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MasterCard and Visa need Ripple more than ever before, here is why

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Global commerce grows every day, and it seems that the modern-day payment providers aren’t keeping up in handling global transactions that occur daily.

Last month, Visa had an outage after there was a hardware failure leading its users all over Europe unable to perform transactions using their card – although Visa restored its usual services and apologized for what happened.

The financial service company stated that the outage wasn’t because of any “unauthorized access or a cyber-attack.” On the other side, it is worth noting that lots of Visa users complained that their funds vanished from their accounts as a result of the outage.

Visa stated that the outage was as a result of hardware failure, but it seems it is a software issue and that these modern-day payment providers aren’t scalable enough for global commerce.

Subsequently, MasterCard also had an outage this month from July 12th to July 16th, and during that time, lots of MasterCard users were unable to transact with their card due to the outage. During that time, international banks were hindered from doing their daily tasks before the glitch was solved.

The Tesco Bank Help center said this on their Twitter page during the time of the glitch:

Due to ongoing MasterCard service disruption, customers are currently experiencing issues using MasterCard credit cards. Please use an alternative method of payment until the issue is resolved. We’re investigating this matter and apologized for any inconvenience caused.

Other international banks tweeted similar messages too, and as you can understand, most customers were furious about the outage.

Additionally, Lloyds bank, which is powered by MasterCard had outage issues concerning transactions on July 20th; this occurred after MasterCard had a problem itself and posted it had resolved the issue. But still, Lloyds bank had problems with transactions despite MasterCard’s somewhat solution to the outage issues.

With all these issues, we can see the shortcomings of the modern-day payment providers. One question that comes to the mind is, can these modern payment providers process high-volume global payments without glitches? It is safe to say that global commerce is advancing at a breakneck rate and these providers aren’t that scalable.

It’s astonishing that Visa had outage issues and so MasterCard too; seems like we are seeing a trend of these modern-day providers not being able to keep up with the ever-changing global commerce since they simply can’t keep up.

Nevertheless, Visa can perform 24,000 transactions per second, but Ripple cobalt can perform 30,000 to 50,000 operations per second. It is necessary to know that the world average of cash usage is at 75%, and this means that modern-day payment providers need to be faster and use better technologies – Ripple technology offers more speed and reliability.

The blockchain technology, Ripple, is seen as the future of global money transfer and it has been designed to process the transfer of funds. Ripple is now used by more than 100 banks and credit companies across the world today.

With Ripple, it is more than possible to perform cross-border payments without restrictions or glitches. So, it won’t be wrong to say that both Mastercard and Visa will need Ripple (XRP) technology if they wish to cope their global payments efficiently and scale their volumes at the very best level possible.

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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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