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Ripple’s XRP crypto coin: Time to prove it’s not a security

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James Coffey’s class suit against Ripple has been gathering a lot of attention, especially on Twitter. Lots of Twitter users do not feel that the suit represents the feelings or the best interests of XRP investors unlike what the lawsuit claims. But this is still giving Ripple a chance to prove exactly what that company has argued all along: that XRP is not a security and has never qualified as one.

Ripple’s XRP remains the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency according to CoinMarketCap even as it’s been going down recently. Current price is at $0.77, which represents 8.7% decrease over the last seven days. Volume has gone down too from 602 million USD to 467 million. Over the last week, the value has remained in between $0.86 and $0.89; so it seems to be stalling.

But Ripple remains the most widely used platform in the world for international transactions not just by individual users but by banks and financial institutions as well.

Markets, investors, banks and other institutions have deemed Ripple’s coin as exceedingly useful in real-world terms. Because of Ripple’s proven usefulness and reliability, Mr. Coffee’s lawsuit against Rippple and Brad Garlinhouse (Ripple’s CEO) has not been very popular among the community of XRP.

Mr. Coffey’s complaint is based on a loss he made buying XRP when the tokens he purchased suffered a $551 loss. Then he used USDT to sell them which allowed him to recuperate $1,105, including losses.

The case’s facts are not disputed. It’s just natural that this kind of case cannot make every investor happy. The controversy started as Mr. Coffey’s lawyer (James Copeland) published this tweet:

This enraged some Twitter users who questioned the merits of the case because it’s supposed to be about XRP holders when most of them are not complaining at all. The lawsuit accuses Ripple of being the ‘never-ending ICO’ which implies that it’s transgressing US laws by not being registered as a security.

One Ripple XRP investor wrote that,

That kind of feeling has been a recurring theme among XRP enthusiasts who feel that the lawsuit is just about grabbing attention. But another recurrent subject is that Ripple has a chance to finally prove in a court of law that XRP is not security at all.

Alleging that Ripple’s coin is, in fact, security at the lawsuit’s heart:

“Plaintiff and the Class invested fiat and other digital currencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, to purchase XRP. Investment of both fiat and digital currency meets the first prong of Howey.”

Howey is the legal test that is used to determine if a token or coin is actually a security. Ripple has been clear about this. They say there is no link between Ripple and XRP directly, and that the token is not a security by any means.

Mr. Matt Hamilton answered this on Twitter:

Another user, Kieran Kelly shares his opinion as:

We will have to see how things develop but this remains an excellent chance for Ripple to prove their point once and for all. If they can show indeed that XRP is not a security everything will surely move forward for them and for their users and investors.

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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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