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Standard Chartered Plans on Extending the Use of Ripple (XRP) Network

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A multinational company based in London, England, who provides financial and banking services, Standard Chartered, announced their plans to extend their use of Ripple (XRP) Network. Their plan is to provide payments across the border for additional five pairs of countries by the year’s end.

Standard Chartered, a banking company from England, is known for operating a large network that has over 1,200 outlets and branches. The company runs its business in 70+ countries of the world while providing jobs for more than eighty-seven thousand employees.

The company is using Ripple

Recently, however, this company decided that their influence can expand even further through a partnership with Ripple (XRP).

Ripple is known for making connections if nothing else. It connects exchanges of digital assets, banks, various corporations, as well as many payment providers. They all come into contact with each other through RippleNet, which allows them to transfer money in an instant pretty much anywhere around the globe.

The bank’s decision to publicly announce its use of Ripple’s network came with a goal of unlocking a new trading corridor worth $15 billion. The corridor in question is between Singapore and India, and it is expected to be unlocked in November of this year.

Basically, the system’s use is mostly for increasing the payment speed. The corporate supply chain of the bank includes a lot of sellers and buyers, and the ability to process their transactions with more speed will be of great use for improving the company’s business practices.

Plans for the future

Bill Winters, the CEO of Standard Chartered, is a banker from America. He replaced the company’s previous CEO, Peter Sands, back in June of 2015. His plans to expand the bank’s business through the use of Ripple’s network were discussed in the bank’s report regarding the Q1 for this year.

In it, he dedicated special attention to the bank’s investments regarding the innovation and similar initiatives. He stated that the company is using blockchain tech in order to streamline payments across the border. This is, however, only a part of the first corridor that will provide payments live, and in real time.

The corridor in question will be between India and Singapore, and it was initiated by the company during the previous year.  There are plans to expand these new capabilities to additional five pairs of countries, and that is expected to be achieved during this year.

Ripple seems to like this idea very much, especially since it includes blockchain tech and decentralized currency. It will allow the bank to use their technology in a somewhat centralized structure. The bank will, of course, take advantage of the fast transactions, but will also manage to keep transactions under control through the use of centralized structures.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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