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Ripple News - Google’s Amir Sarhangi Joins Ripple

  • Alex Morris
    📰 News

    Google’s head of RCS becomes Ripple’s most recent hire

Google’s Amir Sarhangi Joins Ripple
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Ripple Labs, the tech company behind Ripple’s payment protocol, has recently hired Amir Sarhangi as its vice president of products, Reuters reports. Sarhangi rose to prominence at Google where he spearheaded the rollout of an RCS-based messaging app Android Messages.

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Parting ways with Google

According to the report, Ripple feels very enthusiastic about the former head of RCS at Google joining forces with them. The San Francisco-based startup claims that Sarhangi’s experience will come in handy for building RippleNet, a Blockchain-powered global network that is designed to unite banks and payment providers.

As of now, it is yet to be known who will replace Sarhangi at Google since the tech giant didn’t provide any comments to Reuters. He joined the tech behemoth in 2015 to work on the new RCS standard that is poised to replace SMS. Earlier, he revealed his hopes that Google’s new app would trigger a so-called “snowball effect” when more companies get on board with the new technology (Apple’s smartphones do not support RCS, hindering its adoption).

Are giant tech companies losing their appeal?  

Meanwhile, Google is gradually warming up to crypto. As U.Today reported back in September, Google decided to reverse the infamous ban on cryptocurrency ads that was fiercely criticized by the community. However, Google took a jab at cryptocurrency miners for excessive energy consumption in their latest commercial, also claiming that crypto is not “real money.”

While Google’s stance on crypto remains rather ambiguous, talented developers are leaving their high-dollar jobs in order to become part of the cryptocurrency industry. Ripple’s recent hire proves that the old-line tech companies are gradually losing their mojo, and billion-dollar crypto startups in the likes of Ripple become more appealing to tech vets. In March, Bloomberg reported that Google was already working on a new Blockchain-based technology to catch up with its competitors.   

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Ripple News - Bitcoin Google Searches on the Rise — What Does it Mean for Cryptocurrency Market?

  • Darryn Pollock
    ⭐ Features

    Google searches have always been key to Bitcoin’s price gains, and amid the bloodbath, there is actually an uptick in interest

Bitcoin Google Searches on the Rise — What Does it Mean for Cryptocurrency Market?
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There is a very strong correlation between the price of Bitcoin and how often it is being searched. The graph of its change in price from about June to December of 2017 almost mirrors that of its Google search.

This makes a lot of sense as the cryptocurrency market is still very new and mostly unknown, but more than that, it is a speculator’s market. People often hear about Bitcoin and its price gains, research more, buy into it, which drives up the price and the interest again — known as a Satoshi cycle.

Now, however, with the price of Bitcoin dropping to lows, and ceasing its volatile nature — up until very recently, that is — there has been less interest and thus less google searches, which again correlates with the price of the cryptocurrency.

However, looking at the Google trends of certain Bitcoin related search phrases, there seems to be an uptick in interest again, but what can be read into this is very much up for debate.

“Bitcoin”

eToro Senior market analyst, Mati Greenspan, tweeted about the uptick in interest for the term Bitcoin.

He is highly optimistic in the tweet that this is positive news, but his range of search is from March to present — which is a key factor. Looking at a graph for the same phrase over the past 12 months, it shows barely any change in interest.

 change in interest

This is because the uptick in interest which is being viewed from March is devoid of the peak interest which was seen over December.

More so, the term ‘Bitcoin’ is a bit ambiguous in simply determining what the searches are about. Like any good mainstream media source, there is huge reporting on the recent downfall of cryptocurrencies, and this could be fueling the Google searches.

“Buy Bitcoin”

Alistair Milne, CIO of the Digital Currency Fund, tries to decipher this trend a little more by looking at the phrase ‘buy bitcoin’, and he notes that there is no noticeable uptick on this phrase. But again, he has opted for a graph that looks at the last 12 months.

When one takes the same range as Greenspan and his ‘Bitcoin’ search, and applies it to ‘buy Bitcoin’ there is a small, but noticeable, uptick, in the search results.

True to form

Currently, Bitcoin has managed to bounce back up from a floor in the mid $3,500 mark, and as such, the Google results are showing this increase in price which — considering how nonvolatile BTC has been these past few months — is a big jump.

It is hard to say that Bitcoin is now back on track and hauling in millions of potential investors who are starting to search for it again, but there is indeed a uptick in search for the popular cryptocurrency again.

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