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MoneyGram and Western Union Might Already Be Using Ripple’s xRapid

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Back in January, and through a press release, the money remittance company known as Moneygram announced that it will be partnering with Ripple to modernize payments. According to the announcement, Moneygram was going to pilot XRP in its money flows. This, in turn, was explained that Moneygram would be testing out Ripple’s xRapid payment solution for on-demand liquidity to enhance international remittances.

Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple, was quoted in the same press release as saying the following with respect to the partnership:

“The inefficiencies of global payments don’t just affect banks, they also affect institutions like MoneyGram. Money transfer companies are incredibly important because they help people get money to their friends and loved ones. We are excited about this pilot and a long-term strategic partnership with MoneyGram. By using a digital asset like XRP that settles in three seconds or less, they can now move money as quickly as information.”

Less than a month later, Western Union was reported to be testing XRP for money transfers. This, in turn, meant that Western Union was using xRapid since it is the best-suited Ripple product to enhance the instant liquidity needed for the company to compete with Moneygram who had admitted to using it.

Later on, in May, Ripple announced the successful pilot testing of xRapid by undisclosed remittance service providers. The tests proved that xRapid could significantly reduce the transaction time and cost of wiring money internationally. Cost savings were estimated to being between 40% and 70% and transaction time was reduced to 2 – 3 minutes.

So why conclude Moneygram and Western Union are using xRapid?

The first evidence is the mentioned partnerships as well as the successful pilot testing of xRapid by undisclosed remittance service providers. Moneygram and Western Union fit the bill of such companies. The names were probably left out to prevent a knee-jerk reaction in the crypto-markets if they were disclosed. As a CEO of a high profile company, you would not want to be the center of a pump and dump controversy by announcing such news too ‘loudly’.

The second evidence is the recent discovery that American Express was already using another Ripple product – xCurrent – for quite some time without announcing it. They too decided to continue with business as usual without announcing the exciting news directly. All we knew, is that the two companies had partnered back in November. The observable and wise trend in these companies is to continue with business as usual when a Ripple product works to their satisfaction.

In conclusion, and with the above evidence, it is safe to conclude that both Moneygram and Western Union are probably already using Ripple products in their infrastructure to facilitate efficient international money remittance services for their customers. One method to test this out is to send money to a loved one using either of the two services. What can then be done, is timing the transaction and find out if it is faster than the last time you sent funds using the same service.

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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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