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Boeing crisis grows as 737 Max bans ripple around the globe

March 12, 2019 |

Boeing Co. was thrown deeper into crisis Tuesday as nation after nation idled the 737 Max plane — the company’s most important airliner — after a deadly crash in Ethiopia over the weekend compounded concerns that were sparked last year by a similar fatal accident in the Java Sea.

On Monday, China…

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Economics Professor on Ripple Board Misrepresents Bitcoin During Stanford Lecture

March 2, 2019 |

A Stanford student has submitted a letter of complaint to the Graduate School Board stating that a resident economics professor grossly misrepresented Bitcoin during a guest lecture on blockchain and the future of finance, while openly promoting Ripple as a better alternative.

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Questionable Academic Integrity

When Stanford student Conner Brown entered a lecture hall at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in January 2019 to attend a guest lecture by Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford, he got more than he bargained for. So much so that he felt compelled to write the school board:

During the presentation from Dr. Athey there were multiple misstatements that were concerning to me. I understand that she is a respected professor at Stanford and that these may have been accidental; however I also believe that it is in the best interest of our academic environment that we ensure high caliber discussion and peer review.

He added: “My concerns revolve around misstatements around Bitcoin in comparison to Ripple’s token called XRP. I would also like to raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest in a professor making false statements while simultaneously promoting a product that claims to solve these problems and being paid by that company.”

The lecturer in question is an acclaimed economist who’s previously held a chair at Harvard. The highly cited professor, tasked with teaching an upcoming course in cryptocurrencies at Stanford University, might have been assumed to be an expert in her field.

Her decision to shill Ripple while criticizing Bitcoin has been attributed not to ignorance, but to the fact that she sits on Ripple’s Board of Directors, which she joined back in 2014.

A Litany of Errors

In his letter, which reads like a college-level introduction to Bitcoin, Conner Brown articulates the points where Athey’s presentation was misguided. These arguments include:

  • Conflating mining nodes and full validating nodes on the Bitcoin network and thus claiming that Bitcoin is “controlled by a small group of miners in China.”
  • Claiming that Bitcoin accounts are “secured economically and not cryptographically.”
  • Claiming that “Bitcoin wastes electricity by stealing from rivers to solve useless math problems.”
  • Claiming that Mexican financial institutions are using Ripple technology.
  • Claiming that Ripple does not sell XRP, they only “routinely disperse” the token.
  • Showcasing outdated bitcoin wallets from circa 2013 without mentioning ensuing technological advancements.
  • Claiming that if you enter the incorrect Bitcoin address, the funds disappear without mentioning that modern wallets have QR code functionality to prevent this.
Economics Professor on Ripple Board Member Misrepresents Bitcoin in Favor of XRP During Stanford Lecture
Athey’s slide on an XRP use case, for which Brown says he could find no corroborative evidence.

Brown proceeded to debunk each statement in turn, citing well-known research and research papers. Being a diligent student of Bitcoin and of life, he really did his homework:

I called the company that Ripple has publicly stated uses the technology and asked them if they use “xRapid” or any services provided by Ripple, their response was “No.” I’ve attached the audio clip below.

With Great Commercial Power Comes Great Academic Responsibility

To chalk up Athey’s blunders to innocent — even ignorant — mistakes would seem impossible given that he’s an economist at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, lecturing on a topic she’s meant to know a lot about. Athey has been on Ripple’s Board of Directors for the past five years, a company she’s proud to be associated with:

…all of those problems can potentially be addressed, and indeed startups are working on all of them within the Bitcoin community. However, it made me wonder whether there wasn’t a simpler way to solve this problem, one that still took advantage of the fundamental innovation from Bitcoin, a secure ledger. As I was grappling with these questions, I learned about the Ripple protocol. I realized that it addressed all of these problems.

Worse still, her promotion of XRP within an academic setting doesn’t appear to be the first time, as this Twitter user mentions:

In the face of what appears to be a blatant promotion of an altcoin she has a vested interest in, Athey has brought not only her own but also Stanford’s academic integrity into question.

Ripple’s Blockchain Initiative Program, which has entered schools, sounds eerily in tune with what Brown and his classmates experienced. As the company’s SVP of Global Operations Eric van Miltenburg describes it:

We are placing full faith in these universities, knowing that the students and faculty are the most capable individuals in the field. We want to help accelerate what is already a spark by turning that into a flame to help these schools move forward.

Ripple Is More Relevant Than Bitcoin

A month after receiving no response to his letter from Stanford, Brown took to Twitter to relate his experience.

Athey responded, stating that she’d never received the complaint letter. At Brown’s request, she shared a copy of her presentation:

Software engineer and founder of Bitcoin Advisory, Pierre Rochard, was not impressed:

Athey defended her focus on Bitcoin’s early days without mentioning its current technology status, stating:

She then added that her references to XRP (which she says she was transparent about) are particularly relevant to the here and now:

Whatever Athey’s intended agenda, with cryptocurrencies increasingly placed on the curriculum of tertiary institutions, it’s of utmost importance that a faculty’s representation of the technology is fair, equal, and unbiased. On this occasion, there would appear to be a prima facie case for asserting that the professor overstepped the mark.

What’s your take on Brown’s criticisms of Athey’s lecture? Let us know in the comments section below.

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ECB Official Decries Bitcoin as ‘Evil Spawn’ of Financial Crisis, Ripple Consolidates Lawsuits

November 16, 2018 |

ECB Official Decries Bitcoin as 'Evil Spawn' of Financial Crisis, Ripple Consolidates Lawsuits

In recent regulatory news, an executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) has given a dismissive appraisal of bitcoin and rejected the prospect of central banks issuing state-backed digital currencies in the foreseeable future. In other news, Ripple Labs has moved to consolidate three lawsuits into a single federal suit, while the police have arrested eight individuals in Tokyo who are suspected of involvement in a $ 68.4 million cryptocurrency pyramid scheme.

Also Read: French Financial Regulator Estimates ICOs Have Raised $ 21.9B Globally

ECB Board Member Dismisses Prospect of
Central Bank-Issued Virtual Currencies

ECB Official Decries Bitcoin as 'Evil Spawn' of Financial Crisis, Ripple Consolidates LawsuitsBenoit Coeure, an executive board member of the ECB, has issued a critical appraisal of bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. He described them as “the evil spawn of the financial crisis” in a recent speech at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel.

“Bitcoin was an extremely clever idea,” Coeure stated. “Sadly, not every clever idea is a good idea.”

Coeure was also dismissive of the prospect of central bank-issued virtual currencies becoming a reality within the next 10 years. “There is broad agreement that a central bank digital currency, in whatever form, is unlikely to be issued within the next decade,” he said.

Ripple to Take Lawsuits to Federal Court

ECB Official Decries Bitcoin as 'Evil Spawn' of Financial Crisis, Ripple Consolidates LawsuitsRipple Labs has moved to consolidate three ongoing class-action lawsuits the company faces into a single federal suit. Various lawyers have described the move as “slick” and exhibiting “tactical brilliance.”

The suits were filed by David Oconer, Vladi Zakinov and Avner Greenwald, who are collectively seeking more than $ 167 million in damages on behalf of “thousands” of investors. Ripple is seeking for the case to be heard at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The combined number of plaintiffs involved in all of the cases exceeds 100.

Tokyo Police Arrest 8 Over
$ 68.4M Pyramid Scheme

ECB Official Decries Bitcoin as 'Evil Spawn' of Financial Crisis, Ripple Consolidates LawsuitsPolice in Tokyo have arrested eight men for their alleged involvement in a pyramid scheme that duped roughly 6,000 investors out of an estimated 7.8 billion yen ($ 68.4 million) worth of cryptocurrency. The individuals are suspected of violating Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Act by failing to register their business operations with the relevant authorities.

Investors were recruited at events such as seminars, where they were promised monthly returns of between 3 percent and 20 percent. Six of the eight individuals who were arrested have reportedly confessed to the allegations made against them.

Last month, a group of 73 individuals who fell victim to the scheme filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court. They are seeking 370 million yen ($ 3.276 million) in damages.

Do you think Ripple will be successful in consolidating the three lawsuits it faces into a single federal suit? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Khashoggi Death May Have Ripple Effects in Yemen War

November 1, 2018 |

At an apparent turning point in one of its hardest foreign policy challenges, the Trump administration is demanding a ceasefire and the launch of UN-led political talks to end the Saudi-Iran proxy war in Yemen. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called for a halt to hostilities within 30 days. The renewed…

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More BTC Than Ripple

July 29, 2018 |

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More Bitcoin Core Than Ripple

During a recent interview with CNBC Crypto Trader’s Ran Neu-Ner, Michael Arrington of Arrington XRP Capital revealed that his fund owns more BTC than XRP, and discussed the company’s decision to denominate in XRP.

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Arrington XRP Capital’s Exposure to XRP is “3 – 4%”

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More Bitcoin Core Than RippleIn an interview with CNBC Crypto Trader during their coverage of Korea Blockchain Week, Mr. Arrington discussed some of the cryptocurrencies that his fund is invested in. Despite denominating the fund in XRP, Mr. Arrington indicated that the percentage of the fund currently invested in XRP is “3 – 4 percent,” adding “we hold a few million dollars worth of XRP.”

When asked of the company’s ‘cash position’, Mr. Arrington stated: “We hold a lot of [BTC] – we hold more [BTC] than anything else, we hold a lot of Ether, we hold a lot of U.S. dollars, occasionally we hold Tether overnight,” adding “I don’t know which one[s] are the ‘cash positions’ – they’re all either currencies or have different utilities, so I don’t know how to answer that question.”

Arrington Discusses Denomination in XRP

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More BTC Than RippleWhen asked of the motivations behind launching a fund denominated in XRP, Mr. Arrington stated: “XRP […] is a really, really good way to move money. So we denominate our fund in XRP because it’s a fantastic way to move money cross-border, very quickly, at almost zero cost.”

Addressing the stigma associated with Ripple by many in the cryptocurrency community, Mr. Arrington stated: “There is a lot of tribalism in cryptocurrency, and a lot of bitcoin maximalists, etc., and the one thing they all agree on, is they all hate XRP because its centralized, they think its corporate managed, etc.,” adding, “none of that is really true.”

Mr. Arrington concluded: “while the other more decentralized cryptocurrencies […] find their way toward becoming more efficient, in the meantime, XRP is fantastic – and so from a hedge fund point of view, it’s great to denominate ourselves in XRP.”

Arrington Predicts $ 25,000 BTC by 2019

Arrington XRP Capital Owns More BTC Than RippleRegarding whether denominating the fund in XRP makes the its vulnerable to fluctuations in the price of Ripple’s token, Mr. Arrington stated: “The key thing is the underlying asset, […] only a small percentage of our fund holds XRP, we’re vastly diversified. Those underlying assets, whatever their value is, that’s what really matters at the end of the day.”

When asked of his outlook for the bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets, Mr. Arrington stated: “My entire life has been cryptocurrency – we’re all bullish on it,” adding “I’m always an optimist, […] I think that we’re going to hit $ 25,000 USD this year easy.”

Are you surprised that Arrington XRP Capital holds more BTC than XRP? Share your response in the comments section below!

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Ripple, CEO Face Another Securities Fraud Lawsuit

July 5, 2018 |

Ripple, CEO Face Another Securities Fraud Lawsuit

A third lawsuit, alleging securities fraud, was filed last week against Ripple Labs Inc, XRPII LLC, and its CEO Bradley Glaringhouse. In 28 pages, the class action suit attempts to make the case XRP is a security: issued, maintained, and supported by Ripple in clear violation of US regulatory laws. Ripple has worked extremely hard to distance itself from its cryptocurrency, XRP, in hopes of avoiding just this scenario.   

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Ripple Labs Faces Third Securities Fraud Lawsuit

Managing partner of Robbins Arroyo LLP, Brian J. Robbins, filed a class action lawsuit against Ripple Labs Inc, XRPII LLC, and CEO Bradley Glaringhouse on behalf of San Diego college senior David Oconer. Signed by fax late June of this year in the San Mateo, California Superior Court, its more than two dozen pages set about making the case Ripple is in clear violation of the Howey Test.

Mr. Oconer, through his legal team, stresses how Ripple fought to manipulate the XRP price, including placing tens of millions XRP tokens into a kind of escrow, creating an arbitrary scarcity. It was also a way to signal to worried longer term investors the company would not dump the lot all at once. Indeed, XRP mooned to many hundreds of percent, the suit alleges, as a result of such moves.

Ripple, CEO Face Another Securities Fraud Lawsuit

It’s the third such lawsuit filed against the company since early May of this year. A common theme between each suit is the claim XRP is a security as defined under US regulatory statute – which insist Ripple Labs is the token’s puppet master indistinguishable from XRP itself. The Oconer version leans heavy on making a case for a Howey Test violation. Ripple isn’t taking any of the suits lightly, hiring two former US Securities and Exchange Commission heavies, Andrew Ceresney and Mary Jo White, as lead counsel.

Ripple, CEO Face Another Securities Fraud Lawsuit

XRP has long been held in a controversial light due in part to its origin story. While leading cryptos were to be mined on chain, ripples appeared ex nihilo with more than 60 percent still held by its parent company. If deemed a security, the company would be most likely ordered to cease all trading, and it’s not unusual to presume holders would be given the chance at refunds. Violations of securities law, what’s more, can also be prosecuted criminally, though those in the know believe it will not get to that stage.

Will these lawsuits hurt Ripple? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Paul Krugman Trolls Ripple, Accidentally Making a Case for Bitcoin Cash

July 4, 2018 |

Paul Krugman Trolls Ripple, Accidentally Making a Case for Bitcoin Cash

“If a digital currency isn’t actually used for any transactions, is it, you know, actually a currency?” tweeted Nobel laureate economist with the ears of American progressive politicians, Paul Krugman. He was prompted by a colleague’s recent article regarding a push by Ripple’s XRP to urge users to do more than just speculate. Mr. Krugman, it turns out, backed into one of the main arguments for bitcoin cash (BCH).

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Paul Krugman Trolls Ripple, BTC

Useless. Evil. Antisocial. Worthless. Impractical. Bubble. Fraud. Those are the kinder adjectives the preeminent US court US economist, with exclusive access to freer world leaders, has used to describe the cryptocurrency phenomenon. He’s also maniacally cheered bitcoin core (BTC) price haircuts, tacitly approving investors being wiped out and worse. More recently, he took to Twitter yet again to troll XRP and BTC enthusiasts, chiding, “If a digital currency isn’t actually used for any transactions, is it, you know, actually a currency?”

Mr. Krugman, interestingly enough, backed into a main argument for bitcoin cash (BCH), at least as proponents see things. He made no mention of the fourth largest decentralized currency by market capitalization, but the bitcoin cash gang maintains that for a cryptocurrency to be a currency in any meaningful sense it must be used. Otherwise, it’s just an exercise in greater fool game theory.

Paul Krugman Trolls Ripple, Accidentally Making a Case for Bitcoin Cash

Mr. Krugman’s snide, smug take has to do with Nathaniel Popper’s, “Here’s Some Cryptocurrency. Now Please Use It,” published in The New York Times this week. Mr. Popper examines Ripple’s recent press barrage, shoving its XRP in front of mainstream audiences from Los Angeles (Ellen DeGeneres) to New York (Stephen Colbert), which have hosted giveaways totaling more than $ 30 million … and just for those two shows, mind you.

“Now comes the hard part,” Mr. Popper explained, “persuading people to use XRP for something other than speculative trading. It is an issue facing most of the still-young cryptocurrency industry. Digital tokens like bitcoin and its many imitators (like XRP) were designed to make electronic transactions of all sorts easier. But today almost no transactions are happening, other than on virtual currency exchanges where people bet on their price.”

Cash Flush, Business Light

It’s an all-out push by Ripple, including getting perpetually inebriated rapper Snoop Dogg to host after parties. They’ve even forked over $ 300 million to grease the wheels of getting businesses to use XRP. They’re looking to lure developers. This desperation has its own term, “cash flush, business light.”

Store of value arguments have held the day, and so most enthusiasts do hold their positions rather than use, at least as it concerns XRP and the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, BTC. Mr. Popper notes how many “people who bought the digital tokens created by these projects did so in the belief they will one day be useful for real transactions of some sort. If the projects want to keep those investors from selling, the projects have to convince them the tokens will have some long-term value.”

Paul Krugman Trolls Ripple, Accidentally Making a Case for Bitcoin Cash

For XRP the campaign to get users to see it as a functional currency might be less than a philosophical harkening back to crypto’s rebellious roots. Projects like it are in grave danger of being legally relegated to securities, meaning “they will be subject to restrictions on trading and movement, making it even less likely that people will use the tokens for their intended purposes,” Mr. Popper insists, something Ripple executives are keen to avoid at all cost. They’ve gone to great pains to separate Ripple the company from the currency XRP, with an obvious irony, “Its efforts to promote XRP could demonstrate how reliant XRP is on Ripple.”

In any event, the crypto community has at least one example of a currency gaining adoption and medium of exchange use case. Seemingly daily, an innovation or re-adoption of a previous concept long abandoned by bitcoin core as it veered off into settlement layer/digital gold land is implemented, resurrected, as bitcoin cash is, you know, actually a currency.

Does Paul Krugman have a point? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Bitcoin in Brief: Halting 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?

June 15, 2018 |

Bitcoin in Brief: An End to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?

The last 24 hours have been action-packed for the cryptocurrency markets, with digital assets rising off the SEC’s pronouncement that ethereum is not a security. But while most hodlers were toasting the agency’s announcement, one top five coin that failed to respond favorably was ripple. In today’s Bitcoin in Brief we consider where the SEC’s statement leaves XRP and examine a proposed solution to 51% attacks.

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While Cryptos Leap, Ripple Stagnates

We live in strange times when an agency tasked with stamping out market manipulation is responsible for causing the biggest green candle in weeks. Two years ago, many cryptocurrency traders would have struggled to tell you what the SEC did, let alone named its chairman Jay Clayton. But in this new era of blanket regulation, not only is the crypto community familiar with the inner workings of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, but they’re dependant on it to boost their flagging portfolios.

Bitcoin in Brief: A Solution to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?

Around the same time an SEC executive was opining that ethereum does not constitute a security, EOS finally reached the 15% voting threshold required to launch the network. This dual infusion of bullish news saw most major cryptos leap in price, with ETH and EOS the biggest beneficiaries. But while crypto hodlers partied, one altcoin community was left to stew in a corner. Ripple has seen a slender increase of just 0.5% in the past 24 hours, as the SEC’s definition of securities has left its status unclear.

Bitcoin in Brief: A Solution to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?
XRP was one of the few coins that failed to respond positively to the SEC’s news

The full speech from the SEC’s head of the Division of Corporate Finance William Hinman includes a series of questions for identifying whether an asset is likely to be deemed a security. These include:

  • Is there a person or group that has sponsored or promoted the creation and sale of the digital asset, the efforts of whom play a significant role in the development and maintenance of the asset and its potential increase in value?
  • Has this person or group retained a stake or other interest in the digital asset such that it would be motivated to expend efforts to cause an increase in value in the digital asset?
  • Has the promoter raised an amount of funds in excess of what may be needed to establish a functional network, and, if so, has it indicated how those funds may be used to support the value of the tokens or to increase the value of the enterprise?
  • Does the promoter continue to expend funds from proceeds or operations to enhance the functionality and/or value of the system within which the tokens operate?
  • Do persons or entities other than the promoter exercise governance rights or meaningful influence?

It’s unlikely that the SEC is going to start making a habit of naming which coins do and don’t constitute a security. But it’s also unlikely, going by those questions, that ripple could be interpreted as as utility token.

Bitcoin in Brief: A Solution to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?

An End to 51% Attacks?

Another altcoin that had a very good Thursday was Zencash. It’s bounced back from a recent 51% attack, jumping 17% off the news that Grayscale, led by Barry Silbert, will be making the coin its ninth investment. The group’s portfolios start at $ 400 million, rising to over $ 1.2 billion for bitcoin core. The Grayscale news helped the price of ZEN soar, but the more important story was the new whitepaper the team released on Thursday, which has implications for all Proof of Work coins.

Bitcoin in Brief: A Solution to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?

In the document, Zencash propose changing Satoshi Consensus, also known as the longest chain rule, to a method that makes it “both technically infeasible and economically disastrous to attempt double spending”. ZEN aims to achieve this by introducing a penalty “in the form of a block acceptance delay in the amount of time the block has been hidden from the public network”. The team now hopes that other PoW coins will adopt this proposal with a view to mitigating further 51% attacks.

Bestmixer on the Difficulties of Maintaining Anonymity

Bitcoin in Brief: A Solution to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?
Bextmixer has responded to concerns about its mixing technology

You won’t find KYC on Coinmarketcap, but in the SEC-led compliance era, you’ll find that abbreviation at most on and off-ramps to the world of cryptocurrency. A couple of weeks ago, we reported on Bestmixer, a new bitcoin tumbler trying to restore privacy to cryptocurrency users who desire it. The team behind the project has since contacted to reassure users that Bitmixer’s coin mixing code is not used to track them.

They explain: “This functionality is necessary for any mixer…without such functionality any mixer can not be considered anonymous…We have to mark transactions because without marking transactions, we would not understand whether it is your money or not when you repeat mixing; it would be technically impossible. Thus, we protect our clients from return of their old coins to them during subsequent mixing. The marking excludes our clients’ deposit from the common pool, so that they can not use it if the BestMixer code is applied.”

They add: “The BestMixer code is necessary to protect a client from getting his old coins back under any circumstances – this is one of the key points on which the system is based. As for the use of the [premium service] Gamma pool there is no need to use the BestMixer code in this pool at all, since it is a separate pool, not tied in any way to either Alpha or Beta pool. How are the funds formed in this pool? It’s either investors’ money or our own reserves. And this pool is really going to be a big problem for startups like Chainalysis.”

Bitcoin in Brief: A Solution to 51% Attacks and Where Now for Ripple?

Today Was a Good Day

All told, this week has ended a lot better than it began for cryptocurrency holders, unless you’re one of the five Floridians indicted for an $ 800,000 bitcoin home invasion robbery. Elsewhere, with decentralized cryptocurrencies such as BTC and ETH reveling in their non-security status, Xapo relishing its New York Bitlicense, and Zencash hopeful of a breakthrough in defending 51% attacks, there’s a lot of reasons to be cheerful right now. Don’t get too comfortable though: tomorrow’s a new day, with the potential to bring joy or jet lag to the restless cryptocurrency markets. As always, you’ll find the best and worst of it here in Bitcoin in Brief.

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Ripple CEO: Bitcoin Controlled by Chinese, Absurd to Think it Could be Primary World Currency

June 13, 2018 |

Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple CEO, answered candidly during an interview about crypto’s prospects for the future. Among other criticisms, he stressed blockchain technology is mostly hype, and that bitcoin core (BTC) is controlled by Chinese miners and has no hope of being a world currency.

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Ripple CEO Bashes Bitcoin

Attendees of the 2018 Stifel Cross Sector Insight Conference in Boston yesterday were probably expecting to learn more about Ripple, the world’s third most popular cryptocurrency by market capitalization. After all, none other than company CEO Brad Garlinghouse was guest of honor for an interview with Stifel Tech analyst Lee Simpson. And while Ripple certainly was the hot topic, Mr. Garlinghouse also took the opportunity to bash its main decentralized competitor, bitcoin core (BTC).

“A number of prominent people,” Mr. Garlinghouse explained, “even Steve Wozniak, has said that he sees a world where Bitcoin is the primary currency. I think that’s absurd. I don’t think that any major economy will allow that to happen. By the way, it doesn’t make sense.” Indeed Woz has said as much, as have Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who predicted it would happen within the decade.

Ripple CEO: Bitcoin Controlled by Chinese, Absurd to Think it Could be Primary World Currency

Brad Garlinghouse, 47, has held his present position since 2015. His professional background is almost all technology related. Stints with Yahoo!, AOL, working in the investment arena with the likes of Silver Lake Partners, @Ventures, @Home Network, SBC Communications, all round out his experience prior to Ripple.

His views about BTC and its eventual influence have found him very quotable of late, especially this month. He’s spent a great deal of time attempting to separate the coin aspect of Ripple (XRP) from the company itself, and this has lead to some interesting juxtapositioning in his method of argument.

BTC Blockchain Not Disruptive, Chinese in Control

During the Boston interview, he even took on the sacred cow of the corporate world, BTC’s distributed ledger technology. “There’s a lot of blockchain craziness, but there are three indicators of market winners. Blockchain will not disrupt banks […] it will play an important role in the way our system works. It’s a short-sighted view […]. Bitcoin is not the panacea we thought it would be.”

Mr. Garlinghouse then compared XRP to BTC. “This is how liquidity will be managed in the future. Bitcoin today takes 45 minutes to settle a transaction. Banks will use what is efficient and cheaper. And if you deliver a better product at a better price […] they will use it.” Ripple CEO: Bitcoin Controlled by Chinese, Absurd to Think it Could be Primary World Currency

An under-reported story, Ripple’s CEO insisted, is how BTC is “owned by China.” He noted, “The smartest thing you’ve done is not have ‘bit’ or ‘coin’ in your name. I’ll tell you another story that is underreported, but worth paying attention to. Bitcoin is really controlled by China. There are four miners in China that control over 50% of Bitcoin. How do we know that China won’t intervene? How many countries want to use a Chinese-controlled currency? It’s just not going to happen.”

Lastly, he assured, “I own bitcoin. Many people consider it as digital gold. I acknowledge, I’m long [on] crypto. I’d advise folks to only invest in crypto only what you’re willing to lose. It’s early to tell how it is going to play out. I think it’s a pretty good investing strategy. I don’t think about the digital asset market. I think about the customer experience. There are millions unbanked or underbanked. When I think about the transformation, it is fundamentally changing the way millions participate in banking. We can fundamentally change the way this works, to bring an entire population up a step in the system.”

Do you think Ripple’s CEO is correct? Let us know in the comments. 

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Ripple Wants People to Stop Calling Its Coin ‘Ripple’

May 31, 2018 |

Ripple Wants People to Stop Calling Its Coin ‘Ripple’

What’s the difference between Ripple the company and ripple (XRP) the cryptocurrency? Many people would assert “Not a lot” given that the former owns most of the latter and its founders were responsible for creating ripple in the first place. Ripple the company has other ideas though, and is on a mission to separate the two ripples – big and small – once and for all.

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The Disambiguation of Ripple and XRP

Ripple Wants People to Stop Calling Its Coin ‘Ripple’For several months, Ripple has been on a mission to dispel the notion that it is responsible for the XRP currency it issues. Just as Prince once changed himself into a symbol, the project would like to turn its currency into a symbol and keep it that way. This is despite the fact that ‘XRP’ is simply a currency ticker derived from an abbreviation of the word ‘ripple’, just as XMR is an abbreviation of monero. To mark the distinction, a new logo has been proposed that is clean, minimalist and, tellingly, looks nothing like that of Ripple.

There’s even a community-run Twitter account for the new XRP symbol and Github which explains: “In order for XRP to be perceived as a ‘currency,’ it needs its own symbol. Just like the dollar sign ‘$ ,’ XRP needs a universal sign that denotes units of XRP. The current logo being used works great when referencing the company, and it should not be changed, but a character should be created to represent actual units of the digital asset.” The final logo has yet to be decided, but whatever version the community plumps for, it will look very different from the current shared logo of the company and coin.

Ripple Wants People to Stop Calling Its Coin ‘Ripple’
One of the proposed new logos for XRP

Why the Rebrand?

It has been theorized that the company is seeking to distance itself from its eponymous currency in  order to “desecuritize” it. The likelihood of XRP being a security, given the fact that Ripple has a majority holding, is strong. In the event of XRP being classified as such by the SEC it would have a major impact on XRP’s price and its availability on US exchanges. Given the foregoing, it makes sense for the company to emphasize the distinction between the company and XRP. It is likely to encounter significant difficulties, however, in convincing people that this is the case.

When Are We Decentralized Yet creator Jackson Palmer was petitioned to start referring to Ripple’s cryptocurrency as XRP, he issued a strong response:

Ripple Wants People to Stop Calling Its Coin ‘Ripple’

Semantics or Separate Things?

The case for why the company and XRP are separate entities, according to the company, revolves around the fact that the XRP ledger is open source, and thus any company can use it for their own purposes. While this is true, third party development has been few and far between, and the vast majority of XRP’s code commits have been performed by staffers. If the company can successfully separate itself from its currency, it is possible that the XRP ledger could become more attractive to companies wishing to utilize it for their own purposes. It seems unlikely, however, that the XRP ledger, for all its efficiencies, will become the Hyperledger of enterprise.

Ripple Wants People to Stop Calling Its Coin ‘Ripple’
Other community proposed logos for XRP

As cryptocurrency critic Preston Byrne has pointed out, the notion that “There’s not a direct connection between Ripple the company and XRP”, as stated by the company’s Director of Regulatory Regulations Ryan Zagone, simply doesn’t fly. The connections between the two are written all over the website, and every other third party news source. The Wikipedia page for Ripple (payment protocol) points out that “The network can operate without the Ripple company”, but evidence suggests that it would struggle to function if the company bowed out. For one thing, operating an XRP node requires obtaining permission from one of’s servers.

With 55 billion XRP locked in the company vaults, the simplest way for Ripple to rid itself of association with the cryptocurrency would be to burn the bulk of its supply of XRP. That wouldn’t look too good on its balance sheet though, and thus the campaign to rebrand ripple as XRP intensifies.

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