Midweek Catch Up

The crypto space has been moving so fast with news and announcements  lately it is hard to keep up with it all. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days. To start things off Binance U.S. launches today, the website is up and running however it is not available to users  in the following states Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Washington. While registering and trying to use the website I did run into a few issues that will hopefully soon be worked out. 

Harbor Tokenizes Real Estate Funds 

Harbor created tokens on the ethereum blockchain representing the shares of four real estate funds worth $100 million.“For years, we’ve been looking for ways to create the best investment experience we can and for us that means providing liquidity for them,” said Chris Christensen, CEO of Bellevue, Washington-based iCap. Harbor will now try and transition  from crowdfund to security token market. For more information visit Coindesk’s full article.

Cross River Bank, Coinbase, Ripple 

A connection was when some were noticing that the wire transfer feature has changed on the Coinbase exchange. The bank that was now being use is Cross River Bank another change that was noticed is that now they offered cross boarder payments for free. It didn’t take long for the XRP community to put it together and verify the information with a quick google search. Since 2014 Cross River Bank has been using Ripple tech for real time international payments. More information about this on the full article at  Todays XRP News.

 

Mozilla $100 Million Grant  

Coil announces a program which they hope will help to fix monetization on the Web once and for all. Coil, together with Mozilla and Creative Commons is launching a $100m Grant for the Web to benefit creators and promote the open Web Monetization standard. Coil believes that  “privacy abuses related to ads, demonetization to appease advertisers, unethical sponsored content, popular sites struggling to make money, ads placed next to content without the creator’s consent, ad-blocker arms race, subscription fatigue, large platforms abusing their market power, and so on. All of these issues can be traced back to one simple problem: browsers don’t pay. This forces sites to raise funds through workarounds like ads, data trafficking, sponsored content, and site-by-site subscriptions.” They aim to work with the community to improve this wide spread problem. The full article can be found at Coil Grant For The Web.

 

XRP Get Massive Exposure  

Line Corp announces the launch of a crypto trading platform BITMAX. It will be directly linked to the LINE app through the LINE Wallet button and available to millions of Japanese people that use LINE on a monthly basis. BITMAX also supports BTC, ETH, XRP, as well as BCH and LTC. LINE app has not only 81 million users in Japan but also 164 million users in other countries. By launching BITMAX, LINE plans to expose crypto to all of its customers globally. More on this can be found at U Today.

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