Facebook May Acquire Blockchain Startup

IT giant could acquire Chainspace, which is working of smart contacts systems for payments
05 February 2019   543

Facebook made its first acquisition in the blockchain field, this is reported by Cheddar. Without any announcements, the team of a small startup Chainspace, founded by researchers from University College London, came under its control. According to the description, Chainspace is creating a decentralized system of smart contracts for making payments and other operations in the blockchain. According to whitepaper, team is going to create "distributed ledger platform for high-integrity and transparent processing of transactions within a decentralized system.”

As reported, the acquisition of the Chainspace team is by far the most vivid evidence of Facebook’s intention to become a major player in the field of emerging technology

Sources said that four of the five authors of white paper Chainspace will become members of the blockchain group on Facebook. Two of them have already indicated the London social network office as their current job.

Recently on the site Chainspace appeared information that the project is going to do something new. According to sources, the project will be eliminated, since most of its employees now work on Facebook. How the social network will pay off with a startup is unknown. Sources say that before this Chainspace was in the process of collecting primary funding and was guided by an amount not exceeding $ 4 million.

A spokesman for Facebook confirmed the hiring of members of the Chainspace team, but declined to elaborate. He also noted that the company does not plan to acquire the startup technology, and cited a earlier official statement.

Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of blockchain technology. This new small team is exploring many different applications. We don’t have anything further to share.
 

Facebook Spokesman

Currently, the blockchain division of Facebook, presumably, has more than 40 employees. At the end of last year, it became known that the company could develop a steeblecoin for making transfers in the WhatsApp messenger.

Brave Browser Start Paying BAT For Ads Viewing

Brave browser ICO was launched in 2017 by the creator of the JavaScript programming language and ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich; it raised $35M in 30 seconds
25 April 2019   73

Users of the new Brave browser desktop version will finally be able to participate in the Brave Ads program.

Brave is developed by the creator of the JavaScript programming language and ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich and is positioned as something more than a “ad-blocking browser”. The implementation of this idea is based on Brave Ads.

Users who decide to take part in the program will be able to receive up to 70% of the profits generated by the advertisements shown to them, TechCrunch reports with reference to the company's statement. Awards will be paid in the form of own tokens of the Basic Attention Tokens project (BAT), which users, in turn, will be able to share with the creators of the content they like on the network.

By default, donations to BAT will be transferred to owners of sites that a user visits most often, however, developers plan to realize the possibility of exchanging tokens for awards, such as vouchers for restaurant visits or hotel accommodations. Also, earned advertising tokens can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies and Fiat through exchanges. If desired, users can continue to use Brave without receiving a BAT.

A lot of users don’t want to cash out [when they receive BAT]. It’s not a huge amount of value for most people, so they may prefer to just use it to give back. And that’s the real idea: A browser with the user steering it is replacing the ad tech complex.
 

Brendan Eich

Founder, Brave

BAT can only be used to reward publishers. Soon with their help, users will be able to buy additional content and, possibly, some products. The ability to withdraw tokens will be realized after the introduction of the user identification system.