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Ripple XRP price picks up pace as demand for xVia API increases

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Although the price of Ripple’s XRP faced a shaky start at the beginning of 2018(as was the case with other cryptocurrencies), there seems to be growing interest for the coin in the second quarter of the year as Ripple announces more partnerships with fintech companies not to mention an upcoming Ripple (XRP) Blockchain week where Snoop Dogg is set to perform.

Snoop Dogg to perform in ripples Blockchain week

The Blockchain week is set to be a private event set to take place in New York. On Twitter, Ripple gave the XRP community a chance to win 10 tickets in an online trivia that was opened on April 26th. The private event will take place on March 15th and Snoop-Dogg (a top tier rapper in the U.S) will be performing. In addition to the planned Blockchain week, Ripple’s price has also been on a steady rise, gaining traction as well as the attention of leading fintech companies.

In fact, the long-standing third largest cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization recently moved to announce five more new partnerships with fintech companies such as FairFx, 4Free, UniPay, MoneyMatch and RationalFX as the five new financial payment firms set to use Ripple’s xVia API to improve their global payment solutions.

What is Ripple’s xVia API solution?

According to Ripple’s website, the xVia package is reserved for corporate payment providers that are looking to use a standard interface across various networks. The xVia API is designed with a simplicity that requires no software application yet enables seamless global transactions on a transparent information-rich platform.

Growing need for xVia by fintech companies

According to Asheesh Birla (Ripple’s senior vice president), there is a growing need for seamless digital global transactions with a growing number of customers (especially in emerging markets) looking for access to global digital payment solutions while having to deal with the inefficiencies of the existing fragmented platforms.

Through xVia, fintech companies looking to offer global payment markets can maintain “single standard connection” over RippleNet and lower the rate of failure as a result. Furthermore, apart from the fact that RippleNet has the capacity to reduce costs incurred during manual reconciliation of global transactions, its xVia and xRapid solutions are capable of providing friction-less cross-border payments between banks and other fintech entities.

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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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