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The recent talks of prospective partnerships, mergers, and/or acquisitions from Brad has rekindle a previous hypothesis/speculation I once had regarding an outright purchase of R3 by Ripple or, at the very least, a merger of the two into another company of sorts. I know, I know....I'm probably reaching a bit, but I believe this could very well be a real possibility. I wrote about the possibility of this scenario back in September of last year in a blog post by @CT99 regarding the settlement between Ripple and R3 over the 5-billion XRP. This was also during the time when R3 had been experiencing some financial issues and was entertaining potential buyers or an IPO. With Hyperledger and the EEA joining forces to work and collaborate together, the likelihood of an R3 buyout by Ripple doesn't seem too far-fetched. After-all, Ripple is still holding (bottom of page) that 5-billion of XRP supposedly promised to R3 outside of Escrow. Other potential acquisitions would most likely be protocol related coming from previous and new investments via xPring (i.e. Equilibrium, Kava, or Agoric). Thoughts????