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Enhancing the DigitalBits Ecosystem through the XDB Foundation

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The DigitalBits ecosystem welcomed a new benefactor in the form of the XDB Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for DigitalBits. The main objectives of the XDB Foundation include the DigitalBits Ecosystem Support Program, supplying both financial and non-financial assistance to qualified entities and projects within the DigitalBits community, with a focus towards innovation and speeding ecosystem growth.

Michael Gord, MLG Blockchain and GDA Capital founder, has been appointed to the role of Managing Director of the XDB Foundation.  “I am excited to see the launch of the XDB Foundation and to be joining the DigitalBits ecosystem in this new capacity,” says Gord. “In the coming weeks, the XDB Foundation will share additional updates regarding its key initiatives.  Over the past 2 years, we have seen DigitalBits achieve various milestones and with this next chapter I’m excited to see the XDB Foundation contribute as the new project lead supporting education, research and development, and ecosystem growth and adoption.”

Michael Gord’s first initiatives within blockchain started with establishing the McGill Students’ Cryptocurrency Club, McGill Students’ Fintech Association, Bitcoin Canada and providing leadership on the global expansion of the Blockchain Education Network.  Notably, he is also a key contributor to the Kerala Blockchain Academy, one of the largest innovation hubs for blockchain technology worldwide. 

Under Michael’s leadership, GDA and its affiliates have operated with Fortune 500 companies, such as Toronto Dominion Bank, as well as governments in North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Michael has participated in some of the world’s largest blockchain ecosystems, including TRX, LRC, and ONT. Gord has fronted initiatives such as Canada’s Next Top Blockchain Exec, the global Blockchain Gauntlet startup competition, global hackathon events such as the Borderless Block Party, and the build-out of global industry ambassador networks.

Foundation Governance and Initiatives

The XDB Foundation will establish a set of committees focused on the supervision of: research and development, ecosystem growth and adoption, education and governance. The Foundation’s central objectives include supporting innovation and implementation of the DigitalBits blockchain, shaping commercial standards and requests for technical development, expanding the DigitalBits Community through a diverse regional strategy, providing accountability and sustainability practices, and facilitating partnerships and ecosystem development.

The DigitalBits Project

The DigitalBits Project is an open-source project that developed the DigitalBits blockchain protocol and a secure, low-cost global transaction network, and tools. This blockchain protocol and network layer support various use cases including consumer digital assets, specifically branded currencies. 

The DigitalBits Project, since its founding in 2017 and launching of the DigitalBits blockchain in March 2018, has seen a large array of support from an ecosystem of top-level partners, including developers, other blockchain projects, exchanges and enterprise partners. As the new project lead for the DigitalBits Project, the XDB Foundation will also leverage these building blocks to support the next stage of commercial integrations and brand adoption. The Foundation will provide a framework to help ensure longevity, integrity, and effective collaboration between the Foundation, the DigitalBits Project and a hallmark of commercial companies.

As Q2 approaches its end, the DigitalBits Project is planning its roadmap updates under the oversight of the XDB Foundation. A new category – Brand Integration – has been included in the DigitalBits Roadmap to share updates from the robust ecosystem partners that will leverage the DigitalBits blockchain for their unique solutions. 

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Ethereum Price Outlook as the DXY Index Crash Continues

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Cryptocurrency prices remained in an upbeat tone on Thursday as the US dollar index continued its bearish move. Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency in the world, rose to $23,165, the highest level in months. Similarly, Ethereum has risen by more than 4% in the past 24 hours while BNB Coin and XRP surged to $307 and $0.41, respectively. 

US dollar index retreats

Cryptocurrencies have an inverse relationship with the US dollar index. For example, the DXY, which looks at the performance of the greenback vs other currencies, soared to a 20-year high of $115 in 2022. As that happened, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin plunged during the year.

The foundation of this relationship is the Federal Reserve. In most periods, the US dollar index tends to rise when the Fed is extremely hawkish and vice versa. And it was extremely hawkish in 2022 as it hiked interest rates by more than 400 basis points. 

Therefore, while the Fed has remained hawkish recently, the US dollar has dropped because of what the data is saying. Data published recently showed that America’s inflation is easing. The closely watched consumer price index dropped to 6.5% in December while core inflation fell to 5.7%. 

At the same time, other parts of the economy are showing that the American economy is indeed recoiling. Retail sales dropped sharply in December while many…

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STG Price Soars as Stargate Finance’s Token Forms Double-Top

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STG price surged to a high of $0.7566 this week as interest in DeFi tokens jumped. Stargate Finance’s native token has risen by over 85% from the lowest point in 2022. So, what is Stargate and why is the token soaring?

What is Stargate Finance?

DeFi has emerged as one of the most important areas in the blockchain industry. In fact, with the metaverse and NFTs struggling, it is the only bastion of hope for the sector. While the amount of assets held in DeFi has dropped recently, it is still worth about $70 billion. And DEX protocols like dYdX and Uniswap are handling hundreds of millions of dollars every day.

Stargate Finance is a little-known platform in the DeFi industry. It exists in numerous blockchains like Ethereum, Avalanche, BNB Chain, Arbitrum, and Optimism. Like most cross-chain blockchains, Ethereum is the most dominant player in Stargate, where it has a TVL of more than $102 million.

Stargate Finance is a DeFi protocol that makes it possible for users to stake, farm, and transfer tokens across multiple chains. It describes itself as a fully composable liquidity transport protocol that lives at the heart of the omnichain. 

As such, you can swap tokens on a 1:1 basis and add liquidity to Stargate’s Omnichain protocol and earn stablecoin rewards. Also, liquidity providers can farm their LP tokens in exchange for STG…

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Cronos Price Forms Bearish Divergence as Cryptos Rebounds

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Cronos price has been in a strong recovery in the past few weeks as cryptocurrencies rebound. CRO rose to a high of $0.066, the highest point since December 10. It has soared by more than 18% from the lowest point in 2022. So, what next for the token?

What is Cronos?

Cronos is a blockchain project that was developed by Crypto.com, one of the biggest crypto exchanges in the world. It was previously known as Crypto.com Chain until it rebranded in November 2021. 

Cronos is a smart contract platform that aims to be a better alternative to Ethereum and other networks like Solana and Avalanche. It is also an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), meaning that apps developed in its ecosystem are compatible with Ethereum. 

Cronos has been used to build all types of dApps, including Decentralised Finance (DeFi), Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), and the metaverse. Some of the most notable DeFi apps in its ecosystem are Tectonic, VVS Finance, Ferro, and MM Finance among others.

The metaverse platforms in the ecosystem are Metaverse Pixels, Cronos Ragdolls, Pampered Pandas, and Crowboys. It has also been used to build NFT collections like Cronos Chimp Club, Crosmonauts, Crocus NFT, and Agora among others.

CRO price crashed in 2022 as other cryptocurrencies plunged. This decline happened as the Fed increased interest rates. The bank hiked interest…

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