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Ethereum Platform Infura's Step Toward Decentralization Includes Microsoft, Tencent

Infura, the crypto infrastructure firm from Consensys, is one of the most popular solutions for developers to hook up applications to blockchains. The platform has grown into a core pillar of the blockchain world – powering many of the largest apps on Ethereum and a variety of other blockchains. But it's also become an object of criticism. For years, Infura came under fire for being too "centralized," its dominance seen as a single point of failure for the wider crypto ecosystem. Using Infura has historically meant plugging one's blockchain app directly into Infura's own servers – trusting Infura for uptime and data accuracy. On Wednesday, Infura is taking its first concrete step towards decentralization.

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