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BAT & Brave Browser Review: Reinventing Digital Advertising

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The Brave browser and its native Basic Attention Token (BAT) is one of the most revolutionary concepts in online digital advertising to date.

This privacy enhanced browser is increasingly popular and people are downloading it in their droves. They are also using the in browser rewards to earn BAT in exchange for their attention thereby further driving demand for the tokens and browser.

However, is it really worth all of the hype?

In this Basic Attention Token review, I will attempt to answer just that. I will also take a look at the Brave ecosystem and the long term use cases for the BAT token.

What is Basic Attention Token?

The Basic Attention Token is the native token that is used in the Brave ecosystem.

Brave offers a privacy-focused browser that shields users away from 3rd party ads and trackers. On this browser publishers, advertisers and users are all incentivized to help each party generate the most value.

The token and Brave project is quite an interesting one as it is trying to solve some fundamental problems that exist today with digital advertising.

For example, consumers are growing ever more conscious of how their data is being misused by social media companies like Facebook. This is evidenced by the growing demand for ad-blocking software, which now operates on over 600 million mobile devices and desktops globally.

The industry seems no longer capable of aligning incentives between advertisers, publishers and users. The advertising ecosystem has become rife with data exploitation (users personal data being exploited, as well as the high costs of data from downloading irrelevant and impersonal ads) and inaccurate reporting of user engagement.

Demand for BAT, an ERC20 token, will be driven by the following factors:

  • Advertisers pay Publishers in BATs to have their ads viewed by users
  • Users earn BATs when they view ads. User attention is monitored on their devices and in the Brave browser using machine-learning technology (private data always remains contained within the devices being used).
  • Advertisers get better ROI as a result of a more accurate and incentive based system

How is Attention Measured?

Brave takes the unique approach of measuring attention at the browser level, meaning it keeps track of user engagement within an active tab in real time, showcasing relevant ads based on time spent scrolling over specific content in the tab.

The browser calculates an ‘attention score’ based on whether a page is viewed for a minimum of 25 seconds, and the total amount of time that is spent on that page. Other pieces of data (such as type of content being viewed) are included and sent to the Brave ledger system, which records and sends payments to the publisher and user based on the final attention score.

This process enables BAT to more effectively measure user attention and accurately reward publishers and users.

The company also boasts its use of Machine learning to provide a superior process for tracking user activity in order to share more relevant ads.

Today, digital ad services use Cookies and other 3rd party trackers, which often fail by serving ads for products that users have already bought.

Reducing Data Costs & Replacing Centralized Ad Networks

According to the New York Times, $23 of the average users monthly phone bill goes towards paying for the bandwidth spent on ads and trackers, resulting in 21% less battery life.

Data from the following publishers shows how the cost of downloading ads + tracking is a large portion of the cost of content:

Ad Costs Compared
Image Source: brave.com

As Brave Co-founder Brendan Eich describes it, “we’re paying to be bothered by ads”. The Brave browser significantly reduces bandwidth by blocking irrelevant ads while serving only those that fit the users interests based on attention monitoring within their device.

BAT also aims to displace advertising networks (or ‘ad exchanges’). These middlemen help broker deals between publishers seeking ads, and advertisers seeking publishing space.

However through this process, what is gained in efficiency is lost in the quality of ads shown to relevant users.

The more advertising networks exist to broker deals between publishers and advertisers in the system, the further advertisers and publishers are separated from each other, which results in more impersonal ads being shown to the wrong people purely for the sake of these middlemen exchanges earning more money.

BAT completely decentralizes these ad networks, enabling publishers and advertisers to deal with each other directly through the BRAVE browsers attention monitoring technology, which increases the quality of ads shown while maintaining efficiency.

BAT, like most other tokens, can be applied as a utility in the Brave browser platform, or traded for Bitcoin and other coins on public exchanges like Binance.

Brave has plans to provide multiple use cases for users holding BAT tokens. For example, Publishers will be able to offer premium content for those who pay using BAT. Users will also be rewarded with tokens for promoting the publishers content themselves.

Brave Browser V1.0 Released

The Brave browser spent a long time in its beta period, but the first Brave 1.0 production version was finally released on November 13, 2019. This is a turning point for the internet, because this Brave browser is a speed demon, and heavily focused on the privacy of its users. With a cavalier approach to ad-blocking and the promise of BAT payouts, the Brave browser is now on the cusp of an explosion.

With more than 8 million global users already, the Brave 1.0 browser promises users speed, privacy, and improved battery life for their mobile devices.

There are two very clear reasons why Brave is now the leading browser on the market, and neither one has to do with the potential for earning BAT by using the browser.

Here’s what really makes Brave a special browser.

No Tradeoff between Speed & Security

Brave is by far the fastest browser available for any operating system, whether used on a mobile device or a desktop machine. The memory usage of the browser is exceptionally low, and websites load far faster as well. Brave claims loading times are 3-6x faster than other browsers, and I can tell it’s true.

The foundation of Brave’s speed comes from the suite of built-in privacy and security features. You’ve all probably experienced websites loaded with advertisements, trackers, pop-ups, and banners that slow your device to a crawl as it tries to wade through the mountains of extraneous code. And while you can add plugins that block advertisements and trackers on Chrome and Firefox, the Brave browser runs these features by default.

Brave Browser Speed
Brave Compared to Chrome for Loading Speeds. Image via Brave

One huge privacy concern recently has been the use of a method known as “fingerprinting” to track user activity all across the internet, which allows advertisers to build a unique and identifiable profile for any tracked user without loading cookies on the computer.

Other browsers have begun to fight back against fingerprinting, and Brave is leading the charge. Besides blocking fingerprinting, the Brave Shield feature also blocks a huge number of invasive advertisements and tracking cookies.

Brave has also sidestepped one common problem found in modern browsers. They can often interfere so greatly with a website to block elements that users are unable to access the content they came to the website for in the first place.

That either means the user has to go elsewhere to find information, or they need to go through the time-consuming and irritating process of disabling security plugins one by one until they can figure out which one is causing the browsing problem.

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Choosing which ads to block on the Brave Browser

The Brave privacy suite eliminates the need to go through this painful process and makes it faster and far less annoying to have a secure browsing experience. One click on the Brave icon and users are presented with a small menu that has simplified toggles to turn on and off the extensive security features in the browser settings.

Because the Brave browser is built on the Chromium engine that powers Google Chrome it’s possible to increase privacy even further by adding your own choice of extensions in the same way you would when using the Chrome browser. But just because Brave is built with the Chromium engine it doesn’t mean you’re giving up your data to Google.

Brave has stripped the Google-specific code from its version of the Chromium engine, thus not just blocking outside data from getting in, but also blocking data that’s already inside from getting out. The bottom line is you can use Brave without worrying that it’s sharing all your browsing history with Google.

Brave & BAT Power

And here is the feature that attempts to blend user and advertiser needs with privacy concerns and the revenue generated by advertising on websites all across the internet. That feature is Brave Rewards, which users can opt into if they want to support websites with revenue, but still, maintain their privacy.

When opted into Brave Rewards the Brave browser will swap ads on a website with ads of its own. The major difference is the Brave ads don’t track you, and when users view or engage with the ads they get rewarded with BAT tokens.

Brave will keep 30% of the ad revenue spent by advertisers while passing the other 70% on to the Brave users. Users can also utilize the BAT added to their accounts to tip users on a variety of social media and other sites, or by contributing to their favorite websites. For example, Wikipedia is a Brave publisher and can be supported with BAT donations.

Brave claims the average user can earn roughly $5 per month, with this figure varying based on the region they live in and other factors.

Prior to the release of Brave v1.0 users were unable to withdraw any of the BAT they made using the browser. However it is now possible to withdraw through the cryptocurrency exchange Uphold, and Brave says by next year users will be able to redeem BAT for product discounts, gift cards, and subscriptions, plus more.

Brave has had push-back from advertisers since its inception due to issues with having their content covered. However, when looked at through the eyes of the user trying to avoid the increasing surveillance of corporations, the BAT model is a good one. And considering there are now thousands of advertisers using Brave, even though some are just testing at this point, it seems Brave is here to stay.

The one thing needed now is more users. While 8 million is a good start, it’s a long way from the 250 million users of the Mozilla Firefox browser or the more than 1 billion Google Chrome users.

History and Team

Brendan Eich founded Brave Software in 2017. As the creator of JavaScript and co-founder of Firefox, he’s certainly proven capable of developing large scale and disruptive software when it counts.

In the same year it was founded, the BAT token raised an impressive $35million in just under 30 seconds during their ICO.

Brave Team Members
Some of the Brave Team Members. Image via Brave.

They have since secured early partners and brought on top talent developers and executives. Other key members of the team include:

  • Brian Bondy – Lead Developer, co-founded Brave. Previously: Khan Academy, Mozilla, and Evernote.
  • Yan Zhu – Chief Information Security Officer.
  • Holli Bohren – Chief Financial Officer.

BAT is headquartered in San Francisco, with an additional office in London. As of December 2019, their workforce has grown to over 100 employees.

Competition

Brave has a few competitors in the Blockchain space disrupting digital advertising.

Papyrus and Adshares both offer similar Blockchain based advertising ecosystems. The main difference is that they focus primarily on publishers and advertisers, leaving users out of the equation.

Braves toughest challenge however will come from the fierce competition it faces in the web and mobile browser space.

Browser Market Shares
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As of March 2018, Google Chrome, Safari, Internet explorer and Firefox collectively made up about 90% of the browser market. Ad blocking capabilities and even an incentive based token ecosystem are features that any of these browsers could replicate if they choose to.

Brave will have to offer much more in order to be considered a viable alternative for everyday users.

BAT Price Performance

The BAT token launched in June 2017 at a price of $0.17. A month later on July 16, 2017 the token hit an all-time low of $0.066209.

It was fortunate timing though as it came just before the great rally in cryptocurrencies at the end of 2017, and BAT hit its all-time high of $0.980702 on January 9, 2018. Of course, from there it dropped throughout 2018 as the entire cryptocurrency space suffered a deep bear market.

2019 saw a recovery early in the year, with BAT reaching $0.44391 by April 21, 2019. Of course, it dropped off those levels but has been holding up fairly well in 2019 compared with many other altcoins.

BAT Price Performance
BAT Price Performance. Image via CMC.

As of early December 2019, it remains above its launch price and is trading at $0.186301 on December 4, 2019. A week early the BAT token had reached $0.277868 as it rallied following the release of the first production Brave browser.

The chart indicates that BATs price (like most other coins) is moving in accordance with the general wave of market sentiment around crypto-currencies. Like most blockchain projects, I believe it will take some time before the technology is validated enough for the token to start defining its own price trends in the crypto-currency market.

BAT Markets & Storage

When it comes to the markets for BAT, it is quite a popular token and is listed on a number of exchanges including Binance, Coinbase Pro, Bittrex, Huobi etc. However, over 50% of the volume is currently taking place on two of the top exchanges.

This is not one of our preferred exchanges and the fact that the bulk of the trading is taking place here is a potential problem for open market liquidity. It means that these exchanges could have an outsized impact on the market for BAT.

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Register at Binance and Buy BAT Tokens

Having said that, the individual liquidity on the order books of exchanges like Binance are pretty deep and liquid. This means that you can execute your orders with relatively little slippage (even for those large block orders).

Once you have your Bat, you’ll need a place to store them safely. The Brave browser uses Uphold to keep your tokens as you earn them for viewing ads, so that’s always an option.

Bat is also an ERC-20 token, so if you already have a wallet that supports this type of token, you can use that. If you don’t, there are plenty to choose from. These include wallets such as MetaMask, MyEtherWallet and hardware wallets such a Trezor / Ledger.

Pros & Cons

Based on this review there are a number of opportunities and challenges that I have identified with the Brave browser. These are just my opinion and I encourage you to do your own research.

First, lets take a look at some of the opportunities we have with Brave & BAT:

  • In true Blockchain fashion, BAT aims to displace the middlemen ad exchanges responsible for polluting the ad experience by creating an incentive based decentralized network where publishers, advertisers and users can more effectively feed off of each other’s needs
  • The team is highly experienced and has proven to be successful in creating disruptive technologies
  • Braves browser provides much faster speeds as a result of its ad blocking features
  • Braves privacy browser is already up and working with 10 million monthly users
  • The browser monitors user attention in real time, while maintaining anonymity and privacy for users
  • The public is increasingly becoming more aware of how ads are negatively impacting their experience. This is shown by the rise in ad blocking software globally (600m devices). At the same time, traditional publishers have lost approximately 66% of their ad revenue over the past decade
Brave User Growth
Brave Daily User Growth. Image via Brave.

However, there are quite a few disadvantages and challenges that the browser could face coming forward. These include some of the following:

  • BAT is relying on people adopting the Brave browser, which could be trouble because of strong competition from Google Chrome, Safari and Brendan’s former company – Firefox. There have been discussions around of Brave developing a Chrome extension to expose their solution to more users, but no release date has been confirmed.
  • Advertisers may still face challenges with converting users into paying customers. It seems like the profile of a Brave browser user is someone who:
    1. Already uses or is interested in using an ad blocker
    2. Wants a faster browsing experience
    3. Wants to get paid for viewing ads
    4. Wants to see more relevant ads
    5. Wants to save money on mobile data

At this time it’s not so clear which of the 5 traits most accurately describe a Brave user. One would have to assume that having access to an ad blocker would be most important.

However in order for Brave to provide advertisers with a higher ROI, they need to attract users who are willing to pay for products they discover through ads, even though they may only be using the service to earn tokens by viewing these ads.

Generally, people who are interested in viewing ads for money usually aren’t in a position to pay for the products being advertised to them, and in the worst case, may seek to manipulate their views in order to earn more tokens.

This could be a concern for advertisers hoping to attract real customers and increase sales by using Brave.

Conclusion

Brave browser faces stiff competition from the likes of Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and others. Although they’re currently showing impressive growth with 8 million monthly users, the browser is going to need to form large strategic partnerships that allow for BAT to become integrated into the browsing experience of everyday users across the web.

At the same time, advertisers are going to need assurance that the incentive-based model being proposed will actually help them convert their ad dollars into product sales, and not just guarantee more ad views.

Although Adblockers and a token-based ecosystem are great value propositions, I believe what will ultimately bring Brave and its Basic attention token to mass adoption is the cost savings from reduced data spent on ad downloads and trackers.

The appeal of a browser that can help people cut down 20% of their monthly phone bill is widespread and could be utilized to form partnerships with mobile data providers like Verizon and AT&T.

Ad downloads and trackers currently cost users $23 a month in mobile data. Braves browser cuts down on these costs significantly through its ad blocking technology.

Based on this knowledge, Brave could partner with AT&T, Verizon, and other mobile data providers to reward customers with a discount on unlimited data plans when they adopt the Brave browser on their mobile phone.

From AT&T and Verizon’s perspective, if customers commit to using a low bandwidth browser, data providers can offer them unlimited data at a lower cost to their business.

AT&T and Verizon could benefit from people paying a slightly lower price for their unlimited data plan ($10 or $15 discount for example) because those same consumers might be saving mobile providers $20 or $30 per account by using the Brave browser to cut down their average monthly data usage by 0.5GB.

Ultimately, the value of Braves browser to AT&T and Verizon would be to help them reduce the cost of serving their customers with unlimited data. Such a partnership could allow Brave and BAT access to several million more users.

There’s currently no mention of a mobile data provider partnership occurring, but as a consumer, I’d definitely be excited about the possibility of Verizon charging me $15 less to use their unlimited data plan by simply switching browsers and purchasing BAT.

It’s too early to tell, but I wouldn’t put it past Brendan and his team to explore discounted mobile data plans as the ideal incentive to encourage more mainstream adoption and increased voluntary ad views on the Brave Browser.

Featured Image via basicattentiontoken.org

Disclaimer: These are writer opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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Bitcoin und Ethereum Analyse: NUPL-Werte signalisieren weitere Kurssteigerungen

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In diesem Artikel zeigt dir BeInCrypto den NUPL-On-Chain-Indikator. Der NUP-Wert (Net Unrealized Profit/Loss) eignet sich ganz gut, wenn man die Top eines Asset-Kurses bestimmen möchte.

Auch wenn der Bitcoin-NUPL-Wert bereits deutlich zugenommen hat, so ist er immer noch einige Prozentpunkte von den letzten drei Spitzenwerten entfernt. Der Indikator ist in der Vergangenheit auf diese Spitzenwerte angestiegen, kurz nachdem bzw. bevor der Bitcoin Kurs die jeweilige Top des Bull-Cycles erreicht hat.

Der Ethereum-NUPL-Wert ist vergleichsweise zurzeit sogar noch weiter von den damaligen Spitzenwerten entfernt. Kurz davor bzw. danach erreichte auch der Ethereum Kurs seine damaligen Höchststände bzw. Tops.

Wie kann man den NUPL-Wert berechnen?

Der NUPL-Wert wurde geschaffen, um die Profite bzw. Verluste des zirkulierenden Supplys eines Coins zu messen bzw. quantifizieren. Man kann den NUPL-Wert ausrechnen, indem man die realisierten Verluste von den realisierten Gewinnen abzieht.

Die nicht-realisierten Profite entsprechen dem Gesamtwert aller Coins, dessen aktueller Preis höher ist als ihr Einkaufspreis. Analog dazu entsprechen die nicht-realisierten Verluste dem Gesamtwert aller Coins, dessen aktueller Kurs niedriger ist als ihr Einkaufspreis. Ist der Wert negativ, dann gibt es mehr Netto-Verluste als Netto-Gewinne.

Bitcoin NUPL Analyse

Gängigerweise spricht man bei einem Wert von -0,25 von einer „Capitulation“ („Kapitulation“) des Marktes. Bei einem Wert von über 0,75 geht man von einer „Euphorie“ („Euphoria“) des Marktes aus. Wenn der Wert über 0,25 und unterhalb von 0,5 liegt, dann herrscht „Optimismus“ („Optimism“) auf dem Markt. Bei Werten von über 0,5 sind die Markteilnehmer von dem Asset überzeugt bzw. glauben an Dieses („Belief“).

Kurz nachdem der Bitcoin Kurs 2011 das damalige Allzeithoch erreicht hat, lag der Wert des Indikators bei 0,878. Dieser Wert ist der höchste jemals aufgezeichnete Bitcoin-NUPL-Wert. 2013 erreichte der NUPL den nächsten Spitzenwert (0,824). Der darauffolgende Peak lag bei 0,838. Bei dem Ende des Bullruns von 2017 stieg der Wert auf 0,793 an.

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Bitcoin NUPL Chart By Glassnode

Abgesehen von den Rekordwerten ist auch der Zeitraum ab dem 21. Oktober 2020 bemerkenswert. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt ist der NUPL-Wert über 0,5 angestiegen („Belief“). Interessanterweise erreichte der NUPL-Wert am 21. Februar 2021 den letzten lokalen Hochpunkt. Der Bitcoin Kurs stieg fast zum selben Zeitpunkt auf das damalige Allzeithoch (57.432 US-Dollar) an.

Zum Zeitpunkt der Veröffentlichung dieses Artikels liegt der NUPL-Wert bei 0,71. Der Bitcoin Preis hat allerdings am 14. April 2021 ebenfalls ein neues bzw. das letzte Allzeithoch erreicht. Sollte der Bitcoin Kurs also tatsächlich bereits jetzt oder in sehr naher Zukunft die Top erreicht haben, dann wäre dies der mit Abstand kleinste Bitcoin-NUPL-Wert, der jemals während einer Top aufgetreten wäre.

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Bitcoin NUPL Chart By Glassnode

Ethereum NUPL Analyse

Der NUPL-Indikator lieferte bis jetzt auch äußert qualitative Signale für die Bestimmung der Etherum-Tops. 2016 lag der Spitzenwert des Indikators bei 0,872, 2017 sogar bei 0,96 und 2018 bei 0,912.

Ethereum NUPL Indikator Glassnode
Ethereum NUPL Chart By Glassnode

Im November 2020 stieg der ETH-NUPL-Wert auf über 0,5 an. Das letzte lokale Maximum lag bei 0,734. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt war der Ethereum Kurs noch bei 1.953 US-Dollar. Der Ethereum Preis ist danach auf ein neues Allzeithoch angestiegen, der ETH-NUPL-Wert aber auf 0,718 gefallen.

Da der NUPL-Wert noch verhältnismäßig weit von seinen letzten Spitzenwerten (ca. 0,90) entfernt ist, sieht es so aus, als ob der Ethereum Kurs noch weiter ansteigen wird.

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Ethereum NUPL Chart By Glassnode

Fazit

Auch wenn der Markt aktuell definitiv überhitzt wirkt, so signalisieren weder der Bitcoin- noch der Ethereum-NUPL-Wert, dass die Kurse der Assets ihre Top bereits erreicht haben. Deshalb werden der Bitcoin Preis und insbesondere der Ethereum Kurs noch weiter ansteigen.

Hier geht es zur letzten Bitcoin-Analyse von BeInCrypto!

Eine interessante Krypto-Exchange für das Krypto-Trading und Investment in die verschiedenen Kryptowährungen: Stormgain.

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Reddit WallStreetBets startet Diskussion über Bitcoin, Ethereum und Dogecoin

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Das Reddit-Forum WallStreetBets (WSB) startet nun auch Diskussionen rund um Bitcoin, Ethereum und Dogecoin. Zuletzt bekamen die Trader von WallStreetBets große Aufmerksamkeit für das Pushen der Erhöhung des Aktienkurses von GameStop.

Seitdem großen Wirbel um die GameStop Aktie ist es um die WallStreetBets Trader eher ruhig geworden. Doch nun könnte es wieder spannend werden, wenn die WallStreetBets Trader große Kryptowährungen in ihre Diskussionen mit aufnehmen.

Moderator „bawse1“ erklärt:

„Nach langen Überlegungen haben wir beschlossen, nur über BTC, ETH und DOGE zu diskutieren. Innerhalb eines täglichen Crypto-Diskussionsthreads, um nicht jeden mit Crypto-Spam zu belasten. Alle Regeln gelten weiterhin außerhalb des Threads, aber bitte macht dies vorerst nur im täglichen Thread, bis wir ausreichend beurteilt haben, ob dies für unser Sub richtig ist.“

Zunächst sollen die Diskussionen tatsächlich auf Bitcoin, Ethereum und Dogecoin beschränkt sein, obwohl natürlich auch andere Kryptowährungen äußerst beliebte Trading-Assets sind. Für den Reddit-Moderator ist die Integration von Bitcoin, Ethereum und Dogecoin ein Versuch die an Krypto interessierten Gruppenmitglieder nicht zu vernachlässigen:

„Um ganz klar zu sein, wir sind kein Crypto-Subreddit. Wir versuchen nur, einen Platz für euch in unserem Subreddit zu finden.“

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WallStreetBets und Dogecoin

„Unser Hauptanliegen ist, dass die Kryptodiskussion den Kern dessen überholt, worum es bei r/wallstreetbets geht, nämlich um den Aktienmarkt.“

Allerdings führt der Moderator auch an, dass WallStreetBets sich dem Thema Krypto nicht weiter verschließen kann:

„Ich sehe keinen Grund mehr, das Unvermeidliche zu verzögern, da Krypto hierbleiben wird.“

Die Diskussionen über Dogecoin sind im Reddit Forum WallStreetBets allerdings nicht neu, obwohl es im Grunde ausschließlich um den Aktienmarkt gehen soll. Denn im Zuge des GameStop Aktien-Pumps hatten sich auch einige Trader am Dogecoin versucht.

SatoshiSwap Token auf Reddit

Die Subreddit-Gruppe SatoshiStreetBets, die sich selbst als „Krypto-Version von WallStreetBets“ bezeichnet, hält außerdem eine weitere kryptografische Neuheit für die Redditer bereit. Eigene Token namens SAS.

„Ich bin stolz darauf, heute die erste Entwicklung von SatoshiSwap bekannt zu geben, einer Kryptowährung und DAO, die von den beliebten UniSwap- und SushiSwap-Projekten inspiriert und für die Mitglieder von SatoshiStreetBets entwickelt wurde. SatoshiStreetBets startet dieses Token aus drei Gründen.“

Die SAS Token fungieren als Utility-Governance-Token für die Gruppe. Die Mitglieder können die SAS Token für Reddit-Posts an die Mitglieder senden.

„SatoshiSwap wird von u/little-eagle gegründet, der auch der Gründer von SatoshiStreetBets und Head Mod von r/SatoshiStreetBets, discord.gg/SatoshiStreetBets, ist und twitter.com/toshistreetbets betreibt.“

Allerdings haben die Redditer auch Zweifel an den SatoshiSwap Token, wie dieses Mitglied im Detail ausführt:

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7 Things You Should Know Before Buying Crypto in Australia

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Cryptocurrency investments have increased dramatically over the last couple of years in Australia. 

Values have shot up by more than 1,000% for popular cryptos like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple,

Litecoin and Cardano. Any Australian who purchased cryptos a few years ago is feeling happy right now.

Are you interested in buying crypto too? If you are, there are some things you need to know first. Even though crypto investments can be profitable, they also can be extremely risky. 

You must educate yourself on the crypto marketplace before purchasing any cryptos with your hard-earned money.

Below are the top seven things you should know before buying crypto in Australia.

1) Pick a Good Exchange

Cryptos are bought and sold on a crypto currency exchange. Some of the most prominent Australian crypto exchanges include Binance, Coinbase, Kraken, Swyftx, and Coinspot. 

Each crypto exchange has its pros and cons. For instance, Binance offers the widest selection of altcoins. 

These are cryptos other than Bitcoin, such as Litecoin and Ethereum. While Bitcoin might get the most publicity, at least 40% of the crypto market is devoted to other cryptos. Their prices are a lot cheaper than Bitcoin too.

Swyftx offers low crypto trading fees and high-quality features. Coinbase allows you to pay with a debit card rather than a bank account. Therefore, the choice you make depends on your particular trading preferences.

2) Avoid Scammers

Social media platforms are consumed with so-called crypto gurus and experts. They will try to sell you training videos or provide crypto investment strategies for making a lot of money with

Bitcoin. 

Their claims might state that Bitcoin will be worth $1 million in 10 years, so you must invest in it now.

The truth is that nobody knows where Bitcoin will be in 10 years. It is a speculative asset with no tangible value. The vast volatility of Bitcoin and altcoins are based on speculation alone. Remember that.

3) Investment Small Amounts

The crypto market is highly volatile. Bitcoin could go from a value of $60,000 per coin to $45,000 in just one day. 

If you invest large sums of money, it is possible to lose 30% to 40% in the blink of an eye. That is why you should invest small amounts of money that you can afford to lose.

The good news is that you do not have to pay the total value of one coin. The crypto market allows you to purchase a fraction of a coin at a lower cost.

For example, if Bitcoin is valued at $50,000 per coin, you could spend only $100 and purchase 0.002 worth of Bitcoin rather than one complete coin.

4) Join an Online Crypto Community

You can get a free crypto education by joining an online community composed of other crypto investors. 

It gives crypto enthusiasts a chance to share news and information about the crypto market. Reddit and Facebook Groups have some good crypto communities.

Just beware of scammers and self-promoters. The active community discussions can give you a basic sense of what is going on in the market. However, do not rely on these communities to provide you with investment advice.

5) Create Your Own Strategies

Create your own crypto trading strategies. It is challenging to make accurate predictions, but most strategists will rely on global economic news to form their strategies. 

If inflation is high on popular national currencies, then more people will want to invest in cryptos.

Do not invest in crypto until you know how much you want to spend and how much you want to earn. 

Stick to your strategy, no matter what, to avoid making investment mistakes.

6) Look for Exchanges Accepting Australian Currency

You might be surprised to learn that many popular crypto exchanges do not accept AUD currency. 

Sometimes you will have the option to convert your currency into an accepted currency before purchasing crypto. 

But you will have to pay additional fees to do it. It is better to find a crypto exchange that accepts AUD. A few of these exchanges include Biance, Liquid and Huobi Global.

7) Limited Regulations

Crypto markets are still somewhat new to Australia. They do not have as much financial regulatory oversight compared to traditional securities markets. That makes the crypto market even riskier for investors.

On the upside, some crypto exchanges offer insurance coverage to their members. This

insurance covers crypto theft and loss due to hackers and technical malfunctions. Look for these insurance plans as you research various crypto exchanges.

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Bitfinex-Hacker versenden BTC im Wert von 750 Millionen USD

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Die Hacker, die 2016 knapp 120.000 Bitcoins gestohlen haben, haben am 14. April 2021 rund 10% davon bewegt. Diese 10% sind heute umgerechnet über 750 Millionen US-Dollar wert. Marktanalysten glauben, dass die Hacker nun die Bitcoins in der Nähe der nächsten Top loswerden möchten. Dazu könnten sie den Markt kurzfristig manipulieren und gleichzeitig eine Short Position eröffnen.

Whale Alert twitterte am 14. April 2021, dass zahlreiche Bitcoins die mit dem Bitfinex Hack von 2016 in Verbindung stehen, bewegt wurden. Der Gesamtwert der bewegten Bitcoins liegt laut dem Krypto-Transaktions-Tracker bei 750 Millionen US-Dollar.

„WTF! $7.5 Milliarden in Bitcoin, die Hacker bei dem Bitfinex Hack 2016 gestohlen haben, sind zum ersten Mal seit 5 Jahren bewegt worden.“

Anmerkung: Mr.Whale hat sich evtl. um eine Nachkommastelle verrechnet bzw. die Zahl falsch wiedergegeben.

Diese Transaktionen waren die ersten Transaktionen der Hacker in diesem Jahr. Insgesamt bewegten die Hacker bei über 30 Transaktionen rund 11.799 BTC.

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Hacker bewegen BTC kurz nach neuem Allzeithoch

Die Hacker tätigten die Transaktionen dem Zeitpunkt, als der Bitcoin Kurs ein neues Allzeithoch erreicht hatte. Möglicherweise wollen die Hacker nun langsam ihre Bitcoin in andere Vermögenswerte oder Fiat umtauschen.

Interessanterweise ist am selben Tag Coinbase an die Börse gegangen. Coinbase erhielt wegen des Listings auf dem Nasdaq große mediale Aufmerksamkeit. Die News trugen wohl zu dem jüngsten Kursanstieg bei. Wenn viele Bitcoins auf einmal verkauft werden, dann könnte das theoretisch einen temporären Kursabstieg verursachen.

Viele Analysten glauben allerdings nicht, dass die Transaktionen einen unmittelbaren Einfluss auf den Bitcoin Kurs haben werden. Es wurden insgesamt nur 10% aller Bitcoins, die bei dem Hack gestohlen wurden, bewegt. Viele Börsen haben außerdem Mechanismen implementiert, um die Auszahlung von gestohlenen BTC zu verhindern bzw. zu erschweren. Allerdings könnten die Hacker die Bitcoin auch auf andere Art und Weise loswerden.

„Nein, die Bitfinex Hacker werden ihre gestohlenen Bitcoins nicht verkaufen (zumindest keine große Summe davon).

Aber der/die Hacker bzw. die Hackerin könnte die Bitcoins an eine oder mehrere Exchange(s) senden, den Markt manipulieren und sie auf einer anderen oder auf mehreren Exchange(s) shorten.“

Dieses Szenario wäre nicht so leicht umzusetzen, aber durchaus möglich.

Bitfinex Hacker stahlen fast 120.000 BTC

Der Bitfiniex Hack von 2016 war einer der größten Hacks der Bitcoin-Geschichte. Die Hacker stahlen insgesamt 119.756 BTC, die heute rund 7,5 Milliarden US-Dollar wert sind. Der Markt brach zu dem Zeitpunkt des Hacks um 20% ein.

„Was für ein Moment. Whalealert veröffentlicht eine Nachricht nach der anderen über Bitcoins, die Hacker bei dem Bitfinex-Hack von 2016 gestohlenen haben.“

Der Fall wurde teilweise aufgedeckt. Zwei israelische Brüder sollen für den Hack mitverantwortlich sein. Seit dem Hack wurden bis 2020 rund 1-2% der gestohlenen Bitcoin ab und zu bewegt. Im November bewegten die Hacker zuletzt Bitcoin im Wert von 97 Millionen US-Dollar. Damals erreichte der Bitcoin Kurs ebenfalls ein neues Allzeithoch.

Bitfinex entschädigte die betroffenen Nutzer mit Kryptowährungen. Allerdings erlitt das Image der Exchange einen großen Schaden. Die Krypto-Börse war auch in einige andere Kontroversen verwickelt.

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Übersetzt von Maximilian M.

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