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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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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

Bitcoin’s closest source of competition, Ripple was founded…

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

The decision to include all forms of internet gambling is a massive hit in the…

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