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RIPPLE XRP might hit the skies finally, probably last chance to get on Ripple train

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Ripple (XRP)is on the brink of becoming one of the main cryptocurrencies to be used by banks and other financial institutions. At the moment, XRP investors are set to see some life-changing developments with Ripple.

It is important to know that in the last seven days, XRP increased by 27.87% – much higher than Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, and Stellar. We shouldn’t be surprised if XRP overthrows Ethereum in its position because, in the end, XRP will be a digital asset that offers better utility to the world.

Ripple Partners with 3 top cryptocurrency exchanges for its international payments

To enhance xRapid-powered global payments, crypto exchanges such as Bittrex, Bitso, and Coins.ph have been picked by Ripple for banks using XRP. XRP will be used to facilitate transactions between global banks.

Ripple stated:

These exchanges will enable xRapid payments to move from one cryptocurrency- into XRP- and back into another currency efficiently and quickly.”

Subsequently, these three crypto exchanges will assist transactions that used XRP between USD, Philippine, and Mexican Pesos.

Ripple, through its chief, Cory Johnson stated:

“Bittrex is one of the biggest names in digital asset trading in the U.S. The same applies to Bitso in Mexico and Coins.ph in the Philippines. That makes today’s announcement an important development for xRapid.”

It is important to know that companies that make use of xRapid stated that they save up to 70% of the cost for the cross-border transaction.

Ripple’s chief further added that its recent progress is the vital one for xRapid and xCurrent:

“We’ve seen several successful xRapid pilots already, and as we move the product from beta to production later this year, these exchanges partners will allow us to provide financial institutions with the comfort and assurance that their payments will move seamlessly between different currencies.”

In accordance to Johnson’s announcements, the xRapid product will move from its testing phase to the production phase.

READ: Why Ripple (XRP) can jump 100x in value and become the world currency

 

Johnson stated the real reason why Ripple chooses Mexico, the U.S, and the Philippines by saying:

“Why did we choose, of all countries, preferred partners in Mexico and the Philippines? The four largest incoming remittance countries (two of which shun crypto business) are India, China, Mexico and the Philippines.”

On the other hand, the Chief of Coin.ph also commentedon the recent partnership with Ripple:

We are excited to be partnering with Ripple to bring the benefits of blockchain technology to cross-border payment, making sending money home more affordable for 10M+ overseas Filipino workers.

Additionally, Binance also collaborated with Ripple on the launch of its new crypto exchange called Liechtenstein Cyptoassets Exchange (LCE). This was revealed through a tweeted picture by Michael Arrington showing him with the CEO of Binance Changpeng Zhao along with Ripple’s SVP Ethan Beard for the launch of new Binance cryptocurrency exchange. As a result of this collaboration, Ripple’s price surged at that time by 7.84%.

There are some strong sings that Ripple (XRP)could hit the moon in no time and we shouldn’t be surprised if this occurs sooner than later. Nevertheless, this is the right time to invest and get on the Ripple train before it is too late. Of course, use your very own common sense and research.

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Reddit Investigation Reveals Scope of Manipulation within Online Crypto Communities

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A Reddit user by the name /CryptoMaximalist recently revealed the results of an investigation into manipulation within the online cryptocurrency community. The investigation looked into how a group of certain users has been hijacking threads in the r/CryptoCurrency and r/CryptoMarkets subreddits to promote and shill specific products and projects.

Manipulation, shilling, and self-promotion are no strangers to the cryptocurrency industry so many will not be surprised by the news, but the investigation gives some interesting insight into the scope of these activities and how they are conducted. Throughout the investigation, the user managed to uncover 50 Reddit accounts which he dubbed the “Dream Network”. These accounts appear to be working together to perform specific types of manipulation known as Astroturfing and Vote Manipulation.

Vote Manipulation is relatively self-explanatory, and Astroturfing is the act of making the promotion of a specific project look natural and organic – when in fact the users promoting the project are all involved in the scam. In order to make a project look legitimate, several users will begin long and detailed comment threats featuring questions, answers, and discussions that all appear to come from separate individuals with their own opinions. While they may appear to be separate accounts, often the questions and responses are all instigated by the same person in real life or have been agreed upon beforehand.

Several big projects implicated
Crypto projects that have been implicated in the manipulation include Ontology, Bitmax, Ultra Token, OOOBTC, MOAC, Contentos, and Dreamr, amongst others. While it is not conclusive that the operators of these projects elicited the manipulative behavior, it makes sense that those conducting the manipulation stand to make a profit from the success of the project.

To discover which accounts are likely involved in manipulation the investigation looked into the historical behavior of the accounts. Many were found to have long periods of inactivity followed by a sudden change in personality – indicating the account had likely been sold to a ‘shill‘. Shills will often buy existing accounts with high karma and a long history so that they appear more authentic. Other questionable behavior includes ‘karma farming’ – posting comments in popular threads like r/aww that typically accrue karma with very little effort.

As mentioned above, manipulation is not exactly a new concept in cryptocurrency, but hopefully, this investigation will help some newbies not lose money by investing in rubbish ‘pump n dump’ schemes.

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Blockstack’s SEC-Regulated Crypto Token Offering Successfully Raises $23 Million

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Blockstack, the first SEC-regulated token offering, successfully raises $23 million in two stages – the SEC regulated and the international offering including Asia’s strategic rounds.

The first US Securities exchange commission (SEC) regulated token offering, Blockstack, completed yesterday successfully raising $23 million USD in the process. The official announcement by the CEO and co-founder of Blockstack, Muneeb Ali, further confirmed the company is looking for a further $5million+ from international investors. The international investors will be offered tokens in a private placement or an SEC-regulated token offering again.

The total stats for the Stacks (STX) token stands at 74 million tokens disbursed at a price between $0.12 and $0.30 USD in the past 60 days. The tokens were offered in two batches – the first one, the SEC approved token under Regulation A+ and the second, the international token offering under regulation S – raising $15.5 million and $7.5 million respectively.

The report reads,

“We want to thank the thousands of you that have participated. For the first time, retail investors in the United States were able to participate in a token offering qualified by the SEC. More than 4,500 individuals and entities participated in the 2019 token offerings.”

Some of the top investors in the token offering includes, Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, Recruit Holdings, Arrington Capital, Hashkey Group, Fenbushi Capital, Frontier Ventures, Spartan Group, and other funds.

More On The SEC-Regulated Stacks (STX) Token

Earlier in June, BEG reported the SEC had given Blockstacks the go ahead to offer their tokens to the public under certain regulations. The regulations are less stringent than those of a regular IPO, requiring less disclosure of details. The fork to distribute the tokens will commence in the next 30 days and continue for a further 30 days if need be.

Once the token offering and release period is over (in the next 30 days or so) the company will start building and developing its Blockstack decentralized computing network. The announcement further confirmed US exchanges will not list the STX token and US traders will not be able to access trading of the token once it launches this October.

Source. bitcoinexchangeguide.

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Crypto Exchange OKEx to List Hedera Hashgraph’s Token HBAR

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Cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced that it will soon list enterprise-focused decentralized network Hedera Hashgraph’s native token HBAR.

As OKEx’s spokesperson told Cointelegraph, the platform will add HBAR to its spot market with HBAR/BTC, HBAR/USDT and HBAR/USDK on Sept. 17. Deposits and withdrawals will open on Sept. 16 and Sept. 24 respectively. Head of Asia Pacific at Hedera Hashgraph Edgar Seah added: 

“Hbars play a crucial role in the function, growth, and security of the Hedera network, and it is important that they are available to those who wish to use or create applications on the network. OKEx’s focus on listing projects with practical uses cases is in line with our belief that making coins easily accessible to developers is important for the development of decentralized ledger platforms such as Hedera.”

Expanding support

As Cointelegraph reported recently, OKEx announced that the exchange will support Ethereum Classic’s (ETC) upcoming Atlantis hard fork that is planned to occur between Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at block height 8,772,000.

On Aug. 30, it was reported that Boeing will join IBM on Hedera Hashgraph’s governing council, although the aircraft giant has not officially confirmed the news.

Source.cryptonewsz

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