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“We don’t know when but Internet Of Value solved by Blockchain is going to happen. Make sure we are in the position before this thing takes off.” That’s what Chris Larsen (Ripple Labs’ co-founder) told to Asheesh Birla, a Ripple employe several years ago. This quotation includes everything Ripple is, everything it does and everything it aims for.

Let’s start by explaining the meaning of “Internet of Value.” This is a philosophical idea that was probably, though we don’t know for sure, put forward by Ripple’s founders. It refers to the expectations of current internet customers and users.

They want for money to move around the internet as quickly and as seamlessly as the information they use. If you want to send somebody money over the web, it should be as quick, safe and cheap as sending an e-mail, that’s the main idea.

So has Ripple made sure it’s there before this thing takes off? Let’s see.

One of the most archaic financial services in the world is the international transfer among banks (something you can’t really do over the internet right now as a private citizen except for credit and debit card payments). This is because settling international payments relies on the SWIFT system.

It was implemented back in 1975, way before personal computers, smartphones, let alone the internet were imaginable technology except in Sci-Fi. SWIFT is slow, expensive, and prone to errors. That’s why companies as MoneyGram and Western Union have become giants in the financial world without being banks. They found a way to improve over SWIFT, if only marginally, in speed and cost, so now they manage most of the world’s international remittances.

Over the last few years, a new industry has emerged, called “fintech,” which is a contraction for “financial technology.” The point in it is to serve all those customers who are either being poorly served (sometimes, not at all) by banks, for whatever reason. Paypal is one of those companies.

Just think how easier it is to transfer money to another country using Paypal than your usual bank. Fintech is more efficient, cheaper, and technologically savvy. As a result, banks are starting to lose a piece of their business.

Enter Ripple.

Ripple Labs has found ways to use the internet and blockchain technology to process and settle international payments at costs even lower than fintech’s, at higher speeds (basically, in real-time), and with the security that only the blockchain can guarantee. There is a token associated with the technology (XRP) which is used as a mediating currency to complete each transfer.

By partnering up with banks all over the world, Ripple is improving customer experience, lowering costs, and using the internet and the cryptosphere so that money moves around the internet even more smoothly than e-mails.

Thus Ripple is indeed creating a healthy ecosystem in which the Internet of Value can become a reality for everybody. It will start with banks and other financial institutions. But sooner or later it will reach private persons like you and me. It seems that Ripple was indeed in position before the thing took off.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

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