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Banks have been fans of XRP for a while now, Ripple Regulatory Officer

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In a tweet that has now gone viral, Sagar Sarbhai, who is responsible for government and regulatory relations for Ripple in the APAC and the Middle East, explains that banks have actually been fans of Ripple for a while now.

Often, many investors and traders worry about certain aspects of a project, such as whether the demographic is large enough, or whether mass adoption is likely. Mr. Sarbhai instead reveals that in 2016, Ripple had the foresight actually to give twelve separate banks some XRPs.

They also made sure that the banks were in all different parts of the world, and that there was no pre-existing relationship between any of them, in an effort to make sure that this experiment was as unbiased as possible.

Ripple found out that since there were so many regulations regarding the fact that they have to record assets meticulously, and there was no way they could actually account for these new digital assets – that banks, although they loved how efficient and convenient the technology was, recognized that the regulation wouldn’t allow for them to legally use Ripple.

Ripple had to go back to the drawing board and figure out how exactly to combat this problem. They came up with XRapid as a way to deal with regulation and instead ended up partnering with payment providers. The entire point of XRapid is to have the Ripple project finally come to fruition in the form of real crypto utility, and also provide liquidity to the markets.

XRapid is already working with all sorts of money transfer companies, such as MoneyGram, Western Union, and others. Given the fact that the remittance industry, where foreign workers send money back to their families, is ITSELF a sector that is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, and is an integral part of multiple countries – this could be massive for Ripple, which has previously ran to over $3 off of speculation, and without actual utility.

The momentum is strong with Ripple, which is probably why Sagar Sarbhai tweeted out his 2016 conversation to provide context to the positive way that the market is responding to Xrapid, probably as a way to show investors and traders that this has not been overnight and that the team has been focused on a relationship with since the inception of the project.

Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO of Ripple, has also said in June that major banks would be using XRapid as 2018 ends and also believes strongly that dozens of banks would be adopting XRapid in 2019.

He also stressed that he believes that this would indeed happen as long as Ripple remains a real solution to real problems. Given the fact that it transfers money more efficiently than traditional banks, and that it could save banks massive amounts of money by serving as a “bridge” between currencies – that certainly seems to be the case.

Ultimately, this is all fantastic news for those who are holding Ripple long-term, and time will tell whether “dozens” of banks do end up using and adopting XRapid . Sarbhai stated in his most recent interview with CNBC that the official XRapid commercial launch could happen “in the next month or so”.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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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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