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Ripple’s ‘Godfather’ makes an offer to Vitalik that he can’t refuse

Namrata Shukla



Ripple's 'Godfather' makes an offer to Vitalik that he can't refuse
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The cryptocurrency market saw a huge slump in the prices of most cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin [BTC] fell considerably on April 21. Ethereum [ETH] and XRP, which are constantly head-to-head in the market, saw its biggest proponents come together in a single Twitter post.

David Schwartz, the Chief Technology Officer [CTO] of Ripple, chimed in on a thread on Twitter posted by Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase. Armstrong had posted a tweet about Zoom CEO being denied US Visa eight times. David’s reply came in response to Buterin recalling his Visa being denied. Buterin said:

“Fun fact: I tried to be an intern at Ripple back in the day (mid 2013), but US visa complications having to do with the fact that the company had only existed for 9 months and the minimum was 1 year stopped me.”

One of the XRP enthusiasts asked the ‘Non-giver of Ether’ to join Ripple as an intern now and tagged Schwartz in the tweet. Schwartz responded to Buterin’s Tweet offering him to join Ripple.

Schwartz said:

“That still saddens me. Think of the great things you might have accomplished! Maybe apply again? We’re always looking for good interns.”

The Ethereum and XRP community relished in this little dialogue between the two market leaders, however, some enthusiasts took offense to Schwartz’s reply. Twitter user @zarnamezorname told the CTO:

“This’s so arrogant reply David.I think he deserves a lot of respect what he achieved at such a young age.”

Schwartz clarified to the user that it was a joke and “Vitalik knows I have nothing but respect for him and his work”. Looks like the offer stands just for Buterin and not his long-lost friend Justin Sun, Tron’s CEO and founder, who had also replied to Vitalik’s tweet:

“When I found out these facts from @justmoon in late 2013/early 2014, had we both been at Ripple, I am certain we would have been buddies👬since we would have been the only 2 millennials there! ❤@VitalikButerin”

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XRP TipBot comes back online after a tiny downtime; Nothing to be worried about, says Wietse Wind




XRP TipBot goes online after a tiny downtime
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XRP TipBot’s website and the corresponding application suffered a downtime on June 23, 2019 for a few hours, during which the application wasn’t showing the balance of users. The website and the API for TipBot instead, displayed a “500 Internal Error.”

A Twitter user, @BlueNETGaming, tweeted Wietse Wind, inquiring the same. Wind confirmed that it was just an “infrastructure blip,” and that there was nothing to be worried about.

Wind tweeted,

XRP TipBot is probably the first and most widely accepted use-case of XRP. It leverages the transaction settling time of XRP Ledger to make tipping easy among peers on Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms, and this was the brainchild of developer Wietse Wind.

After TipBot, a lot of other cryptocurrencies have tried to mimic this idea of facilitating tipping; an example being Bitcoin’s, Tippin.Me which leveraged Lightning Network for tipping users. Although successful, it isn’t as popular as Wind’s TipBot.

The reason behind the same is that XRP Ledger allows transaction settlement in under 5 seconds, which makes tipping fast and efficient, unlike Bitcoin’s transactions which take a few minutes for transactions to be confirmed.

This is same reason why XRP is being used as a liquidity provider for cross-border payments in Ripple’s proprietary product, xRapid.

XRP community is a tightly-knit community with people who are very bullish about XRP’s success. There are equally talented developers in the community who are developing apps that help create more use-cases for XRP.

SchlaubiDev is one such developer known for developing plugins for Gmail and Microsoft Office, plugins that allow a user to send XRP over e-mails.

Ripple has identified Wind and his team’s talent and inducted them into Xpring, which finances them to help develop more community-based apps for increasing XRP use-cases.

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