Komodo Climbs 40% On AtomicDEX Beta Launch

  • KMD/USDT up 40% in a few days
  • Komodo powers the new mobile-focused atomicDEX

Komodo (KMD) has seen an impressive price bump, since news hit a few days ago that the Komodo-powered atomicDEX had entered its open public beta testing stage. As first reported by Decrypt media, atomicDEX (or, decentralized exchange) allows atomic swap trading specifically from mobile phones.

Price has climbed to about $1.80 at time of writing, from about $1.30 before the news hit - an impressive rise of almost 40%.

KMD runup(source: CryptoCompare)

On the TradingView chart below, we can see that volume on the KMD/BTC trading pair has also seen a strong bump since the news.

KMD growing volume(source: TradingView.com)

Komodo is widely traded on ultra-popular exchanges like Binance, and currently has a market capitalization of just over $200 million according to CryptoCompare. We note that KMD/BTC, like many other altcoins, is currently skipping across all-time lows.

KMD/BTC nearly at ATL(source: TradingView.com)

Komodo, atomicDEX, and Atomic Swaps

Built atop ZCash’s privacy features, Komodo is a blockchain project whose main purpose is to facilitate decentralized, private transactions between diverse blockchains - to trade Bitcoin for Ethereum for example.

Komodo claim that atomicDEX is “compatible with 99 percent of assets including Bitcoin, all UTXO-based coins, Ether and ERC-20 tokens, and any coin that supports time- and hash-locked payments.” For now, only a handful of assets are supported on the beta but more are sure to come soon.

Only a handful -- for now(source: Atomicdex.io)

Komodo CTO Kadan Stadelmann told CryptoGlobe, in an interview earlier this year, that atomic swaps are essentially a way to “exchange knowledge in a trustless way.” He went on to say that he thinks that “the technology the use cases are endless, as it's very promising.” Another decentralized exchange, Switcheo, launched its own atomic swap capability earlier this year.

With Binance’s recent move to “geofence” its own DEX from U.S. users, among some other countries, the contest to define exactly what a DEX is seems to be heating up - and some would not consider Binance’s DEX worthy of the title.


Brave Browser Adds 1.5 Million Monthly Active Users in Two Months

The cryptocurrency-powered Brave browser has added 1.5 million monthly active users (MAU) in the months of April and May, taking its total monthly active user base to 15.4 million.

According to an update shared by the privacy-centric browser, it now has a total of 5.3 million daily active users, after surpassing the 5 million DAU mark in May. Per the update, Brave had 2 million people using its browser on a daily basis a year ago, showing significant growth.

Brave lets users opt-in to see privacy-respecting ads and be rewarded in its Basic Attention Token (BAT) for seeing them while browsing the web. Brave’s ads, the firm adds, brought in 1,530 campaigns since they were launched last year, showing a 255% increase from the 400 campaigns reported in October 2019.

Users are also rewarded in BAT for seeing sponsored images when they open a new browser tab. Since these were launched in February 2020, 25 campaigns using them were launched. Several high-profile companies, including Verizon, Newegg, Chipotle, and PayPal/Honey have advertised to users using the Brave browser.

In its update, Brave claims its ad campaigns are now supported in 183 countries, and have CTR (click-through rate) of 9%, far above the advertising industry’s average of 2%. Some brands, it says, even saw CTRs of up to 15%. The Brave Ads Grant Program is now reportedly providing additional awareness and support to non-profit organizations, including the Khan Academy, Save the Childre, and UNICEF France.

Creators who verified with Brave to receive BAT rewards with their users have also been steadily growing. There are now over 700,000 websites, GitHub contributors, YouTube channels, Twitter users, Twitch live streamers, and more verified to receive BAT rewards.

Featured image by Campaign Creators on Unsplash.