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Lousy day for the crypto market but not Ripple: ExLand lists XRP

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A Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, ExLand, has announced the listing of  Ripple’s native token, XRP. Even though it has been a sad day for all the crypto market as almost every single coin is in red by double digits (except XRP), this news would make Ripple community defy from others. The official listing news was tweeted yesterday.

Nobody will blame you if you’ve never heard about ex.land. It’s a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong, owned by China Sinx Group that keeps a shallow profile and, even if you run a very detailed search to find out details about the parent firm (or the exchange), you’ll find very little information.

Hong Kong has been a bridge between China and the West (the United Kingdom, especially) since the XIX century. And it keeps trying to remain so despite that it’s not a British colony anymore, but is now rejoined to the mainland.

It enjoys a certain degree of autonomy which is why many of mainland China’s most relevant companies try to take advantage of Hong Kong’s special status to lessen friction in doing business with the rest of the world. And that’s one of the reasons that ex.land is based there, and it’s able to trade on Bitcoin freely when the Chinese government has been openly hostile to it — despite the fact that 80% of all Bitcoin mining is done, precisely, in China.

So, the news is that ex.land adopted Ripple’s XRP currency into its platform. It’s not only going to support it, but it’s going to trade it using an XRP/USD pair.

That’s the relevant thing. If you’ve traded any digital asset in the past, you’ll know that there are not that many coins that can be bought directly using fiat currencies. The most usual way of exchanging cryptocurrencies is to buy Bitcoin first, then send it from your wallet to your exchange of choice, and only then use it to buy any other coin you like, such as XRP.

More and more crypto exchanges in the world are adopting XRP in several kinds of pairings (XRP/BTC still being the main one), a few are adopting it in an XRP/USD pair (such as ex.land) and there are some that are even adopting Ripple’s token as a base coin, putting it in direct competition with Bitcoin, no less.

The news comes to show the amazing amounts of progress and credibility that XRP is gaining in the cryptosphere when it started life as one of the most unpopular and hated tokens because of the company’s stated mission to help banks and the traditional financial system.

As things stand today, XRP has become the world’s second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization over the last week, taking over Ethereum’s spot. It was last year’s most profitable asset, and it’s been one of the handfuls of coins that’s actually been growing consistently over the last month.

Ripple keeps announcing new strategic partnerships and developments for the company’s software and for the token, it keeps getting positive attention and coming up with all kinds of new use cases.

It’s one of the few blockchain projects that are concentrated on making cryptocurrencies useful in the real world. That policy keeps creating demand for XRP. Demand creates trade volume, and both things together make the asset more valuable.

XRP is the kind of asset that crypto needs. It will compete with Bitcoin, and it will turn the crypto market into a real economy instead of a speculative game for aficionados.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Basic Guide on How to Spend Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

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In recent years, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have entered more into the mainstream. Most people walking down the street have at least heard of Bitcoin. While a lot of people got involved in the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies to try and make a quick buck, most people who are enthusiastic about the world of blockchain are in it for the long haul. 

These are usually the people who are going to be more likely to actually use their Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a payment tool and not just as a storage of wealth or a trading tool. This guide looks at a few different ways in which you can use your Bitcoin in spending capacity. 

Crypto Debit Cards

Perhaps the easiest way for you to spend your cryptocurrency is by linking up your holdings to a debit card. 

These days, many of the leading card providers such as MasterCard and Visa have these types of crypto-linking debit cards. These cards can be used just like you would a normal debit card that is linked to your fiat currency bank account. 

Naturally, the most popular type of crypto debit card is going to be for Bitcoin, but there are other cryptocurrencies catered for also. 

Prepaid Cards

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Win a Zero Gravity Experience and €50,000 in BitStarz Space Level Up Adventure!

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In a galaxy far, far away, there was an online casino like no other. Giving players a chance to win epic trips around the galaxy, tons of cash, the latest tech and, of course, cozy space adventure gear. To kick off the new year, BitStarz Casino is proud to announce the launch of its latest rocket-fuelled promotion Space Level Up Adventure!

There is an incredible Zero Gravity experience in the heart of the good ol’ USA up for grabs, with €50,000 in individual prize pools, tons of super cool BitStarz merchandise, and even the latest MacBook Pro.

What are you waiting for? Read on to get the lowdown on how you can win all of this and much more!

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When it comes to Space Level Up Adventure, the name of the game is, well, leveling up, with there being 40 fun-filled levels to go through. Each level presents a fresh challenge with new prizes to win, so keep on pushing if you want to win that Zero Gravity experience.

The first player to rocket to Level 40 will win tickets for two all the way to the United States. Once you’re in the US, you will be whisked away by a private chauffeur to your luxurious hotel to…

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Stake.com integrate Tron – billions of bets expected in 2020

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Well on their way to 13 billion bets, Stake has fast become the world’s biggest crypto casino since their 2017 launch. 

Tron is the newest addition to their platform, which is already catching the eye of the market through their brilliance in simplicity, as well as their newest sports product. 

With 13 billion bets already across their casino and sports platforms, there is potential forStake to take over one billion bets with Tron within the next 12 months. 

Implementing Tron was a no-brainer to go alongside the goal to incorporate a more efficient coin into their platform. 

With a transaction fee of almost zero and the ability to process 2000 transactions per second, the effectiveness and efficiency of this network is something that has attracted major players in the industry; none bigger than Stake. 

A unique part of the network, Tron has its own extension on the web – TronLink. Recommended and backed by the TRON Foundation, the recent extension sees the independent currency partner with the first and most popular Tron wallet. 

No longer solely a casino, Stake has begun to revolutionise the crypto sports betting landscape through their design and in-site atmosphere. 

With some sportsbooks taking up to 500 million bets per year, Stake have set a precedent with 12 billion…

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