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Is Ripple finally going to make waves globally?

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Ripple, the blockchain technology, the company, and the associated cryptocurrency (XRP) started somewhat poorly. The crypto community was very skeptical about the network’s centralization features (which have been thoroughly denied by the company) and the fact that it’s a platform that aims to strengthen the global financial system instead of undermining it (which is supposed to be the whole point in crypto) didn’t help to make it popular either.

Well, the times are changing, and it seems that the ugly duckling is finally becoming a swan.

Ripple is being either tested or adopted by many of the world’s biggest and more influential banks. They are more than a hundred now, and they recruit a new one almost every week.

A rumored deal with Catalyst could bring 1400 new banks as users to the Ripple Net in a single deal. That kind of new agreements with massive partners will drive XRP’s demand up. It will create value and increase the price.

As you probably already know, the crypto market has been in free fall since last December, and most coins have been losing value. Only a handful of cryptocurrencies have been able to gain modestly, and XRP is one of them.

It’s been going up steadily for six weeks. It was at $0.25 on September 12th, and, since then it’s grown by more than 80%. It’s at $0.46 as we write this. It’s a small bull that’s managing to beat a big bear.

Bitcoin’s stabilization at around $ 6,500 could also be a factor for XRP’s growth and increased investor confidence brought about by a stream of exciting announcements.

Experts keep reminding the cryptosphere that the market is still far from mature. The value of most cryptocurrencies is currently driven by speculative pressure instead of mainstream adoption. This puts Ripple’s XRP in the privileged position to be the first token whose value will actually be determined by supply, demand, and real-life value.

Just a few weeks ago the Ripple Swell conference took place, which is the company’s annual meeting with investors and partners. Bill Clinton delivered the keynote speech, and the company announced xRapid which is to become its flagship service. It will use XRP working in tandem with Ripple’s blockchain so that banks can settle international payments in a matter of seconds, instead of the days they usually need.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also partnering up with Ripple. Along with Coil, the three institutions will develop an interledger protocol. This means that the new protocol will link different payment layers (which are not compatible so far) so that payments can be settled without any friction.

Another interesting development comes out of the Whitehouse. It is not confirmed yet, but it seems that President Donald Trump is interested in Ripple. It’s anybody’s guess if he understands the first thing about the blockchain, but he wants it as the US Blockchain and Cryptocurrency official option.

The reason for this is that XRP cannot be mined at all. It was already mined in full by Ripple Labs before it went online, and that means that the network’s control cannot end up in China, which is what has happened to many other projects, Bitcoin main among them. If the US Federal Government takes Ripple’s side, it would be a massive development since regulatory issues have been an issue for Ripple, at least regarding public perception.

And then, the Japan Consortium Bank has created a project for peer-to-peer money transfers called SBI Ripple Asia. It includes an app: Money Tap.

Ripple is putting a lot of pressure on Ethereum. It’s smaller by market capitalization by only three billion currently. But it keeps going up and reporting good news as Ethereum keeps going down and saying bad news.

So don’t be surprised if XRP takes over ETH’s place behind Bitcoin sometime soon. Remember also this: XRP was last year’s most profitable cryptocurrency even before the long list of successes it’s had over the present year.

We all know that a bull run will come to the crypto market sooner or later, we just don’t know when. The thing to keep in mind is that, as things stand right now, it could be led by XRP and Ripple.

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Here’s Why This Coin Still Has Wings (WINGS)

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WINGS, a decentralized crowdfunding platform based on the Ethereum blockchain, has had a great run over the past two months. Culminating in a peak of US $.23 just a few days ago, the currency behind the product has more than doubled since it’s lows of early September.

Despite the slight downturn WINGS is currently experiencing, this crypto-favorite may not be done running up the green candles on your favorite exchange just yet. A small drop like we had today was actually expected and could be considered healthy by long-term investors. These dips are also appreciated by those of us waiting to get in on a project we feel has real potential. WINGS has shown us that potential and is now presenting a great buying opportunity for speculators and traders looking for the next wave of support to lift this coin into the stratosphere.

What is WINGS?
WINGS was created to nurture project proposals via the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) model. Using blockchain networks and smart contracts, the platform allows the WINGS community to promote proposals with the greatest chance of positive returns. WINGS, in essence, is a decentralized forecasting ecosystem, where token holders are given an incentive to make choices concerning projects on the platform.

The DAO is a popular concept for crypto-projects that want to remain entirely on the web. Using the peer-to-peer technology of blockchain and smart contracts to enforce the rules of participation is…

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6 Blockchain Predictions For 2019

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As 2018 moves closer towards its end, investors, developers, and tech enthusiasts are starting to turn their gaze towards the future. 2019 is less than two months away, and it promises new breakthroughs and large changes. This is especially true when it comes to blockchain technology.

While 2018 was an important year for this technology’s development, many are wondering what awaits us in the near future. Because of this, we have created a list of 6 predictions regarding the blockchain, as well as what might happen to it in 2019. Let’s begin.

1. Search for new and better business use cases

Blockchain technology is wrongly seen by many as a magical way to resolve all issues that we struggle with today. However, while it is true that blockchain can help with a lot of them, there are still numerous other problems that are better suited to be solved by alternative technologies. Robotics, AI, and similar technologies are not to be discarded in blind faith in the blockchain.

Researchers and developers have recognized this, which is why 2019 will be dedicated to finding specific use cases for blockchain technology. Blockchain will be used in situations where it can have the strongest positive impact. In other words, the goal is not to find places where this tech can fit, but to find places where it is the best fit.

2. Fixing blockchain industry’s image

For a lot of people, blockchain…

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TRON DEX Goes Crazy, TRX Founder Asks For More Projects

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Less than a week ago, TRON (TRX) community uncovered a new DEX (decentralized exchange) on Tronscan.org. Since TRON community is among the strongest and most supportive communities to ever support a coin, trading activity on this DEX quickly skyrocketed.

So much so, in fact, that TRON’s founder, Justin Sun, felt that he should share this fact on his Twitter account.

TRON DEX sees massive growth in activity

Since Sun shares a lot of traits with TRX community, such as tirelessness and fascination with this project, he was quick to urge the community to come up with additional tokens and projects.

While Sun’s statement that the activity on the DEX is “going crazy” is pretty accurate, many do not realize just how accurate this is. It should be pointed out that the number of tokens on the exchange was 3 on November 10th, when the DEX was originally uncovered. Today, on November 13th, the number of available tokens has doubled.

In addition, 4 out of 6 trading pairs offered on the exchange have experienced significant gains, with the remaining two experiencing only slight drops. The growth was experienced by Dice/TRX (146%), TronWatchMarket/TRX (8.27%), WIN/TRX (89%), and SEED/TRX (1.73%). The drop was experienced…

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