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Recap: Ripple and Santander connect to Apple Pay and use Touch ID

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Not too long ago, Banco Santander’s UK branch has released new publicity in which it boasts about its strategic alliance with Ripple. The picture says that international transfers are now done over blockchain technology (from 10 to 10,000 pounds) and that it connects to Apple Pay and uses Touch ID. It also explains that time and cost are “drastically reduced” and that new types of transactions around the globe are enabled through Ripple. This is huge.

Banco Santander is not a Wall Street or a Swiss bank. It’s Spanish, so it’s not considered to be among the classic clique of the world’s banks. That being said, it’s huge. It has a presence all over the world, and it’s considered to be the best bank on the planet as of now. That’s just context.

More important is that Santander is using Ripple’s technology in production. Many banks (more than a hundred) around the world have announced an intention to use Ripple’s blockchain and software to process their international payments, but they are not committed.

They’re adopting the technology in tests in order to find out if it really suits them, and can be easily integrated into their current services. Not so with Santander. Santander is in the Ripple wagon 100% and it’s already experiencing the benefits.

For crypto enthusiasts (especially Ripple fans) this is very significative news. Every transaction performed by Santander on behalf of its costumers over the Ripple blockchain creates demand for XRP. This drives the price up. Just remember that in the current horribly bearish market we’ve seen for nearly a year now (with the three last weeks being truly bloody) Ripple’s XRP has been the coin that’s performed the best.

Yes, it’s lost value too. But everybody is losing value, and Ripple’s red numbers are in the one-digit region, while everybody else’s is in two numbers. Let’s put it in words anybody can understand: over the last couple of weeks, XRP has outperformed everybody, including Bitcoin. It even became the second largest digital asset by market capitalization. This resilience comes, in part, because of Santander’s use of XRP to settle international payments.

Let’s review this partnership’s history briefly.

Last March, both Ripple Labs and Banco Santander announced that the Spanish giant was experimenting with several of the RippleNet liquidity products and creating pilot programs based on Ripple’s blockchain. This made Santander notice the levels of certainty, transparency, speed and low cost that are just impossible using the traditional financial tools.

Ed Metzger, Santander’s innovation head talked at Swell (Ripple’s yearly conference) about the way in which the bank will use Ripple’s xCurrent to improve their customer’s experience. He noted,

“We believe that financial services is moving to a world of open platforms where companies collaborate to deliver excellent customer service for their customers, and that’s at the core of what we’re doing with OnePay FX.”

What is OnePay FX, I hear you ask? It’s a mobile app developed by Santander, deployed for its customers, that went online last October 2nd. It was initially available in Spain, Brazil, the UK, and Poland. Mr. Metzger explained further that the app allows customers to process international transactions seamlessly, quickly, cheaply and easily.

Metzger added that,

“One of our customers was in Italy on holiday and parked in the wrong place. He needed to pay a fine and didn’t have his banking card. He was able to use the app to immediately pay the fine, and stop his car from being towed away. It’s four or five clicks to do something that would have taken an awful, awful long time in the past.”

While many of Ripple’s impressive strategic partnerships are still in the test stages, some of them are already working real-time in the real world. Santander is the poster boy in this context. It’s validating Ripple’s products and tokens. So don’t hate Ripple. It’s making crypto useful to people who don’t even know they’re using it. This is why XRP has stayed stable in the current market debacle, and that’s why it will stay so in the future.

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Chainwire Launches Blockchain-Focused Automated Press Release Distribution Service

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TEL AVIV, Israel, 13th October, 2020, // ChainWire //

MarketAcross, a world leader in blockchain public relations and marketing services, is pleased to announce the launch of Chainwire, an automated press release distribution service which provides guaranteed coverage and in-depth reports. Chainwire will be a one-stop-shop for the distribution of press releases in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector. The launch marks the first time that advertisers can reach leading publications in the crypto media with the click of a button. 

While most industries have some kind of PR newswire service, the cryptocurrency sector has become a victim of its own rapid pace of growth over recent years. Since the ICO boom of 2017, there has been a proliferation of blockchain and crypto-focused projects, exchanges, investment firms, and marketing agencies, along with niche news and informational content sites. 

However, the infrastructure to connect this complex ecosystem has been slow to come up to speed, meaning that existing newswire services don’t reach their target audience. It’s estimated that one in five people own cryptocurrencies, so there is currently a significant missed opportunity to reach a massive global readership. 

As a newswire service dedicated to the crypto and blockchain space, Chainwire aims to address this gap. Press releases are distributed to leading publications, offering guaranteed coverage to reach audiences worldwide. The system is integrated with publishers and blogs, enabling accurate reporting via a user-friendly dashboard. It also…

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How do cross-chain transaction networks work?

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Blockchain technology was initially thought to be an all-in-one solution, where all the transactions would take place on a single chain. However, this idea was deemed impractical with time due to certain limitations and constraints arising within the system scalability area.

If blockchains are to live up to the expectations, then the blockchain technology should allow atomic transactions over various blockchains that are interconnected. A single blockchain may even be split into multiple chains that cooperate.

The concept of cross chains is understood as the ability of two operating blockchains to exchange information with each other in order to form a network to process transactions. Cross-chain transaction networks allow multiple blockchains to pass over information to one another.

The use of blockchain platforms like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple has highlighted scalability issues over time. These limitations in the present blockchain technology have hindered its full potentials and benefits. Exactly where cross-chain technology comes in to resolve such scalability constraints faced by blockchain technology.

Cross blockchain compatibility

The cross-blockchain compatibility issue arises whenever we talk about multiple blockchains. Incompatibility is because not all of the blockchains use similar protocols. Each blockchain system communicates according to its standards.

The lack of a standardized protocol of intercommunication between the blockchain networks cripples the blockchain technology’s scalability, here comes in cross-blockchain compatibility. The concept allows blockchains to communicate without any…

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Messari Adds DigitalBits (XDB) & Branded Currencies to its Registry

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One of the top providers of crypto data and research tools on digital assets Messari has announced the addition of DigitalBits (XDB) to the Messari Registry. As a participant, DigitalBits governing body, the XDB Foundation will be providing regular updates and commit to transparency. The DigitalBits blockchain was built to support consumer digital assets – branded currencies.  As the company stated, “a global, legacy digital asset class, branded currencies play a vital role in consumer-brand interactions, and account for billions of dollars in value.  Branded currencies issued on the DigitalBits blockchain will also be included within the Messari Registry.”

Additionally, Messari and the XDB Foundation “may explore the buildout of a novel registry to accommodate branded currencies tokenized on DigitalBits. This registry would address issues consumers face when determining the legitimacy of branded currencies and their respective organizations,” the announcement said today.  The goal is to provide a standardized framework for organizations leveraging branded currencies, certifying asset legitimacy, and clearly outlining characteristics including but not limited to asset issuance and organization identity.

Commenting on the news, Messari representatives said they recognize the potential for the use of branded currencies to grow in the future as more enterprises embrace blockchain technology. Ben O’Neill, Vice President, BD & Operations at Messari said the Registry will help all…

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