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Bitmain-Backed Opera Web Browser Adds Built-In Ethereum Wallet


Popular internet browser Opera will become the first mainstream web interface to add native support for an ethereum wallet, the company announced on Wednesday.

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The wallet also features support for Progressive Web Apps (PWA), enabling dApp developers to create web dApps without having to embed a wallet in the app themselves or entrust the security of their users’ funds to an external wallet app.

Bitmain Acquires Controlling Stake in Opera

The timing of the release is notable, as it comes just days after public documents revealed that the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency company had purchased a major stake in Opera.

Earlier this week, CLC reported that Bitmain — which was recently valued at $12 billion — invested $50 million in Opera, obtaining a controlling stake in the company which is expected to raise $115 million through its own public offering.

The news had sparked much speculation about Bitmain’s plans for the browser, including whether the China-based firm — which is best known for its production of cryptocurrency mining hardware and mining pool operation — would roll out support for in-browser mining.

That particular feature has not yet been announced, but today’s announcement suggests that, with Bitmain at the helm, Opera could play a major role in helping bring cryptocurrency into the mainstream.

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