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Ripple Donates Millions to Public Schools

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Ripple, in conjunction with DonorsChoose.org, announced that they would be fulfilling all current requests on the school funding charity site. This means that thousands of school projects and classroom funding requests will be fully provided for through a sale of donated XRP tokens. The donation comes as somewhat of a surprise. Not is it surprising to the general public, but also to Charles Best, the CEO of DonorsChoose.org.

Best sent a pitch to the Ripple team, seeking donations – but he never expected the level that DonorsChoose.org received. In total, $29 million USD worth of XRP was donated to the charity – enough to fully fund projects in every state. The announcement was made on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show, himself a major donor to schools in the past.

DonorsChoose.org and Their Goals

DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding website designed to provide classrooms with the supplies that they need. The United States suffers from a school funding crisis, and teachers often make up for the shortfalls out of their own pockets. The website allows teachers to post projects and funding requests in a manner similar to Kickstarter, allowing generous users to donate to the cause of their choice. These projects can be as ornate as a new technology to help kids learn the most in-demand skills. They can also be as simple as proper nutrition that can’t be provided by the school itself.

Charles Best, a former history teacher, created the site in 2000 to solve a problem that he witnessed firsthand. Since then, it consistently rates as one of the best charities. The site reached 1 million funded projects in early 2018, even before Ripple’s massive donation. Three-quarters of all public schools in the United States have posted a project to the site for funding.

How this Helps the Cryptocurrency Industry

The cryptocurrency industry, as a whole, still suffers from a public perception problem. For many years, Bitcoin was known as the digital currency used to purchase illicit substances in the dark web. Although the industry made great strides towards public adoption, there is still a lingering sense of unease. After all, altcoins are still the currency of choice for dark web transactions. It doesn’t help that the barrier for entry is so high.

Ripple’s widespread acceptance among financial institutions makes them an ideal candidate for public relations. Although the average person still cannot identify what Ripple does, the late 2017 boom made them a household name. The fact that they have a usable product puts them leagues ahead of most other cryptocurrencies. A multi-million dollar donation cements their positive image in the mind of the average consumer. The fact that cryptocurrency just funded tens of thousands of public school projects is a massive triumph for public relations.

Other Recent Ripple News

Of course, charity donations are not the only item on Ripple’s schedule. They recently announced their inclusion within the Hyperledger group, a blockchain tech conglomerate run by the Linux Foundation. Hyperledger focuses on a variety of blockchain applications, many of which will benefit from Ripple’s additions.

Ripple’s head of Regulatory Relations recently announced an aggressive push into China. Ongoing talks with Chinese governmental regulatory bodies are apparently bearing fruit, and the company is optimistic about their expansion prospects. The benefits for China’s financial industry are clear, in the same way that Ripple is revolutionizing Western fintech.

Ripple is Rightfully the Poster Child for Cryptocurrency

Early cryptocurrency adopters often express doubt or annoyance about Ripple’s sudden appearance on the scene. These old hodlers believe only in the decentralized and uncontrolled aspects of legacy blockchains. Ripple may not be a privacy coin, and they may not aim at complete decentralization, but they have no reason to. There won’t be one clear winner in the crypto-sphere, and there’s easily space for many different use cases.

Ripple provides an easy entry point to major institutions in the form of their banking technology. Pilot programs with Western Union, MoneyGram and Santander show the strength of the Ripple payment protocol. Other cryptocurrencies may serve as digital currencies, decentralized application blockchains or privacy coins – but for now, Ripple rules the fintech space.

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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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