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BAT’s partnership with TAP Network allows token redemption on Amazon, Uber, Starbucks, Nike, and Apple




BAT's partnership with TAP Network allows token redemption on Amazon, Uber, Starbucks, Nike, and Apple
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Brave Browser, an open source website browser based on Chrome web browser, announced a partnership with TAP Network, a blockchain-based advertising and data platform, at the Mobile World Congress.

The partnership marks an important milestone for Brave and its token, Basic Attention Token [BAT], as it allows users to redeem the token across 250,000+ brand partners in the TAP Network ecosystem in the coming months. Here, users with the token can redeem it for rewards, which can later be used in exchange for goods and services, enhancing the adoption of the browser, its token, and the cryptocurrency space as a whole.

On their official blog, the partnership is stated to be “the first to integrate token utility redemption through the Brave browser as part of its global private ad platform”.

OogieFrenchieBoogie, a Redditor, said:

“The implication of this partnership: Once this is live, you will earn BAT by browsing the web using the Brave browser, and you will pay your hotel room, train ticket or restaurant bill from the TAP network with the BAT acquired by your web browsing activities. That’s like the /r/beermoney dream”

The prominent industry players in TAP Network ecosystem that can now be accessed by Brave token holders are Amazon, Apple, Starbucks, and Uber. Brave users can redeem their BAT tokens for gift cards on these platforms. Moreover, they can also redeem their tokens in hotels across the globe for restaurant vouchers, and exclusive entertainment experience via TAP Network.

Apart from this, Brave users can also be a part of a non-profit organization with the help of this partnership as they will be able to contribute to organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity with their BAT tokens. According to the announcement, the next step of the partnership is to include mobile platforms by the end of 2019.

RainmanMcmillin, another Redditor, said:

“Been using Brave for over a year. Cannot think of a more unstable, buggy browser. We forget that mainstream adoption needs working products, not partnerships.”

To this, bbmak0, said:

“[…] Since the Brave is based on Google Chrome’s source code, most the plugin works fine, except some didn’t work correctly. I hope they can fix in the future. Overall, I really like the Brave browser performance. I hope the Brave broswer can focus on its main core value for bring people more quiet, safe and not annoyed environment, not like the Chrome, Firefox and the Internet Explorer, they forgot their values once they became popular.”

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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.


Bitcoin [BTC], Litecoin [LTC] can be transacted on Whatsapp, announces Zulu Republic as security concerns remain

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Bitcoin and Litecoin can be transacted on Whatsapp, announces Zulu Republic as security concerns remain
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The prominent messaging platform Whatsapp has brought the common man one step closer to adopting crypto. According to a recent announcement by Zulu Republic, Bitcoin [BTC] and Litecoin [LTC] would be the first two coins available for users to send and receive on the social messaging platform.

Zulu, “an ecosystem of blockchain tools and platforms where people, businesses, and organizations thrive,” announced the development on May 19:

“We are happy to announce that from today you can send and receive #bitcoin & #litecoin on #WhatsApp via @liteim_official ! try it yourself here: …”

The Whatsapp bot currently supports English and Spanish and allows users to exchange Zulu’s native token, ZTX, along with BTC and LTC. With Facebook planning to launch its own crypto and now Whatsapp joining its league, crypto adoption is expected to increase exponentially in the future.

However, Facebook has been struggling with several privacy issues. A report by highlighted that Whatsapp hackers managed to install spyware on iOS and Android smartphones through a single phone call through the popular messaging application. This vulnerability of Whatsapp existed for weeks, enabling hackers to inject Israeli spyware on phones through a phone call. The report noted,

“The malicious code, developed by the secretive Israeli company NSO Group, could be transmitted even if users did not answer their phones, and the calls often disappeared from call logs.”

Whatsapp has urged its users to update the software and is currently investigating the vulnerability. The messaging app giant noted that it was too early to estimate the number of phones affected by the hack. With privacy being an important aspect for crypto and social media application users, Facebook and Whatsapp would have to reassure its users of their tightened security measures to further drive global adoption.

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