The XRP Ledger can be utilized to send and receive other crypto-assets with the same speed, and recently $35 million of Ethereum was sent on the XRP ledger.
CFTC granted TD Ameritrade-backed ErisX a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) license, under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). This approval allows the Eris Exchange to offer physically settled digital asset futures contracts. What exactly is so special about physically settling Bitcoin? They require the actual/physical use of Bitcoin, thus increasing its usage, and theoretically its price and scarcity.