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XRP Coin to Fiat ATM Withdrawal Sparks Excitement in Ripple Crypto Community

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The biggest qualm expressed by non-members of the crypto space is that the cryptocurrencies driving the market do not seem to have any external, real-life use. While it might be great to be one of the lucky people holding onto bags of valuable currency, this means very little when it comes to affording the basic necessities of daily life, many of which are sold by merchants with no interest in payment in the form of volatile and unpredictable cryptocurrencies. But the use of cryptocurrency ATM machines might be changing that.

In the beginning the creation of a Bitcoin-to-USD ATM machine captivated the interest of the community. Before long, however, the luxury of converting crypto to fiat was being enjoyed by far more than just the lucky few still holding onto the dominating and most popular cryptocurrency currently on the market. Instead, cryptocurrencies all over the space, including Ether, Dash, and Bitcoin Cash, have seen ATM machine sporting their logos cropping up in places all over the world.

This week saw yet another bullish sign of mass adoption for XRP, the native cryptocurrency embedded into Ripple’s framework for banking solutions using blockchain.

A Japanese company has now made it possible to use normal ATM machines as cryptocurrency exchanges for the fiat currency of the country, the Japanese Yen. Following an extraordinary couple of weeks of explosive bullish growth in the XRP markets, this new introduction of an XRP ATM machine is a very welcome sign for many within the community—and it could be a sign of more things to come.

About Wirex Visa

The driving force behind the exciting story is Wirex Visa.

Wirex is a startup company trying to make cryptocurrencies more accessible and useful in daily life. They drew international attention within the crypto community when they recently released the card with capabilities for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. These currencies were, at the time, the most popular on the market.

Wirex functions in a relatively intuitive manner.

The card comes preloaded with cryptocurrency when the user links their crypto wallets to the card using the simple user interface on the Wirex website. Then, when someone wants to convert their cryptocurrency to cash, they simply use an ATM machine and withdraw the currency in the form of whatever fiat money they would like to have.

The card has been hailed as some to one potential path towards mass adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, while other fear that it is yet another stepping stone towards a dangerous end-game of the institutionalization and centralization of cryptocurrency.

XRP and Wirex

One video stirred the excitement now likely to drive the XRP markets in the coming days. The CEO of Wirex, Pavel Matveev, released a video of himself walking up to an ATM in Japan, inserting his card loaded with Ripple’s XRP currency, and then withdrawing 10,000 Yen, the currency of Japan. The video went viral almost immediately, causing speculation from some investors that a resultant bull run was inevitable.

The Wirex card also allows users to deposit cash, withdraw fiat money, or transfer crypto quickly and effectively.

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Bitcoin: Crypto-Like Global Monetary System To Be a Boon For BTC

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On Friday, the Bank of England’s governor made a comment that was music to the ears of Bitcoin and crypto proponents.

According to reports from Reuters and Bloomberg, Mark Carney dropped a bombshell on a group fo central bankers and press at a meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, stating that he believes that a Libra-like crypto asset is likely to replace the U.S. Dollar.

While he didn’t expound on the comment, he made it clear that the current system isn’t working in his eyes, saying that “in the longer term, we need to change the game”. Carney even explained that he believes the Dollar is playing a “destabilizing” role in the global economy.

Of course, this was not a recommendation to adopt Bitcoin, but it was an acknowledgment that traditional fiat monies are on their way out and digital assets are getting more and more viable.

Bullish for Bitcoin and Gold

According to Raoul Pal, the former head of Goldman Sachs’s hedge funds sales division and the chief executive of Real Vision, the implementation of a new monetary system is likely to be a boon for Bitcoin.

In a tweet published in the wake of Carney’s comment, the former Wall Streeter explained that while he doesn’t believe Libra will be the cryptocurrency to become the world’s next reserve currency, something similar will take its place.

The implementation of this system, he claims, will be “good for Bitcoin and gold”. In a sub-tweet, Pal further explained his thoughts, responding “exactly” to a comment claiming that a fiat digital asset will as an on-ramp for the cryptocurrency market.

Pal isn’t the first to have mentioned this theory. In a tweet, Jeremy Allaire, the chief executive of Circle, wrote that the launch of Libra (whitepaper) will be a “massive inflection point in [the] global adoption of cryptocurrency.”

It is important to note that this isn’t the only reason why the former Goldman Sachs executive is bullish on the leading cryptocurrency. As reported by NewsBTC previously, Pal claimed that today’s most popular asset classes make no sense for millenials with ten- to 20-year outlooks.

He claimed that with equities and real estate pushing extreme valuations, and bonds posting “virtually zero yields”, the best alternative is something like Bitcoin, which he believes will be the backbone of an alternative/parallel financial system.

Pal added that buying Bitcoin now is like buying bonds and equities in 1982, which is prior to the absurd asset inflation bubble that has inflated since then.

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Mining Hashrate on Litecoin’s Network Drops By 28% Since August 5

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Since the last Litecoin halving event, the Litecoin network has not remained the same. The Litecoin halving event 2019 took place on the 5th of August. The event saw the reduction of the mining reward on the network by 50%, from 25 LTC down to 12.5 LTC. Since the reward on the network was slashed, the mining hash rate on the Litecoin’s network has dropped by 28 percent.

Litecoin Mining Difficulty Has Dropped to 11.4 million from 15.93 million prior to the Halving – Litecoin News Today – Cryptocurrency News Today – Crypto News Update

The mining difficulty of Litecoin (LTC) was 15.93 million a day before the halving of the reward on the network – August 4. However, that number has gradually reduced to about 11.4 million as of August 22. This data was gotten from a BTC.com – a mining pool. According to the data from the mining pool, the hash rate of the Litecoin network has plunged by 28 percent since the block mining reward halving occurred.

Mining difficulty and hashing power are a measure of the amount of computing power being contributed to the network of a digital currency, including securing transactions on the blockchain. Mining difficulty and hash rate also give a snapshot of the rivalry involved for miners looking for the reward of a block.

Litecoin (LTC) Price Today – LTC / USD

NamePrice
Litecoin$72.84-3.17%

Litecoin (LTC) Is Feeling the Aftermath of the Halving – Litecoin News – Crypto News – Cryptocurrency News Update

After the Litecoin halving event, miners on the Litecoin network now receive only 12.5 LTC for mining a block. This reward value is half of what they used to receive prior to the halving event. In addition, LTC USD price has been on a downward trend since the beginning of this month. A few weeks to the halving, LTC to USD price was over the $100 mark. However, the beginning of this month saw LTC to USD price fall below the $100 level. On the day of the halving, the price of Litecoin (LTC) surged to a high of $107. However, the digital currency has plunged heavily below that level and it is now struggling around the $74 range.

Some crypto analysts predicted that the digital currency market would experience turmoil after the Litecoin halving event. The supply of Litecoin has reduced in form of regular block rewards. However, the uncertainty around profitability and mining has caused the price of Litecoin to dip. The founder of Litecoin – Charlie Lee – predicted that an event like this would occur. However, he also said that the readjustment in mining difficulty would smooth things out for Litecoin to a large extent.

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Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com’s SLP Dividend Calculator

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On August 23, Bitcoin.com released a new application called the SLP Dividend Calculator. The new platform allows users to build a transaction to make dividend payments to any Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) token holder.

Testing the New SLP Dividend Calculator From Bitcoin.com

Over the last year, SLP tokens have been extremely popular among BCH proponents, and so far supporters have made thousands of unique coins on the BCH chain. As time has progressed, the SLP ecosystem has matured a great deal and there are many third-party solutions supporting the token infrastructure. This week, Bitcoin.com added a new platform to our Tools.Bitcoin.com portal called the SLP Dividend Calculator. The application provides users with the ability to make grouped dividend payments to specific SLP token holders. For instance, if you distributed fractions of an SLP token to a group of three people, then you could enter the token’s ID and send funds to all three holders at a specific point in time. With the ability to pay BCH dividend payments to SLP token holders, the new tool opens the door to all kinds of real-world use cases.

Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com's SLP Dividend Calculator
To use the new Bitcoin.com SLP Dividend Calculator simply add an SLP Token ID, the desired dividend payment in BCH, and when you want the payment to be sent. After you are happy with the customization, press “Build Tx” to start the process.

After the new tool was released, I decided to test the service in order to highlight just how easy it is to use the new Bitcoin.com SLP Dividend Calculator. I tested the app with my cousin, Andrew Brow, because back in June I sent him some custom SLP tokens called “Andy Coin (ABC)” just to show him how simple it is to create tokens. At the time I created 21 million ABC coins and sent 10 million to my cousin’s Badger wallet. Last night I opened up the SLP Dividend Calculator and pasted the token’s unique ID number into the first window.

Then I decided to pay $1 to the Andy Coin token holders, which means it will be split in half between both of us, because we are both ABC token holders. The SLP Dividend Calculator can pay a lot more than just two addresses, but for this test two was enough. After making sure the SLP token ID and the number of funds I wanted to send were correct, I decided to make the funds available at the last confirmed block height. You can also choose to broadcast it as is in the latest mempool state or you can choose a custom block height as well.

Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com's SLP Dividend Calculator
After the dividend transaction is built the tool will display all the specifications tied to the payment alongside a QR BCH invoice that uses a unique Pay.Bitcoin.com URI. You can use the Bitcoin.com Wallet to pay the invoice or you can use any wallet that supports Bitcoin Payment Protocol for payments.

The service gives you two choices after the customization is complete: you can either press the button “Start over” or “Build the transaction.” After I chose to build the transaction, the application showed me exactly what would happen after I paid the unique payment invoice. The SLP balances were scanned at block height 597121 and I sent a dividend payment of 0.003176 BCH, which would be paid to the token holders of the Andy Coin token ID number. The platform also told me that two addresses would receive a BCH dividend payment after I paid the QR invoice code through Pay.Bitcoin.com. Any wallet that supports invoices, like the Bitcoin.com Wallet, can pay the invoice by copying the URI scheme or scanning the QR code. I used the Electron Cash wallet to pay the invoice, because I had some available funds in the wallet and I wanted to see exactly how the transaction was built and executed from the client perspective.

Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com's SLP Dividend Calculator
The Pay.Bitcoin.com invoice can be paid using a wallet that supports invoice payment features like the Bitcoin.com Wallet and Electron Cash.

Opening the Door to a Decentralized Stock Market, Trust Payments and Bearer Bonds

After paying the invoice, the transaction broadcasted and my cousin Andrew and I were both sent $0.50 in BCH each. The transactions confirmed in the following block and the entire test can be seen on Bitcoin.com’s Block Explorer or Simpleledger.info as well. The tool could be used for a variety of interesting dividend payment ideas. For instance, Bitcoin.com’s executive chairman, Roger Ver, recently sent BCH dividend payments to Cashgames.Bitcoin.com Dividend Test Token (CGT) holders for being Cashgames.Bitcoin.com patrons.

Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com's SLP Dividend Calculator
After pasting the URI code into the Electron Cash wallet you can then choose to execute the dividend payment.

A person with four children could create four separate non-fungible (NFT1) tokens with the kids’ names attached to them and call them Trust Tokens. After a specific block height, the Trust Tokens can be sent a BCH dividend payment in order to leave an inheritance to the children. Or a business could have people invest in the company by initiating an initial coin offering (ICO) and token holders could reap the profits in the form of dividend payments over time.

Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com's SLP Dividend Calculator
The Electron Cash wallet shows you the specific details of the dividend transaction.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to the variety of concepts that can derive from people using the Bitcoin.com SLP Dividend Calculator. Since the application was launched, a bunch of BCH supporters have tested the platform to send funds to certain token holders. “Fantastic,” one BCH enthusiast wrote on the Reddit forum r/btc. “[This] gives us decentralized stock market… dead easy to use.”

Send Token Payouts With Ease Using Bitcoin.com's SLP Dividend Calculator
This my transaction sending a dollar’s worth of BCH to my cousin’s address and my address.

“Holy crap the new SLP dividend tool is awesome. Just played around with it and sent all holders of the MIS token their share of .01 BCH just to test it out,” another BCH user said on Twitter. “This is magic internet money for reals.” If you have created SLP tokens you can try sending a dividend payment to token holders by using the SLP Dividend Calculator. The process takes less than two minutes to complete and you don’t need to be a tech wiz to use the new tool. Check out the platform at Tools.Bitcoin.com and send your first BCH dividend payment today.

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