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Stellar-backed IBM project in a wiry rivalry with Ripple

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The concept of money transfer seems to be on a U-turn as blockchain technology sets to change the way cross-border payments get done. In this sense, Ripple is at the frontier of evolving money transfer and remittances, and it is now facing intense competition with a Stellar-backed venture by IBM.

It is necessary to know that IBM is almost trying to get the attention away from Ripple and lead the race to change the face of cross-border payments in the world.

At the moment, we now have SWIFT, Ripple, and IBM in the realm of cross-border payments. Nonetheless, SWIFT is still the most significant payment mean in the world, because it has more than 200+ countries registered on its network.

Also, SWIFT records more than a trillion daily volume on its transaction. Due to this fact, Ripple is garnering towards to mass adoption and getting a large percentage of SWIFT’s business.

At the moment, it has almost gotten about 50% of India’s payment means, with India’s biggest bank included. Also, it’s now the primary network for SMEs and the unbanked, thus, providing a faster and cheaper means for them.

Even though Ripple appears to be offering great services when it comes to cross-border payments, Stellar and the Stellar-backed project by IBM look all set to be competing with Ripple full-time.

Based on statements by IBM, its DLT-powered payment system seems to put more weight on Ripple to increase its reach, and increase the adoption rate to become relevant in the cross-border realm.

Our convening power brings together incumbent and FinTechs, ensuring collaborative innovation with data security, compliance, and consumer focus,” reads IBM’s statement.

A part of its press release states:

It all means funds can now be transferred at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional correspondent banking.”

On the IBM powered-solutions, the company has claimed it is managing about 60% of the world’s global transactions, and also offers BWW (Blockchain World Wire) which is a big launching pack, thrusting it to the World’s Financial Sector that is poised to increase by $2 trillion in the year 2020.

Just recently, IBM and Stellar revealed a proposal to create a transaction scheme for the South Pacific region with KlickEx. The recent news is seen as a new development for IBM.

IBM hasn’t stopped here as the company also announced the launch of Stronghold USD – a United States coin that runs on Stellar protocol.

Both Ripple and Stellar look alike as both assets offer the same services, but stellar is open-source, and it is not owned by anybody or persons, unlike Ripple (as the company is alleged to be the one who owns XRP tokens in mass quantity).

Nonetheless, the level of negative hype around Ripple is likely because it’s price is below what it used to be. At the time of writing, XRP is priced at $0.268 and in the red.

Nevertheless, XRP is still recognized globally, and it will continue to be a major company to foster cross-border payments to the world. At the moment, Ripple needs more creativity, plans, lots of adoption to be the leading solution and beat Stellar-IBM combo. Only the time will tell who wins.

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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.

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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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