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  1. I would rather say: Some banks are intrigued, SWIFT is getting scared, investors will say whatever (including make up stuff and lie) to make money. Governments are confused. Ripple just keep building and see it for what it is: White noise.
  2. The page it points to look very official when you input it into the browser. A very intelligent way to spoof the official http. https://xn--rippl-n0a.com/insights/XRP-Proof-of-Keys-Ownership-and-Staking-Event If you hold the cursor on top of it or copy it into the browser it shows ripple.com instead of xn-rippl-n0a.com.
  3. Remember that Ripple is the second largest shareholder in Moneygram. This might cause some disagreements on the board of Moneygram when WU comes on with another offer. It might even be because of regulatory concerns. Ripple is a partner and a shareholder. The scrutiny if there is a takeover will be immense.This is the corporate world people. Western Union made at least one offer before, as did Alibaba back in 2018. We are also talking politics here. China is trying to disrupt Western Union and every single moving cent of the US economy. https://www.forbes.com/sites/salvatorebabones/2018/01/03/alibabas-failed-moneygram-deal-shows-how-chinas-payment-wars-are-spilling-over-into-u-s/#2437eff07245
  4. Hiding money from the spouse is one thing, hiding it from a government is a completely different sort of thing. There are only degrees to how one measures anonymity from extremely low to extremely high. If one has the resources available and the framework within the law to connect someone to money it is possible to do so eventually. It all depends on what the laws of your country and the laws of the country where the exchanges and servers/VPNs you use say. For how long does the ISP store identity to IP, the seriousness of the "crime" and does law enforcement have to go through the courts to get that information, any delays that makes the case get thrown out? Do the steps of anonymizing it make the case worse? Lawyer stuff. You could possibly use Monero, and Onion routing to "blend" the transactions, but every step demands millions of packets sent both ways that makes a pattern. Even this forum post could be part of that pattern. The holy grail of every computer forensic expert is to make software that can demask these patterns. So, I would guess it all depends on why you need to anonymize it.
  5. We still do not know what the settlement between Ripple and R3 was. We only know that R3 made an attempt at "buying" the Utility Settlement Coin project. This failed and SBI suddenly came on to the scene, made a joint venture with R3 called SBI R3 Japan through a pretty large investment in R3. R3 made XRP the first settlement Oracle with its settler application, and then Kitao became a board member of Ripple. BTW: In David Schwartz Block Stars podcast, Chris Larsen talked about meeting Yoshitaka Kitao back in 2005/2006 and they discussed digital tokens. Remember, this is 4 years before Bitcoin. (Starts talking about this around 3 minutes) https://ripple.com/podcast/ Sources: Sept 2018: https://www.coindesk.com/r3-rejected-utility-settlement-coin-blockchain https://www.coindesk.com/r3-ripple-settle-legal-dispute-over-xrp-purchase-option December 2018 https://www.r3.com/press-media/r3-launches-universal-corda-settler-application/ January 2019 https://www.r3.com/press-media/r3-and-sbi-holdings-partner-for-new-venture-to-accelerate-corda-adoption-in-japan/ April 2019 https://ripple.com/ripple_press/yoshitaka-kitao-joins-ripple-board-of-directors/ The dates seem pretty important in this series of news.
  6. Dont know if this has been shared before, but the official Market performance webpage from Ripple is now showing the number of active ODL markets. https://ripple.com/xrp/market-performance/ Currently showing 5.
  7. Basically, in a few months we will all be paying for stuff with leafs of toilet paper and wipe our behinds with dollars because the leafs will be worth more.
  8. Someone just posted this on Reddit, a Chinese government webpage talks about Nanjing and Malaysia cooperating on intent to promote blockchain. Ripple seems to be heavily involved. https://translate.google.com/translate?um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&client=tw-ob&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nanjing.gov.cn%2Fnjxx%2F201912%2Ft20191205_1728668.html
  9. Martin Walker again, that guy is heavily invested in talking shit about "blockchain" for some reason. During a hearing in the UK parliament a few years ago he praised SWIFT and talked down Ripple. He clearly has some sort of agenda. He left R3 and is now director of some sort of "non profit" (yeah right) group. https://www.coindesk.com/ripple-put-defense-uk-parliament-blockchain-hearing I would not trust him with running a Hot dog stand.
  10. Bitcoin maximalists and Ethereum maximalists are completely blind to what happened back in the day. https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/introducing-ripple
  11. Looks like it was changed back to 300+ The growth is real though.
  12. David Schwartz at the Stanford Blockchain conference february 20th 2020 held a lecture called: The best incentive is no incentive. Warning: David issued a trigger warning to Bitcoin maximalists in the introduction.
  13. A bit skeptical. They have been working on something for the last 5 years though. A nice round number for something to be happening. In October 2019 BOA was looking for a treasury product manager for "Ripple". https://cointelegraph.com/news/bank-of-americas-job-posting-hints-it-hired-a-dedicated-ripple-specialist Hoping to see a smiling Garlinghouse with his best socks on in a news segment before the end of February.
  14. VISA direct is a network, not a liquidity provider. It sources liquidity from Nostro/Vostro relationships in the large banks around the world. Having funds available in your VISA credit/debit card within 30 minutes does not translate into actual value having been moved. Why do you think credit cards have insane fees? Because they are a risk taking intermediary who deliver services between banks and customers. Anyone who has had their Credit card information stolen knows this. https://usa.visa.com/run-your-business/visa-direct.html
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