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Western Union Claims that Payments via Ripple (XRP) are not Cheaper

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After testing Ripple (XRP) transactions for six months, Western Union claims that the promised financial benefits that were to come from cheaper transactions have yet to show themselves. Additionally, the XRP enthusiasts have narrowed down this cryptocurrency’s logo design from three potential candidates to the winning one, which is already adopted by the community, as well as the crypto’s website itself.

Western Union claims that XRP transactions are not cheaper

Ripple (XRP) has become known for dedicating its technology to the creation of a new system that would provide cheaper transactions for banks and other financial institutions. According to them, their product called XRapid should make international money transfers not only cheaper but faster as well.

Western Union decided to test this product out, but after making multiple transactions, the Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of the company, claims that the product has not managed to save them any money as of yet.

During one of the interviews, Ersek stated that Western Union has always been criticized for having expensive transactions. This is one of the reasons why they jumped on the opportunity to make them cheaper via Ripple’s product XRapid. However, the results do not show any benefits from the financial point of view.

Such a comment on one of the Ripple’s most valued products might prove to be a large setback, especially when coming from such a reputable company. However, the company’s CEO allows for the possibility that the company simply did not do enough of the testing to notice a significant difference. So far, they were only tested USD and Mexican pesos on XRapid.

The same was said by Asheesh Birla, who is Ripple Labs’ Vice President. According to Birla, Western Union only sent 10 payments as of yet, which is not nearly enough to see the difference. Especially considering that the company performs millions of transactions each month.

Birla also said that Western Union still clearly favors the traditional payment method. If they were to start making all of their payments via XRapid, or at least the majority of them, the results would be clear. Not only would the reduced costs be noticeable, but would even drop at least 50%, claims Birla. This is also not just a speculation, but a fact that was proven last month by Ripple’s other pilots – Mercury FX and Viamericas, who have seen a large reduction of costs during transactions. The reduction included 40 to 70% of the transaction cost, which proves that XRapid actually delivers when used properly.

As for Ersek, he responded that the program will continue and that he believes that Ripple’s team consists of ‘innovative and good people’.

Ripple (XRP) got a new logo design for its token

After many have failed to understand the difference between Ripple the company and Ripple the cryptocurrency, this token’s community came to an idea that XRP should get its own, brand-new logo. The campaign lasted for almost a month and is now finally coming to an end.

The voting for various logo proposals took place on a website called xrpsymbol.com, and the site states that XRP doesn’t have its own symbol that would represent this asset’s uniqueness. This is why the community has taken it upon itself to create a symbol for this asset, one which will be used when writing the amount of the crypto.

The voting started on the June 1st, and the first round has ended on June 8th. After the first round, 3 logos were chosen, and they went to the second round, which was supposed to eliminate two of them and make the third one a winner. Finally, the round two ended as well, and the winning logo has at least 2000 more votes than the other two.

The symbol was adopted without problems. It first appeared on Ripple’s part of Reddit, and soon after that, it also came to the crypto’s website as well. CoinMarketCap adopted it too, and the third largest crypto on the market now has its own, unique logo.

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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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