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“We don’t know when but Internet Of Value solved by Blockchain is going to happen. Make sure we are in the position before this thing takes off.” That’s what Chris Larsen (Ripple Labs’ co-founder) told to Asheesh Birla, a Ripple employe several years ago. This quotation includes everything Ripple is, everything it does and everything it aims for.

Let’s start by explaining the meaning of “Internet of Value.” This is a philosophical idea that was probably, though we don’t know for sure, put forward by Ripple’s founders. It refers to the expectations of current internet customers and users.

They want for money to move around the internet as quickly and as seamlessly as the information they use. If you want to send somebody money over the web, it should be as quick, safe and cheap as sending an e-mail, that’s the main idea.

So has Ripple made sure it’s there before this thing takes off? Let’s see.

One of the most archaic financial services in the world is the international transfer among banks (something you can’t really do over the internet right now as a private citizen except for credit and debit card payments). This is because settling international payments relies on the SWIFT system.

It was implemented back in 1975, way before personal computers, smartphones, let alone the internet were imaginable technology except in Sci-Fi. SWIFT is slow, expensive, and prone to errors. That’s why companies as MoneyGram and Western Union have become giants in the financial world without being banks. They found a way to improve over SWIFT, if only marginally, in speed and cost, so now they manage most of the world’s international remittances.

Over the last few years, a new industry has emerged, called “fintech,” which is a contraction for “financial technology.” The point in it is to serve all those customers who are either being poorly served (sometimes, not at all) by banks, for whatever reason. Paypal is one of those companies.

Just think how easier it is to transfer money to another country using Paypal than your usual bank. Fintech is more efficient, cheaper, and technologically savvy. As a result, banks are starting to lose a piece of their business.

Enter Ripple.

Ripple Labs has found ways to use the internet and blockchain technology to process and settle international payments at costs even lower than fintech’s, at higher speeds (basically, in real-time), and with the security that only the blockchain can guarantee. There is a token associated with the technology (XRP) which is used as a mediating currency to complete each transfer.

By partnering up with banks all over the world, Ripple is improving customer experience, lowering costs, and using the internet and the cryptosphere so that money moves around the internet even more smoothly than e-mails.

Thus Ripple is indeed creating a healthy ecosystem in which the Internet of Value can become a reality for everybody. It will start with banks and other financial institutions. But sooner or later it will reach private persons like you and me. It seems that Ripple was indeed in position before the thing took off.

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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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