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Santander Uses Ripple To Launch First Blockchain Payments App



Banco Santander, or The Bank of Santander (as most know it) is the first Spanish bank that announced the launch of its blockchain payments app for retail customers in even four countries: Spain, UK, Brazil and Poland. The app uses xCurrent which is Ripple’s blockchain technology – to facilitate payments and help customers make most of their digitally connected devices.

The banking giant has even laid a claim as “the first bank to roll a blockchain-based international payment service of this kind to customers in multiple countries at the same time”. The name of the app is One Pay FX and according to users, it is already big as it is present in even four countries.

Santander Bank also prepares to release One Pay FX in even more countries in the coming months. As the executive chairman Ana Botin said in a statement:

“From today, customers in the UK can use One Pay to transfer money across Europe and to the US. In Spain, customers can transfer to UK and US, while customers in Brazil and Poland can transfer to the UK,”

She also added:

“Notably, customers will be offered different payment options depending on their recipients’ destination. Santander users in Spain will be able to send pounds to the UK whereas customers in Brazil and Poland can send sterling pounds the UK.”

In case you didn’t know, Santander is using Ripple’s xCurrent which is an enterprise blockchain solution developed by the San Francisco-based FinTech giant in order to power end-to-end tracking of payments and instant settlements around the world. The platform, however, doesn’t use Ripple’s native cryptocurrency (XRP) to power the blockchain.

At this time, One Pay FX is popular because of the claims that it enables international payments with “3 clicks and 40 seconds” which is a claim that is yet to be verified with a real-world transfer.

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Chinese Internet Court Decides: Blockchain Will Fight Online Plagiarism

In the Easter Chinese City Hangzhou, a new internet court was launched and according to the latest blockchain news, the court will now start fighting online plagiarism for online writers with the help of blockchain technology. China launched its first internet court so they can solve all of the internet related cases and reduce the costs of getting justice. The court is expected to accept court filings and cases electronically and has to rule online cases via live stream. The plaintiff’s identity will be verified with a government-issued ID or with their Alipay account. The Internet Court will work as an incubator for regulating and protecting the internet space in China but also settle Internet disputes. Hangzhou is a city in China that has a lot of online writers. There’s even a ‘’writers’’ village where hundreds of people are online writers. Online writers have a lot of trouble with privacy and it is extremely difficult for them to prove ownership of a certain article. The writers first used to download and screenshot their articles as proof of ownership but later found out that these proofs are easily forged. Also, the legal services and fees are high and writers can’t pursue justice against forgers and those who steal their work. However, the new internet court will store the data on a distributed ledger and it claims that it will be impossible to tamper the evidence. The blockchain is the option for these online writers because of its tamper-proof nature, the easy ability to track authorship and monitor the time of creation.
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The 5th Satellite Streaming BTC Blockchain Launched In Space

Blockchain company Blockstream is in our blockchain news today for expanding their satellite service and launching their fifth satellite that will broadcast the bitcoin blockchain from space. Adding the fifth satellite increases the coverage area and brings a much bigger potential for internet-free BTC transactions and information sharing mostly to users in the Pacific region. Though the satellite is still in beta testing, it is already available across Europe, Africa, and North America. The company has also launched a new application programming interface that will allow the satellites to be used in order to exchange encrypted messages and users will have to pay for using those using micropayments with the Lightning Network. The Blockstream CSO Samson Mow says that ‘’Bitcoin has always been about uncensorable money and now we have uncensorable communications as well.’’ Blockstram CEO Adam Back told Forbes magazine:
 “We see the increased robustness of the bitcoin network and the lower cost of participation contributing to helping businesses rely on the service for backup, and for emerging markets to use as their primary access to the bitcoin network at a lower cost.”
With the latest launching of the fifth satellite, Blockstream managed to cover the entire globe except for parts of Greenland and Antarctica. The data that is streamed via the satellites covers all historical Bitcoin transaction data. Blockstream announced their first satellite project last year in August and their goal was to connect ‘’everyone on the planet’’ since there is still limited global internet access in the world. The idea for launching a Bitcoin satellite, however, is not new. Bitcoin pioneer Jeff Garzik had a BitSat scheme wanting to launch a satellite back in 2014 but the initiative has stopped since.
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24/7 Trading Of Different Types Of Assets Is the Future: BitMEX CEO

The co-founder and CEO of BitMEX is in our latest digital currency news today after speaking on the Laura Shin’s Unchained podcast about the future of blockchain technology. Arthur Hayes started explaining how he had first gotten into crypto trading. He was employed at Citi Bank until 2013 and lost his job which eventually led him to trading Bitcoin for a living. He got interested in derivatives trading and about 8 months after he lost his job, he co-founded BitMex in January 2014. He pointed out:
‘’What really struck me about Bitcoin and the world of crypto assets was that for the first time, you basically have access for people who otherwise wouldn’t interact with financial markets. […] I think 24/7 trading of all different types of assets is something that’s going to be the future, and that will bleed into other markets we’re all familiar with, you know, FX, fixed income, and equities.’’
When Shin asked whether crypto assets are a new asset class, Hayes explained that he believes that it is a ‘’blend’’. For example, Apple’s cash reserves are much larger than the whole market cap of cryptocurrency. He noted that cryptocurrency is not big enough to be considered a ‘’bonafied asset class.’’ Hayes thinks that it is still unknown whether Bitcoin will be secure over the long run and that it is still experimenting. Many believe that his stance is interesting especially since he is the co-founder of a well-known Bitcoin exchange. He concluded:
‘’The jury is out on whether Bitcoin is actually secure over the long run. It’s had a decade, which is pretty good, but it’s still an experiment. So I say the jury is out, but it could be a new way of raising capital and sending value around the world.’’
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It’s Official: Blockchain Bank To Open In Malta In 2019

The Blockchain Island is in our crypto news today and it’s bringing some great news. Malta is about to start its first blockchain bank that will service crypto. All of the blockchain companies and individuals were surprised when the OK Group’s Blockchain Capital Limited announced that will be the main investor in RnF Finance Limited to act as a credit institution. The CEO of RnF Roderick Psaila has been working in the banking sector for almost 30 years and has started multiple banks in Malta over the past 10 years. He was also the CEO of AgriBank- a bank in Malta that is licensed credit institution. Psaila said that the Bank is planning to bring back ‘’proper banking services to clients’’. The blockchain bank will offer banking services to corporate, private banking, wealth management, and lending. The main target of the bank will be big corporate companies and private clients. This is great news for all the crypto exchanges and companies that are issuing security tokens because the bank will service them like any other company. Also, the bank intends to invest in blockchain and AI intelligence because this will help the bank to attract clients efficiently. The founding partner of the OK blockchain Capital Limited M. Tian Ying said:
“We are delighted to partner with Roderick and his team of bankers in this exciting project in Malta, and are excited to be involved in this new banking venture on Blockchain Island.”
Malta is the first country to move towards a regulated blockchain industry and it is expected to cultivate more opportunities on the Blockchain Island.
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