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  1. It was surprising not to see a sharp drop off in Bitcoin after the SEC rejected Gemini's ETF proposal. I believe this rejection - and more importantly the STILL not resolved Bitcoin blocksize debate - has led to altcoins' value surging. If the blocksize debate continues unresolved, it offers potential for XRP to benefit from investors moving out of Bitcoin but wanting to stay in cryptocurrencies. Let me be realistic to start with, a reallocation away from Bitcoin is unlikely to benefit XRP as much as altcoins with limited supply that can be pumped up to the investor's great profit on the exchanges. Looking at coinmarketcap I do believe the recent surges in first Dash and now Monero has been partly driven by money taken out of Bitcoin looking for a profitable home. I think it will happen again with other altcoins with small market caps, because a move a half a billion dollars away is peanuts to Bitcoin, but if some of that goes to a small altcoin that altcoin's marketcap can multiply. Now I don't think this will happen in an identical way with XRP because the supply is so big, and one would think Ripple would take the opportunity of an appreciable price rise to sell thereby capping gains. But I definitely do believe a reallocation of money to alternative cryptocurrencies that but for the unresolved Bitcoin blocksize debate would have gone to Bitcoin is an opportunity for XRP to moderately increase in price. I'd almost think it would be yet another failure of communication, marketing and messaging to the cryptocurrency community by XRP enthusiasts and Ripple if XRP does not rise in value appreciably on Bitcoin decline or stagnation. My view is we've got to continue to talk amongst ourselves on xrpchat, but more than anything we've got to talk to cryptocurrency enthusiasts who have never been involved in XRP and to the general population of internet users interested in cryptocurrency whether they have bought or not. I would view the channels to this as Reddit and Bitcointalk, with appropriate moderation so that idealogically fixated holders of POW coins don't fill up the thread with "it's a premine <expletive> <explitive> scam". I am very busy working right now and I won't do it today, but on the weekend or early next week I'll probably open a thread on Reddit. At this stage my angle would be to suggest XRP as suitable for people to allocate a small percentage of their crypto holdings with a view to long term possibility of appreciation, notwithstanding it is more likely than not that promise will not be realised. I'd be interested in hearing the xrpchat community's views.
  2. How would today have been different, had XRP and the RCL technology been at the center of the SEC news announcement? A ) If all exchanges were gateways and listed off ledger XRP -A- If they were integrated to process a deposit and withdrawal in one ledger close event, the price discovery of all digital assets (including XRP) would have been much more efficient -A- If ledgers started getting full with volume, the transaction fee would spike (less failed transactions because fee logic on RCL is flexible and predictable). -A- Total XRP network volume would be distributed slightly more efficiently, since some volume can offload to the RCL for arbitrage, and such. B ) If all exchanges just listed off ledger XRP -B- If they were integrated to process a deposit and withdrawal in one ledger close event, the price discovery of XRP at each exchange would have been much more efficient. C ) If all exchanges were ILP enabled -C- Price discovery would converge to a lower bound globally, for all assets, including XRP. -C- Depending on local rail speed, transactions could potentially be delivered to users in minutes, or seconds. -C- An ETF wouldn't be needed? D ) If all devices were ILP enabled -D- Anyone connected to the internet could pay anyone else in the world, any amount, during any time of the announcement, in any asset, instantly. -D- The best price would be available for everyone, and all services would be in competition to offer the best rate / fees. -D- An ETF wouldn't be needed? E ) What was the craziest thing you saw today in the BTC exchanges during the announcement? -E- Ripple has the intention to ensure XRP meets compliance standards that would enable it as the world reserve currency. Given that, and their growing relationship with banks, enabling complaint solutions of international foreign exchange, it might have had a better chance passing.
  3. https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/chinese-govt-official-bitcoin-exchanges-supervision-pboc-responsibility/
  4. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-13/bitcoin-miners-signal-revolt-in-push-to-fix-sluggish-blockchain
  5. Very interesting to see that the Bitcoin community doesn't agree on something vital...if they split (something I seemed to understand) what a mess... https://medium.com/@WhalePanda/how-bitcoin-unlimited-btu-will-be-erased-169977ecb3bb#.448heqrqb Charlie Lee‏Compte @SatoshiLite "There is absolutely no way I would let GDAX make the reckless decision of supporting BU code as is." Whale Panda "ll this would cause huge PR damage and set Bitcoin back several years again, like MtGox². Long term it might actually be a good lesson that some people need to experience. People are in it for the money, if they can get big financial gains and/or destroy competitors by erasing BTU, they will."
  6. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about why xrp could be the best blockchain currency investment of 2017. The biggest news at the moment is this. https://www.google.com/amp/www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/03/01/japanese-banks-plan-to-adopt-blockchain-for-payments.html XRP is now very firmly established as the first mover to launch a realworld working product in the banking sector. But, there are so many other things in the works this year for Ripple. SBI and Kraken bringing better exchanges to Asia. Bitgo creating a new XRP wallet. 1,000 transactions per second vs Ethereum's 15 and bitcoin's 7. I just felt there should be a page to highlight all of the good news and people's thoughts on what this year could mean for XRP and the larger blockchain community.
  7. Just out! March 13th maybe the day for the Bitcoin ETF decision. Fun times are here folks! Check out the story. Please let me know what your thoughts are. Will it get approved or rejected? http://www.newsbtc.com/2017/03/06/psa-bitcoin-etf-decision-will-occur-march-13-not-march-11/
  8. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-blockchain-simplifying-us-mortgage-market-1609630
  9. "You can no longer redeem Bitcoin into your Microsoft account. Existing balances in your account will still be available for purchases from Microsoft Store, but can't be refunded." http://cointelegraph.com/news/microsoft-store-to-not-accept-bitcoin-anymore EDIT: Response from Bitcointalk.org -- https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1396833.0;all
  10. Not new(s), but still a brilliant yet simple idea, IMO, that I just wanted to reshare and see if anyone knows of any progress on, or implementations of, the BitMint concept. Essentially it's a "digital claim check" on dollars (or any cash/asset). But the money can be tethered or "fused with" contracts inside the actual units, unlike say bitcoins that only represent generic accounting units. So you can do some very clever, game-changing things with these conditions attached, e.g. loyalty schemes, time-sensitive money, fraud tracking, disaster recovery money (@Haydentiff) , etc. Or in Gideon's words, "No one can sever the connection between the money and its disposition." Check it out:
  11. This is what it looks like when you DON'T have support from the Central Banks/Governments. They can create ANY "FALSE FLAG" PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN......and you and your favorite crypto are TARGETED...... Beware BTC holders.... Europe Proposes Confiscating Gold, Cash, Bitcoin, & Prepaid Cards to Fight ‘Terrorist Financing’ QUOTE “Under the new proposals, customs officials in European Union states can step up checks on cash and prepaid payment cards sent by post or in freight shipments.” But travelers to Europe won’t avoid the clamp down, as the report continues: “Authorities will also be able to seize cash or precious metals carried by suspect individuals entering the EU. QUOTE Reuters explains the plans complement previous proposals following the Paris attacks seeking “to tighten controls on virtual currencies such as bitcoin, and prepaid cards, which French authorities said were used to fund the bombings.” Another proposal proffered in this putative fight against terrorism criminalizes money laundering for the first time — particularly in regard to virtual currency — and the EU will study whether bitcoin should be more strictly regulated. http://thefreethoughtproject.com/eu-confiscate-gold-cash-cards-terrorism/#ijgimqBsTPJwuB1P.99
  12. I think that Bitcoin is already showing some signs of weakness. On 4h, 1d, 3d, 1w charts there is both RSI and volume falling. Since all crypto including XRP is strongly inverse correlated to Bitcoin, all altcoins and especially the best ones (XRP) should see some gains. Christmas rally is coming! Of course, nobody can predict outside factors (Italy?), so be careful.
  13. We are happy to announce that GateHub Fifth users can now easily Deposit, Send and Trade BTC with their GateHub Wallet. You can read more about it here: http://blog.gatehub.net/post/153345402197/btc-deposits-and-withdrawals-launched
  14. Tullett Prebon Information, the data division of the global interdealer group, will distribute cryptocurrency data across financial markets, having signed a deal with Australian company, Brave New Coin (BNC). The deal promises data on intraday pricing for more that 50 digital currencie like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple's XRP. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tullett-prebon-information-distributes-cryptocurrency-price-data-via-brave-new-coin-1589077
  15. This tweet strongly reminds me the famous Bitcoin Pizza story: "the notorious Bitcoin Pizza Day. On May 22, 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz, a developer, paid $10,000 BTC for two pizzas from the Papa John’s franchise. Every year on this date, people celebrate this historic transaction that would cost $4.4 million USD at today’s current rates for 16 slices of pizza." Who agrees to establish a new tradition here - "Ripple Jet Fuel Day"? According to the tweet it would be July 10. History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes!
  16. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecb-bitcoin-eu-idUSKCN12I1HC I think this is interesting, maybe Ripple has more chance to stay legal instead of the 'total anarchy' coins like bitcoins
  17. just found this so do not know if this has already been posted.... https://cointelegraph.com/news/how-bitcoin-blockchain-and-ripple-may-help-kill-us-dollar "One that will be built around technological innovations like Bitcoin’s blockchain technology and new dedicated instruments like Ripple. These protocols will help change the monetary systems of the world forever, systems that frankly are long overdue for an upgrade, and the ‘American Empire’ will never be the same again." "What if you didn’t need USD to transmit value, and you could create a global digital system to do the same function, only much faster and cheaper, without the American middleman collecting a fee every time? Well, now we get to where digital avenues like the blockchain and Ripple come in. The world is now ready for a better, 21st-century way of doing business. Using the USD for international trade is like using a newspaper to get the latest news. You’re really reading yesterday’s news today and international trades are really using yesterday’s technology to perform this function. Banks, and now nations, are hoping on blockchain technology to do things faster, cheaper and more efficiently, and these newer systems will have nothing to do with the ‘ole C-note."
  18. Public blockchain investments heat up: $5 million in 5 minutes " And blockchain startups were taking this traditional path as recently as last year. We saw Ripple raise a $200,000 seed back in 2012, two $1 million angel rounds in 2013, another $3.5 million seed in late 2013, and then eventually raise a massive $28 million round in mid 2015. Similarly, Factom raised an initial seed of $140,000 in April 2015 and three subsequent rounds in the following eight months to total around $3 million. Both Ripple and Factom have blockchain assets native to their networks, XRP and FCT, yet chose the VC route as opposed to selling tokens to the public. "
  19. Will Ripple/XRP follow Google's example and dominate its industry?
  20. The countdown begins guys... what do you think...? https://ripple.com/insights/sibos-2016-ripple-arrived/ Ripple has arrived in Geneva for Sibos 2016 and our team is very excited about the coming week! Sibos is the biggest event of the year in financial services, and we want to share our learnings with attendees and our Insights audience alike.
  21. There's a Ripple mention elsewhere in the article. "Adoption of distributed ledgers likely will happen in two waves. First is the development of specific systems focused on international payments, a trend that is already well underway. Second will be a broad disruption of domestic payment networks triggered by digital fiat currencies supported by central banks. While the second wave will occur further in the future, it may have more profound consequences for banks, potentially destroying the entire market for checking accounts and credit cards." http://www.forbes.com/sites/baininsights/2016/09/09/what-big-banks-can-learn-from-bitcoins-technology/#120731401ecb
  22. https://www.hackread.com/hacked-bitcointalk-forum-database-on-dark-web/
  23. Hello. I'm ultra confused about how to send bitcoin to Bitstamp from my Gatehub. I had Ripple that I exchanged into Bitcoin in my Gatehub but now I don't know how to get that Bitcoin from my Gatehub into my Bitstamp account. Or better yet how to get that Bitcoin from my Gatehub into the Bitcoin wallet on my computer (if that's possible). Any help would be great. Thank you.
  24. I dont know if it has been posted recently but I just found out article below. It states India is biggest recipient of foreign remittances and lots of banks have shown interest in Ripple during Dilip Rao's trip to india. Please read the full article below and let me know what you guys think... http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Overseas-remittances-costs-to-reduce-with-new-system/articleshow/53767362.cms