot of coins down from their all-time highs. This is true for TRON as well, and it did not manage to avoid being affected by bear market, no matter what its developers did. However, instead of trying to fight the market and its trends, they focused on expansion, development, partnerships, and future projects.

The first big step for TRON was the launch of its MainNet, with dozens of listings and partnerships being announced right before the final launch. After that, the coin transferred its tokens from Ethereum’s network, it had a Super Representative election, and it even managed to purchase BitTorrent, which was a part of a secret project back then.

The project was quickly…

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