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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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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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Bridge Mutual Announces Partnership with Plasma.Finance to Strengthen DeFi Insurance

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Bridge Mutual, a decentralized insurance provider, has announced a collaborative partnership with DeFi aggregator PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance allowing users to directly fund or provide liquidity through the Bridge ecosystem and the Plasma Finance platform.

Bridge Mutual will also use some of its own liquidity to start a PlasmaPay insurance pool, integrating shield mining in order to give users the chance to earn PPAY tokens as a reward for providing coverage to PlasmaPay. The result is an increase in users on the decentralized insurance platform for Bridge Mutual, and another dimension of safety for PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance users.

“This partnership will give both organizations the ability to expand operations into the other’s platform, a net benefit for two strong projects looking to optimize the DeFi market as a whole,” notes Ilia Maksimenka, PlasmaPay’s CEO, “Ease of use and access to insurance ultimately benefits users. By working together, Bridge Mutual and Plasma Finance take DeFi a step forward towards more reliable financial services on the blockchain.” 

Bridge Mutual CEO Mike Miglio adds, “The main focus of our partnerships is to increase the overall safety of the DeFi space by encouraging users to protect each other. Partnering with PlasmaPay was strategic in that users will be able to easily purchase or provide insurance directly from the Plasma Finance app where they manage all…

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Dignitas Joins Zytara Lineup, a Step Towards Uniting Esports and Blockchain

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Esports icon Dignitas has come together with fintech company Zytara to tackle payments and value transfer within esports using the DigitalBits blockchain.  

Dignitas’ partnership with Zytara is the first major alliance between esports and blockchain, a combination set to overhaul the esports’ financial mechanisms.  Zytara, a fintech launching a digital banking platform and payment network for gamers and esports enthusiasts, will leverage the DigitalBits blockchain to power the use of stablecoins and other digital assets.  

Despite their global scope, esports organizations still struggle with traditional payment rails.  Notably, Epic Games experienced difficulties distributing some of their $100 million prize pool for Fornite tournaments.  With esports growing rapidly, this is something that must be addressed, and it appears that Dignitas and Zytara are coming together to lead the charge.   

Dignitas has championed many firsts for the industry, being the first ever esports team to be acquired by an ownership group of a North American sports franchise, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE).  Dignitas would later go on to sign a first-of-its-kind sponsorship deal with Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), one of the world’s largest proprietary trading firms.    

Zytara will issue a series of Dignitas-branded debit cards and app skins, featuring the…

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