Former TRON CTO Says If Justin Sun ‘Slanders’ Him Again, He Will Fight Back

Siamak Masnavi

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On Monday (May 13), Lucien (Chinese name: "Zhiqiang") Chen, who claims that he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at TRON Foundation until May 10, said that the accusations levelled against him by Justin Sun were false, and promised to take legal action if the TRON Foundation CEO "slanders" him again.

Lucien Announces His Departure From TRON Foundation 

It all started on May 10, when Lucien published a post on the Medium blog for a new blockchain startup called Volume Network, which apparently he has founded recently and where he is currently the CEO. 

Here are some of the main points from Lucien's blog post:

  • Two years ago, he had joined TRON Foundation as CTO.  Furthermore, he said that he and Justin were co-founders of TRON.
  • He was leaving his position at TRON Foundation on May 10, the day that this post was published.
  • The reason for his departure was to "rebuild a new TRON" and he had decided to call this new blockchain project "Volume Network".
  • Because of "irreconcilable" differences between him and Justin, today's TRON is not what he had in mind when he first joined the company.
  • The reasons for his disillusionment are as follows:
    • Voting in TRON is centralized. To explain what he means, he says that while the "total number of TRX in TRON is 100 billion," the "total number of votes for the super representatives is just less than 8 billion."
    • "TRON is not associated with the Internet." He is unhappy that the TRON ecosystem is most made up of gambling-related decentralized applications (DApps) and very few "commercial applications."
    • "TRON has deviated from the spirit and original intention of the blockchain." In short, he feels that while the "spirit of the blockchain" is all about decentralization, almost every aspect of TRON is currently far too centralized. 
  • He wants Volume Network to be "a real community project."

TRON Foundation's Accusations Against Lucien

On May 12, Reddit user "pochacod" posted what he said was an official response that he managed to get from TRON Foundation regarding Lucien's claims; he posted this on a Reddit thread called "Lucien Chen Megathread":

"According to the inspection department of TRON, former employees Z. Chen, J. Zhu, and X. Xie are suspected of misappropriation of funds, bribery, competitive infringement, and theft of trade secrets and intellectual property. Chen, Zhu, and Xie were dismissed in January, 2019 for violation of corporate policies and the law. Relevant documents and materials have been handed over to the judiciary. Z. Chen joined TRON in October, 2017 not as a co-founder but rather a technical leader."

Then, on May 13, Coindesk reported that Justin himself had expressed similar words via his Weibo account. More specifically, the translated text of Justin's post mentions that Lucien ("Z. Chen") was "an ordinary employee on the technical side and was not a co-founder," even though on 2 June 2018, Justin had posted a tweet referring to Lucin as TRON's CTO:

Lucien's Response to Justin's Accusations of Wrongdoings

On May 13, Lucien published a second blog post on Volume Network's Medium's account to respond to Justin's accusations.

Lucien says that:

  • He was "really surprised" to hear that he was neither the former CTO of TRON Foundation nor its co-founder.
  • He had left Alibaba "after much plea from Justin persuading me to join the team for 5–6 years as the CTO and co-founder of Tron.network."
  • Justin's accusations of "embezzlement" and "taking of bribes" are "image damaging" and he "won’t take it likely" the next that he is "slandered in this manner. "

Featured Image Courtesy of Lucien Chen

Opera Launches Blockchain, Cryptocurrency-Ready Browser for iOS

Opera Ltd., the company behind the Opera browser, has recently launched a new blockchain and cryptocurrency-ready browser for iOS, following the company’s addition of a built-in cryptocurrency wallet to its Android and PC browsers.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the company’s Opera Touch browser for iOS features “crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support,” meaning users can interact with blockchain-based applications through it, as if they were using an extension like MetaMask. The company hinted at the move in March of this year.

The company touts it now offers browsers supporting blockchain-based applications and with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet in various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, allowing users to “seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications.”

Currently, the browser only supports ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens, although the company has revealed earlier this year it’s looking to add support for TRON and multiple other blockchains within a  year.

Charles Hamel, Opera’s head of crypto, stated:

We believe that all modern browsers should integrate a crypto wallet. This will enable new business models to emerge on the web. Opera is the first browser to make using crypto on the Web seamless and easy. Following a strong demand from the crypto-community, we are now making this experience available on iOS.

In the press release the company added it believes the “web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” with cryptocurrencies being at its forefront. Along with the iOS release, the company announced it partnered with a decentralized-application (dApp) called Marble.Cards, which allows users to turn unique web pages into collectible cards on the blockchain, each being a non-fungible token.

The Opera touch browser itself has a user interface built to let users use large phone screens with ease, as it shifts the navigation towards the bottom of the screen and adds features that make it easy to share pages across devices.

Opera’s main Android browser is also its cryptocurrency-ready browser for the operating system, and it has made it easier for users to buy cryptocurrencies directly from their mobile phones.