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Mighty Hong Kong exchange Bit-Z welcomes Ripple’s XRP paired to USD

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A popular crypto exchange based in Hong Kong, Bit-Z, has listed Ripple’s XRP today. We often report on things that happen with crypto exchanges that don’t keep too big a profile in the cryptosphere. Not today. Today it’s about one of the big boys.

Bit-Z is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong since 2016. It has a physical presence in 10 different countries, mainly in Asia (South Korea, Japan, Singapore). Tokeninsight (a professional assessment agency) considers it to be the world’s fourth most important. The company is a lot more than a simple cryptocurrency exchange. It also works in social networking, games, finance and electronic commerce. Lots of fingers in lots of pies.

Bit-Z, who has listed Ripple’s XRP just today, used to do business in very much the same way as most of the world’s crypto exchanges. By that, we mean that you could get a single trading account which is essentially useful to buy or sell Bitcoin. You have to verify your account through your mobile phone, and they could ask you to send some kind of ID to verify at a higher level.

While several digital assets are available at Bit-Z, before a few weeks ago you couldn’t use it to buy any directly, the way to go was to transfer Bitcoins from your wallet to your account on the website. Then you would trade Bitcoins for any of the other coins available.

If you’ve been involved in crypto as a retail investor, you’ll know that this is the way in which most exchanges work. The number of platforms that will allow you to buy any cryptocurrency using your debit or credit card is somewhat limited and, very frequently, you can only buy Bitcoin at the start.

Even before listing Ripple’s XRP, Bit-Z was already ahead of the curve because it offered something called “OTC Trade” in which you can use USD or Chinese yuan to buy ETH, BTC or LTC.

These purchases are done off the exchange service, but once you have them, you can transfer them to your Bit-Z account. And they take a wide variety of payment methods such as wire, cash deposit, AlyOPay, Moneygram, Neteller, WeChat, PayPal, and Western Union.

The information presented so far should suffice to show that this company has been innovative in opening the crypto horizons to all kinds of users who are not experts in blockchain technology or digital assets. And now, it’s taken another step beyond most competitors.

So, the announcement says that starting today, Bit-Z will be supporting Ripple’s XRP for trade and exchange. Not only that, it won’t be paired with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies only (which is the most common scenario, to the frustration of many) but also paired with a fiat currency, namely, the United States Dollar.

This can be a game changer, at least in the short term for Bit-Z because very few exchanges are offering the opportunity to buy XRP directly (instead of exchanging it for Bitcoin) and XRP is quickly becoming one of the world’s most important currencies.

XRP has been the coin that’s held its own during the last week’s market debacle; it’s dethroned Ethereum for the world’s second spot concerning market capitalization despite the mess we’ve attested over the last few days. And let’s not forget it was last year’s most profitable asset.

This is excellent news for XRP, Bit-Z, and lots of users – so we congratulate both entities on the new stride that will consolidate them both as some of the market’s leading players.

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12 Peers Capital Markets Purchases DigitalBits XDB Token

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12 Peers Capital Markets , a broker-dealer and capital markets firm has announced its support for DigitalBits, a blockchain protocol focused on consumer digital assets such as loyalty points, rewards, and branded stablecoins.  The traditional market brokerage firm has purchased the DigitalBits XDB token, after recently announcing “a new found investment thesis focused on identifying blockchain projects that improve efficiencies across global markets,” it said in today’s announcement.

DigitalBits is an enterprise-grade blockchain protocol for supporting consumer digital assets, specifically branded currencies.  The company believes that branded currencies play an integral role in driving consumer behavior, but many of these programs are dated by today’s technological standards.  “These limitations have stifled value transfer, resulting in the accumulation of large amounts of idle capital – in 2017 US corporations held in excess of $100 billion in unused points liability,” the DigitalBits experts explain.  

The DigitalBits blockchain supports tokenization of existing and new consumer digital assets.  The XDB Foundation, which was formed earlier this year, is a neutral agnostic non-profit organization to enhance the DigitalBits blockchain and ecosystem, engage partnerships and building a robust ecosystem for users. Commenting on the 12 Peers Capital Market announcement, XDB Foundation’s Managing Director Michael Gord said that it is great to see traditional firms show interest in blockchain technology. …

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Manufacturing Blockchain Company Syncfab Featured in NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center’s Event in Times Square

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The NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center hand-picked several advanced projects and companies to provide individualized mentorship and executive coaching in an effort to support tech startups working on various COVID-19 solutions. As part of the program, the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square broadcasted its Milestone Makers COVID-19 Solutions Cohort live last Wednesday.  

Time-tested communications and manufacturing supply chains have been significantly damaged this year due to the pandemic. This is why manufacturing blockchain company SyncFab was one of the headliners at the conference. Supply chains have become all but non-responsive, and innovative solutions are being prioritized.

SyncFab has built and launched an advanced blockchain platform for supporting smart supply chains and allowing users to source, procure, track, secure, and pay for precision spare parts. Led by Forbes Business Council Member Jeremy Goodwin, SyncFab brings real-time capacity savings opportunities alongside addressing the billion-dollar pain points in manufacturing supply chains. It connects automotive, aerospace, and medical manufacturers with more cost-effective suppliers using blockchain-secured transactions.

“In 2020 the time has finally arrived for industry to jettison the limitations of old-fashioned manual procurement processes,” said SyncFab CEO Jeremy Goodwin in his presentation during the conference. He added that “looking forward, we [SyncFab] will expand supplier coverage, add new supplier response incentive and purchase order programs, and continue to innovate post-procurement blockchain traceability features” to meet shifting needs in the industry.

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AllianceBlock & TTC join forces to build a globally compliant digital asset ecosystem in the Philippines

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AllianceBlock will work in tandem with TopJuan Tech Corporation to launch “a globally compliant digital asset  ecosystem in the Philippines,” the two companies announced in a press release. AllianceBlock is planning to launch a decentralized platform to automate the process of turning any digital asset into bankable security via an internationally recognized Individual Securities Identification Number (ISIN).

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TTC stands for TopJuan Tech Corporation, a financial technology company endorsed by the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP) to incorporate as an E-money provider, remittance agent, and a virtual currency platform operator. TTC is an institutional gateway for digital banking and solutions for financial inclusion services. The TTC mobile app, Top Wallet, functions as a payment solution, digital asset wallet, and a partner gateway to the TTC ecosystem.

AllianceBlock and TTC hope to provide fully compliant digital asset access to the 106+ million people who live in the Philippines.  One of the pillars of the  partnership is “the development of a regulated sandbox in the Philippines to facilitate the creation of a range of compliant crypto structured products,” the companies said.

“Our partnership will allow regulated access to the Philippines for AllianceBlock to fulfill the growing demand for access to compliant digital asset investments in the Philippines through the AllianceBlock…

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