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Another Bank Joins Ripple! The first ever bank in Oman to be a part of RippleNet

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Of all the Blockchain companies, Ripple boasts of the most partnerships with traditional financial institutions. Its RippleNet Blockchain network is one of the most revolutionary Blockchains with solutions that include cross-border payments, instant transaction settlement and bi-directional messaging.

BankDhofar is the New member of the RippleNet

Ripple’s most recent addition is BankDhofar. With this move as it’s first-ever partnership with an Oman based bank was first announced on Tuesday. The partnership will add BankDhofar to Ripple’s portfolio of over 100 banks and financial institutions that are already on the RippleNet.

While announcing the new development, BankDhofar’s Chief Information Officer Dr. Tariq Taha said that the bank is pleased to be “the first bank in Oman to join and access more than 100 of its member banks and other financial institutions utilizing Blockchain for instant payments”.

This comes just a year after BankDhofar’s move to join ‘the leading Blockchain consortium BankChain’ in respect with the bank’s objectives towards enabling customer satisfaction and improving overall efficiency especially for customers that regularly send remittances overseas.

BankDhofar Providing More Transparency

Taha further mentioned in the announcement that BankDhofar is also looking to provide a more transparent and friction-less cross-border money transfer using Ripple’s Blockchain. In addition, Taha said that the bank will also enable ‘end to end visibility over the journey of the payment’ as one of its initiatives of improving customer experience.

With this new partnership, BankDhofar is looking to become one of the best leading banks in the Gulf area as it strives to innovate creative services and products that are custom made for the customers. Thanks to a variety of products that ripple offers , BankDhofar will have a variety of services to pick from including xCurrent (and end to end payment tracking software) and xRapid (a real-time liquidity provider for international transactions using the XRP token) which is set to be used by the global money transfer platform, Western Union.

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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My Crypto Heroes Announces Issuance of MCH Governance Token

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Tokyo, Japan, 24th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

My Crypto Heroes is happy to announce the issuance of MCH Coin as an incentive to players in the My Crypto Heroes ecosystem, aiming to allow them to craft a “User-oriented world”. The MCH coin is available on Uniswap with a newly created pool with ETH. 

My Crypto Heroes is a blockchain-based game for PC and Mobile. It allows users to collect historic heroes and raise them for battle in a Crypto World. Officially released on November 30th, 2018, MCH has recorded the most transactions and daily active users than any other blockchain game in the world.

What is MCH Coin?

MCH Coin is being issued as an ERC-20 Standard Governance Token. The issuance began on November 9th, 2020, with 50 million tokens issued.

Of the funds issued, 40% are allocated to a pay for on-going development and as rewards for advisors and early investors. 10% are allocated to marketing and the growth of the ecosystem, and 50% are allocated to the community. The Distribution Ratio of the MCH Coin is subject to change via a governance decision.

The MCH coin will be used as a voting right as part of the ecosystem’s governance, with 1 coin being 1 vote. It will also be used for in-game utilities and payments. Additional information can be found here:

https://medium.com/mycryptoheroes/new-ecosystem-with-mchcoin-en-a6a82494894f

During December 2020 the first governance…

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