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Ripple Labs releases $250M fund for NFT creators and brands

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Ripple Labs, a big supporter of Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), has announced that it is launching a $250 million fund for creators, institutions, and brands, giving them opportunities to explore new use cases for NFTs on its ledger.

The company said that the main aim of the Fund is to increase the speed of adoption of NFTs in the crypto space. Ripple Labs stated that it sought to resolve problems such as “cloak” user experiences, hefty transaction costs, and highly-talked potential consequences of NFTs on the environment.

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Ripple further informed that the creators would receive financial and co-marketing support, technical support for a superior NFT experience built on the XRPL, and creative support to craft premium NFT projects.

The company’s CTO, David Schwartz, has earlier described the ledger’s cheap cost, faster service, and payment functionalities to “streamline NFT creation at scale.”

Ripple Labs believes NFTs can accelerate adoption

The Wednesday announcement indicated that the Ripple Labs believes that NFTs incorporate the promise of tokenization and could be a door towards the mainstream’s acceptance. The company said it is raved about unlocking a new NFT utility and accelerating the broader shift to tokenizing through the new Fund and XRPL.

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Per Ripple, the NFT Marketplace would be among the few to acquire the Fund so early. MintNFT and Mintable are two such marketplaces. XRP Ledger is capable of building any proposed NFT use case, enabling creators to pay for their skills and talent. 

In July, Mintable said that the XRP Ledger is planned for integration because it is “best to give smooth integration and user experience for NFTs.” Mintable has minted 70k plus items since 2020. The NFT marketplace and Ripple have talked about the environmental issues in the crypto world. Ripple Labs also stated that it vowed to become carbon-neutral zero by 2030 while the XRP ledger does not cause any carbon-related issues.

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XRP and Other Top Cryptocurrencies Now Accepted by Croatia’s Largest Supermarket Chain

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Crypto is becoming mainstream in Croatia because of Konzum

Konzum, the largest supermarket chain in Croatia, which was founded all the way back in 1957, has begun accepting cryptocurrencies in its online store, according to a Dec. 1 report by Zagreb-based newspaper 24sata.

The lineup of supported digital currencies includes Ether (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), XRP, Stellar Lumen (XLM) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as well two stablecoins (Tether [USDT] and DAI).

Shoppers are now able to buy groceries, hygiene items, household supplies and other items with the aforementioned cryptocurrencies.

Konzum partnered with Croatian fintech company Electrocoin to use its PayCek system to facilitate crypto payments.

They spent several weeks testing the service before the official rollout in the run-up to Christmas.

Crypto is coming to Konzum’s physical stores

Crypto payments will also gradually become available in Konzum’s physical stores throughout the country.

The company will begin with 60 locations that have self-checkouts. After that, new payment options will be introduced in 630 stores of all sizes throughout Croatia.

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Why Brad Garlinghouse and Ripple (XRP) are Excluded from the US House Full Committee Hearing?

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On December 01, 2021, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced witnesses for the December 8 full Committee hybrid hearing entitled, “Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States.

Reportedly, “Since becoming Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congresswoman Waters has transformed the Committee to focus its agenda on fairness, protecting consumers and investors, which includes accountability of large financial institutions and emerging tech products and services. She has made it a practice to call Committee hearings with CEOs of major financial institutions and companies to hold them accountable.”

The Committee has been a leader in highlighting issues related to cryptocurrency and financial technology:

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US House Committee on Financial Services expressed:  Chairwoman RepMaxineWaters announces Cryptocurrency CEOs to Testify at Full Committee Hearing.

Witness List:  Witness List: Jeremy Allaire, CEO, Circle Pay; Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO, FTX.US; Brian Brooks, CEO, Bitfury Group; Chad Cascarilla, CEO, Paxos Global; Denelle Dixon, CEO, Stellar.Org Development Foundation; Alesia Haas, CEO, Coinbase Inc. and CFO, Coinbase Global Inc.

Denelle Dixon expressed:  Honored to testify at next week’s full committee hearing on digital assets and the future of finance. Thank you to Chairwoman

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Community Reaction:  Where is Brad Garlinghouse Ripple (XRP) this is disappointing that the most compliant abs transparent US based Cryptocurrency is not represented.

No Ripple? What a joke. Don’t think they’ll be involved in innovating the future of finance? Sad.

“Due to COVID-19, all markups and hearings will be in hybrid format. Members and witnesses may participate remotely via Cisco WebEx or participate in-person in room 2128 Rayburn House Office Building.”

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Covid is not the reason why Brad was not called.

Why is Ripple not invited?  Maybe they were invited but due to ongoing legal case they refused or couldn’t participate who knows?

I can just see certain CEOs are trying to bash other crypto instead of standing together.  Crypto Committee hearing without the multibillion Dollar Blockchain Decacorn and Global Player Ripple (XRP)

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The Ones that William be Testifying William be the ones who paid the entry fee.

Ok. So, this is basically a meeting to learn more about stable coins. *Noted.*

So many XRP fans roughed up realizing Stellar is a better protocol. Who will be translating to these dinosaurs.

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Why not invite Ripple? Politicians ruin everything they are involved with.

Other than Sam there is no single big player in this list. Seriously, term limits can’t be here any sooner.

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A recovery rally for Ripple [XRP] may be right around the corner

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XRP just broke away from a month-long downtrend. After dropping below the psychological level of $1-level. However, following the latest rise in the market, XRP climbed surged back to the press time price of $1.09.

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse had revealed making tremendous headway in its legal feud with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission last week. In a recent interview with CNBC, 

“We’re seeing pretty good progress despite a slow-moving judicial process. Clearly, we’re seeing good questions asked by the judge. And I think the judge realizes this is not just about Ripple, this will have broader implications”

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Since its all-time high of $3, XRP has undergone a dramatic decline. But with the Ripple vs SEC heading in a positive direction, things look good for XRP. After a rather dull November, the coming days may be kind to the asset’s price trend. 

XRP’s bearish narrative may flip

A recovery rally for Ripple [XRP] may be right around the corner

XRP has been on a constant decline since the beginning of the year as it fluctuated within the trendlines of a descending parallel channel. As the pattern completed, a much-needed bullish breakout transpired. Subsequently, the asset posted five straight green candles after breaking away. The increase in volatility in the market may support the upward price action.   

Besides, the price candles surged past the 200 daily moving average [Yellow] this week which was another positive development. Even as the 50 DMA [Pink] and the 100 DMA [Blue] continued to hover above the candlesticks, it has so far dodged a potential bearish crossover.

Bulls Defend Despite Being Under Pressure

A recovery rally for Ripple [XRP] may be right around the corner

The technicals look promising even if they aren’t strongly bullish. The switch to the green closing bar of Awesome Oscillator [AO] depicted a bullish momentum. The Chaikin Money Flow [CMF] appeared to be heading above the zero line indicating a steady increase in capital inflow in the coin market. The daily Relative Strength Index [RSI] was also climbing towards the 50-median line in tandem with the rising price as it demonstrated a weakening sell pressure. 

The profit-taking phase may come to an end if the crypto-asset maintains the momentum and breaches the moving averages of 50 and 100 near $1.10. The buyers stepping in may further catalyze the price. The resistance levels to watch out for are $1.15, $1.28, and $1.39. The support levels, on the other hand, are found to be $0.93, $0.87, and $0.715 respectively.

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