Brave is the default browser on obscure HTC crypto-phone

CNET | 12/10/2018 | Stephen Shankland
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The good news for Brave: its ad-blocking web browser is now the default option for surfing the net on a phone from a major phone maker, HTC. The bad news: it's the HTC Exodus 1, a niche product aimed at cryptocurrency fans who've grown scarcer with bitcoin's plunging value.

Chief Executive Brendan Eich, co-founder of Brave and previously Firefox maker Mozilla, revealed the partnership in a tweet over the weekend. "We are very happy to have Brave as default browser & to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone," he tweeted.

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Brave declined to detail the business or technical aspects of the partnership. But deals like it can be important for promoting browsers that typically generate revenue based on how much traffic they send to search engines. Indeed, Google doesn't have to share search revenue generated by the Chrome browser, which is the default on many Android phones.

The Exodus 1 is designed to work with a variety of cryptocurrencies and their related blockchain underpinnings, including bitcoin, Ethereum Project and Dfinity, according to Phil Chen, HTC's "decentralized chief officer." His title is a nod to the founding principles of cryptocurrency, the idea that transaction processing can be accomplished with a network of computers independent of central authorities like banks.

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That idea has been appealing to so-called crypto-anarchists who are skeptical of banks and governments. And for a time it appealed to a broader...
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