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Japan’s SBI Launches New Bank-Backed Exchange Favoring Ripple (XRP)

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Japan’s SBI Holdings-owned crypto exchange called SBI Virtual Currencies has launched a new service – VCTRADE. The service, as well as the exchange itself, came after many delays and various difficulties. Now, when it finally got launched, it will continue to improve and develop, and the first and only crypto that can be used as of yet is Ripple (XRP).

SBI Virtual Currencies’ long struggle

Back in October 2016, Japan’s financial service called SBI Holdings announced its new subsidiary, which was to be a crypto exchange called SBI Virtual Currencies. It would have been the first exchange that would have the total support of a large financial institution. The exchange’s registration with Japan’s FSA was only completed in September 2017. almost an entire year later.

As if this delay was not enough, the exchange’s launch was also postponed due to a large hacking attack on an exchange called Coincheck, which has demonstrated just how vulnerable these institutions can be. Security concerns appeared, and the business environment was in need of large changes, which postponed the official launch further.

The launch was announced for the summer of 2018, and this announcement came in April of this year by Yoshitaka Kitao, the SBI Holdings’ president. He also stated that the new trading service called VCTRADE will become the best soon after its launch. Well, the time has come, and VCTRADE has been live for several hours now.

Right now, the service is only open to those who have submitted an application for advanced registration back in October 2017. This includes around 20,000 individuals, which are currently receiving their usernames and passwords. Those who did not choose to take the advanced registration will also have the chance to create an account, but not before July 2018.

Ripple as crypto of choice

As of yet, the exchange will only support Ripple (XRP), with the only trading pair being XRP/JPY. However, the exchange doesn’t plan to stop here, and it will soon introduce other cryptos, starting with Bitcoin (BTC), as well as Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

According to SBI Virtual Currencies, the exchange’s trading environment will have an extremely high level of low-latency, due to its adoption of NASDAQ’s system for transactions. Additionally, they will also be able to offer a very narrow bid-ask spread.

Thanks to Google Chrome’s automatic translations, the SBI Virtual Currency’s website, which is in Japanese, can be freely browsed through by pretty much anyone. By doing so, you can see for yourself that the company claims the VCTRADE will offer large speeds, high reliability, and the ultimate transparency.

One thing that many people have been wondering about is why is the exchange only supporting XRP? The answer might lie in the Yoshitaka Kitao’s interview with Ripple from August of last year. Back then, he stated that XRP is cheaper, faster, and infinitely more scalable than pretty much any other crypto. He also admitted that the SBI has invested in Ripple back in 2016, as well as helped launch a joint venture called SBI Ripple Asia. Obviously, XRP has been a favorite of Yoshitaka Kitao, as well as of SBI in general, so it is no surprise that it became the exchange’s crypto of choice.

Not only that, but Kitao also tweeted that he believes that Ripple’s price will go up to $8-10 before this year’s end.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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