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Ripple Blockchain Firm to Establish Regional Headquarters in Dubai

Amid the conflict with the SEC over its strict crypto regulatory framework, Ripple has announced that it will set up a regional office in Dubai….



Amid the conflict with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its strict crypto regulatory framework, Ripple has announced that it will set up a regional office in Dubai.

The blockchain firm has announced that it will instill regional headquarters in Dubai, a leading global financial center. The news comes amid a time when Ripple has been considering exiting the United States due to conflict with the cryptocurrency regulatory framework put forth by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Under the SEC’s cryptocurrency policies, Ripple’s native token XRP could be registered as a security, which may result in strict sanctions applied to the blockchain company.

Dubai has proven to be very crypto-friendly, with plans to launch a “cryptocurrency valley” in the country’s free zone, where personal or corporate income tax would not be applicable, allowing blockchain and crypto firms to run on its own judicial system. By establishing offices in Dubai at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Ripple hopes to expand its clientele and benefit from the financial hub’s views on digital assets, in which XRP would likely not be registered as a security.

Navin Gupta, the managing director for Ripple’s South Asia, Middle East, and North African operations, said:

“Our regional office will serve as a springboard to introduce our blockchain based solutions and deepen our ties with even more Financial Institutions in the region. We feel very welcome in our new regional home at DIFC.”

The news comes as Joe Biden has won the elections over Donald Trump. With Biden as President of the United States, effective starting on January 20, 2021, regulations revolving around cryptocurrencies may change once more in the country. Whether or not that will accommodate Ripple’s XRP operations still remains in question. One thing is for certain – despite the SEC’s strict policies for crypto, this has not prevented Ripple from expanding its network and business. 

Its blockchain-based payment network, RippleNet, has been rapidly expanding and has already been leveraged in more than 45 countries as of now.



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WWE Plans to Release the Undertaker NFTs Ahead of WrestleMania 37

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced that it will release non-fungible tokens (NFTs) featuring the Undertaker ahead of WrestleMania 37, which will run today and tomorrow at Raymond



World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. plans to release its first-ever non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to showcase great moments of legendary iconic fighter – Mark William Callaway, popularly known as by ring name the Undertaker.

The goal behind the launch of these NFTs is to celebrate the Undertaker’s legacy and increase fan engagements. Of course, the Undertaker is recognized as the best WWE superstar of all time who won several titles during his wrestling career, including three-time World Heavyweight Champion and maintaining the longest unmatched winning streak at WrestleMania, with twenty-one wins and zero losses. The Undertaker retired from professional wrestling in November 2020, after 33 years of engaging in wrestling activities.

The WWE – the New York stock exchange-listed firm – has partnered with cryptocurrency wallet provider Bitski to roll out the initiative.

The WWE will drop the NFTs on Bitski’s website today April 10 at 10:30 AM Eastern time. The NFTs would be available for auction purchases in two instalments between April 10 and April 11. Participants would need to have a Bitski account, and winners will get NFTs in their wallets.

The Undertaker NFTs will be offered in four tiers – Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Platinum tier has an opening bid of $10,000 while the Gold one has an opening bid of $5,000.

Silver and Bronze tiers have fixed prices of $1,000 and $100 respectively, with some limited offerings.

The higher bidder for the platinum tier will get two front-row tickets for WrestleMania 38 in 2022 and WrestleMania 39 in 2023, and also get VIP access, hotel accommodation, and a personalized video from the Undertaker himself.

In the recent past, Triple H, a retired professional wrestler and the current WWE executive vice president talked about the integration of NFTs into the sports during an interview with fight author and podcast creator Jeremy Lambert. However, he was unsure when such integration into wrestling sports would happen.

NFTs Attracting Investors’ Interest

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital blockchain tokens that represent ownership of unique items (such as music, art, real estate or even casks of whiskey), whether physical or digital. They are something with units (value) which can be bought and sold like any other piece of property, but they have no tangible form of their own.

NFTs have become the latest craze in the digital and crypto asset world and the hype around such tokens has currently resulted in an explosion of digital art being sold via blockchain technology. Currently, there is a significant growing interest among investors in these tokens.

For example, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey recently sold his first NFT tweet for $2.9 million. A blockchain company recently bought a Banksy art piece worth $95,000. Millions of people across the globe have seen Beeple’s art sold for $69 million and the image has been copied and shared countless times.

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The WWE will drop the NFTs on Bitski’s website today April 10 at 10:30 AM Eastern time. The NFTs would be available for auction purchases in two instalments between April 10 and April 11. Participants would need to have a Bitski account, and winners will get NFTs in their wallets.



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Square, Paradigm, Fidelity, and Coinbase Establish Crypto Council to Lobby Regulators

The new cryptocurrency council aims to serve as the growing industry’s voice to advocate for the economic and social benefits of crypto assets and related technologies.



Crypto venture capital firm Paradigm, Square, Fidelity Investments, and Coinbase crypto exchange have established a new cryptocurrency council to lobby policymakers to support the rapidly growing crypto industry.

The aim of the newly formed trade group “The Crypto Council for Innovation” is to ensure that policymakers understand the significance of the crypto innovation and develop favourable regulations that would enable the industry to thrive.

“The Crypto Council for Innovation” aims to shape the manner in which crypto assets are regulated and it seeks to demonstrate the “transformational promise of crypto and communicate its benefits to policymakers, regulators, and people around the globe.”

Fred Ehrsam, the co-founder of Paradigm investment firm told The Wall Street Journal that “cryptocurrency is at mainstream inflection point.”

He further added:

“It’s in its very early stages and, much like the internet (once was), it’s very fragile while it’s in that stage. It’s challenging because policy makers want to balance risk and reward, and even people who spend time in this space would struggle to predict where this will go in the coming decade. It was very hard to say where the internet was going to go.”

The council is planning to assemble a board of representatives from each of the four initial members. The council will also create an executive team.

Cryptocurrencies Helping Global Economy

The formation of the crypto council comes at a time when prices of several cryptocurrencies have risen, attracting interest from mainstream investors as well as brokers and banks which serve them. At the beginning of this year, the total market capitalization of Bitcoin climbed to $1 trillion for the first time.

Cryptocurrency is a new industry as many people are still not sold on the market’s future. Crypto evangelists claim that crypto assets and blockchain technology have the capacity for job creation and extension of financial services to consumers living anywhere across the globe at little to no cost.

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to enable economic and social growth throughout the world, including in developing nations, by providing easier access to capital and financial services. Therefore, regulators and policymakers across the globe will play a prominent role in shaping the future of crypto assets.

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Fred Ehrsam, the co-founder of Paradigm investment firm told The Wall Street Journal that “cryptocurrency is at mainstream inflection point.”



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Top 5 Evolving Cryptocurrency Startups That Are Revolutionizing The Future of Fintech

Tremendous evolution in cryptocurrency startups provides to be revolutionary in the Fintech industry now and in upcoming years.



Perhaps, a massive amount of capital is flowing from legacy institutions to Bitcoin and other digital assets.

Bitcoin is evolving and blockchain is maturing due to technological advancements. Digital currencies have risen considerably during the pandemic year. Bitcoin has been in the headlines throughout the year, resulting in the price emergence of other coins and cryptocurrencies.

Considering recent evolution in cryptocurrency industries and Bitcoin’s price expansion, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, announced recently that his company Tesla invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin. Additionally, Tesla has begun considering BTC payments for their electric vehicles. The company updated its investment policy recently in January 2021 to provide liability and flexibility, and to maximize returns on cash which is not required to maintain sufficient operating liquidity.

Keeping in view the above-mentioned updates, analysts and researchers concluded that investors can be easily wiped out if digital currency prices evolve in the future. Many companies and evolving organizations are currently working on acquiring blockchain and cryptocurrency transformations.

Let’s have a look at the top 5 most evolving cryptocurrency startups that prove to be revolutionizing the future of the Fintech industry.

1. Wintermute

Wintermute was founded by Harro Mantel, Evgeny Gaevoy, and Yoann Turpin in 2017. The main goal of this startup is to provide more liquidity which is required for the cryptocurrency market. Moreover, they are keener to adopt innovative decentralized finance for transaction purposes. The startup is currently funding $20M. Thankfully, Wintermute offers sophisticated trading algorithms and technology and provides liquidity to thousands of pairs across trading platforms and most vetted exchanges internationally. The best part is the company is dedicated to helping digital asset exchanges and blockchain for an unpredictable future of the fintech Industry.

2. Nebeus

Nebeus was founded by Konstantin Zaripov, Sergey Romanovskiy. This evolving London-based company is providing a strong bridge by fulfilling the gap between cash and cryptocurrency. It is providing crypto-backed cash services to people for everyday use. Surprisingly Nebeus raised €995K through an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. People can buy, sell and exchange cryptocurrency efficiently and accurately. The main product is crypto asset-collateralized loans, with health monitoring, fluctuation alerts, integrated and proprietary margin calls.

3. Coinrule

Coinrule was founded by Gabriele Musella, Oleg Giberstein, and Zdenek Hofler. Coinrule is currently funding £941K and is the smart assistant for cryptocurrency exchange and trading while being capable of fighting back automated bots and high funds. The company affirms that it is uncomplicated and requires no coding skills. CoinRule is a beginner-friendly yet safe and secure platform used to send automated instructions to the customer’s chosen exchange. The company does not require any private keys and withdrawal rights from its customers.

4. Radix DLT

Radix DLT was founded by Dan Hughes and is currently funding £16.2M. It is a London-based decentralized finance (DeFi) network, emerging to develop DeFi protocols, providing frictionless access, liquidity and programmability to any digital asset around the globe. The main goal of this company is to provide solutions to complex queries in the current era of a centralized financial system. Radix focuses on three drivers of DeFi growth i.e. access, liquidity, and choice.

5. Wirex

Wirex was founded by Dmitry Lazarichev, Georgy Sokolov, Pavel Matveev and is currently funding £5.7M. The main goal of Wirex is to make cryptocurrency and other traditional currencies equally accessible to everyone. The company has its own personal application and the Nex-gen Wirex card allows its customers to buy, sell, exchange, and spend a wide range of digital and conventional currencies with a high rate of effectiveness and security, with no hidden fees.

Hence, the cryptocurrency sector has undoubtedly gained immense popularity in the past couple of years, and has started to affect the economy of numerous countries. Whenever technological advancements come under discussion, expansion in blockchain and acquisition of cryptocurrency is now almost always part of the conversation. In the near future, cryptocurrencies have the potential to grow and reshape the landscape of fintech startups.

Companies like Facebook and other tech giants are focusing on adopting cryptocurrency and integrating it into their network as it is the next big revolution in the fintech industry.

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