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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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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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