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Whale Transfers 31.30 Million Ripple (XRP) to Bitstamp

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Over the past year or so, the fintech firm Ripple has come under fire from the XRP community for selling large amounts of the cryptocurrency token. The company holds the highest number of XRP tokens, meaning significant sales at regular intervals have affected the price of the cryptocurrency considerably.

In a new development, it has emerged that more than 31 million XRP tokens were sent from an unknown wallet to the Bitsamp exchange. The transaction was announced by a reliable Twitter account named Whale Alert, which tracks big transactions in the crypto space.

Key Impact

Now, it is being speculated that the latest movement of XRP tokens could also be a case of Ripple selling more of its holding to exchanges. Last year, there had been widespread dissent against the company for the heavy selling of the XRP token. Eventually, CEO Brad Garlinghouse had to state that the sales were aimed at expanding the use of the token.

The behavior from the company eventually saw some prominent members of the XRP community threatening that they would go for a fork if it continued. Reports suggest that the unknown wallet had received as many as 463,420,929.99 XRP tokens from Ripple last month.

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It’s not a surprise that there is speculation that Ripple has possibly started selling XRP in bulk yet again. Additionally, there has also been talk about a possible initial public offering from the company, and according to Allen Scott of Cointelegraph, such a move could prove to be a problem for XRP. He stated that an IPO could actually make it difficult for XRP to exist as a cryptocurrency altogether.

However, it should be noted that Brad Garlinghouse clarified later that his comment about more blockchain companies having IPOs was a bit of theorizing and has nothing to do with a possible IPO from Ripple.

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3 Stablecoins Everyone Should Know

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You may be familiar with the term stablecoin. But because it is a relatively new type of cryptocurrency, you may not be familiar with what it is.

So what is it? Why is there so much fuss surrounding these coins and what are the stablecoins you should know about?

Let’s dig in!

Stablecoins: What On Earth are They?

In its most simple terms, a stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that is pegged to a tangible, or stable, asset. Examples of a stable asset include gold or the US dollar. The idea of backing a cryptocurrency with a tangible asset is to reduce the price volatility associated with standard cryptocurrency. In doing so, digital coins become far more practical for everyday use, and it may encourage global adoption.

Cryptocurrency Volatility

Standard cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have high volatility. On any given day, the value can suddenly increase or decrease (often by significant percentages) for no apparent reason other than market hearsay or fear mongering. This is because the value of Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, depends on what value is given to it by investors. It does not depend on a physical asset to determine its worth. Because of this, Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies are inconvenient for daily transactions.

Imagine this: You are a vendor, and you sell a dress in exchange for 300 RPX. At the time of the transaction, 300 RPX could be worth $35 USD. However, the next day that same amount of RPX could now equal $23 USD. You wouldn’t be a very happy vendor. Further, you would be consistently aware of the ever-changing value to which your wares are a victim too.

Price changes like this are shocking for merchants and consumers alike. But the adoption of stablecoins may be a catalyst to the decentralized cryptocurrency system working mainstream.

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Stablecoins Offer an Optimal Currency

The goal is to create an optimal currency.

According to Forbes“an optimal cryptocurrency should have the following four traits: price stability, scalability, privacy, and decentralization.”

Price stability is the key trait, and this is what a stablecoin aims to achieve. As Forbes explains further, “Short-term stability is important for transactions and long-term stability is important for holding.”

So let’s look at some examples of stablecoin projects aiming to create the optimal cryptocurrency.

Tether: The Pioneer

You can’t talk about stablecoins without giving a nod to the pioneer. Tether is notable because it’s widely considered the first stablecoin.

1-to-1 USD

Tether claims it is 100% backed by fiat currency held in a reserve bank account. It is said to be backed 1-for-1 to the US dollar, with 1 Tether being equal to $1 USD. It will remain fully backed once all Tethers in circulation are less than or equal to all the fiat held in the reserve.

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Most Established but Controversial

As it is the pioneering stablecoin, Tether is the most established and is well-integrated. However, Tether has faced controversy in the past, as its claims have not been legitimately proven. The company’s terms and conditions state that “Tether reserves the right to refuse to issue or redeem Tether Tokens.”

Some fear this statement gives the company credence to not redeem the currency at the 1-to-1 value it claims.

uBUCK: The All-in-One Convenience

uBUCK is a digital currency wallet that has fiat capabilities.

According to its website, uBUCK enables you to “pay people with uBUCK cash with lightning speed, make purchases online at approved merchants or withdraw cash at the ATM.”

With the ability to buy uBUCK Cash using either Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrencies, a user is effectively “storing” their cryptocurrency in a stablecoin that is tied to the US dollar.

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How Does It Work?

It works like this: A user buys a prepaid uBUCK voucher from the uBUCK mobile application. As stated, you can use BTC or ETH to buy, but regular fiat credit and debit purchases are also accepted.

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Users then load the uBUCK Debit MasterCard (linked to the uBUCK wallet) with their voucher credit, effectively converting the uBUCK Cash into dollars by doing so. This then means ATM withdrawals and regular shopping around the globe is possible with the uBUCK MasterCard.

Wallets

uBUCK comes with four secure wallets. These are the uBUCK Cash Wallet, a Bitcoin wallet, Ethereum wallet, and the USD Debit card. By having a multi-functional wallet, a user can manage their digital and fiat currency in one convenient place. Then, as stated, by using the uBUCK app, the wallet enables users to store, convert, and spend their fiat and cryptocurrencies.

Free Money Transfer

Another interesting feature of this platform is that users can send uBUCK vouchers to other recipients anywhere around the world for free. Essentially, the service allows free money transfers in only a few minutes.

MakerDao: Complex but Transparent

Maker is a decentralized autonomous organization, and its stablecoin is called Dai. Pegged against the US dollar, Dai operates on the Ethereum blockchain and, as such, it is transparent.

Asset Collateral

Each Dai is worth $1 USD, and the website states that “Every Dai is backed in excess by collateral at all times, so you never have to worry about its value moving up or down.

Further:

“Every Dai is backed by another asset of value. Our collateral portfolio is diversified, allowing multiple assets to guarantee the value of each Dai.”

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Ethereum Blockchain

The system is said to be quite complex. To receive Dai, you have to first send your ETH tokens to the Maker platform where they will be “locked up.” Then using the Ethereum blockchain, Maker maintains stability by an autonomous system of smart contracts.

According to its website, Dai offers freedom from volatility:

“Dai stands to transform the financial industry by creating a stable and decentralized currency that will allow businesses to realize the future of money.”

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The Takeaway

Stablecoins can bring stability to the crypto world and offer real potential for global adoption. The key is to create the optimal cryptocurrency inclusive of price stability, decentralization, scalability, and privacy.

The technology is still relatively young and will continually evolve, but it is clear that demand is there. People are looking for the balance between a decentralized payment network and stable value.

Everybody wants to feel secure in their transactions and know that they won’t lose value on their assets for no reason other than market hype.

We’ve mentioned only a few stablecoins here. There are more out there! Do you have any favorites? Do believe the technology will work and bring us towards that optimal currency?

Let us know below!

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Segra International Pilots 1SHIFT Logistics Software for Cannabis Tracking and Sensors

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LiteLink Technologies Inc.  (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT) (OTC:LLNKF) (FRA:C0B), a key player in logistics platforms and payment solutions, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Segra International (“Segra”) to establish a strategic go-to-market alliance to pilot 1SHIFT Logistics software for cannabis tracking. 

Segra, a cannabis agriculture technology company, specializing in plant tissue culture and molecular genomics, and produces disease-free, robust, and true-to-type cannabis plantlets that will be packaged and shipped to licensed producers globally.

LiteLink will use its 1SHIFT Logistics software to provide Segra with the ability to know exactly where the plantlets are and provide real-time and historical temperature readouts, as well as total travel time logs. This will improve Segra’s ability to manage the quality of its products as well as provide real-time updates to awaiting customers, which include some of the top Canadian licensed producers.

“It is clear the cannabis industry will only continue to grow exponentially over the near term,” said LiteLink CEO Ashik Karim. “With growth only comes the demand for real-time product location awareness and logistics coordination. With our deep relationship with Segra, we intend to deliver an automated suite of applications that drive down the dependency on manual follow-ups, reducing the blame game for issues with delivered goods, and arm all parties with information to ensure partner relationships are kept honest and profitable. We could not think of a better time to kick off this initiative.”

The 1SHIFT Platform’s new GPS and sensory capabilities can be applied in the cannabis industry as well as within any industry that requires the shipment of sensitive materials – from live products to plants to perishable food items.

Segra and LiteLink will run a 90-day trial for real-time tracking, tracing and reading key temperature sensors to improve visibility on how critical freight is operating during transport to drive out a better customer experience, potentially lower insurance costs through visibility, and building history trends of data across different geographical locations of client destinations to improve the logistics process.

“As Segra prepares to launch Canada’s first commercial cannabis nursery, real-time tracking and monitoring of our precious plantlet cargo is a critical layer to our quality assurance program,” said Segra Chief Business Development Officer Ian Davidson. “We are optimistic that LiteLinks technology can provide exceptional service and peace of mind for our clients.”

The current 1SHIFT Platform has been designed with digital tracking, automatic shipments, notifications, and exception and problem management all from the tip of a mobile device.

To learn more about 1SHIFT, schedule a demo of the solution, or request to be a trial participant, please visit www.1shiftlogistics.com or email kent.churn@1shiftlogistics.com.

About LiteLink Technologies Inc.

LiteLink Technologies Inc. (CSE:LLT) (OTC:LLNKF) (FRA:C0B) is a major player in developing world-class enterprise platforms that utilize artificial intelligence, blockchain, and predictive analytics to solve fragmented and outdated technology problems in the logistics and digital payment industries. Our flagship 1SHIFT logistics platform offers real-time transparency and tracking which allows brokers, shippers, and carriers to track shipments and settle payments in real-time.

About Segra International

Segra is an agricultural technology company offering innovative services that accelerate the advancement of the cannabis industry to better serve society. The Company’s plant tissue culture and genomics technologies, coupled with an evolved cannabis business ecosystem, empower its clients to drive financial performance and mitigate risk, while exploring the next frontier of optimized cultivation practices for the rapidly evolving cannabis consumer. Segra is developing industrial-scale laboratories to produce disease-free, robust, and DNA-fingerprinted cannabis plantlets for licensed producers globally. To support this vision, Segra has assembled a world-class team of specialists in the fields of agronomy, molecular genetics, plant tissue culture, and regulatory compliance. Segra currently has agreements with many leading global cannabis producers, including the Canadian licensed producers HEXO Corp., Agripharm Corp., and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc.

To learn more about Segra, please visit http://www.segra-intl.com.

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LiteLink Enters Into Strategic Alliance with SPARE to Bring the Virtual ATM Network to uBUCK Customers in the US

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B)(OTC:LLNKF), a key player in logistics platforms and payment solutions, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary uBUCK Technologies SEZC (“uBUCK”) has signed a strategic alliance with Spare CS, Inc. (“SPARE”) to bring virtual ATM capabilities to uBUCK customers.

SPARE is a mobile ATM app that allows users to convert their digital balance into cash at registered merchants without the need for a debit card, credit card, or a brick and mortar bank.

The agreement will see SPARE provide QR code processing technology to uBUCK, giving uBUCK customers the ability to seamlessly convert their uBUCK into cash at 2,500 participating merchants in Los Angeles.

“We are extremely excited to partner with SPARE, a fintech startup that recently received a vote of confidence in the form of a $500,000 investment from Mark Cuban on Shark Tank,” said uBUCK CEO James Youn. “This alliance will not only provide uBUCK customers with more options for converting their funds, but it also aligns with our goal of serving the unbanked and underbanked communities.”

SPARE gives merchants the ability to convert their cash registers into an ATM, increasing revenue and foot traffic. For customers, it offers a more secure, convenient and affordable option for dispensing cash.

“We see a great opportunity in the strategic alliance with uBUCK, and digital wallets alike, that aim to serve the unbanked and underbanked populations of the world,” said SPARE CEO D’ontra Hughes. “We see such strategic alliances as integral to the widening of services for groups of the population that often pay exorbitant fees for some of the most basic financial services. We are honored to extend our service to users of a platform that can greatly benefit from our network and its ever-growing expansion across the United States.”

About LiteLink Technologies Inc.

LiteLink Technologies Inc.(CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B)(OTC:LLNKF) is a major player in developing world-class enterprise platforms that utilize artificial intelligence, blockchain, and predictive analytics to solve fragmented and outdated technology problems in the logistics and digital payment industries. Our flagship 1SHIFT logistics platform offers real-time transparency and tracking which allows brokers, shippers, and carriers to track shipments and settle payments in real-time. For more information about LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B)(OTC:LLNKF), please visit litelinktech.com. If you would like to know more about the 1SHIFT logistics platform, please visit 1shiftlogistics.com.

About uBUCK Technologies SEZC

Based in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, uBUCK Tech is a fintech enterprise that specializes in decentralized digital payments and wallets. uBUCK Pay and Streambucks are P2P payment platforms offering consumers, businesses and merchants a fast, commission-free and highly secure alternative to traditional payment methods. uBUCK and Streambucks are stable utility tokens that are backed by the U.S. dollar via pin voucher purchases within the uBUCK Pay app or at participating resellers. Customers may load a uBUCK debit card and make online and offline purchases and send payments around the world for free.

About Spare CS, Inc.

SPARE is a cardless, “free to withdraw,” virtual ATM network, that effectively turns any business into an ‘STM,’ or ‘SPARE Teller Merchant’ who support the network by dispensing cash from the point-of-sale system to users who request cash outs from SPARE’s mobile application. The network provides users with immediate access to cash while eliminating withdrawal fees and helps to build community by increasing foot traffic to local merchants and creating peer-to-peer exchange rather than person-to-machine exchange.  Using patented mobile technology, SPARE allows users to enter any participating location and withdraw cash in seconds and for free by tapping their mobile device on the countertop chip reader.  No debit or credit card is required, as users may access funds from a growing range of services which today include any debit or credit card as well as Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo Debit, CashApp Debit, and Coinbase wallets.

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This news release may contain certain “Forward-Looking Statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used in this news release, the words “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “target”, “plan”, “forecast”, “may”, “schedule” and other similar words or expressions identify forward-looking statements or information. These forward-looking statements or information may relate to the nature of the business of LiteLink Technologies Inc. (CSE:LLT)(FRA:C0B) (OTC:LLNKF), and other factors or information. Such statements represent LiteLink’s current views with respect to future events and are necessarily based upon a number of assumptions and estimate that, while considered reasonable by LiteLink, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social risks, contingencies and uncertainties. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. LiteLink does not intend and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements or information to reflect changes in assumptions or changes in circumstances or any other events affections such statements and information other than as required by applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Please visit the company’s website at litelinktech.com. For a free report on LiteLink Technologies Inc. (CSE:BAXS) (FRA:C0B) visit cryptocurrencynews.com.

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