Western Union to Trial Ripple XRP Transfers 453

Ripple has had the year from hell from the standpoint of its cryptocurrency price. XRP has lost over 70% of its value since its all-time high of $3.8 on January 4. However things could start to improve for the San Francisco based blockchain company as its list of partners continues to grow. Added to that list this week was global payments giant Western Union who has begun testing transfers using XRP.

In terms of new partners Ripple has had a great start to 2018, just last week it joined up with Dubai based UAE Exchange and made inroads to Chinese online shopping markets by partnering with Asian e-payments giant LianLian. The company is also working with Moneygram and over a hundred other financial organizations and banks eager to cut fund transfer costs and increase speeds.

Union with a payments giant

Western Union chief executive, Hikmet Ersek, told analysts this week that the company has begun experimenting with Ripple and XRP for settling transactions. CTO Sheri Rhodes told media:

“We continue to explore possible blockchain applications for our business, and we are piloting some settlement tests with Ripple for certain corridors. For blockchain in general, we’re looking at areas such as transaction processing and settlement, working capital optimization, regulatory technology, and digital identity.”

Two primary products are offered by Ripple to facilitate payments and transactions. xCurrent, which over 100 financial institutions are currently using, enables real-time messaging, and real-time settlement between banks. While, according to Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, xRapid allows;

“real-time liquidity. The Bank of Andy can sell $1, buy XRP. That XRP can then be moved to an Argentinian digital asset exchange, you can sell the XRP and buy an Argentinian peso, and now you have good liquid funds in less than 10 seconds in another market.”

Western Union is trialing this XRP based xRapid system, a Ripple spokesperson said;

“We’ve been testing different products with Western Union for a while. We’re excited about our work towards a pilot implementation of xRapid, which uses XRP in payment flows.”

Crypto coin reaction

XRP price has yet to fully react to the news but it is sure to have an impact if global payments providers start using it on a daily basis. Most altcoins are up over the past 24 hours and XRP is among them trading 9% higher at the time of writing. It has gained over 50% on the week however and continues to look bullish as news of this huge potential partnership filters across the planet. XRP is currently the third largest crypto with a market cap of just under $45 billion, over 40% of the global trade happens on exchanges in South Korea.

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The9 Signed Filecoin Mining Machine Purchase and Hosting Agreement to Enhance Filecoin Mining 6194

The9 Limited, an established Internet company, today announced that it signed a Filecoin mining machine purchase and hosting agreement amounting to approximately US$2 million with a Filecoin mining service provider. In February 2021, The9 signed a US$10 million framework agreement with a Filecoin mining machine vendor to purchase Filecoin mining machines. This new purchase agreement The9 just signed is with another Filecoin mining machine vendor. This new purchase will increase the effective storage mining power of The9 in the Filecoin network, especially in the current early stage of Filecoin’s rapid development trend.

At present, The9 owns an independent node on Filecoin blockchain and 8 Pebibytes of effective storage mining power in the Filecoin network. When the two agreements are fully implemented, The9 is expected to have a total of more than 80 Pebibytes of effective storage mining power in the Filecoin network.

Filecoin is an open source, distributed storage and digital payment system. Users can use the preset economic incentive mechanism to store data to ensure that files are stored and accessed reliably for a long time. Users use the Filecoin (FIL) in the system to rent hard drive space; and storage miners are responsible for providing storage space to store files and proving these files have been stored correctly.

Based on Filecoin’s technology and the expected continuous expansion of future application scenarios, as well as the recent positive price trend of Filecoin, The9 decided to increase the investment in Filecoin and the effective storage mining power in the Filecoin network, to fulfill its growth strategy in the cryptocurrency mining business.

CryptoUniverse: We get profit when you get profit 6118

CryptoUniverse

We could not wait to present you the first part of the huge transformation. CryptoUniverse is always trying to reach the highest level of transparency, so you can feel every hash/second is running near you, but without any noise, heat or space taken from your home.

Let’s start the introduction from the main one. Meet the new balance management system. Collected experience and vision allowed us to make the step forward. From now, every account will have its own balances for different purposes in our ecosystem that you can easily manage as you want from the new page called “Balances”. This unique feature comes with a reworked electricity payment system. We made it as similar to your usual life routine as possible. All assets are still pre-paid, but you can fully control it within the new balance designed for electricity that is simply called “Electricity account”. There you will find not only the amount required to pay, but also real numbers of electricity in kilowatts consumed by any of your assets.

CryptoUniverse wants you to have access to as many instruments as possible.That is why we added the opportunity to make flexible and fixed savings not only in BTC, but in LTC too.  It grew by 500% in the last 6 months, so we all see again what results diversification can give. Beneficial and safe storage of your assets is one of our priorities.

New miners and contracts push your frontiers too. From now, the fee of our service is calculated in percents and is related to your mining income. It shows that we are interested in making mining as profitable for you as possible.

New instruments complicate user experience for some of us, so we thought it would be great to outweigh it by a significantly improved dashboard. Recent update includes a reworked “Dashboard” page and a new “Assets” page that can be used for managing and monitoring your assets in several clicks. There are dozens of other minor improvements, but we offer the intrigue to find it by yourself.

Our team worked a lot to make these changes possible, so we are pleased to hear any feedback on your experience with dashboard in social media or in support. To make your acquaintance more intense, use promo code GETPROFIT21. It provides you with a discount on our recent miners and contracts.

This is just the beginning, so keep an eye on it. Thank you for being with us.

About CryptoUniverse

CryptoUniverse.io is a multifunctional service created on 14 February, 2017. It gives users an opportunity to purchase or rent calculating power and equipment on its infrastructure. Company is based in Europe with headquarters in the United Kingdom and Estonia that guarantees operation within the European Union law and safety of users’ assets.

In Russia the company and its technical partners operate several clusters of modern data centers with an overall area of 38 000 square meters and more than 120 MW of overall power. It makes the services of CryptoUniverse.io high-quality and uninterrupted.

Main idea of the project is a simple and available opportunity to enter cryptocurrency mining by purchasing or renting calculating power. The service is also interesting for experienced miners because well-established logistics gives them an access to top-notch equipment that is already installed, tuned and ready to function in data centers of the company. Transparent operation and flexible offers to make clients experience comfortable are the main values of CryptoUniverse.

CryptoUniverse team is full of highly qualified professionals who polished all the processes, made service easy and convenient. 24/7 support extends boundaries for users who are not familiar with blockchain technology.    

CryptoUniverse. You buy, we pay.

Bitcoin Association launches Introduction to Bitcoin Development online course at Bitcoin SV Academy 7361

Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that works to advance business with the Bitcoin SV blockchain, today announces the official launch of the Introduction to Bitcoin Development course at Bitcoin SV Academy. The course is available free of charge and can be accessed from today at http://bitcoinsv.academy.

Introduction to Bitcoin Development is part of the Bitcoin Development stream of Bitcoin SV Academy and has been designed to equip application developers with the skills, tools and techniques required to build applications on the Bitcoin SV network. The course covers Bitcoin as a data protocol – including reading, writing and advanced functionalities with the Bitcoin ledger, payment protocols, token protocols and smart contracts. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be tested on their knowledge through an online examination, with a course certificate available upon successful completion for those who have demonstrated proficiency and understanding of the subject matter.

Bitcoin SV Academy is an online education platform for Bitcoin which offers academia-quality, university-style courses and learning materials in three distinct streams, Bitcoin Theory, Bitcoin Development and Bitcoin Infrastructure. Developed and run by Bitcoin Association, Bitcoin SV Academy has been created to make learning about Bitcoin – the way creator Satoshi Nakamoto designed it – accessible, accurate and understandable.

The launch of Introduction to Bitcoin Development today follows the successful rollout of Introduction to Bitcoin Theory – the first course to be launched on Bitcoin SV Academy – in December 2020. Later this year, the first module in the Bitcoin Infrastructure stream Introduction to Bitcoin Infrastructure is due to launch, followed by intermediate and advanced level courses across the three streams.

NexChange Group and Marita Group Co-Host Africa Blockchain Week Virtual Summit to Showcase Continent’s Technological Leapfrog 8402

NexChange Group, a blockchain ecosystem and venture builder and MARITA Group, an African conglomerate will combine forces to co-host this Virtual Summit. The event will feature key industry players and decision-makers contributing to regulation, application, investment and education across many African countries.

Juwan Lee, Chairman of NexChange Group: “Africa is the next big move for blockchain. We see not just opportunities in the payment space and financial inclusion, but we see significant institutional involvement.”

The new reality has proven technology to be a bridge to a better future. Strong ties between African countries, like the cooperation South-South, encouraged by HRH Mohammed VI go beyond just politics. New economic bridges ensure that Africa is able to bypass certain steps on a technological stair, positioning itself ahead of the global curve. Described by the World Bank and called leapfrogging, it relies strongly on enhanced technologies including blockchain.

Rahhal Boulgoute, Chairman of Marita Group: “Blockchain will revolutionize Africa and provide opportunities for financial inclusion. It is important that we expose blockchain technology in Africa.”

The impact is seen on Africa’s financial map. Over the last years, digital banking and mobile payments have proven to be a real-life case study for millions of users, making people’s financial lives better, ensuring inclusion, and changing the game for the unbanked. Banks, enterprises, and entrepreneurs are changing the continent’s destiny, shaping the investment landscape.

This event backs the efforts of the African regulators to adopt the required regulations to embrace blockchain and become a main global player in the technologies shaping the future. The ambition of the Co-hosts is to make Africa Blockchain Week the key platform for dialogue and networking between all stakeholders in blockchain to transform it into a reality in Africa.

NexChange Group is a venture builder and media platform specializing in Blockchain, FinTech, HealthTech, AI, and Smart Cities.

Marita Group Holding is a global company focused on:

  • turnkey solutions in real estate development, theme parks, smart cities
  • Renewable energy and waste recovery, hydrogen production, electric mobility
  • sustainable agriculture and sustainable development
  • local mining development of natural resources
  • health, medical products, equipment and supplies

ZIM & Marius Nacht complete additional investment in WAVE BL, a leading provider of a paperless Bill of Lading solution 8399

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM) and Marius Nacht, one of Israel’s leading serial entrepreneurs and investors, announced today that they have jointly invested in a Series B Financing round of WAVE BL, a developer of groundbreaking blockchain network supporting paperless trade in the shipping industry. The two investors co-lead a round of approximately $8 million that will accelerate global implementation of WAVE BL’s proven technology.

ZIM pioneered the first paperless electronic bill of lading pilot in the shipping industry in 2017 using WAVE BL’s platform and has since widely expanded its use to become the industry leader. Electronic bill of lading is currently offered to ZIM customers worldwide, requiring only a simple onboarding process which is supported by ZIM.

Digitization of bills of lading is revolutionizing shipping documentation, sharply reducing time, complexity, errors and costs for all parties involved, while maintaining a high level of security and, importantly, being far more sustainable than the traditional paper bill of lading.

Aligning with international rules, standards and insurance coverage such as IG P&I Clubs and eUCP 600, WAVE BL’s one of a kind decentralized, digital documentation solution is changing the shipping industry as it becomes the new industry benchmark enabling secure and efficient remote business continuity.

Proceeds will be used to support development of WAVE BL’s business and further implementation of its pioneering technology supporting paperless trade in the shipping industry, as well as in other sectors.

ZIM President and CEO Eli Glickman: “Our early adoption of WAVE BL’s blockchain based platform to promote paperless trade highlights our leadership in utilizing digital strategies to best serve customers and has proven extremely successful for ZIM and for changing the industry. Today, ZIM is an industry leader in paperless shipping processes, and we are seeing growing interest from others in our sector to adopt the platform reflecting the significant benefits it provides to both customers and carriers. This new investment in WAVE BL is a step forward in the path to a more digitized and sustainable future, in accordance with our vision and values.”

ZIM CIO Eyal Ben-Amram: “Since completing the integration of WAVE BL’s platform with our system, we can offer every customer the ability to enjoy the vast benefits of paperless shipping, which is especially crucial during COVID-19. We are pleased and proud to continue our support of this exciting and leading company.”

WAVE BL CEO Gadi Ruschin“Our partnership with ZIM has enabled us to introduce our pioneering technology to a vast audience as we endeavor to become the shipping industry standard in paperless trade. We are extremely pleased with the continued faith and commitment of ZIM and Marius Nacht in our company and look forward to leading the wave of the future in shipping.”

Ophir Shoham, who leads Marius Nacht’s investments in high-tech: “We are proud to continue supporting WAVE BL’s remarkable technology and believe in its disruptive potential, leading to a fundamental change in the way business is conducted across countless sectors and industries. We are very impressed with the great progress the team has made and excited to invest in WAVE BL’s trail-blazing platform.”

River Financial raises $12M Series A to continue explosive growth of its Bitcoin financial services for traditional investors 8813

San Francisco-based Bitcoin financial services provider River Financial closed a $12 million Series A equity financing round to continue growing its financial service offerings for traditional investors. The investment round was led by Goldcrest Capital with participation from Craft Ventures, Polychain Capital, M13, Castle Island, Slow Ventures, and The Kraft Group.

River Financial previously announced a $5.7 million seed round in June 2020. In the nine months since the company’s seed round announcement, River’s client base has grown by almost 600%, and order volumes have increased by 3,500%. River’s recent iOS app has accelerated the company’s growth, already accounting for over 30% of all River’s order volume within five weeks of launch. River Financial continues to experience exponential growth in new customers and order volume month-over-month as global interest in Bitcoin continues to grow rapidly. Social unrest, inflation fears, and recent elections are driving droves of traditional investors to Bitcoin and River.

River is investing heavily in team growth and product development. According to Co-Founder and CEO Alex Leishman, “Bitcoin is on a trajectory to becoming a global reserve asset, and we are building the financial services that our clients will need for that future.” River’s focus on premium client services and traditional financial tooling, including tax lot tracking and account statements, is attracting increasing numbers of high-end clients who find incumbent solutions intimidating and confusing.

The majority of volume on River is driven by clients over the age of 50, but Co-Founder and COO Andrew Benson believes there is still a large underserved segment of the population, “River’s mission is to bring Bitcoin to investors around the world. Even as global interest in Bitcoin grows rapidly, most Americans over the age of 45 who want Bitcoin still don’t own any. River is helping to fix that by creating familiar, high-end financial solutions for investors who are new to Bitcoin.”