BAT Jumps 10% as Brave Releases Chromium-Based Browser

Francisco Memoria

The Basic Attention Token (BAT) has recently seen its price jump about 10% after Brave, a browser devised by JavaScript creator Brendan Eich, launched a new Chromium-based version with support for Chrome extensions.

The Brave browser is a privacy-oriented one, that has been downloaded over 10 million times from Google’s Play store and has a built-in ad blocker. It also blocks third-party trackers by default and, as such, uses the BAT token to reward publishers for their content.

According to CryptoCompare data the token saw its price surge from $0.21 to a high of over $0.245, before it started to correct and dropped down to about $0.232. In the last 24-hour period, it’s up by over 10%.

Brave's BAT token surged

The jump came shortly after Brave launched a new stable version of its desktop browser based on Chromium, which the organization claims is 22% faster than the previous version, an improvement that “can represent savings of 8 to 12 seconds on certain sites.”

The new version added support for Google Chrome extensions, as well as a few advantages including a BAT token airdrop for every user who downloads it. Other features still to come include cross-platform synchronization, as well as a release of its Brave Rewards program, which is currently in beta.

The Brave Rewards program has seen public trials get launched and a few details released. Reportedly, users who decide to see ads will receive 70% of the revenue from ads “delivered directly to the user in a separate ad tab,” and 15% from ads that appear on websites, called “publisher ads,” in the form of BAT.

Per the chief executive of the privacy-centric browser, users can make as much as $70 in the year of 2019 opting in to view ads. Its advantages have notably been helping Brave gain popularity, so much so it went from 4 million monthly active users in early September to 4.6 million in early October.

BAT holders may have other reasons to remain bullish. Back in July San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase revealed it was considering several cryptoassets, one of them being BAT. Another cryptoasset it was considering, ZRX, has been listed.

Early Bitcoiner Donates 50 BTC to Grin, Sparking Satoshi Nakamoto Rumors

The Grin General Fund has recently received an anonymous 50 BTC donations from an early bitcoin adopter, a move that sparked rumors it could’ve been Satoshi Nakamoto.

Grin is a privacy-focused cryptocurrency that aims to empower anyone to transact and save money without fearing external control or oppression. One of its developers, Daniel Lehnberg, recently revealed the project received a 50 BTC donation from an address that stored the coins since they were mined.

A look at the data on the blockchain shows the address mined the 50 BTC back in December of 2010, when block rewards were still of 50 BTC and when the cryptocurrency was worth very little.  The only transactions the address have are the one receiving the coinbase rewards in December 2010, and the donation to Grin this month.

Analyzing the data Litecoin creator Charlie Lee said on Telegram the donation came from Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto. Lee later on clarified his comment was a joke, but rumors started flying, setting the crypto community abuzz.

Lehnberg revealed in his post that he managed to interact briefly with the donor, who chose to remain anonymous. The donor said he wouldn’t judge how the funds, currently worth around $429,240, would be spent and assured him the project was going great and that it “feels like 2009/2010 again.”

The donor reportedly added:

It’s wonderful that we have GRIN now, our motives are not economical! It’s about the technology and the protocol. Please put it to good use for the development of GRIN … We saw your work and your ethics towards the project and your interest free work. This is what we are honouring right now with these donations so that you can work freely on GRIN. Without economic dependencies.

The donor added that hopefully they judged right and “time will tell.” It’s worth pointing out that blockchain data also shows that at the time of the transaction, December of 2010, the number of unique addresses on the Bitcoin network grew from 500 to 600.

One unique address if often associated with one user, although anyone can, of course, create multiple unique addresses. As the donor mentioned it “feels like 2009/2010” wit’s possible they got into Bitcoin the year it was created, 2009.

If so, blockchain data shows the number of unique addresses grew to 100 that year, which could still mean there are 100 potential candidates, one of them being Satoshi Nakamoto himself.

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