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It seems that these days Ripple has been taking all headlines. No wonder because Ripple is being tested by multiple banking and financial institutions across the globe as this currency is spreading its influence among more traditional financial standards. This made us believe that Ripple is looking into centralization as well, especially after the latest announcement from the side of Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, where he supported centralization in the world of digital values. In what terms did Garlinghouse speak about centralization and how does he see Ripple in the world of crypto values?

Ripple and the Story of (De) centralization

It all started back in 2008 for decentralization when Bitcoin was officially presented as the first decentralized digital currency made to operate on blockchain technology. Bitcoin was set as a promise to renounce any sign of a third party presence, that way promoting decentralization as a core feature of digital assets that would be launched later in the years to come, inspired by Bitcoin and the technology behind it. After a couple of years, everyone started to realize how blockchain technology could be the next big thing, so we have more and more ICOs coming in.

The thing about decentralization when it comes to cryptocurrencies is the fact that the nature of decentralization actually supports the idea behind the original purpose of digital value such as the first and original Bitcoin. With decentralization, all users can make sure that there aren’t any third parties that could jeopardize the integrity of the digital asset and platform they are using. With this model there is no room for having third parties earning profit either – that is the case because, as we all know, transactions made with blockchain technology and decentralized platforms aren’t being monitored, altered or viewed by third parties or middleman.

Now, it is no secret that Ripple was brought into a discussion about centralization many times before, being “accused” for having a centralized platform, also having many crypto enthusiasts claiming that having a centralized digital value is completely and most definitely against the vision behind digital currencies and supporting blockchain-based platforms.

When asked about centralization, Ripple’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse said that there should be room for centralization in the world of cryptocurrencies. His statement caused many debates among crypto enthusiasts and specialists, although Garlinghouse brought up a couple of pretty convincing arguments in favor of having a centralized digital currency.

Garlinghouse claims that digital currencies and fiat more traditional values (money as we all know it) should meet somewhere halfway. In Garlinghouse’s opinion, digital currencies should work together with traditional financial and banking institutions and not consider these institutions as a direct opposition.

Does this make any sense? Having a centralized digital currency?

Perhaps. If you try and consider Garlinghouse’s claims from another point of view, you could easily say that he did make some good points. If you take a look at Ripple’s roadmap and consider mentioning all the partnerships this currency has managed to collect in a short period of time, it seems that Garlinghouse knows what he is working.

His strategy is obviously not going against the system that is known as more accepted and more traditional – it’s quite the opposite. The fact that Ripple is being tested around the globe for cross-border payments and fast transactions that are easily processed in a matter of a second, says a lot about Ripple’s CEO strategy.

By pairing up with more traditional institutions such as banks, Ripple is getting itself ”out there”, that way also promoting fast, prompt, safe and private transactions that can be made on global level in only a couple of seconds while banks take from 3 to 5 days to process a single payment and make it available to the receiver.

However, you can’t miss on noticing that Garlinghouse is not in any way promoting XRP, which is Ripple’s official digital currency. Why? Well, simply because banks aren’t interested in digital currencies – banks and financial institutions are solely interested in  Ripple’s technology, xCurrent, that would enable banks to make fast transactions and change the old infrastructure these institutions have been using for ages.

Although Garlinghouse claimed that centralization isn’t that bad at all, further reminding that changes in the global financial system can’t be done from the outside, but from within the system.

He further adds that he still favors decentralized technology because even though it might occur that Ripple goes away, while he hopes it doesn’t, Ripple’s ledger would still continue to exist as a decentralized ecosystem.

Lowering Fees with Ripple

Another interesting and pretty groundbreaking objective set by Garlinghouse is having the transaction fees lowered to a minimum, all across the globe. The initial plan is to lower the fees around the world from 7 to 3% the latest by the year of 2030.

The result of this case would certainly impact global economy in a way that fees of 200$ would turn into ridiculously low fees of only 60 cents. This is a huge difference by all means. The current average fee for making global transactions goes around 14$, so in case Garlinghouse would succeed in his mission, instead of paying 14$ in fees, you would be paying a ridiculously small amount that you wouldn’t even feel in your wallet.

Ripple and Traditional Middleman Institutions

You have surely heard that Facebook has announced banning of all ads related to crypto values, with this announcement taking place somewhere around June of 2018 a while ago.

Now, Google has made a similar announcement where Google will also be prohibiting any advertising containing promotion of cryptocurrencies. This case seemed like a declaration of war to many crypto enthusiasts as the market state in the world of cryptocurrencies was already doing bad enough even without Google’s announced a ban on all crypto-related ads. Google, as well as SEC, are also calling for regulations, drawing attention to the need of regulating crypto values and everything related to cryptocurrencies.

Ripple’s CEO agreed with Google and SEC, adding that cryptocurrencies would be better off regulated.

If you are wondering why Facebook and Google would hold anything against cryptocurrencies, the answer is pretty simple. As we all know Google and Facebook are some of the biggest industry giants with billions of dollars in their capitalization. The fact is that these two giants are working with the largest databases of information available on the internet – they decide the way you or anyone else is able to access any info available online, public or private.

That is why they could possibly have everything against having cryptocurrencies well-established and widely accepted.  If decentralized ecosystems continue with operating in the future, people would be able to distribute and use data and information without any interference by Google, Facebook or similar services, which could cost these third parties more than imaginable.

How is Ripple doing at the Current Moment?

In the last 24 hours, Ripple has gone down even deeper as it started to trade in the red. After the latest negative change in its price, XRP fell down by -9.82% against the dollar. That being said XRP can now be purchased for 0.60$ per one coin.

Although Ripple’s CEO seems to be more interested in technology than in Ripple’s currency, XRP, hopefully for HODLers, Ripple’s coin will soon manage to bounce 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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