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Standard Chartered Plans on Extending the Use of Ripple (XRP) Network

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A multinational company based in London, England, who provides financial and banking services, Standard Chartered, announced their plans to extend their use of Ripple (XRP) Network. Their plan is to provide payments across the border for additional five pairs of countries by the year’s end.

Standard Chartered, a banking company from England, is known for operating a large network that has over 1,200 outlets and branches. The company runs its business in 70+ countries of the world while providing jobs for more than eighty-seven thousand employees.

The company is using Ripple

Recently, however, this company decided that their influence can expand even further through a partnership with Ripple (XRP).

Ripple is known for making connections if nothing else. It connects exchanges of digital assets, banks, various corporations, as well as many payment providers. They all come into contact with each other through RippleNet, which allows them to transfer money in an instant pretty much anywhere around the globe.

The bank’s decision to publicly announce its use of Ripple’s network came with a goal of unlocking a new trading corridor worth $15 billion. The corridor in question is between Singapore and India, and it is expected to be unlocked in November of this year.

Basically, the system’s use is mostly for increasing the payment speed. The corporate supply chain of the bank includes a lot of sellers and buyers, and the ability to process their transactions with more speed will be of great use for improving the company’s business practices.

Plans for the future

Bill Winters, the CEO of Standard Chartered, is a banker from America. He replaced the company’s previous CEO, Peter Sands, back in June of 2015. His plans to expand the bank’s business through the use of Ripple’s network were discussed in the bank’s report regarding the Q1 for this year.

In it, he dedicated special attention to the bank’s investments regarding the innovation and similar initiatives. He stated that the company is using blockchain tech in order to streamline payments across the border. This is, however, only a part of the first corridor that will provide payments live, and in real time.

The corridor in question will be between India and Singapore, and it was initiated by the company during the previous year.  There are plans to expand these new capabilities to additional five pairs of countries, and that is expected to be achieved during this year.

Ripple seems to like this idea very much, especially since it includes blockchain tech and decentralized currency. It will allow the bank to use their technology in a somewhat centralized structure. The bank will, of course, take advantage of the fast transactions, but will also manage to keep transactions under control through the use of centralized structures.

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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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My Crypto Heroes Announces Issuance of MCH Governance Token

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Tokyo, Japan, 24th November, 2020, // ChainWire //

My Crypto Heroes is happy to announce the issuance of MCH Coin as an incentive to players in the My Crypto Heroes ecosystem, aiming to allow them to craft a “User-oriented world”. The MCH coin is available on Uniswap with a newly created pool with ETH. 

My Crypto Heroes is a blockchain-based game for PC and Mobile. It allows users to collect historic heroes and raise them for battle in a Crypto World. Officially released on November 30th, 2018, MCH has recorded the most transactions and daily active users than any other blockchain game in the world.

What is MCH Coin?

MCH Coin is being issued as an ERC-20 Standard Governance Token. The issuance began on November 9th, 2020, with 50 million tokens issued.

Of the funds issued, 40% are allocated to a pay for on-going development and as rewards for advisors and early investors. 10% are allocated to marketing and the growth of the ecosystem, and 50% are allocated to the community. The Distribution Ratio of the MCH Coin is subject to change via a governance decision.

The MCH coin will be used as a voting right as part of the ecosystem’s governance, with 1 coin being 1 vote. It will also be used for in-game utilities and payments. Additional information can be found here:

https://medium.com/mycryptoheroes/new-ecosystem-with-mchcoin-en-a6a82494894f

During December 2020 the first governance…

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