Ripple experienced a sharp decline over the past week, decreasing from around $17 bln to $8 bln. At one point, Ripple’s market cap accounted for nearly 30% of Alipay’s market cap. For two days, the size of the Bitcoin mempool remained at the 100 MBs region, which meant that many transactions were left unconfirmed and weren’t broadcasted to the Bitcoin blockchain. New Application for Blockchain technology as a replacement for SQL? Coins.ph, a Philippine bitcoin remittance application and brokerage, has secured an additional $5 million in its Series A funding round led by South African internet conglomerate Naspers’ venture capital firm Naspers Venture. Bitmain.com offers guidance in case of UAHF (BIP148) support In efforts to facilitate Bitcoin scaling, Blockchain Association Canada has launched the Liquid Networks project in Ottawa.