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Crypto-Rewarding Blogs Are Getting Popular, One of Them Set Up by Former Ripple CTO

Ex-Ripple chief technology officer is launching a blogging platform,
considering content as one of a major use cases for crypto

Last year, Stefan Thomas, a former Ripple’s CTO, launched a closed beta testing of his Coil startup headquartered in San Francisco. Coin is a public venue for bloggers enabling them to earn XRP.

Best Coil authors to get paid in crypto

Since the beta kicked off in late summer 2018,
around 1,000 users have been paying around $5 per month as a subscription fee.
Unlike other platforms, like Spotify, Coil automatically pays bloggers in XRP
depending on how popular their content is.

As reported by CoinDesk, Coil.com cooperates with Stronghold, a platform that enables converting crypto to USD. The final target of Coil is to introduce free access for users with a tipping option. Creators of best content will be getting paid.

Ultimately, the creators of the platform plan
to use various cryptocurrencies on Coil.com. The focus will be on charging
payments per time spent on a blog page.

Avi Kabani, who has published a few books on love and relationships, and a Forbes writer Thomas Silkjær have already joined Coil. Kabani has managed to earn 21 XRP and Silkjær believes that in the future Coil may well push out some media with paid subscriptions from the market. In an interview he said:

“You pay per second you are visiting a website. But the underlying technology is much more capable. Imagine paying per kilobyte streamed of video, or paying for time spent reading articles otherwise walled by paywalls and subscription.”

Tron-based app tests a writers’ platform

In January, it was reported that a Tron-based dapp was setting up a platform which would enable writers to sell their self-published books for crypto.

The BOOK project team back then was planning
to launch a testnet dubbed Dummy Book Network. This network would use the WRT
token as the major coin.

In the future, the team claims, this network
will enable authors to do without major electronic book-sellers, such as
Amazon, that charge immense fees and give a tiny bit of the royalty to their
authors.

Other blogs that pay writers in crypto

Apart from the BOOK project and the Coil
platform, there are also rivalling platforms that offer crypto rewards to
content makers.

The privacy-focused Brave browser offers
rewards for bloggers and YouTubers in BAT (Basic Attention Token).

Other platforms like that are Yalls and Cent –
they offer rewards in Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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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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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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