Crypto-powered Brave browser tops competitors in Japan's Google Play Rankings

The cryptocurrency-powered Brave browser has recently topped its competitors on the Google Play store in Japan, becoming a leading mobile browser in the country.

According to a post shared on Reddit, the browser topped all of its competitors – including Google Chrome, Opera, and FireFox - in the Android app store, Google Play. Available data shows that while Brave is currently one of the top 1’ apps in the country, the next browser on the list is Mozilla at 14.

The screenshot shared on Reddit shows that while Brave was downloaded a total of two million times last month, FireFox’s download numbers were slightly above the half a million mark. It’s worth noting, however, various mobile devices come with Google Chrome pre-installed.

While most users don’t bother changing their default apps, Google itself has in the past tweeted out that “Android is about flexibility,” sharing a video in which it shows how to remove a pre-installed app like Chrome and replacing it with another browser.

Rankings on the Google Play store are determined by various factors, including an app’s crash rates, error rates, and more. There could be various factors behind the Brave browser’s rise as it’s a privacy-centric one that rewards users for seeing ads.

Through its Basic Attention Token (BAT), Brave rewards its users for seeing ads, in a feature that’s currently only available in a few countries. The browser’s latest version started allowing BAT withdrawals, although by default users’ tokens are distributed to content creators according to the time they spent engaged with their content.

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Bitcoin Whale Reportedly Risks 800 BTC for $0.01 Payout in Dogecoin

A bitcoin whale has supposedly risked a total of 800 BTC, worth around $5.8 million, to help the cryptocurrency remain at the $7,200 mark in a bid to win a bet he made on social media.

A Twitter exchange between Dogecoin supporter Samu and bitcoin whale Joe007 shows that both agreed to bet on bitcoin’s future price, with Samu agreeing to pay 5 million DOGE (around $11,000) to the whale if BTC traded above $7,100, and the whale agreeing to pay Samu the same amount if it was below $7,100 at 13:00 UTC on December 12.

The BTC whale ended up winning the bet as the price of the flagship cryptocurrency didn’t drop below the agreed-upon mark. Some of those watching the thread, however, noted that something seemed to be going on before the bet’s deadline expired.

The bet was made according to the price of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, and a trader soon alleged on social media the BTC whale could’ve placed an 800 bitcoin order to “defend” the $7,200 so the cryptocurrency’s price wouldn’t dip.

While it isn’t possible to tell whether Joe007 was the one behind the 800 BTC order, the whale seemed to warn Samu before the bet was made that he was extremely confident he was going to win, tweeting out “you really don’t want to make this bet, believe me…”

After the deadline the posts suggesting market manipulation came out so Samu said he “got revenge” on the bitcoin whale cheating, by offering to pay him only 6 DOGE, currently worth about $0.013.

The Dogecoin addresses Joe007 showed as the destination for the funds currently has little over 10,000 DOGE in it, worth close to $22. Some argued Samu should have paid the funds as no terms were defined in the bet, while others agreed with him.

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