Everyone is watching Ripple Labs as their FinTech juggernaut surges forward towards widespread adoption. Announcements are coming at a furious pace, with more financial institutions signing on each week. The lure of low cost, near-instant transactions across borders and between banks seems too good to pass up. The Ripple payment protocol has been big news since their surge in price at the end of last year. Their stated goal of revolutionizing the financial industry’s network technology has been realized faster than any other cryptocurrency’s end game.
Their integration of the XRP token has given them an edge over other international payment systems. Blockchain technology allows for rapid verification of transactions in an automated environment. That alone reduces the fees associated with foreign exchange transfers. The further use of XRP as a bridge currency facilitates remittances that would normally require fairly exotic trading pairs. Users no longer have worry about finding a buyer for their currency. It is traded instantly for XRP, and the network stores the fiat for future liquidity.
xRapid and the Future of Cross-Border Payments
Ripple’s upcoming xRapid system furthers the cause of the XRP as a bridge currency. Financial institutions that connect to RippleNet have access to the liquidity pool provided by xRapid. Rather than storing their own fiat currencies, they buy into a shared pool managed by the network. It’s as simple as selling currency for XRP, and then cashing out XRP for a different currency. Larger financial institutions won’t even have to maintain forex supplies at all – they can simply keep a large store of XRP and accept local currency for use on location.
Western Union, one of the largest sources for remittances in the world, has recently announced that they are looking into xRapid technology to run their network. If they decide to adopt Ripple’s software, it would be a major triumph for not only Ripple Labs but cryptocurrency as a whole.
xCurrent’s Inter-Bank Network
A re-branding of Ripple’s original inter-bank financial network technology, xCurrent provides a solution to disparate bank software. One of the largest hurdles for upgrading the bank transfer network is overcoming the differences between code bases. Each bank or financial institution will have their own intra-company software that rarely works well with outside systems. That requires a complex procedure every time that money needs to change hands. This leads to the multiple day long bank transfers that everyone is familiar with.
xCurrent bypasses this by connecting each bank to each other within the Ripple system. Banks can then message transaction details, and confirm that a transaction has been processed after it is complete. Ripple Labs is furthering this product by introducing a standardization Rulebook. It is hoped that this rulebook will further integrate different banking systems and increase the efficiency of the network.
Itaú Unibanco, the largest bank in Latin America, has recently announced that they are signing on to the xCurrent system. They are not the first bank to join adopt the software and more join each week as Ripple appears poised to expand throughout the globe.
xVia and the New Dawn of Remittances
Compared with the other two options, xVia is more focused on individuals than corporations. Although run by financial institutions as well, xVia’s focus is on providing access to remittances. In a similar fashion to the xRapid liquidity network, xVia allows the immediate conversion of fiat currencies through RippleNet.
This is particularly groundbreaking for emerging markets. Expat workers in foreign countries can access the RippleNet through their banking institution and send remittances home for a fraction of the cost of traditional transfers. This all happens directly on the RippleNet system – which provides far greater security than traditional transfers. The money arrives in their home country in the form of local currency, without the hassle of exchange at either the point of sending or receiving.
In the past week, two separate groups have signed on to the prototype xVia system. Beetech and Zip Remit both operate online exchanges and remittance services for emerging nations. Beetech is Brazil-based, and the only online exchange that has gained approval from the central bank of Brazil. Zip Tech is Canadian.
Ripple Simmering and Ready for Growth
Ripple showed their potential in 2017 and based on the constant string of announcements, they haven’t rested on their laurels in 2018. The entire crypto-sphere is stable and waiting for a breakout moment, and Ripple more so than others. The value of their product is unassailable, and if they don’t outright spur the next bull run – they will almost certainly outperform their competitors when it happens.
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TRON Partnership Involves Cloud Computing
It has been almost an entire week since Justin Sun, the founder of TRON (TRX), announced a new big partnership for this cryptocurrency. His Twitter announcement did not provide a lot of information, except for the fact that the TRON partnership is with an industry giant worth tens of billions of dollars.
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) October 12, 2018
Even so, the entire crypto community started speculating about the new partner’s identity. Soon after the announcement, a new rumor emerged, claiming that the identity of an unnamed corporation was uncovered. According to the rumor, TRON’s new partner is none other than Baidu, one of the largest tech giants of China, which also represents this country’s largest internet search provider.
Baidu is often viewed as China’s version of Google, and if the rumors of a partnership with this company turn out to be true, this will be a big game-changer for TRON.
However, in days following the announcement, new reports started coming in with claims that the partnership will not revolve around blockchain technology. Instead, ODaily reported that the alleged partnership between TRON and Baidu will be focused on cloud computing. The report claims that TRON will be purchasing computing resources from Baidu.
Will Ripple (XRP) advocacy hike affect bitcoin dominance of China?
Currently, China is leading in Bitcoin mining industry by far, second to none for bitcoin mining power. Literally, it’s contributing over 70% of the network’s hash rate (a term that is used in describing the total processing power of a blockchain network). But how Ripple fits in here and what it has to do with that? We’ll talk about that a bit later below, let’s cover some in-depth facts about China’s dominance over Bitcoin first.
It’s a near-complete dominance by China on the BTC mining grid that has made it responsible for mining a majority of circulating bitcoins. A Beijing-based company, Bitmain Technologies, is highly responsible for extracting the significant part – more than half of the globe’s bitcoin, and alone, it has approached 50% of the total hash rate more than once.
The fact that China is controlling a majority of Bitcoin hash rate, clearly tells that it has the power of manipulating or merely destroy the bitcoin network if it gets enough support should it decide to take such a move. Therefore, this has led to serious concerns among countries including the US that China might get an edge in this cryptocurrency industry and possibly becoming a potential threat.
China is the biggest manufacturer of Bitcoin as well as cryptocurrency mining equipment. The reason behind the massive growth of mining farms in the country is because of cheap electricity bills.
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Ravencoin (RVN) Surges Following Binance Listing
While most cryptocurrencies today still remain unstable and at the edge of falling into the red, there are some coins that are doing significantly better. One such coin is Ravencoin (RVN), which has surged by over 26% in the last 24 hours.
Ravencoin came to be as a hard fork of Bitcoin and was inspired by a popular book series-turned-television programme, Game of Thrones. The coin’s developers decided to make Ravencoin an open-source project that provides users with the ability to declare assets on their platform. The platform itself is decentralized, transparent, and secure.
Just as Game of Thrones’ ravens are used for spreading the news and truth, Ravencoin hopes to become a carrier of truth regarding the ownership of assets on the blockchain.
Ravencoin’s main use case is for performing P2P transfers, while it prioritizes security, autonomy, user privacy, and control. Additionally, as a coin fighting for truth and transparency, it also stands against censorship.
Ravencoin got listed on Binance prior to MainNet launch
Following the last week’s announcement that Ravencoin is getting officially listed on Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange ba trading volume, Ravencoin experienced a large price surge. At one point, the surge took the coin’s value up by over 31%. At the time of writing, however, the coin is still growing, with an increase of 26.15% in the last 24 hours.
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