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Is an alliance between Ripple and Stellar (XLM) in the works?

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Neutral observers in the cryptosphere have been writing over the last few weeks a lot about Ripple and its native token XRP. It’s one of the very few digital assets that have been somewhat stable in price over the last couple of weeks. Following the current market trend, it’s trading in the red by friction (down by 1.27% over the previous 24 hours) as the cryptocurrency stands at $0.492593 at the time we write this.

It also happens that Ripple keeps announcing new strategic partnerships and new use cases that it had previously not cultivated very much. New banks and remittance services all over the world are adopting Ripple’s platforms and currency to settle payments internally, and more and more businesses are adopting it as a means of payment. On top of all that, XRP’s market capitalization has been growing steadily (it’s now at $17,632,270,393), so it has punched Ethereum out of the second place already.

When you put all of that together, it would seem that XRP is ready to be the first digital asset that will break out of the current (and prolonged) bearish run and that it will happen soon. The technical market analysis seems to support this idea, but we won’t go into all the details in this article.

The alleged Ripple Stellar partnership

So, a funny (and unexpected) thing happened, not too long ago. Jed McCaleb’s XRP wallet received 40 million XRP tokens, and nobody knows who sent him or why. The transaction could seem irrelevant, but there’s a reason for the cryptoverse to pay attention to it.

Jed McCaleb is Ripple’s founder, but he left a few years ago to create a new blockchain project called Stellar Lumens (XLM). That’s where he works now, and Stellar is considered to be Ripple’s main and most direct competitor in the crypto space because they are trying to gain adoption in many of the same markets, mainly in the financial sector.

So rumors are spreading. Was Ripple behind that almost 20 million dollar payment to its former boss? Or are Ripple and Stellar Lumens trying to come out with a strategic alliance?

Alliances between rivals are not unheard of in the business world. True, they tend to fail miserably, but when they work, they’re unbeatable. Perhaps the most famous example of such a partnership was the one between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who were famous back then for hating each other’s guts passionately.

They both ignored their personal problems, and Bill Gates bailed Apple out of very serious financial problems while making sure that Microsoft would remain the most important software company for Apple computers, as well as Windows. It worked. Apple would have probably disappeared without Microsoft’s help at that critical juncture.

Is this what is happening now for Ripple and Stellar Lumens? Short of an official joint announcement from both institutions, it’s just impossible to know. Stellar Lumens already has a strategic partnership with IBM while Ripple has remained mainly independent.

An alliance would allow both projects to access new markets that have remained closed so far; it would give them political clout, lower costs, share their technology and make things easier for all their partners. So it could be very tantalizing because everybody involved would have something to win. But are they going for it?

All we can say for now is that a few interesting signs are appearing that would seem to suggest it could happen; maybe it’s already in the works. But to find out, you’ll have to keep coming to our website and keep reading our news.

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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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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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3 Reasons Why WISE Token Could Be a Massive Winner in 2021

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After working in proprietary trading for over a decade, I decided to transition to crypto in early 2017.  Although crypto is significantly different from traditional capital markets, I managed to successfully find a niche for successful and opportunistic trading.  While 2017 was the perfect time to get involved, the past few years have proven to be a bit more challenging as far as generating ROI.

Cryptocurrency traders have spent the past several years searching far and wide for the next big winner.  While the market as a whole hasn’t been very bull friendly, one specific area that appears to be gaining traction is decentralized finance, more commonly known as DeFi.  This area generally refers to the digital assets and financial smart contracts, protocols, and decentralized applications (DApps) built on Ethereum.  The reason why so many crypto entrepreneurs are flocking to this space is that it allows them to create traditional financial vehicles in a decentralized network, outside the meddlesome control of foreign governments.

One extremely popular DeFi project is Chainlink (LINK) which is a decentralized oracle network that provides real-world data to smart contracts on the blockchain.  Chainlink has seen its token price increase by more than 300% year-to-date.    Another impressive project in the space is Kyber Network (KNC) which has seen its token soar from $0.20 at the start of the year to more than $1.60 at present.  Kyber Network’s on-chain liquidity protocol allows decentralized tokens swaps to be…

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