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Why did Coinbase go for Ethereum Classic (ETC) instead of Ripple (XRP)?

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The largest US-based crypto exchange, Coinbase, made an unexpected reveal yesterday, June 12, when it announced that it will list Ethereum Classic (ETH). This is a great news for this cryptocurrency, but many were left astonished that the exchange skipped over a dozen cryptos with larger volume and market value, especially Ripple (XRP).

Coinbase chooses Ethereum Classic

The big reveal by Coinbase, the largest crypto exchange of the United States, left crypto enthusiasts completely confused, and it revolves around the exchange’s decision to add Ethereum Classic (ETC) to its list of cryptos. Many expected that the exchange would add a larger crypto, like EOS or Ripple, which is why this decision is hard to understand.

ETC is currently the 18th most valued cryptocurrency as per CoinMarketCap, while Ripple (XRP) is at the third place. Because of this, it is easy to understand why the community is so confused. Coinbase’s general manager and vice president, Dan Romero, noticed the reaction of the Coinbase’s community and has said that ETC came before XRP because accepting it is in compliance with the current local regulations.

He also added that this is not the end and that the exchange will keep adding as many assets as it can, as long as it can be done in a secure manner, and be in compliance with the crypto laws.

Why ETC?

Ethereum Classic originally came to be as one of Ethereum’s hard forks. It was made by a group of developers who decided to fork Ethereum’s chain after it significant losses of DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization.) investors. In time, ETC’s development was shared between a few groups of developers, one of which was, and still is IOHK, the group that started Cardano (ADA).

ETC still shares a lot of Ethereum’s features. It is sustained by an open-source community, and it is completely decentralized. This is also one of the reasons why it came before cryptos like EOS and Ripple, which are company-owned cryptos.

Coinbase’s CEO, Brian Armstrong, commented on the exchange’s choice and said that this is only the start of the new project that will see many more cryptos added. The exchange, as well as Armstrong, seem to be pretty excited about this, but they will first support ERC-20 tokens, as well as those that came from Bitcoin forks, before moving on to the rest of the cryptos.

Why not Ripple?

As mentioned previously, one of the large reasons why Coinbase decided to pass on Ripple is the decision to first add ERC-20 coins and Bitcoin forks. However, there seems to be more to it than just that.

One of the biggest debates these days is whether Ripple is a cryptocurrency or a security. Ripple is trying to act like a crypto, but the problem lies in the fact that it is company-owned, or centralized. This is the opposite of what cryptocurrency is imagined to be, which is an online currency that doesn’t have a governing entity.

Despite this, Ripple is still a digital coin, and the arguments for both views on its nature just keep piling up. The answer whether Ripple is a security or not currently doesn’t exist, and until this matter is settled, Ripple will probably be left alone by Coinbase.

Still, Ripple’s development team has mentioned that XRP will join the decentralized cryptos in due time, which is something that it can look forward to. If and when it does, it is believed that many more exchanges would be willing to list it, which is expected to, in turn, increase its price.

As for ETC, its price already went up by 25% following the announcement that it will join Coinbase. However, in the last 24 hours, it dropped again by 14%, which puts its price at $13.52 at the time of writing.

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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.

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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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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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