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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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Elon Musk Advises Crypto Users To Secure Their Crypto Keys Properly

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The crypto community has not gotten over the fact that the world’s richest man has now invested in Bitcoin and has been pretty active in the industry.

However, the community is now receiving security tips for storing cryptocurrencies from Tesla’s chief executive officer. While pointing the security of cryptocurrencies, Tesla also criticized Freewallet app, a crypto wallet for its slack in security.

He also added that crypto investors should not bother doing business with wallets that don’t provide them with private keys.

Users should store their private keys

The unique way cryptocurrencies are stored makes them not redeemable when the keys are lost. Whether the holder stores them with third-party custodians or exchanges, the owner can only claim them when they provide keys to the crypto funds.

That makes securing the keys the most important thing when dealing with cryptocurrencies. As a result, selecting the safest hot or cold wallet is a priority if users want to keep their crypto investments safe.

Elon Musk has come out to advise investors to always store their private keys personally. For a company to receive the attention of the world’s richest man is something to take advantage of to grow. However, FreewalletApp’s short conversation with Musk is a sort of negative publicity to them.

After the company engaged with Musk about a Dogecoin-related post, the Tesla founder pointed out faults with the firm.
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Bitcoin Surges After Tesla Bought $1.5 Billion Worth of BTC

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The sudden rise of Bitcoin has been connected to the decision taken by the Tesla electric car company to buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

The company explained in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it bought Bitcoin to diversify its cash returns and more flexibility.

Musk’s Tweets also impacted Dogecoin’s price

Tesla also added that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments for all its products, although this will be based on a limited basis and applicable laws. If the company concludes and starts accepting cryptocurrency, it will make it the first major car manufacturer to accept Bitcoin payments. The company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has developed an interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

He has been tweeting severally about the viability of the Dogecoin (DOGE), which doesn’t have an important market value attached to it.

Few hours after endorsing Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency rose by an impressive 50%. But regulatory authorities are still concerned about the risks in cryptocurrency investments, with several regulatory bodies warning traders and investors they could lose all their money from crypto investments.

But for Tesla, the company decides to diversify its funds and increased its cash returns. However, Tesla also warned investors about the volatility of Bitcoin’s price in its SEC filing. According to the SEC…

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Partnership Between Bridge Mutual & AllianceBlock Announced

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Decentralized peer-to-peer discretionary digital asset coverage platform Bridge Mutual has announced a partnership with AllianceBlock. AllianceBlock is a decentralized, blockchain-agnostic layer 2 protocol bridging decentralized finance with traditional finance. The partnership will allow AllianceBlock and Bridge Mutual to provide traditional investors with a protected bridge to DeFi through decentralized coverage. 

“Discretionary coverage is a very important part of our ecosystem, so we are excited to partner with Bridge Mutual and leverage each other’s technologies,” says Rachid Ajaja, CEO of AllianceBlock. “We look forward to building an ecosystem where all participants have access to the best products while mitigating the ever-present risk of smart contract failure, hacks, and the resultant loss of collateral value.”

In 2020, as much as $200 million worth of digital assets was lost in attacks on major digital asset services. Bridge Mutual’s platform gives users the option to purchase and provide discretionary coverage, reducing investors’ risk of losing funds because of theft, exchange hacks, stablecoin price crashes, exploited contracts, and other vulnerabilities in digital assets. 

By using Alliance Block’s multi-pair liquidity mining platform, Bridge Mutual will be able to offer BMI token holders instant liquidity through staking and high APY rewards for a variety of pairs. Once integrated into AllianceBlock’s P2P lending platform, Bridge mutual will be able to provide coverage to investors. Additionally, Bridge Mutual is working towards…

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