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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Claims Bitcoin Is Unsuitable for Micropayments to Make a Case for XRP

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    Brad Garlinghouse is certain that Bitcoin is not scalable enough to use it for micropayments

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According to Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse, Bitcoin, the top crypto by market capitalization, cannot be used for making micropayments. That's where XRP, the native token of the cross-border payment juggernaut, comes to the rescue.     

"You really can't use something like Bitcoin for the purpose of micropayments in terms of the cost per transaction or speed of the transaction. It's much more appropriate for XRP."

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Reducing volatility 

Garlinghouse says that the volatility concerns are not justified with XRP given that only takes three or four seconds to execute a transaction. This is where the native token of Ripple has a significant edge over Bitcoin and money transfer giant SWIFT.     

The Ripple boss also calls stablecoins "interesting," but he insists that there is a need for a bridge between different fiat currencies, and XRP helps to fill this gap.  

No price predictions

When asked to weigh in on XRP's price woes, Garlinghouse reiterates his point that he cannot predict the token's price.   

"I think if I could predict the price of crypto I would not be here."              

As of now, a lot of altcoins are correlated to Bitcoin, but he predicts that this correlation will start reflecting a real use case, adding that he's excited about the current development of the XRP ecosystem.

He also explained the XRP ledger existed prior to Ripple to draw a line between XRP and Block.One's EOS, which recently had a $24 mln settlement with the SEC.     

"Certainly, we are an interested party in the success of XRP (we own a lot of XRP)."                         

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Throwing cold water on Libra 

Garlinghouse says that Libra could have received a warmer welcome from regulators if Facebook wasn't at the center of the conversation. He predicts that LIbra will not be launched by 2022.   

"Facebook has been in the crosshairs of a bunch of governments around the world."

As reported by U.Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized cryptocurrencies issued by private companies, also saying that they didn't have any plans to issue their own one.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Bitcoin in Danger as New Research Shows Google Has Achieved Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

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    Google's quantum computer is still too primitive to pose a threat for Bitcoin's cryptography, but things could escalate quickly

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According to a new research paper published in science journal Nature, Google's quantum computer is able to perform calculations in just three minutes. To put this into perspective, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 10,000 years to perform the same operation, which signifies a major tech milestone for the search behemoth. 

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Google achieves "quantum supremacy"

Back in September, the Financial Times reported that Google has managed to achieve "quantum supremacy," which means that its beast is able to perform calculations that would be impossible to pull off with any other computer. 

However, technology is still way too fragile for commercialization, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon. There is hardly any practical application for quantum computers, but they do have great potential for disrupting a lot of industries, such as finance and transportation.   

Considering that the Trump administration has funneled a whopping $1.2 bln into the development of quantum computing, it might stop being just a buzz word. 

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Will Google's quantum success affect Bitcoin

There is also one notable application for quantum computing -- hacking Bitcoin. The headlines about Google's super-powerful juggernaut has made many wonder whether Bitcoin, whose value derives from the immutability of its Blockchain, is in danger. 

However, ex-Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd reassured the confused crypto crowd that Google was nowhere near breaking the top coin's cryptography. On top of that, it's not even clear whether quantum computers could potentially be scalable enough for commercial use. 

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos also opined that Google's quantum breakthrough would have no impact on the orange coin. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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