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Ripple xRapid might push XRP price up now. But what about the long-term?

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It’s a great time for Ripple’s XRP holders. Recently, the token’s price doubled in fewer than four days, and much good news has bolstered the project’s and the token’s value. The main among that great news was the release of xRapid, a new platform that runs on Ripple’s blockchain, used XRP token, and is ready to go into production boasting already three crucial partners in the world’s banking system.

But does this prove that Ripple’s business model and long-term economics are robust enough to go for it, once and for all? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, XRP is expected to perform well in the short-term, and its recent achievements more likely will keep the price going up for some time, even among the current (and very protracted) bearish run.

As thing stand today, Ripple is giving Ethereum a run for its money by seriously competing for the second position in the cryptosphere. It’s not only getting closer, but it’s also held the second spot, briefly, twice over the last weeks.

Ripple is a very interesting project. It’s also controversial, so it’s often in the community’s news, but this year has seen more news about Ripple than any other, and the last few weeks have seen more news about it than the most of the year. What does that mean? Publicity has not been a problem for Ripple recently. Simple.

Some of Ripple’s publicity follows the company’s marketing campaign which has been very adept and could even rival Justin Sun’s amazing moves when he promotes Tron. Just think about the recent Swell conference (which is Ripple’s yearly reunion for partners and investors).

The keynote conference was given by former president Bill Clinton, who said basically nothing about cryptography, the blockchain or cryptocurrencies, but it was a master publicity stroke anyway.

Then, Brad Garlinghouse (Ripple’s CEO) announced the release of xRapid and the three first customers that are already confirmed to adopt it: MercuryFX, Cuallix, and Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union. Yes, these are not huge players in the financial world, but they have confirmed they will use xRapid to settle their international business. Ideal debut for the newcomer, xRapid.

All about Ripple xRapid

What is xRapid, I hear you ask? It’s Ripple’s newest platform to settle international payments, but with an extra. This is a solution that not only uses Ripple’s blockchain to settle accounts but also uses Ripple’s XRP currency as a mediating coin to pay those payments in any fiat (or crypto) currency in the world.

That is the point. The previous solutions designed and deployed by Ripple do the same trick but without using XRP, or, at least, not necessarily. It means that xRapid is going to boost the market demand for XRP because, unlike most other digital assets, it will become a useful token, much more similar to real money instead of having its value based in speculative pressure alone.

The arrival of xRapid, and other of Ripple’s projects, as well as Stellar’s and Litecoin’s efforts to bring cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology into the traditional financial system, mean that Satoshi’s dream is coming to life slowly but surely: cryptocurrencies are gradually taking over banks, fiat currencies, and the world’s financial system.

Ripple is collecting one success after another, and the price of the token is rising (yes not in green at the moment, but that’s because of current market trend). We cannot say that about many other blockchain projects that have disappeared or failed even after very successful ICOs. But is this enough to trust Ripple and XRP long-term?

As things stand, for the short-run, it’s just a matter of slight trend change in the market and XRP might rise. For the long run, yes, everything looks to be in place nicely, but only time will tell. That is the cryptocurrency market for you.

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12 Peers Capital Markets Purchases DigitalBits XDB Token

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12 Peers Capital Markets , a broker-dealer and capital markets firm has announced its support for DigitalBits, a blockchain protocol focused on consumer digital assets such as loyalty points, rewards, and branded stablecoins.  The traditional market brokerage firm has purchased the DigitalBits XDB token, after recently announcing “a new found investment thesis focused on identifying blockchain projects that improve efficiencies across global markets,” it said in today’s announcement.

DigitalBits is an enterprise-grade blockchain protocol for supporting consumer digital assets, specifically branded currencies.  The company believes that branded currencies play an integral role in driving consumer behavior, but many of these programs are dated by today’s technological standards.  “These limitations have stifled value transfer, resulting in the accumulation of large amounts of idle capital – in 2017 US corporations held in excess of $100 billion in unused points liability,” the DigitalBits experts explain.  

The DigitalBits blockchain supports tokenization of existing and new consumer digital assets.  The XDB Foundation, which was formed earlier this year, is a neutral agnostic non-profit organization to enhance the DigitalBits blockchain and ecosystem, engage partnerships and building a robust ecosystem for users. Commenting on the 12 Peers Capital Market announcement, XDB Foundation’s Managing Director Michael Gord said that it is great to see traditional firms show interest in blockchain technology. …

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AllianceBlock Completes TGE, Lists ALBT Token on Uniswap

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Big day for the Dutch-based AllianceBlock project today. After more than two years in development, the stealth mode is finally off.  AllianceBlock announced its completion of the Token Generation Event (TGE) . The newly generated AllianceBlock token (ALBT) was also instantly available on Uniswap – an automated liquidity protocol that has been gaining traction recently. Unlike centralized and most decentralized exchanges that match buy and sell orders to determine prices and execute trades, Uniswap uses a simple math equation and token pools, plus ETH to execute trades.

AllianceBlock Uniswap
 

Just weeks ago AllianceBlock reported wrapping up its private sale, which was 1,200% oversubscribed and helped raise $0.5 million. The next step for AllianceBlock is coding the platform and expanding the ecosystem.  The team is gearing up for the mainnet launch, which is set for the second quarter of 2021. The AllianceBlock platform is based on the Prometheus Protocol, which is a multi-layered architecture designed to solve some of the biggest problems of the traditional finance (TradFi) industry while funneling potentially trillions of dollars of traditional capital into the DeFi industry, the company says.

AllianceBlock is raising the bar high – it is building a “globally compliant decentralized capital market” by utilizing a blend of several decentralized technologies. To help bridge traditional markets and DeFi, the company is focusing on three cornerstone issues — compliance, security, and user experience, which are…

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Could The Rise of Yearn Finance Harm the Long Term Viability of Bitcoin?

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Even in the highly unpredictable world of crypto, 2020 has made for an exceptionally volatile year so far. 

The summer months have been punctuated the unprecedented rise of the decentralized finance (DeFi) movement followed by heavy falls across the cryptocurrency landscape. 

The jewel in the crown of DeFi, yearn.finance, was catapulted to values upwards of $38,300, and a market cap of over $1.1 billion just months after its launch. Backed by advanced and practical DeFi applications like smart contracts and blockchain-based insurance, DeFi tokens like YFI are supported by exciting and tangible technology.

Given their advanced frameworks, could this mean that the DeFi boom for yEarn and its counterparts will harm the long term viability of more speculative traditional cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Or could the world’s oldest and most famous cryptocurrency push back against the brave new world of decentralized finance?

Why Yearn.Finance is Different

YFI is certainly a cryptocurrency with a difference. Writing for Forbes, Joseph Young has attributed the rise of Yearn.Finance to four major components: a unique supply, an active community, a respected developer, and innovative products. 

Significantly, yearn.finance developer, Andrew Cronje, rebranded and relaunched yearn.finance with a suite of new and cutting-edge products. He also released YFI with no premine, a significantly limited supply of just 30,000 tokens, and no founder reward. 

These factors made the…

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