Bitcoin declines with US stocks as nuclear threat ripples through markets

Bitcoin (BTC) bulls saw no relief at the Wall Street open on March 4 as $40,000 support appeared on the horizon. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Trader: Markets “shaky” but BTC could bounce Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView revealed new March lows of $40,551 for BTC/USD on Bitstamp, taking two-day losses to 10.2%. Fears over the security of Ukraine’s nuclear infrastructure drove not just crypto but traditional markets lower on the day, with the S&P 500 following European indices to decline by 1.4%. “Bitcoin correcting as tensions around…

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Japan to test Ripple’s ODL service for money transfers to Philippines

Showcasing the use of cryptocurrency in monetary transfers, Ripple has become a known partner for traditional institutions that wish to revamp their cross-border remittance services. Taking this vision further ahead, Ripple announced a new partnership with Japan’s SBI Remit Co., Ltd to transform remittance payments from Japan to the Philippines. Ripple’s latest partnership will see the involvement of mobile payments service Coins.ph and digital asset exchange platform SBI VC Trade to provide a cheaper remittance option to its customers. This will be made possible by using XRP to eliminate the…

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Former Mastercard exec to lead Ripple’s European Expansion

The Ripple and XRP community has been long-betting on mainstream adoption growth rather than its market price. In this continued effort, Ripple has announced the appointment of Sendi Young as managing director of its European operations.  Strengthening Ripple’s vision to rule the cross-border payments landscape, Sendi brings over 15 years of fintech experience to “oversee strategy and champion the expansion of Ripple’s global financial network technology, RippleNet.”  Most recently Young worked at Mastercard where she spent five years in “strategy, commercialization, bank-fintech partnerships and business development.” RippleNet general manager Asheesh…

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Court denies SEC access to Ripple’s legal advice

Ripple has scored another win in its ongoing legal battle against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission as the court has denied the SEC access to Ripple’s legal advice. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn of the District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Sunday to deny the SEC’s motion to compel Ripple to produce memos discussing XRP sales with the firm’s lawyers. According to the SEC, Ripple could have been aware that XRP could be a security from its legal advisors before moving forward with its token sale back…

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Ripple’s Asia expansion unaffected by SEC lawsuit, says CEO

Despite being in the middle of a $1.3 billion lawsuit with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, it appears that it is still business as usual for Ripple. Speaking to Reuters on Friday, Garlinghouse revealed that the company has not suffered any negative blowback in the APAC business theatre amid the current SEC lawsuit: “It (the lawsuit) has hindered activity in the United States, but it has not really impacted what’s going on for us in Asia Pacific.” In December 2020, the SEC charged Ripple and its principal executives…

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Ripple’s executive chairman moves to dismiss SEC lawsuit

Chris Larsen — Ripple’s executive chairman — has joined company CEO Brad Garlinghouse in moving to dismiss the securities violation case filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In a court letter filed on Wednesday, Larsen’s attorneys provided four arguments detailing the reasons why the case against the Ripple executive should be struck. According to the letter, the SEC cannot substantiate its claims that Larsen “knowingly or recklessly provided substantial assistance” towards the violation of Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933. Arguing further, the letter stated that…

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Ripple’s XRP sales suppressed coin price, amended court complaint alleges

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has alleged that Ripple Labs executives Bradley Garlinghouse and Christian Larsen manipulated the XRP price by ramping up or slowing down their coin sales depending upon market conditions. In an amended complaint filed Feb. 18, the plaintiff — the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission —reiterated its stance that Ripple Labs, Christian Larsen and Brad Garlinghouse violated securities laws with the sale of XRP coins starting in 2013: “From at least 2013 through the present, Defendants sold over 14.6 billion units of a digital asset…

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GateHub to continue supporting XRP despite Ripple’s legal issues

As Ripple faces serious legal charges over its associated token XRP, many crypto platforms have decided to drop support for the coin until things are settled.   However, GateHub, a United Kingdom-based cryptocurrency gateway service, has decided to continue listing XRP. According to a Jan. 12 announcement, GateHub will not delist XRP unless a decision from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission makes it necessary: “Please be advised that GateHub Ltd. will continue listing XRP until the SEC’s complaint against Ripple is adjudicated and a final decision entered that XRP…

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Bittrex joins Coinbase in delisting Ripple’s XRP following SEC lawsuit

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex announced on Dec. 29 that it will be removing all XRP markets starting from Jan. 15, 2021. Trading pairs affected are BTC/XRP, ETH/XRP, USDT/XRP and USD/XRP. The announcement comes just days after fellow exchange Coinbase said that it would suspend trading in XRP from Jan. 19. XRP’s fortunes have taken a significant downturn since the United States Securities and Exchange Commission unveiled a lawsuit against XRP issuer Ripple last week. The lawsuit alleges that Ripple, along with CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen, have raised more…

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