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Ripple (XRP) Resurrects Smart Contract Platform Codius

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Ripple continues to dominate the cryptocurrency news cycle, between new products, new partnerships, and global events. Their work with major financial institutions places them at the forefront of blockchain’s general adoption. Among their clients are traditional corporate giants like Western Union, Santander, and even IBM. Alongside these profitable ventures, Ripple’s recent philanthropy work brought a major amount of good press to the cryptocurrency industry. Their fulfillment of every crowdfunding campaign on DonorsChoose.org made the television airwaves on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show.

Yet there’s one blockchain factor that Ripple avoided since 2015. Smart contracts for decentralized applications have been notably absent. Their decision to shelve Codius, their native smart contract platform, made sense at the time. Smart contracts were not proven technology, and Ethereum’s creation did not happen until a month later. Now that smart contracts are a regular factor of cryptocurrency projects, it would seem Ripple is back in the game. Codius’ site is back up and working.

Codius History and Revival

Originally announced in 2014, Codius began as a means for ‘distributed apps’ to run on the Ripple platform. Terminology and operations changed since then, but the general idea did not. Unfortunately for Ripple, their decision to suspend operation on the Codius platform prevented them from being first-to-market with a smart contract solution. However, their products continue to do well, and no one can accuse Ripple of failure in any regard. The cryptocurrency market may seem massive now, but it was only a small fraction of its current size in 2015. Ripple, perhaps correctly, believed that the market at the time could not support the Codius platform.

The environment now is much different. Smart contracts are a regular feature of blockchain platforms, and the market’s size has grown exponentially. Further, smart contracts are one of the most attractive features of blockchain technology for traditional businesses. If Ripple can successfully develop an easy to use, seamless smart contract platform, they could expand their offerings even beyond the already impressive array. The CTO of Ripple, Stefan Thomas, floated the idea of reviving the platform as early as August of 2017. Obviously, the latter half of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 proved quite hectic. Now that the market stabilized, it makes sense for Ripple to begin looking to new product lines.

Decentralized Applications with Ripple

Ripple’s payment protocol already provides a centralized system through which financial institutions can upgrade their legacy networks. Decentralized applications appeal more to small businesses and start-ups, or even end users. This type of trust-less, automatic process extends the capabilities of a traditionally distributed ledger and provides the framework for development teams. Rather than just simple transaction system that we see in the ‘x’ series of Ripple products, there is the potential for fully featured, robust financial applications that would make Ripple more attractive to the average person.

Further, the ability to institute smart contracts can help with RippleNet’s bridge-currency procedure. A system that creates automatically executed contracts when fiat pairings are matched allows an increased liquidity level. Even beyond the impressive state of the current Ripple liquidity pool, smart contracts add one more level of contingency plan.

Recent Ripple Market Performance

Ripple’s value steadily increased throughout the beginning of Q2 2018, roughly in line with the rest of the market. Now emerging from the bear market that dominated the first quarter of the year, the market is poised for a bull run, with sideways movement from most major currencies. Given Ripple’s major advances during the market doldrums, there’s a high chance that it could see another spike in value as products begin coming to fruition.

The addition of a smart contract layer can only help this process. Expanding product potential and the opportunity to attract a greater amount of development teams helps to dispel some of the persistent skepticism from the cryptocurrency community. Ripple easily has the best public relations arm of any blockchain project, and there’s little doubt they’ll continue to use it to their advantage.

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3 Things to Avoid if You Want Your ICO to Succeed

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Initial Coin Offerings, or ICO, have become quite popular in 2017, which is something that also continued throughout 2018. In fact, there were hundreds, if not thousands of them so far. However, no matter how many of them were organized, most never managed to make it into the market and achieve their goals.

Analysts claim that there are a lot more failed ICOs than there are successful ones, which has caused a lot of people to simply give up on the idea. However, many are still curious to know what went wrong, and while failed ICOs can be studied for years without discovering absolutely every flaw, some of the bigger ones can be spotted right away.

This is why we will now list top three reasons why so many ICOs failed, and everyone who is thinking about launching one should pay close attention.

1. The lack of demand for the product

According to estimates, around 60% of ICOs often fail at the first stage simply for the lack of interest in what they offer. When someone comes up with an idea and launches an ICO in order to raise money, they are presuming that people will be interested in investing in this idea. In addition, prior to making an announcement that an ICO is coming, it is wise to ensure that the announcement will be heard in the first place.

Additionally, ICOs need to be approved by appropriate…

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Reasons Behind The New Bitcoin Crash

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Cryptocurrency investors and supporters experienced quite a shock last week with the latest Bitcoin crash. Almost every single one of top 100 cryptocurrencies trading in the red. Not only that, but most of them experienced massive losses, often larger than 12%, or even 15%.

The event was unexpected and all cryptos, with the exception of a handful of stablecoins, lost a large part of their value. However, as always, Bitcoin is the one receiving the most attention, especially since this is the first time that BTC has dropped below $6,000 in a long while. Right now, Bitcoin is still losing value, with its current price being at $5,503.11 per coin, and a drop of 12.76% in the last 24 hours.

After the initial shock, a lot of investors started wondering and researching the new crash. The main question still remains: Why did this happen?

While this is more than understandable, especially considering how much money, time, and patience people have invested in crypto, the reasons behind the new crash remain obscure to many. Because of that, we are now going to explain two events that are most likely to be causing this situation.

1. The selloff

This is believed to be the main reason for the new crash of Bitcoin. The selloff came as a consequence of the last year’s bull run, which has launched BTC and other coins to entirely new heights. Because of that, numerous…

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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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