Imagine: Is bitcoin's promise of a universal currency ready for prime time?

Janne Lindqvist, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University and a member of WINLAB, said it's not surprising that many people are still perplexed it. “Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general are not trivial or easy to understand. But at the same time, it's not like many …
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Global P2P Crypto Markets Experience Record Volume Throughout December (news.bitcoin.com)

The global peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin markets have seen record trading volume as a consequence of last week’s major price retracement. According to data provided by Coindance, numerous national markets saw historically unprecedented trade volume throughout December – suggesting that many investors may have been taking profits following bitcoin’s dramatic bull run up to the $ 20,000 USD area.

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Is the Centralized Ripple Database With the Biggest Pre-Mine Really a Bitcoin Competitor?

The rise of ripple (XRP) over the past eight months has been interesting to many digital asset spectators and the network also has its fair share of controversy. At the moment XRPs are trading at an average of $ 2.20-2.40 per token and ripple's total market valuation has captured $ 91Bn this week.
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