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Ripple (XRP) relaunches Smart Contract Codius. Real Ethereum killer?

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Ripple is undeniably dominating the cryptocurrency news cycle with announcements of the new partnership, global events, and new products. Their partnership with major financial institutions and banks places them at the leading position of blockchain’s general adoption with traditional corporate giants like Santander, MoneyGram, Standard Chartered, and Western Union utilizing their platform.

Alongside these profitable pursuits, XRP’s recent donation of $50 million to Universities brought a major amount of good publicity to the cryptocurrency industry. Also, their accomplishment towards DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding campaign made it to the famous Stephen Colbert’s late-night show rocking the airwaves.

Despite their successes, Ripple (XRP) team has avoided one blockchain factor since 2015. That blockchain factor is Smart contracts for decentralized applications. Their decision to suspend their original smart contract, Codius, four years ago made sense at the time. The platform did not have a substantial market and lacked standard transactions on the smart contract environment.

Yesterday, former CTO of Ripple, Stefan Thomas, announced the revival of the smart contract platform, Codius, that will be geared towards changing the way sites validate their content.

History of Codius and its Comeback

Smart contracts are creating a lot of buzzes yet many of you have never encountered it in your daily transaction activities. Some say that no valuable real-world merchandise use them, Reason? Many regards it to be too new and too complicated to bother investing time or energy in understanding it.

For a long time, smart contracts have prevailed mostly in writing and thesis despite their inauguration in 2014 to the market. Ethereum’s blockchain has some working examples of this phenomenon, but their technological intricacy holds them back from entering the mainstream, something Stefan Thomas hopes to change. Undoubtedly, if Ripple succeeds in changing that, the crypto will more likely rise as a ‘real’ Ethereum killer.

On Wednesday, Coil corporation, Thomas’s new company, hinted to the media on possessing a product that could make it easy to write and utilize smart contracts at minimum charges.

Thomas describes the product being an operating system for the blockchain naming it Codius.

What is Codius?

Speaking to Fortune, Thomas defined it as,

“Codius is an open source hosting platform available for anyone who wants a secure platform to built or host a smart contract. The same way cloud computing made web hosting more accessible, Codius will make experimentation on the blockchain more widely available because people won’t need to build from scratch.”

The cryptocurrency market now is much different. The market size has grown exponentially for smart contracts which are now a regular attribute of many blockchain platforms. Also, the smart contract is emerging to be an appealing add-on for traditional businesses engaging in blockchain technology.

If Ripple manages to create an easy to use and flawless smart contract platform, they could grow their returns even beyond their already admirable array.

The idea of reviving the platform was floated as early as August 2017 by Ripple’s CTO, Stefan Thomas, but due to the shaky market trends that were faced in the last half of 2017 and early 2018 proved to be difficult to actualize. Now that the market has started to stabilize and normalcy is back, it will make a lot of logical sense for Ripple to consider looking into new product lines.

Consequently, it looks like Codius and Ripple are interdependent. Codius uses Ripple’s interledger as its payment mechanism, which promises to offer Ripple higher returns if the new smart contract gains momentum.

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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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