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Ripple’s XRP will continue to expand, even as SEC stays silent

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Ripple’s XRP hodlers and fans have been complaining for quite some time about XRP’s absence from Coinbase listings. The most common explanation for this (which is hypothetical) is that the security lawsuits that are pending over Ripple are scaring Coinbase from including the cryptocurrency in its platform.

It’s all a problem of perception because only the SEC can decide whether if XRP is a security or not, no court decision can settle that question. The SEC has remained silent about Ripple so far but it’s already ruled that neither Ethereum nor Bitcoin can be considered securities, because of the high degree of decentralization they have, so there is no need to regulate them. This sets a precedent for Ripple’s XRP as well and helps understand why Ethereum Classic and Bitcoin Cash were listed by Coinbase.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Coinbase announced its intention to explore the possibilities to list five new digital assets in its platform: ZCash (ZEC), Stellar (XLM), Cardano (ADA), Ox (ZRX) and Basic Attention Token (BAT). Is that because they don’t have any pending lawsuits?

But a more important question is if these lawsuits and the SEC decision can really hamper XRP’s development throughout the world which is, let’s not forget, much bigger than the US, especially when it comes to cryptocurrencies.

The answer is short, sweet, and simple: no.

First of all, while Ripple Labs is still based in San Francisco, its activities, partners, and token hodlers and users have not centered in the United States anymore. Just to cite one example let’s talk about SBI Ripple. This is a company co-founded by Ripple Labs and Japan’s SBI Bank.

It’s based in Japan, and it’s instrumental in SBI’s brand new Virtual Currencies Exchange platform which is built around the XRP coin. SBI’s CEO is very enthusiastic about this project and keeps insisting that this will be the world’s most important exchange of its kind once it’s working at full steam.

The Californian company is also opening offices in several places around the world (Mumbai, for instance) so if anything hits the fan, they could just pack their bags, leave San Francisco, and head to one of their multiple offices scattered around the planet and keep working from there.

One particularly important partner is Banco Santander, a vast global bank with a substantial presence in Europe and Latin America which is considered to be the world’s best bank. Santander’s OnePayFX app is already deployed in those two continents, and it works by using XRP and Ripple technology. SBI Holding is using Ripple’s xCurrent for its remittances services, called SBI Remit.

A critical fact that not every crypto aficionado understands is that Ripple Labs and XRP are not the same things at all. One is a private company that provides financial solutions for international payments, while the other one is a fully decentralized cryptocurrency whose workings are entirely independent of the company.

Yes, Ripple is the most prominent owner of XRP tokens in the world, and yes, it was Ripple Labs who created the XRP currency. But the cat is out of the bag, and it’s found a life of its own. Ripple’s CEO has been very vocal in explaining that if Ripple were to disappear tomorrow, XRP would still stick around because it is now an entirely different entity. Besides, the lawsuits are against Ripple and not XRP.

Decentralization, the core value of any blockchain project, has other advantages. It’s enabled Ripple and XRP to gain presence all over the world and not to worry too much about developments in the US only. Ripple and XRP have a strong presence in India, Japan, and Europe. So even if restrictions should appear in their home country, they will still be able to thrive from beyond.

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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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