Crypto-Powered Brave Browser Integrates Wayback Machine to Bring Back Dead Pages

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The cryptocurrency-powered Brave browser has integrated the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine into its platform to bring back dead pages from websites that give their users an error message.

According to a press release published by the Internet Archive, the new desktop version of the Brave browser detects when users received a variety of errors – including the famous 404 error – and sends the user a drop-down notification asking if they’d like to “check for a saved version” of the page they’re on.

Clicking the notification takes the user to an archived version of the page using the Wayback Machine. While there are extensions adding the functionality to other browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, Brave integrated the Wayback Machine directly into the browser.

The Internet Archive’s press release details that it doesn’t archive every page out there, but does archive a very large number. It reads:

For the past 23 years the Wayback Machine has archived more than 900 billion URLs, and more than 400 billion Web pages, and adds many hundred million more archived URLs each day. As such there is a good chance archived versions of “missing” pages you are looking for are available.

The Brave browser rewards users with its native Basic Attention Token (BAT) for seeing ads that respect their privacy. Users who earn these tokens can choose to hold them or use them to tip others or reward content creators. It was created by Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla and the creator of JavaScript.

The Internet Archive has been a Brave publisher since 2017, and in April 2019 revealed that the tips it had received from its users had accumulated, to the point it had over 9,000 BAT in its wallet. At the time, the organization detailed they were worth over $2,500.

As CryptoGlobe reported, the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), a non-profit Hong Kong-based news website covering local affairs, has promoted the BAT as a tipping method to support it. Data shows there are over 430,000 publishers verified with the Brave browser to receive BAT rewards.

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