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China gives Ripple customer LianLian’s JV AmEx approval for card payments

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Ripple has succeeded in entering into the Chinese e-commerce market after China today approved LianLian’s joint venture, AmEx, to process card payments in the country.

The approval makes AmEx the first U.S payment company to have a direct access to China’s e-commerce market. China’s endorsement gives AmEx the opportunity to resolve payments and transactions in Yuan, through the use of its Joint Venture: The LianLian Group (who is a Ripple customer).

AmEx is a global payment platform just like Visa and Mastercard. The company’s JV (joint venture) in China, LianLian Group, partnered with RippleNet earlier this year to provide a faster global payment service to the Chinese e-commerce market.

The venture is also a licensed company which now has about 150 million registered users in China today. LianLian makes use of Ripple blockchain to settle China’s e-commerce payments. Not only that, LianLian Group now settles Chinese cross-border payments through the use of Ripple’s xCurrent.

Interestingly, China has a growing e-commerce market approximated to be more than $627 bln last year. However, the cross-border payments into the country have been estimated to attain $1.32 trillion this year. AmEx decision to enter China’s market has been regarded as a bold step, as a result of China’s strict policies against ICOs, digital assets, and foreign card-payment platforms.

AmEx recent stride in hitting China’s market first is a step forward for Ripple Net

As regards to China’s strict policies on foreign card-payment companies, Visa, MasterCard, and other companies alike have lobbied for more than a decade now to enter China’s e-commerce market – which approximately has six billion cards in circulations, and it is projected the number would increase by ten billion in the year 2020.

Before now, all foreign card companies in China had been enforced to work with the existing state-monopoly consortium known as, UnionPay – But Ripple’s partner, AmEX, has now become the first payment company to work without UnionPay.

Concerning the approval, China’s central bank stated that this is a vital step forward to expose China’s bank card market to foreign investors. The central bank further affirmed that the recent stride would ease the country’s e-commerce market in an arranged manner for other payment institutions.

Overall, the current approval means that RippleNet will be foremost on China’s cross-border payments and settlements, since LianLian, AmEx venture Group, is in partnership with RippleNet. It also implies that AmEx will be processing card payments by using Ripple’s blockchain technology.

Also, AMEX and LianLian are Ripple xCurrent customers officially, but anything can be connected to xCurrent using a multi-hop – so that way, they potentially can connect xRapid at some point in the near future, too.

Talking about some basics, Ripple’s xCurrent and xRapid are products of RippleNet. xCurrent is software used by major financial institutions to resolve cross-border transactions; it is also used to track these payments once they are done. xRapid, on the other hand, is aimed at financial institutions that want to minimize liquidity cost, at the same time offering a better customer experience.

No doubts, despite China’s strict policies on cryptocurrencies, Ripple has been able to spread its tentacles over there, and it is in the right direction.

Consequently, we should be looking out to either AMEX/LianLian Join Venture entering into a liquidity agreement with a multi-hop enabled system in China, or the Chinese government lifting the ban on cryptocurrencies in a few months to come.

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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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Bridge Mutual Announces Partnership with Plasma.Finance to Strengthen DeFi Insurance

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Bridge Mutual, a decentralized insurance provider, has announced a collaborative partnership with DeFi aggregator PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance allowing users to directly fund or provide liquidity through the Bridge ecosystem and the Plasma Finance platform.

Bridge Mutual will also use some of its own liquidity to start a PlasmaPay insurance pool, integrating shield mining in order to give users the chance to earn PPAY tokens as a reward for providing coverage to PlasmaPay. The result is an increase in users on the decentralized insurance platform for Bridge Mutual, and another dimension of safety for PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance users.

“This partnership will give both organizations the ability to expand operations into the other’s platform, a net benefit for two strong projects looking to optimize the DeFi market as a whole,” notes Ilia Maksimenka, PlasmaPay’s CEO, “Ease of use and access to insurance ultimately benefits users. By working together, Bridge Mutual and Plasma Finance take DeFi a step forward towards more reliable financial services on the blockchain.” 

Bridge Mutual CEO Mike Miglio adds, “The main focus of our partnerships is to increase the overall safety of the DeFi space by encouraging users to protect each other. Partnering with PlasmaPay was strategic in that users will be able to easily purchase or provide insurance directly from the Plasma Finance app where they manage all…

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Dignitas Joins Zytara Lineup, a Step Towards Uniting Esports and Blockchain

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Esports icon Dignitas has come together with fintech company Zytara to tackle payments and value transfer within esports using the DigitalBits blockchain.  

Dignitas’ partnership with Zytara is the first major alliance between esports and blockchain, a combination set to overhaul the esports’ financial mechanisms.  Zytara, a fintech launching a digital banking platform and payment network for gamers and esports enthusiasts, will leverage the DigitalBits blockchain to power the use of stablecoins and other digital assets.  

Despite their global scope, esports organizations still struggle with traditional payment rails.  Notably, Epic Games experienced difficulties distributing some of their $100 million prize pool for Fornite tournaments.  With esports growing rapidly, this is something that must be addressed, and it appears that Dignitas and Zytara are coming together to lead the charge.   

Dignitas has championed many firsts for the industry, being the first ever esports team to be acquired by an ownership group of a North American sports franchise, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE).  Dignitas would later go on to sign a first-of-its-kind sponsorship deal with Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), one of the world’s largest proprietary trading firms.    

Zytara will issue a series of Dignitas-branded debit cards and app skins, featuring the…

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