Opera Software has released Opera 60.0, a major new version of its web browser dubbed Reborn 3. The ‘3’ is a partial reference to the browser’s support for Web3, the so-called decentralized “block-chain based internet of the future”.
The new browser’s support for Web3 comes with a new Crypto Wallet to facilitate secure online identification and transactions. The browser’s free VPN service has also been overhauled along with a design refresh.
What is ‘Web 3’?
Web 3 is an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems that, together, extend the capabilities of the web we all use today in important and meaningful ways.
“The blockchain and the web will connect together in lots of interesting ways.” – Tim Berners-Lee
Details are available at: http://bit.ly/2WVZepu and at: https://www.opera.com/reborn3.
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Categories: Crypto Currencies, Online Privacy & Security, VPN (Virtual Private Networking)
Weren’t we concerned that Opera is now Chinese-owned?
Opera Limited is a Norwegian software company with multi-national ownership. The Opera web browser and all its “extras” (VPN, cryptocurrency wallet, and more) is no longer a purely Chinese company.
The original company (at the time called Opera Software ASA) sold its web browser and consumer businesses along with the Opera brand to a Chinese group of investors in 2016 with the deal completing in November of that year. However, on July 27, 2018, the new company (now called Opera Ltd.) went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange, raising $115 million in its initial public offering. It is no longer a purely Chinese company. Like all public companies, Opera Ltd. is now owned by its many international stockholders.
Details may be found on Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_(web_browser)