Over Half a Million Publishers Are Looking to Earn BAT With Brave

The cryptocurrency-powered Brave browser now has over 500,000 verified publishers looking to earn its Basic Attention Token (BAT) from users.

According to data from tracking platform BATGrowth, the number of verified Brave browser publishers – those who have verified with the browser to received their BAT rewards – hasn’t stopped growing since launch.

Currently, data shows there are over 300,000 YouTube publishers registered with Brave, over 48,000 websites, 59,000 Twitter publishers, 44,900 Twitch publishers, and over 49,000 Reddit publishers. The browser also has registered publishers from Vimeo and GitHub, and appears to be allowing SoundCloud ones to register as well.

Verified publishers include popular YouTubers with millions of subscribers, and some of the world’s largest websites. These include the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo, the internet archive, the Washington Post, Wikipedia, and TradingView.

The Brave browser, as CryptoGlobe reported, added one million users last month over the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Its growth came shortly after it partnered with the TAP Network to let its users redeem BAT for “real-world rewards” with over 250,000 brands, including Xbox, PlayStation, Domino’s, Starbucks, and Uber.

The browser itself was created by former Mozilla CEO and JavaScript creator Brendan Eich, and has an innovative ad model that wards users with BAT for viewing ads on it. The tokens are by default sent to publishers according to the attention users give them, although it’s possible to merely keep the BAT, or tip it through various platforms.

By default Brave blocks ads and trackers, and users need to opt-in to its own ad program. It has integrated with the Wayback Machine to bring back dead pages on the internet, and recently announced a partnership with Binance to start letting users trade cryptocurrency from new tabs.

Featured image by Roman Kraft on Unsplash.

Cardano (ADA) on Fire: Surges Above $0.10 to Get Into Top 6, Up 206% in 2020

At 16:00 UTC on Friday (July 3), shortly after IOHK, the company developing the Cardano (ADA) protocol, announced a custody agreement with Coinbase, the price of the ADA token went over $0.10 for the first time since October 2018, thereby making ADA the sixth most valuable cryptoasset by market cap.

Yesterday, on day two of the two-day "Cardano Virtual Summit: Shelley Edition", IOHK Co-Founder and CEO Charles Hoskinson announced that from Q4 of this year, Cardano blockchain users would be able to store their ADA holdings at Coinbase Custody "without losing the ability to delegate their stake."

On Tuesday (June 30), IOHK announced that the Shelley codebase had been released to Cardano’s mainnet (but note that the actual hard fork is not expected until around July 29):

Hoskinson had this to say about his company's agreement with Coinbase Custody, which "operates as a standalone, independently-capitalized business to Coinbase, Inc.":

"With Cardano, we believe we can create a revolutionary solution which will be able to offer access to finance and investment to swathes of the population who have previously been shut out of the system.

"This custody agreement allows us to offer the same secure storage solutions that can be found in traditional finance to ada holders, without sacrificing what makes Proof of Stake blockchains special - being able to participate in the network.

"We look forward to this partnership with Coinbase, and to continuing to bring cryptocurrencies closer and closer to mainstream adoption."

As for Sam McIngvale, Head of Product at Coinbase Custody, he said:

"We have been following the success of the Cardano incentivized testnet, with over a thousand registered stakepools during the testing period.

"We are pleased to have been selected as the custodian and we’re proud to be a full-service, regulated, comprehensively-insured, and 100% offline staking provider in crypto.

"The ability to successfully operate within a regulatory framework is essential for the long-term survival of cryptocurrencies.

"We are overseen by the same regulators, and held to similar capital requirements and audit requirements as a traditional financial custodian, which removes many of the perceived barriers to global acceptance of crypto."

IOHK's announcement was made just before 14:00 UTC on Friday (July 3). By 16:00 UTC, the ADA price had broken through the $0.10 resistance level for the first time since October 2018.

Currently (as of 07:34 UTC on July 4), Cardano's token is trading at $0.1003 (up 6.94% in the past 24-hour period), which makes it the sixth most valuable cryptoasset by market cap:

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So far in 2020, Cardano's ADA has gone up over 206% vs. the dollar.