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xRapid: A Ripple (XRP) Payment Solution That Uses XRP, The Coin

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Over the past few months, there have been lots of debates by the Ripple Community on whether all three products of Ripple (XRP) use XRP, the coin. The products include xVia, xCurrent, and xRapid. Well, it is only logical to get at least one product out of the way and confirm that xRapid does indeed use XRP. This is after there was news of the release of pilot results of money remittances across the borders of the United States and Mexico using the same payment solution.

The results revealed that xRapid eliminates all delays in international payments and also reduces the transaction costs. By using XRP as an intermediary source of liquidity through the XRP ledger, that part of the transaction only takes 2 – 3 seconds as is expected of Ripple technologies. When you add the additional time taken to convert XRP through digital asset exchanges and local payment processes, the transaction only takes an additional 1 minute 58 seconds; bringing the total to 2 minutes.

This is revolutionary in the sense that it reduces a 2 to 3 day transaction to mere 2 minutes and also reduces the cost of the transaction by up to 40 – 70% as reported in the announcement. The financial institutions accomplish this by getting rid of the middlemen who charge exorbitant Forex exchange fees and give unfavorable rates.

With respect to xVia on whether or not it uses XRP, there is a discussion on xrpchat.com that claims that it does. One explanation is that since it is compatible with the XRP ledger, the end user can determine to use XRP on the API based payment solution known as xVia. XRP is used as an intermediary asset and pool of instant liquidity to make the payment cheaper and faster as can be seen in the trials of xRapid earlier mentioned.

In a nutshell, xRapid and xVia do in fact use XRP as a source of instant liquidity and a way to cheapen and quicken the fiat transaction.

Now the biggest question is if the XRP used in both payment solutions comes from the circulating supply or the one in escrow that is released every month. 1 Billion XRP per month is known to be released from escrow. The unused XRP after the monthly release is usually locked back up into the same Escrow. Perhaps the team at Ripple can answer this question.

With respect to the current market performance of XRP, the markets are in the RED. XRP is down 12% and currently trading at $0.71 at the moment of writing this. This is due to the market losing close to $40 Billion in terms of total market capitalization. Bitcoin is also not doing to0 well with the current value of $8,767 and down 6.22%. Perhaps next week will be a better one for the crypto-verse. Keep HODLing!

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Rewards Platform StormX Offers 50% Crypto Cashback Bonus for Thanksgiving

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Singapore, Singapore, 23rd November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Blockchain-based rewards platform StormX has released a seasonal promotion for its award-winning Crypto Cash Back App. The promotion will allow app users to earn a 50% bonus on top of their cashback between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday (November 26-30).

StormX has also introduced a brand-new staking service, allowing users to earn an additional 50% per year when they stake STMX tokens. The native ERC20 token of the StormX ecosystem, STMX has a total supply of 10 billion and is available to trade at many of the world’s top exchanges, including Binance and Bittrex.

“With Bitcoin’s price approaching its all-time high, interest in cryptocurrencies has renewed, though some people believe it’s now too expensive to buy in,” said StormX CEO and Co-Founder Simon Yu. “What we have done is create an easy way for such individuals to accumulate bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies via everyday shopping.

“We’re also excited to provide users with the ability to earn greater rewards simply by staking their tokens.”

Since the StormX mobile app launched its Shop feature with over 700 stores in February 2020, some 400,000 unique users have been added to the rewards platform. StormX has also witnessed over 50% month-on-month growth for sales. The app is available for download on the App and Google Play Stores, and can be downloaded as a browser add-on from the Chrome Web…

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BITTREX GLOBAL CONFIRMS FREE TRADING AND LISTING FOR TOP DEFI TOKEN

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Valduz, Liechtenstein, 17th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

International cryptocurrency exchange promotes free trading and no gas fees for leading DeFi tokens

17th November 2020 — Bittrex Global GmbH. announced today 8 new DeFi tokens will be listed this week including:

  • UMA (UMA)
  • Aave (AAVE)
  • Balancer (BAL)
  • REN (REN & renBTC)
  • Kyber Network (KNC)
  • Band Protocol (BAND)
  • YF Link – (YFL)

Bittrex Global’s users can trade all of their DeFi  tokens with no trading or gas fees until 2021. The decision to enable free trading on Bittrex Global for DeFi tokens  follows on from the 1,000% growth of the DeFi asset class over the course of 2020.

The decision to enable free transactions will see more investors enter the Blockchain Act’s digital asset regulatory system, supervised by the Financial Market Authority in Liechtenstein (FMA) under the Due Diligence Act which requires traders to comply with the KYC/AML/CFT standards.

“The last year has seen huge growth in DeFi as an asset class and a number of significant milestones completed,” said Bittrex Global’s CEO Tom Albright. “As the asset class matures and more institutional and professional investors look at the fundamentals, we are likely to see increased demand and higher trading volumes for DeFi in 2021.

We’re really excited about what we’re seeing in the space and want to see these DeFi projects grow and help them build stronger platforms through increased adoption. Offering free trading fees…

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Ready for Chaos? Swingby’s Chaos-Mainnet Launches on December 28th

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Singapore, Singapore, 9th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

Swingby is the “warp-speed” protocol for inter-blockchain swaps. It allows all DeFi users to move assets between blockchains without a trusted party. 

Today, Swingby announces its first mainnet network will be released on the 28th of December; it will bridge native Bitcoins onto Ethereum via Wrapped BTC (WBTC).

The initial bridge will enable the most liquid digital asset in the world (Bitcoin), currently valued at a $300 billion market cap, to be moved onto the Ethereum network to tap its $10b DeFi ecosystem.

“This launch will be pivotal to Swingby. After December 28th, Swingby will have a fully operational Chaos-Mainnet network which will be generating a tremendous amount of value to the world of DeFi and bringing in a large number of new users” – Yusaku Senga, CEO

Why is this big news for DeFi?

On December 28th, Swingby will be launching its first Chaos-Mainnet bridge, allowing users to easily move their bitcoins into WBTC on Ethereum without the need for a trusted party. Similarly, the bridge can be used in the opposite direction allowing WBTC-ERC20 tokens to be moved back into native BTCs.

What’s so special about it?

  1. Trustless: Swingby’s Skybridge will be the only way to trustlessly swap BTC into wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC).
  2. Simple to use: The Swingby bridge has been designed to work with standard transaction types removing the need for complex smart contract calls…
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