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PrivateInternetAccess VPN starts accepting Ripple (XRP) payments again

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The VPN service known as PIA (PrivanteInternetAccess) started accepting XRP as means of payment since February 21, 2013. Then, last year, it dropped it for a while, and it’s now taking it again. Why does this matter? Because the security service’s view on XRP turned out to be absolutely visionary, and because it’s providing yet another use case for XRP.

The VPN was the first online internet service to accept Ripple’s XRP. This was when Bitcoin was worth $30 per token if you can still remember such days. When privateinternetaccess started accepting XRP, it had powerful words to say on the subject. It noted that XRP was the very first crypto “that truly has the guts to compete with Bitcoin.” Bear in mind that Ripple was a very new project back then.

Also, bear in mind that it’s come to happen. Right now Ripple is the world’s second cryptocurrency by market capitalization. It took over Ethereum’s spot last week so, the VPN’s announcement has become a prophecy: Ripple is, indeed, the one coin that can give Bitcoin a run for its money as things stand, and it keeps growing.

According to the original announcement, Ripple was the first truly innovative blockchain project that could improve decentralized cryptos since Satoshi Nakamoto (the enigmatic cyber-super-hero who invented Bitcoin, and whose true identity remains unknown) brought Bitcoin live.

That announcement went on to explain why Ripple had some serious advantages over Bitcoin, namely, there is no mining in XRP (Ripple pre-mined all tokens before they went online) and there is no ‘hard’ limit for transactions per second. Both things have profound consequences regarding performance and security.

The lack of a hard limit on transactions allows XRP transactions to be completely settled in seconds, instead of hours (yes, even back then Bitcoin wasn’t that fast). And the lack of mining means that a 51% attack is just impossible.

To be fair, Bitcoin has never suffered from a successful 51% ever. But other currencies (such as Verge) have been hacked several times already. And since it takes no energy at all to mine XRP (as opposed to Bitcoin which is taking just as much energy as Ireland), it’s a very green coin.

The disadvantage, the announcement continued to say, is that Ripple owns most XRP tokens, which are all in existence already while Bitcoins come about into the world through a collaborative process based on a mining open to everybody who wants to join.

The other disadvantage was that Ripple seemed like a very experimental project still, while Bitcoin seemed to be all settled. This is probably where the announcement went slightly wrong as Ripple’s technology has not changed at all while Bitcoin has had to adopt several updates (like the lightning network) to keep the project viable.

Among the most interesting ideas we found on that “old” announcement, was that Bitcoin and Ripple are made for each other. They’re complementary projects that make, between them, the crypto verse powerful and reliable.

The thing to keep in mind is this: all the great expectations that the VPN service had in mind when it adopted XRP (and it was among the very first ones to do so) are actually happening today. So we can only salute the visionary leaders who realized the potential in Ripple’s projects and decided to adopt them so early.

It will be years before Ripple can truly claim to be an invulnerable payment processing network,” they said five years ago. Now, many of the world’s most important banks think it already is.

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Reasons To Invest In Electroneum In 2019

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2018 has been quite a rollercoaster for the crypto space. Coins went up and down more times than anyone could have guessed, not to mention two massive market crashes. However, in a few short weeks, the year will be over, and a new, positive period for the crypto world is expected to arrive.

While there are many predictions for 2019, today we are only interested in one thing — Electroneum (ETN). A lot of people quickly took notice of this coin, and many believe that it is among the coins of the future. Indeed, it has received a lot of attention, and many are interested in why that is, and why investing in it is a good idea. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should invest in ETN in 2019.

1) It is fast

Speed and precision of any service have always been very important to people. This importance is even greater when making a profit depends on it. Electroneum developers were aware of this when they created it, and the coin is up to 5 times faster than Bitcoin. This means that ETN transactions can be confirmed much faster, which in turn reduces fees and waiting time.

Furthermore, there are also plans to create Electroneum Virtual Currency Exchange, which will allow the project to act as an exchange. However, the even…

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SEC Postpones Bitcoin ETF Decision Once Again

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The new announcement by the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) states that the decision regarding the potential approval of several applications for a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded funds) is once again postponed. This time, the SEC declared that the decision will be made by February 27th, 2019.

The application requesting that VanExk SolidX BTC fund get s listed on Cboe BZx Exchange that was published on July 2nd needs to be given order by the commission within 180 days. Originally, the deadline for doing so was December 29th. However, the SEC decided to extend the period for another 60 days, effectively moving it to February 27th.

The SEC stated that designating a longer period for making a decision was found appropriate, as more time is needed in order to properly consider the rule change.

Cryptocurrencies need a sufficient monitoring mechanism, claims SEC chairman

Recent reports claim that the SEC received over 1,600 comments after requesting the public opinion regarding the ETF applications issue. In the past, the SEC rejected many such applications, some of which were even submitted by SolidX itself. In addition, they also rejected the applications submitted by Gemini, the exchange owned by Winklevoss twins. Brothers were attempting to gain ETF approval ever since 2013, although to no avail.

Other applications were also submitted by Direxion, ProShares, as well as GraniteShares. The SEC rejected them…

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TRON (TRX) Back In The Crypto Top 10

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For three weeks now, the crypto market was in a free fall. There was one moment when it seemed like the coins are finally bouncing back, and Bitcoin managed to climb back to $4,200. However, this uptrend was only temporary, and the coins dropped once again as December started.

Not a lot of coins are doing well these days, and almost every single one is trading in the red. Bitcoin is currently priced at $3,864, and the total market cap of the crypto space is barely over $123 billion. As expected by many, the bearish trend is still active, and seemingly at full strength. However, there are a few coins in the vast crypto space that are actually managing to grow in these unfriendly conditions, with the most notable one being TRON.

TRON on the rise

At the time of writing, TRON is also trading in the red. Although, only hours ago, this was not the case. Even now, TRX is losing only around 0.50% of its value, while all other coins around it are dropping by 4-5% on average.

TRON’s increase, while it lasted, was not big. However, considering the current state of the market, it was easily enough for the coin to make a big step, and actually improve its position on the list of largest cryptos. After months of waiting at the 11th spot,…

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