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Brave is Gaining a Lot of Traction, and May Soon Dethrone Google Chrome

Brave has become the most popular browser of the crypto community. It was able to conquer this demanding audience thanks to its philosophy of using blockchain technologies to change the way we conceive the entertainment and content distribution industry.

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Brave Logo

However, the rest of its features are so attractive that Brave not only grew within the community: It is already one of the Top 3 mobile browsers with the most downloads at a global level.

Recently, Brave even dethroned Google Chrome from its privileged position as the second browser on the list for a brief period of time. Right now, both apps are competing for the silver medal, although neither has so far been able to be a dangerous competitor to Mozilla Firefox.

BAT: The Cryptocurrency that “Measures” How Popular Brave is

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BAT Logo is Inspired by Brave’s Philosophy

Basic Attention Token is a cryptocurrency developed by Brave to be used as a mechanism for transfering value through the browser. The idea is to reward users for viewing content while rewarding creators for their work, leaving aside intrusive practices such as unauthorized advertising, data tracking, etc.

Throughout the year, Basic Attention Token (BAT) grew as fast as its parent company’s browser. The fact that it was listed by Coinbase and Circle strongly stimulated its trading, increasing its marketcap, however, it is currently experiencing an important correction that could take its value to levels close to the band of 0.25 – 0.30 USD per token.

Dissenter: The New Competitor That Ditches BAT in Favor of BTC

To comply with its philosophy Brave Browser intends to use Basic
Attention Token. This altcoin is very popular, not only because of its
philosophy but also because it provides great profit opportunities for traders.

Dissenter Logo
Dissenter Logo

However, not everyone agrees with this idea. Many BTC maximalists dislike using altcoins, so they would have preferred the popular browser to be powered by the undisputed crypto King: Bitcoin (BTC).

For this group of people, the GAB team developed Dissenter
browser, a Brave fork that eliminates certain unnecessary features, while
leaving the best of the browser.

The controversy around this browser arose after the founder of Brave attacked Dissenter’s team because the idea of removing BAT didn’t seem very pleasant. He also accused the GAB team of plagiarizing his technology, alleging that this browser has no reason to be.

For its part, the Dissenter team reminded Brave’s CEO that
his browser is another fork of Chrome, which is a fork of the open source
project “Chromium”.

So far the future of these Browsers, although uncertain,
seems very promising, and despite the polemics, one thing is certain: The
crypto-browsers are here to stay (no matter what token they use).

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New Fork of Brave Browsers Ditches BAT for a Lightning Network BTC Wallet. Brave’s CEO is Not Too Happy About This

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Gab, an uncensored microblogging platform is promoting the adoption of a Brave Browser fork, which instead of being powered by BAT will use BTC as its native cryptocurrency.

The
startup owned by Andrew Torba promotes BTC as “free speech Money”, praising its
properties.

Dissenter Browser will be a fork of Brave with no BAT Support

In the
beginning, Torba’s company developed a plugin which they advertised as “the
coment section of the internet.” The plugin allowed comments and discussions on
websites that didn’t offer that option (such as Rotten Tomatoes, CNN and
even Wikipedia comments).

However,
the plugin was removed by Mozilla and Google, which drove the corporation to
take its actions one step further.

Faced
with the censorship of various payment processors such as PayPal, Square,
Coinbase or CashApp, the group decided to use the Brave Browser code as the
basis for the development of its own internet browser.

As a result, it would be impossible to withdraw the plugin since there would be no rules of interaction in a broad sense of the word.

No More BAT. Welcome BTC

However, one of the things that cause more controversy is the decision to eliminate the support of Basic Attention Token, Brave’s native cryptocurrency and replace this technology with a BTC wallet compatible with Lightning Network.

The
move caused a lot of discomfort on the part of the Brave team. Brendan
Eich, creator of Brave accused Gab’s team of being a “parasite fork”.

Eich’s comments generated a kind of virtual fight in which Eich denied brave courage and accused them of wanting to have a fork to execute an extension, and Gab’s team accused Eich of hypocritical (Brave is also a fork of the Chromium Browser)and developing a fork to list a crypto.

So far,
Dissenter Browser has not been released, however the organization has clarified
that it is working to have it or ready in the next few days. The new fork
promises remove BAT, add a Lightning Wallet, add Dissenter, create a new
mascot, offer a revamped “new tab” experience, and leave the project as open
source.

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The Internet Archive Receives 2500$ in Basic Attention Token (BAT) Micropayments

Cryptocurrencies
and blockchain technologies are proving to have more uses every day, convincing
more people and businesses of the relevance of this revolution.

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An example of this is the expansion of Brave, an internet browser built with blockchain tech. The browser integrates its code with a wallet that allows users to reward content creators and receive rewards for their interaction.

Brave Browser is already bearing fruits, growing slowly but steadily. Recently, The Internet Archive shared with its users that it received about $2500 in Basic Attention Token (BAT) tips.

Last week, we hooked up our cryptocurrency wallet to our Brave creator account. Those tiny micropayments that Brave users had tossed into the Archive’s virtual tip jar had accumulated, growing into more than 9k Brave Attention Tokens (BAT) – the equivalent of $2500 USD!

The team explained that they were pleasantly surprised after having initially created the account as a “fun experiment” oriented not only to test a new technology but to support a project that shared a vision similar to that of the Internet Archive.

Brave Browser: How Blockchain is Disrupting the Ads Industry

The company evidenced how blockchain technologies can change the way many industries are structured. According to The Internet Archive, Brave Browser took the first step towards the “re-conception” of the web content industry, which is moving to build a future in which ads do not play such an invasive role:

This was an unexpected windfall. It was also proof that the current web, the one that’s driven by ads that know our every move, doesn’t have to be the web of the future. There could be a better way that’s secure, private and supported by its citizenry. To all of our Brave browser tippers, we thank you. Every little bit makes a big difference.

2500$ may seem little, considering that according to Adstage, advertisers paid $2.8 dollars per thousand impressions in Google Ads. Also, The Web Archive receives about 102.47 Million visits per month according to data from Similar Web.

This would mean a gain of just $1 for every million visits, ie even Brave Browser can not compete against the ads industry, however, as adoption grows and the industry gains credibility, it is very possible that the gap between the two competitors is narrowing.

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Stop using Chrome, Install Brave Browser! Wikipedia Co-founder Tells You Why

Larry Sanger

User privacy and the risks associated with data leaks should be a priority for today’s globalized society, and Larry Sander, co-founder of Wikipedia, is fully aware of this. In early 2019, Sanders said his new year’s resolution was to protect his cyber-life “(along with getting into shape, of course).”

Sanger explains that security threats from criminals (such as ISIS) and tech giants (such as Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica scandal) are becoming more frequent. However, the second reason that made him opted for “locking his cyber life” is the manipulation of the content that “Silicon Valley behemoths” exert on what users consume in the end:

“The Silicon Valley behemoths have decided to move beyond mere moderation for objectively abusive behavior and shutting down (really obvious) terrorist organizations, to start engaging in viewpoint censorship of conservatives and libertarians. As a free speech libertarian who has lived online for much of my life since 1994, these developments are deeply concerning. The culprits include the so-called FAANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google), but to that list we must add YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft.”

To fight this problem, he devised a “plan” which he updated on March 17 and shared on his personal blog, He explained each of the steps he hopes to take during 2019 to have a safer life:

Goodbye Chrome… Hello Brave Browser

The first step of his “plan” (avoid using Google Chrome) has already been completed. He explains that Brave Browser has had a favorable evolution and that now not only is easier to use but it represents a much better option than Google Chrome:

Stop using Chrome. (Done.) Google collects massive amounts of information from us via their browser. The good news is that you don’t have to use it, if you’re among the 62% of people who do … I’ve switched to Eich’s newer, privacy-focused browser, Brave. I’ve had a much better experience using it lately than I had when I first tried it a year or two ago and when it was still on the bleeding edge.

Brave: The team behind Brave Browser and Basic Attention Token (BAT)

Good News For The Privacy Freaks!

Another of Sanger’s steps was subscribing to a VPN service. In this way, the possibility of IP tracking and information manipulation is avoided. However, for those who do not want to spend money on this service, or configure a VPN in more complex cases, Brave Browser can be of great help:

VPNs solve those problems by making your connection to the Internet anonymous. The big problem with VPNs, and the reason I probably won’t do this, is that they slow down your Internet connection … A nice fallback is the built-in private windows in Brave that are run on the Tor network, which operates on a similar principle to VPNs

Basic Attention Token (BAT) Makes it Possible To Get Paid While Surfing The Web

Mr. Sander explains that in addition to being privacy oriented (which is Sander’s primary motivation) Brave offers the option of paying users for consuming content. The BAT token is the browser’s native cryptocurrency and aims to change the way content distribution industry works, providing a more favorable and comfortable alternative for users and providers:

It also pays you in crypto for using it… There’s absolutely no need to use Chrome for anything but testing, and that’s only if you’re in Web development. By the way, the Brave iOS app is really nice, too.

Brave Browser has been considered one of the safest web browsers available. Basic Attention Token (BAT) is ranked 30th in the global marketcap with a total capitalization of $237,320,762 according to data provided by Coinpricewatch.

Courtesy: Coinpricewatch

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Brave Browser Confirmed as HTC Exodus’ Default Web Browsing App

HTC is resolved to win the race for the best blockchain phone on the market. Its commitment to the community seems to be genuine and not only have they bet on accepting payment exclusively in cryptocurrencies to promote their use but also decided to include third-party software that makes use of these technologies.

In a tweet published a few hours ago by Mr. Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software, he expressed his satisfaction after confirming HTC’s decision to include Brave as the Exodus’ default web browser.

Brave Browser: Using Basic Attention Token (BAT) To Create a Better Internet

Brave Browser uses blockchain technologies to improve the user experience and change the way content providers relate to consumers. The idea is to make browsing faster and more convenient by rewarding not only users for consuming content but also giving them the ability to benefit content creators.

“Once you enable Brave Rewards, the Brave browser automatically and anonymously keeps track of sites each user visits. The more times that a user visits a site, the larger the proportion of the user’s monthly contribution is “ear-marked” for that content creator. When contributions for a content creator exceed $100.00 USD, an email is sent to both the webmaster of the site and the registered domain owner from your WHOIS information. The email explains how to verify the ownership of your website with Brave Software.”

The token used by Brave Browser is the Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency that has recently gained considerable popularity, especially after the announcement that it has been supported by Coinbase to be traded on its platform.

Blockchain-Phones: The New Trend

For its part, the HTC Exodus 1 Phone is a phone created by HTC with blockchain technology focused on those users who want to manage their crypto coins from their mobile phone without additional hardware. To do this, HTC developed its own hardware wallet with multi-asset support. The wallet is named Zion and runs on independent hardware embedded into the phone.

The main competition of the HTC Exodus, is the Sirin Labs’ Finney Phone, a device that has similar features but runs under a proprietary Operating System developed as an Android fork.

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Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and BAT Listed on the Abra App

From the 4th of September, users of the Abra app have been able to access three new cryptocurrencies on the mobile app. These cryptocurrencies are Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and Basic Attention Token (BAT). The team at Abra acknowledged the main reason for listing the new digital assets, was the constant requests from the app’s users to add them. The announcement went on to add that:

We’ve been getting a lot of user requests to add various coins and tokens to the Abra app, and we are working diligently to make that happen.

We are really excited to have these coins listed on Abra, and we are working to bring more investment options to Abra users.

28 Cryptocurrencies

The mobile app now supports 28 cryptocurrencies as can be seen in the screenshot below.

28 cryptocurrencies on Abra. Source, abra.com

The Abra wallet allows you to gain exposure to all these crytocurrencies without creating a separate wallet, managing separate keys, or figuring out how to buy these digital assets on a regular crypto exchange. You can also redeem your cryptocurrencies for Bitcoin (BTC) or USD for withdrawal to your bank account.

Global and Flexible

For the aforementioned withdrawals, Abra allows users in the US and the Philippines to withdraw to their bank account. In the case of the latter country, residents in the Philippines can also deposit and withdraw funds to their wallet using a regular teller. This service is currently only available in the Philippines.

Listing Cardano (ADA) and Basic Attention Token (BAT) Before Coinbase

Popular American crypto exchange of Coinbase had earlier announced that it had plans to list the five digital assets of Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Ox (ZRX), ZCash (ZEC) and Stellar (XLM). The team at Abra have managed to beat Coinbase at listing 2 of the 5 digital assets.

Furthermore, it has been over 3 weeks since Coinbase made the announcement about exploring the possibilities of listing the 5 cryptocurrencies, therefore a verdict from the exchange should not be that far away in time.

[Photo courtesy of abra.com]

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Coinbase-explored Basic Attention Token’s (BAT) Brave Browser Attains 10 Million Downloads

Before Coinbase decided to put Basic Attention Token (BAT) among the assets they are exploring, the cryptocurrency has been performing in the space.

Now, the Brave Browser, which rewards users with BAT, has reached a milestone of 10 Million Download on Google Play store. This is a giant milestone for BAT, which appears not so popular until Coinbase mentioned it is exploring it.

The browser is a fast, open source, and privacy-focused. It blocks malvertisements, trackers, and contains a ledger system that anonymously captures user attention to accurately reward publishers. On the browser users are rewarded for their contents.

“The Brave browser knows where users spend their time, making it the perfect tool to calculate and reward publishers with BATs. This service creates a transparent and efficient Blockchain-based digital advertising market.”

Through the browser, publishers are rewarded with more revenue because middlemen and fraud are reduced. Those who use the browser are served with fewer but better targeted ads devoid of malware, while advertisers are receive better data on their spending.

Brave Has 3 Million Monthly Active Users

In July, Brave announced they now has over 3 million monthly active users (over 3.1 million as of July 1st). They added that they are moving to pass the 5 million mark before the end of 2018.

The statement added that, “Brave has also reached the Top 10 category in “free communication apps” for its Android browser in the Google Play Store in the United States as well 20 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas”.

“This includes #8 in the U.S., #7 in Canada,  #8 in France, #4 in Portugal, #6 in Spain, #5 in Ireland, as well as #3 in Indonesia, #7 in Singapore, #10 in South Korea, and #5 in Argentina.”

BAT Grants Dishes Out $500,000 BAT Giveaway

That same July, Brave publicized they issued BAT grants to Brave users as part of the monthly $500,000 BAT giveaway. In the same line, the statement stated that Brave had over 18,000 Brave verified publishers (over 4,500 websites and 13,500 YouTube and Twitch streamers).

Basic Attention Token (BAT) has been a growing idea before Coinbase made it known to its users they are adding the cryptocurrency.

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Coinbase Displays Maker (MKR), 0x (ZRX), Basic Attention Token (BAT) On Its Newly Converted Toshi Wallet

The cryptocurrency community is surprised seeing Coinbase display Maker, OX, Basic Attention Token on its newly converted Toshi Wallet.

Not long, Coinbase announced it’s exploring some assets and may soon list them on its exchange.

Among these coins were Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) and 0x (ZRX). However, Coinbase did not state if it will definitely list this asset. Also. Maker is said to be explored by Coinbase Custody, but not Coinbase exchange.

Displaying these three coins on Coinbase wallet does not denote the Coinbase exchange will list any of them anytime soon.

Few days ago, Coinbase announced it is converting Toshi wallet to Coinbase Wallet. The exchange said that Toshi’s now Coinbase Wallet.

According to a release by Coinbase, “Toshi was developed by the Coinbase team a little over a year ago.”

“When the product launched, it featured the world’s first mobile dapp browser. Later, we became the first wallet to launch crypto collectibles. Our goal was to make managing crypto and accessing the decentralized web as easy as downloading an app on your mobile phone. And as part of our effort to be the most trusted brand in the space, we also set out to provide best-in-class secure storage. With Coinbase Wallet, your private keys are secured using your device’s Secure Enclave and biometric authentication technology.”

According to the release, with Coinbase wallet, it is easy for users to:

  • Manage ETH and all your ERC-20 tokens (very soon we’ll be supporting BTC, BCH and LTC).
  • Receive airdrops and ICO tokens.
  • Buy and store crypto collectibles — non-fungible tokens that are unique — and use them in games, or trade them on marketplaces.
  • Send payments to anyone anywhere, without geographical borders or fees.
  • Access leading decentralized exchanges and relayers to buy and sell tokens.
  • Explore the full universe of third party dapps that enable everything from taking out a loan or lending to others on the blockchain to earning crypto by answering questions, performing services, or completing tasks.

Every cryptocurrency related idea is seeking expansion, this has been the case of Coinbase and many other prominent crypto exchanges.

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NANO and XVG Lead a Pack of 14 Alt-Coins Rebounding With a Vengeance

The crypto-markets have regained some much needed volumes with the total crypto-market capitalization going back to levels above $200 Billion and currently at $205 Billion. Bitcoin’s (BTC) dominance is still much above half this value and at 53.6%.The King of Crypto is up 4.32% in the last 24 hours and is currently trading at $6,383.

With a stable Bitcoin above levels of $6,000, comes the resurgence of Alt-coins in the markets that has been led by a pack of 14 coins and tokens showing impressive gains. A better visual of the situation can be found below:

14 Alt-coins showing impressive gains in an unsure market recovery. Source, Coinmarketcap.com

NANO and XVG Lead the pack

Further analyzing the list of 14 coins, we find that a few stand out by showcasing impressive gains. NANO has increased in value by over 25% in 24 hours to current levels of $1.11. Verge (XVG) has also increased in value by close to 14% and is currently valued at $0.011884. Basic Attention Token (BAT) also stands out with 14.5% in gains in the last 24 hours. It is currently valued at $0.19866.

Coin Values Still Too Low

However, these prices are still low when we observe that the total market capitalization stood at $255 Billion before the SEC announced they’d be delaying their decision as to whether they will accept the rule change proposed by the CBOE sponsored Bitcoin ETF. Since then, the total crypto market capitalization dropped to its lowest yesterday, August 14th when it was valued momentarily at $189.8 Billion. At that moment, the crypto markets had contracted by 25.5% since the SEC’s announcement to delay the ETF.

This then explains why we are seeing some of our favorite coins doing double digit gains as they try to recover to levels witnessed before the SEC announcement that has been described by some as a small ‘Extinction Level Event’.

Ted Rogers, the president of the cryptocurrency infrastructure firm Xapo, was the first to point this out via twitter when he stated the following:

We could be in the midst of the extinction-level event for “cryptoassets” that many maximalists have predicted. 90%+ of @CoinMarketCap list will disappear eventually – might as well happen now. Meantime, lower BTC price means incredible opportunity to buy more #bitcoin.

Mr. Rogers’ comments might not go down well with a few alt-coin believes given that the crypto-markets have shown to function using different variables as those seen in traditional markets. A drop by 90% in less than a year could be an indicator of an incoming Bull run.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available.

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Is Cardano (ADA) a Better Investment Option than XRP and LTC for The Rest of 2018?

The signs and signals in the crypto-markets are indicating a resurgence of Bitcoin (BTC) to past glory as witnessed in the second half of 2017. By the end of July last year, The King of Crypto was valued at $2,700. Less than 6 months later, and on the 17th of December, BTC was valued at $20,000: a percentage increase of 640%. Could we be headed for a similar rally in 2018?

It is with the latter question that many crypto-traders and investors are looking for investment choices that will bring favorable returns once BTC confirms that this is indeed a Bull run and not a bull trap.

Looking at our favorite options of XRP (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC), the two coins have a lot going on both in terms of still being a favorable investment option as well as what might make crypto-investors to think twice about the two digital assets.

XRP (XRP) has recently gone through a rebranding effort to separate the digital asset from the company of Ripple. This is partly due to the fact that the SEC has yet to classify the digital asset as a security or not. There are also 3 pending lawsuits against the Ripple company that all claim XRP is a security and the Ripple company failed to register the asset as such. The outcomes of the lawsuits are a great unknown that is probably leading a few investors away from XRP.

With respect to LTC, the Litecoin Foundation recently acquired a 9.9% stake in Germany’s WEB bank through a partnership with TokenPay that also touches on Verge (XVG) indirectly. This is due to the fact that TokenPay and Verge are solid partners. LTC is trying to recover from the disappointments of Litepay and the FUD that Charlie Lee sold out on the project. In fact, Charlie has removed the proverbial boxing gloves and is responding to criticism on twitter directly as can be seen when he stated the following:

I’m trying my best to get LTC to $400 so people like you will stop shitting on me all the time. Who abandoned LTC?!

Switching our attention to Cardano (ADA), the coin is looking more attractive by the day. To begin with, there are news of the Coinbase exchange considering the addition of ADA to the platform together with 4 other digital assets of BAT, XLM, ZRX and ZEC. This news sent the values of each of these digital assets to the roof in a matter of hours. A Coinbase addition of ADA would confirm that ADA is indeed a solid investment option for Coinbase has been known to pick only the best digital assets and to provide services geared towards institutional investors.

Secondly, Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK and co-founder of Cardano, recently expressed his vision for the cryptocurrency when he said the following:

I would love to see Cardano as the first trillion dollar cryptocurrency and the reason being is that that would effectively mean that we have built a self-sustaining economy.

Knowing that the Cardano project is driven purely by research, his vision could become a reality in the near future also due to the fact of the stellar team behind the project and platform. When making an investment option, researching who is behind the project, is wise before you buy in. The team at Cardano look like the real deal.

Therefore, it is with these few points that it might be a wiser decision to stock up on Cardano for the rest of 2018 rather than our favorite assets of XRP and LTC. With BTC looking ready to Run with the Bulls, early investment decisions are what make the difference.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. It is an opinion piece. The opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available.

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