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Is Stellar (XLM) Better than XRP? Coinbase Seems to Think So

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Coinbase’s recent announcement that it is looking to expand its limited crypto-list is already well-known. One of the coins that Coinbase is looking into seems to be Stellar (XLM), which is hardly surprising. However, many have noticed that Ripple (XRP) is nowhere to be found on this modest list of possible additions.

Stellar (XLM) over Ripple (XRP)?

Anyone who has ever explored Ripple and Stellar has, undoubtedly, noticed a lot of similarities between the coins. This is not really a coincidence, considering that both of them were created by the same person, Jed McCaleb.

However, one very important difference between them is the fact that Ripple (XRP) is the product of a company, while Stellar (XLM) is a creation of a non-profit Stellar Development Foundation, despite the fact that it is based on Ripple Protocol.

Another large difference is that Ripple has nearly countless gateways, most of which are large financial institutions and banks, while Stellar only has a few. And yet, Coinbase chooses Stellar over Ripple. Of course, Stellar has not been listed yet, and the exchange is merely exploring it at this point. However, many have started wondering why they chose XLM over XRP? Also, an even bigger question hanging over everyone’s head is how will Coinbase’s decision to go for Stellar actually affect Ripple?

Stellar, and not Ripple

One of the largest reasons why Coinbase might have chosen to look into Stellar instead of Ripple is the fact seen in a post to which Coinbase is often pointing everyone asking this question – the exchange aims at decentralized cryptos. This is one of XRP’s biggest flaws, considering just how much the coin is tied to its parent company.

Not only does the company hold full control over the coin, and it is the only entity out there that can mine Ripple, but they also hold the majority of the XRP tokens’ total supply. Because of reasons like this, Ripple’s decentralization has been a topic of many debates, and most people agree that Ripple simply isn’t even near the level of decentralization that a true cryptocurrency should have.

Not to mention a large number of controversies regarding Ripple, statements that it is, in fact, a security, and alike. This is also a reason why Ripple has been facing one lawsuit after another, and Coinbase simply isn’t interested in getting in the middle of all that.

On the other hand, Stellar functions a lot similarly to Ripple, without all of that extra baggage, which makes it a perfect candidate for Coinbase to explore. Not only is it a low-priced crypto, which is one of the aspects that the newly-appointed coin is expected to have, but is also truly decentralized,

How will an XLM listing affect XRP?

Ripple has demonstrated time and time again that it doesn’t really depend on other entities when it comes to paving its way to greatness. Despite the controversies regarding its questionable nature, Ripple has still managed to make a large number of partnerships with many large banks and financial institutions.

Because of that, it claims that Coinbase’s decision to turn its back on it in Stellar’s favor will not really affect XRP that much. In fact, Ripple has gone as far as to claim that such a development will be rather insignificant to its success.

Stellar’s goals seem not to be a threat to Ripple at all, despite the possibility of a competition between the two. And, while getting on Coinbase’s list certainly wouldn’t hurt, Ripple believes that it is fully capable of making due without Coinbase’s help. Its products are the key that will unlock the door to success for Ripple, and XRP is the main currency that these products are using. Therefore, Ripple might be right in this regard.

As for Stellar, getting listed on Coinbase will definitely help this coin a lot, and it is the coin with the best chance of being chosen, together with Cardano (ADA).

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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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