For as long as we’ve known him, Brad Garlinghouse has not been one to mince words when talking about the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. He has continuously branded it as the Napster of cryptos, a pioneering platform whose technology and approach made it impossible to achieve success in the face of new and better technologies such as Spotify and Pandora. In his latest attack, the Ripple CEO claimed that Bitcoin will never become the primary cryptocurrency and that no major economy would allow that to happen. He further claimed that Bitcoin is controlled by China, making it even more unsuitable as a primary crypto for the future.
An Underreported Story
Garlinghouse was speaking at the 2018 Stifel Cross Sector Insight Conference and talked about various issues regarding the crypto industry’s current state and what the future holds. However, what stood out were his strong views on Bitcoin. He was adamant that Bitcoin can’t be the primary global currency, stating that no major economy would allow that to happen.I’LL TELL YOU ANOTHER STORY THAT IS UNDERREPORTED, BUT WORTH PAYING ATTENTION TO. BITCOIN IS REALLY CONTROLLED BY CHINA. THERE ARE FOUR MINERS IN CHINA THAT CONTROL OVER 50 PERCENT OF BITCOIN. HOW DO WE KNOW THAT CHINA WON’T INTERVENE? HOW MANY COUNTRIES WANT TO USE A CHINESE-CONTROLLED CURRENCY? IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
Garlinghouse revealed he owns Bitcoin but was quick to urge the audience not to take his opinions as investment advice. Unsurprisingly, he expressed his confidence in Ripple’s native asset, XRP, which he described as superior to Bitcoin. While Bitcoin can take up to 45 minutes to settle a transaction, XRP transactions are settled in 2-4 seconds.BANKS WILL USE WHAT IS EFFICIENT AND CHEAPER. AND IF YOU DELIVER A BETTER PRODUCT AT A BETTER PRICE… THEY WILL USE IT.
Garlinghouse doesn’t value Ripple and XRP through the usual metric of market price. Rather, the value that Ripple unlocks is what’s most important to him. Ripple is changing the lives of the many unbanked or underbanked people across the world by giving them access to finance.
WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION, IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE WAY MILLIONS PARTICIPATE IN BANKING. WE CAN FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE WAY THIS WORKS, TO BRING AN ENTIRE POPULATION UP A STEP IN THE SYSTEM.
Ripple has come under scrutiny, with allegations that its XRP currency should be classified as a security. The company’s chief strategist, Cory Johnson, has refuted those claims, as have other senior executives at the San Francisco-based company. This has done little to quell the rumors that the SEC will ultimately categorize it as a security. This would force most of the crypto exchanges that currently list it to delist it or apply for additional licenses.
Bitcoin and Ether, in contrast, have both been deemed to not be securities by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC chairman was the first to clear Bitcoin before the regulator’s Director of Corporate Finance later came forward to clear Ether. XRP is still not cleared, and the XRP community is eagerly awaiting word from the regulator.
Decreasing trading volume and plateauing volatility sets stage for Bitcoin’s surge?
As of November 17, 2019, trading volumes across major exchanges dropped to a 3-month low and it looks like it is going to continue dropping. Is it the calm before the storm? If yes, what could be in store – surge or a drop?
The interesting observation is that the trading volume started its decline on November 15 and rapidly declined to the current lows. For Coinbase, the poster child for crypto exchanges in the U.S., the volume declined from $185 million to $65 million. For Binance, the decline occurred from $1 billion to $517 million.
Coinbase Vs. Binance
For Bitfinex, the trading volume dropped from $96 million to $39 million, whereas, BitMEX’s trading volume dipped from $2.9 billion to $905 million, a whopping 68% decline in BitMEX’s trading volume,
Bitfinex Vs. BitMEX
For all of the above charts, it is clear that the drop is the lowest seen in the last three months. The most brutal drop was seen with BitMEX which saw a 68% decline in trading volume. Following it was Coinbase with a 64% decline, Bitfinex at 59% and the least affected exchange among the lot was Binance with a decline of 48%.
A Look into Volatility
The volatility of Bitcoin hit a low of 2.5% on October 25 which was seen with a reaction from Bitcoin’s price which rose from $7,400 to $10,000 in a single daily candle. Since then, the volatility has plateaued near the 4% point for over 20 days.
The last time volatility moved sideways was after the April-pump when Bitcoin went from $4,100 to $5,600 in 30 days. Following this, the volatility dropped giving rise to more price surges. At present, the volatility looks like it will do something similar, causing a massive price movement. However, the direction in which BTC will move is still unknown.
However, looking at the price chart of Bitcoin, the price keeps forming lower lows on the daily time frame. The price is stuck inside a falling wedge pattern indicating a pump when it breaks out of the pattern. Moreover, the price has also tested the 0.786-Fibonacci level [$8,370] and seems to be supported by it. Disagreeing with the above is the Death Cross which has been clobbering the price and preventing bulls from taking control. This gives a 50-50 chance, meaning BTC could break out either way. However, one thing is sure, the breakout will be volatility induced move much like the one seen on October 25.
Adoption: 5 Business Industries That Accept Bitcoin In 2019
Bitcoin saw the light of day a decade ago, and since then, it attracted serious interest in the financial sector. Even though a lot of people use it mainly to get exposure to its price denominated in fiat currencies, there are a lot of businesses that accept Bitcoin as a payment method.
Traveling With Bitcoin
Back in 2013, the popular American travel agency Cheapair began accepting Bitcoin as a means of payment. This led to other companies implementing it as well, and now clients can use their bitcoins to book flights and hotels all around the world.
The cryptocurrency can be used to directly book a flight with Norwegian Air that also allowed it as a payment option earlier this year. Interestingly enough, the company is also reportedly looking into creating its cryptocurrency exchange.
People can also use Bitcoin to book certain hotels. For instance, a large Canadian group called Sandman Hotels started accepting BTC back in 2014. More recently, a Swiss luxury hotel, The Dolder Grand, announced that its clients could use the largest cryptocurrency to pay for their accommodation.
Entertainment & Sports
If you are into mind-boggling and adrenaline-boosting experiences, then chances are you have heard about escape rooms. Those real-life puzzle rooms where you have to solve a lot of mysteries and problems to get out of a specific space have become nothing short of accessible. Interestingly enough, there are many escape rooms that accept crypto as a means of payment.
On another note, a close variation of an online library, the Internet Archive, that includes vast loads of information, is also accepting donations in crypto. Some of the most popular ones include Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Zcash.
As CryptoPotato reported earlier this year, cryptocurrency adoption and usage continue with one of the most popular sports in the world – soccer. A famous Portuguese team, S.L. Benfica, allows its fans to use Bitcoin and Ethereum to purchase its merchandise.
Since Bitcoin’s idea is to be an electronic, peer-to-peer payment method, it’s only logical that online stores are among the first businesses to ever accept it. The tech giant Microsoft added the popular cryptocurrency back in 2014 for some of its products.
Since then, others were quick to follow in these footsteps. Overstock, the popular US-based online retailer, was among the first major stores to accept Bitcoin as a legitimate payment method. Those who want to purchase their electronics with crypto can do so with Newegg as well, which is a tech-focused online store.
The Food Industry
This is where things get a little bit interesting because it’s still somewhat uncommon to pay for your Sushi with Bitcoin. However, there are plenty of venues which would gladly take it. Clients can enjoy their favorite meals from pizzas to burgers while paying with their cryptocurrency assets.
Back in 2010, on May 22nd, a man from Florida called Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 BTC for two large pizzas. This amount is currently worth millions, and it’s perhaps one of the most famous Bitcoin transactions in the relatively short history of the cryptocurrency. Of course, back then Hanyecz paid someone in Bitcoin just to order him two pizzas for his own FIAT but was also a way of spending your Bitcoins.
Whereas most of the information comes from fast-food chains and takeaways, Bitcoin, as a form of payment, has been recently added to other major outlets in the industry. Reports have it that the Amazon-owned Whole Foods are accepting Bitcoin in their stores as of this year.
Lambo (from Lamborghini) is a term often used in the cryptocurrency community when describing a possible price surge. The question “When Lambo?” is perhaps one of the most commonly used ones within the community. However, it turns out that Lamborghini dealerships have seen an increased number of transactions involving cryptocurrencies, especially around the 2017 parabolic price boom.
Some venues allow for the most significant cryptocurrency to be used to purchase impressive models from carmakers like Aston Martin and Ferrari. Still, clients can also choose classic cars, as well.
Furthermore, using Bitcoin for car purchases spreads beyond just supercars. Numerous local dealerships, as well as giants in the automotive game, have adopted it as a payment method.Be the first to know about our price analysis, crypto news and trading tips: Follow us on Telegram or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.
Alibaba Denies Working With Bitcoin (BTC) Company or Support for Crypto: Report
Contrary to an announcement made by Bitcoin cashback company Lolli, e-commerce giant Alibaba says it has no partnership with the platform.
Lolli announced on China’s Singles Day that its app now allows Alibaba shoppers to earn Bitcoin rewards.
According to a report by CoinDesk, however, Alibaba representatives are denying the partnership. Additionally, Alibaba clarifies that it does not support payments in BTC.
An Alibaba representative tells CoinDesk,
“One of Alibaba.com’s contractors hired a subcontractor who brokered an affiliate marketing program with Lolli. This was done without the knowledge of Alibaba.com. Alibaba.com’s contractor is terminating the relationship with the subcontractor who was working with Lolli. As a result, Lolli should no longer promote or bring traffic to Alibaba.com.”
Lolli’s head of communications, Aubrey Strobel, says Alibaba.com trialed the platform for 24 hours during the Singles Day campaign which drew attention as shoppers broke records and the day’s marketing event, an entertainment extravaganza featuring Taylor Swift, sparked global attention. Shortly thereafter “the partnership” was deactivated.
In a statement reviewed by CoinDesk, Strobel writes,
“It seems as though there was a miscommunication on Alibaba’s end and while that’s unfortunate, we look forward to the possibility of working with Alibaba.com again in the future. In the interim, Alibaba Group’s AliExpress is still live on Lolli.”
In the days following Singles Day, China is showing signs of renewing its crackdown on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. While President Xi Jinping has embraced blockchain in addition to removing cryptocurrency mining from a list of banned activities, rolling out mobile app lessons about Bitcoin and calling BTC the first successful use case of blockchain, the country’s anti-crypto stance has not entirely faded. It remains complex.
The Weibo accounts of leading cryptocurrency Tron and trading platform Binance were recently blocked for violating community regulations as China is rolling out new directives that are designed to squash the speculative trading of cryptocurrencies.