EOS Ranked 1st, Bitcoin 17th in China’s Updated Crypto Ratings

China has released the second edition of its state-endorsed cryptocurrency and Blockchain ratings, placing Chinese altcoin EOS top of the list and Bitcoin 17th.

EOS, Ethereum And NEO Win Official Favor

Round two of the Global Public Chain Technology Evaluation Index, published by the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID) under China’s culture ministry June 20, follows the initial launch of the ratings series in May.

At the time, officials added they would add to the twenty-six cryptocurrencies that were first to receive ratings, as well as include various international blockchain projects.

Both receive scores based on three broad categories: ‘basic technology,’ ‘application’ and ‘creativity.’

China caused a stir within the cryptocurrency industry with its scoring last month, officials claiming they wished to address a “lack of independent ratings” available but placing Bitcoin in thirteenth place while championing Ethereum.

The CCID research team in charge of calculating scores allegedly consists of “first-rate domestic experts and scholars,” while the aim of the concept is to “evaluate the technological capability, usefulness of application and innovation [and] development level of the projects to profoundly understand the trend of Blockchain technology innovation,” a press release claimed.

Bitcoin Languishes Outside Top Ten

With June’s reshaping, however, the experts and scholars appear to have already changed their minds.

Ethereum is now in second place behind EOS, the latter in the interim period seeing its beta launch and ongoing criticism over its technological stability and freezing of users’ funds.

Last week, EOS’ entire platform ground to a halt due to a technical impasse over consensus.

Making up the rest of the top five assets meanwhile are another Chinese project, NEO, in third place, while fourth and fifth places go to Steller and Lisk respectively.

Steem, the token used by the Steemit social network platform, managed seventh place, having held the second spot in May.

Bitcoin, down four places to 17th, fares hardly better than NEO, according to China, the latter sounding the alarm this week after uncovering a wallet vulnerability affecting all Android users of its day-old app.

How the exact scores are calculated remains a mystery.

What do you think about China’s new cryptocurrency ratings? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Ripple CEO Urges Coinbase to List XRP

Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple, believes that Coinbase should list XRP along with its other supported cryptocurrencies. The Ripple chief also adamantly claims that XRP is not a security. 

‘It’s in Coinbase’s Interest to Participate’

Garlinghouse has lent his voice to the Coinbase/XRP saga. The Ripple CEO told Fortune that Coinbase stands to gain by listing XRP, stating:

As we solve problems at scale for institutions, I think it’s in Coinbase’s interest to participate in that. [However], I can’t speak for what Coinbase decides to—or decides not to—do.

Ripple has developed valuable partnerships with banks across the globe. Many of these financial institutions make use of the Ripple ledger to facilitate cross-border money transfer operations. As such, Garlinghouse believes it would be in the exchange’s best interest to enable XRP trading on the platform.

Recently, Coinbase announced that it would be opening a new office in Japan — where XRP is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies. Most of the prominent virtual currency exchange platforms list Ripple as part of their supported trading options.

Recently, SBI launched Japan’s first ever bank-owned digital currency exchange platform with an initial focus solely on XRP trading. Offering support for Ripple could conceivably be a viable way for Coinbase to gain a foothold in the Japanese cryptocurrency market.

Why Coinbase is Yet to List XRP

Part of the reason for Coinbase’s reticence is based on the lack of regulatory clarity surrounding Ripple.

In March 2018, the platform dismissed speculation that it was set to list XRP tokens. Instead, Coinbase said that it would only deal in cryptocurrencies that have been declared not securities.

The debate on whether XRP is a security or not has raged on for most of 2018. Recently, William Hinman, a top official of the SEC said:

Systems that rely on central actors whose efforts are a key to the success of the enterprise would be subject to [the] application of the securities laws.

Ripple owns the majority of XRP tokens, and the company maintains considerable control over the cryptocurrency, leading many to conclude that it isn’t decentralized. Thus, there are concerns that the SEC might classify XRP as a security.

It's the SEC Stupid…

XRP is Not a Security

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse disagrees with those who believe that XRP is a security, saying:

I think it’s really clear that XRP is not a security. I don’t think that our ownership of XRP gives us control. Saudi Arabia owns a lot of oil—that doesn’t give them control of oil.

According to Garlinghouse, the Ripple ledger is entirely independent of the company. Thus, the blockchain would continue to function even if the company failed. Furthermore, unlike stocks, XRP tokens serve a technological purpose — but do not provide the holder with a stake in Ripple, as a company.

Recently, Ripple enthusiasts brought up a 2015 FinCEN ruling appears to classify XRP as not being a security. The SEC has yet to provide any official statement on the matter.

Ripple has declined steadily in 2018, dropping by more than 86 percent since the start of the year. XRP hasn’t broken through the $1 mark since the beginning of March, and is currently trading at 50 cents.

What is your opinion on the XRP currency/security debate? Should Coinbase add XRP to its list of supported cryptocurrencies? Keep the conversation going in the comments below. 

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