Here is an idea for you: what if we used XRP to fight email spam? Does this idea sound strange to you? A Reddit poster has about this very creative idea and how it could be used to save the world from spam.
Emails And How Spam Came To Be
Everyone is connected by the internet (at least the people with access to the internet, that is), so it is natural that this can be one of the greatest communication tools of all times. Because of this, the internet is the perfect space for advertising.
In fact, advertising on the internet has taken a major cut of what newspapers and other media outlets received before, but that’s a whole other story for another time. The point here is that the idea of email spam happened because people saw a free communication tool that they could use to reach anyone.
Emails were one of the earliest applications you could use on the internet and they allowed people to change information in a completely free way, which is why advertisers decided to use… and abuse it. Today, spammers are everywhere and while the best marketing teams have already decided to stop spamming people, most people simply kept this curse going on.
Others even used it to send malware to people in order to steal their money, so spam is really one of the evils of this century.
XRP As A Weapon Against Spam
The Redditor has affirmed that his idea was that email accounts should be one of the best places to host crypto wallets. Because of this, his idea was that Ripple’s XRP tokens were simply perfect in order to control spam with a paid email service.
According to him, the fees could be very small, but this would be enough to deter people from sending emails which are not very valuable because they would have to pay. As any wallet needs at least 20 XRP tokens, the life of the spammers would be harder.
His idea was to start out with only the XRP community and then grow and offer services for other communities as well by embedding the email system. This would allow people to have many different options such as receiving a small amount of XRP tokens for the emails that they receive from advertisers, which would have to pay. You could also send payments via emails.
The idea is interesting, however, it has some issues that could affect its success. For instance, one could simply decide that it is a better idea to receive spam than pay pennies to use the services or would not be able to use the services because they do not use cryptos (which still do not have a big adoption).
However, even if the market was big, embedding wallets directly on email services seems dangerous. Emails are easier to hack than wallets because people use them every day. Wallets, as they store money, should be more protected.
XRP Tip Bot creator reveals plans to get European banking licence; nicknames it ‘legacy network’
A vast majority of cryptocurrency organizations have been trying to integrate digital assets with the existing financial system. Ripple has been a prime example of this process, with the Brad Garlinghouse-led company announcing multiple partnerships with mainstream banks and other fiat-enabled bodies. Ripple’s affiliation with XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency in the market, is also reflected in XRP’s focus on cross-border transactions and creating an easy global payments system.
Wietse Wind, Creator of the XRP Tip Bot, gave another major push to XRP’s cause after he revealed that he was trying to obtain a banking license for XRP Tip Bot, which will make it mainstream in the world of finance. During a recent XRP meetup, Wind said,“There’s been a lot of FUD around XRP and Ripple and such and we want to show that we are working towards something really awesome and useful. We are planning to get real licenses for tipbot so that we go mainstream. Granted we are still in the early stage but we are doing our very best to make it happen. Our next step is to get a European banking license and maybe call it the ‘legacy network’. Let’s see where we can get in a few years.”
The news spread like wildfire in the XRP community and a majority of the ‘XRP army’ could not contain its excitement. Tiffany Hayden, a popular XRP proponent, tweeted,
Ripple’s technologies have been slowly but surely getting nods from institutions, as shown by Bitstamp, an xRapid payments-facilitated exchange getting a BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services [DFS].
Linda A. Lacewell, Acting Financial Services Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services [DFS] had said,“We are pleased to welcome Bitstamp to New York’s growing virtual currency marketplace. A regulated industry protects customers while supporting innovation and ensuring our financial services sector is a vibrant part of New York’s economy.”
XRP and Stellar Lumens [XLM] Price Analysis: Coins succumb to pressure of the bear
The cryptocurrency market has been surrounded by the bears over the past few days. XRP, the third largest coin on CoinMarketCap list, and its competitor, Stellar Lumens [XLM] are fighting the ravaging bear.
At press time, XRP was valued at $0.3255 with a market cap of $13.66 billion. The 24-hour trading volume of the coin was $984 million as it noted a fall of 0.20% within the past hour. Over the past seven days, the coin plunged by 0.39%, but has managed to gain by 1.60% over the past day.
Bollinger Bands appeared to have diverged. The moving average line was over the candlesticks, marking a bearish trend.
Awesome Oscillator pointed towards a weakened bearish momentum.
Chaikin Money Flow also marked a bearish trend as the marker line aligned under zero.
Stellar Lumens [XLM]
At press time, XLM was valued at $0.1136 with a market cap of $2.19 billion. The 24-hour trading volume of the coin was noted to be $229 million as it hiked by 1.68% over the past day. The coin plunged by 2.97% over the past week, but managed to register a gain of 0.07% within the hour.
Resistance – $0.1355
Parabolic SAR pointed towards a bearish market as the markers aligned above the candlesticks.
MACD line was under the signal line, also pointing towards a bearish market.
Relative Strength Index indicated that the buying and selling pressures had evened each other.
According to the XRP and XLM long-term charts, a bearish market is predicted for the coins.
XRP transactions now available on pilot Automated Teller Machines [ATM] in New Jersey
The convenience of transferring cryptocurrencies has been a foundation upon which several exchanges have built their updates. With the inception of cryptocurrency ATMs, users have claimed that the service makes it easier and faster to conduct cryptocurrency transactions.
In a video uploaded by CryptoMedia News Desk, a user was seen using a cryptocurrency ATM to purchase XRP. According to the tweet, the ATM was from BelcoBTM, which was located in New Jersey. The user used the machine to transfer XRP to a TrustWallet wallet. The organization also tweeted, saying:“Fees are a little high but still #XRP in an ATM is a gamechanger, glad to be from the first users of this service. #xrpcommunity #xrparmy #xrpthestandard #xrpthebase”
The video shows the user selecting XRP as the option on the machine, after which he is asked to enter the phone number for a One Time Password. After clearing the OTP stage, the user scans a QR code on the Trust Wallet app to verify the machine and the required XRP is then bought using a normal debit card.
Many people from the XRP community have lauded the move, with some calling it the stepping stone towards mass adoption. Misty Sins, an XRP enthusiast commented:“That’s great! Thanks for sharing. I cant wait to see XRP listed on the Crypto ATM’s here in Vegas.”
Cryptocurrency ATMs have existed for some time now. It was recently revealed that Bitcoin Lightning Network payments could be possible via Bitcoin ATMs. The transaction was conducted by Felix Weis, a developer and a researcher, who, after the transaction, commented:“Just a proof of concept ‘top up your existing channel’. Lots of bugs but two different mobile wallets worked fine.”