The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 73 — Brave surpasses 24M MAU & 7.8 DAU in Dec 2020, BAT THEMIS bake-off, Battle of the BAT & Brave Memes!

Brave User Growth Update: Brave surpassed 24.1M Monthly Active Users & 7.8M Daily Active Users in December 2020! 

A big, warm welcome to all of our new users, and big props to our existing users for continuing to choose Brave in 2021! To the moon! 🚀 

You can also find the latest user growth stats, as well as other platform stats & token activity on https://brave.com/transparency/

BAT/Brave Decentralization Update: Request For Comments and Code (RFC&C) bake-off event among next-gen blockchains for best future BAT THEMIS infrastructure

The Brave research team has been working on the THEMIS protocol [1] [2] [3] to progressively decentralize the Brave/BAT Ads [4] infrastructure, while providing users and advertisers the ability to verify that the protocol is running correctly. Today, we announce an event where the community has the opportunity to participate in the design and development of the next generation of Brave Ads and Rewards.

Brave Browser and Basic Attention Token(BAT) have seen rapid growth since we launched the browser and token in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Brave has over 24 million monthly active users and over 7 million daily active users, while BAT is one of the most used tokens with close to 12M wallets, 4.3M monthly transacting BAT users, 1 million verified publishers, and more than 400 advertisers.

Read the full post here:  https://brave.com/themis-rfcc/ 

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 73 — Introducing Brave Today, new private news reader on Brave desktop & iOS, Des Martin (Brave Head of Marketing) on Cryptonites, Brave goes viral on TikTok!

Announcement: Introducing Brave Today, the new privacy-preserving news reader integrated into the browser. Features personalized & customizable content from hundreds of sources powered by Brave’s new private CDN, as well as Brave Offers for e-commerce

Brave Software announced a new privacy-preserving content stream seamlessly integrated into the browser called Brave Today. The Brave Today news reader is accessible below the new tab page and is delivered anonymously to the user’s browser via Brave’s new private content delivery network (CDN). When users scroll down to fetch the feed on a new tab page they will discover links to content published by major media outlets in 15 different categories, including global news, business and finance, sports, fashion, food, lifestyle, tech and crypto news, and they can easily customize their stream. Brave Today is available via the Brave browser on both iOS and desktop devices.

Read the full announcement blog: https://brave.com/announcing-brave-today/ 

Watch our video on Brave Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50mhZuHCu50 

Learn about Brave’s Private Content Delivery Network: https://brave.com/brave-private-cdn/ 

Learn about How we Choose and Rank Content in Brave Today: https://brave.com/brave-today-content/ 

Brave Complies With Apple iOS Guidelines, Will Continue to Innovate for Users and Creators They Support

Today Brave is releasing a new version (1.22) of its iOS browser in order to comply with recent stipulations made by Apple. In a nutshell, Brave users on iPhones and iPads will no longer be able to earn rewards for their attention, and will no longer be able to tip their favorite online creators via Brave. These changes to our Brave Rewards system do not apply to our desktop and Android browsers.

Around the iOS 14 release, Apple raised some concerns about our iOS app and deemed that Brave Rewards was not compliant with their guidelines 3.1.1 and 3.2.2, and required immediate remedies. Brave Rewards is built on the Basic Attention Token (BAT) and is a new way to value attention, connecting users, content creators, and advertisers. Users are rewarded in BAT with 70% of the ad revenue share of the privacy-preserving ads they opt into viewing, and they can support content creators they love by rewarding them with BAT. There are currently over 985,000 Brave verified content creators.

Read the full text here: https://brave.com/rewards-ios/ 

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 72 — Brave surpasses 22.2M monthly active users & 7.4M daily active users, Brave R&D: seeking Ph.D. interns, Luke Mulks on under CTRL Podcast!

Brave user growth stats update (November 2020): 22.2M monthly active users & 7.4M daily active users

A warm welcome to our new users, and thank you to our existing users! Together we are headed to infinity (and beyond)! 

Verizon #PayItForwardLive campaign awarded “Best campaign for redefining home entertainment” by Twitter Marketing. Brave is honored to have joined Verizon for this campaign to support small businesses.

Thank you to everyone for tuning in to the live performances and for tweeting awareness for #PayItForwardLive via Brave Ads! 

View the post here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/k69p7f/verizon_payitforwardlive_campaign_awarded_best/

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 71 — Binance widget now available on Android (1.17), AMA w/ VP of Engineering (highlights), Brave seeking experienced QA Engineer (Apply today!)

Announcement: Binance Widget Now Available on Android (1.17), Allowing Easy Trading, Buying, and Managing of Cryptocurrency

Today’s Brave Android browser update (version 1.17) features the Binance widget, which is already available to Brave desktop users and was the first exchange-browser integration of its kind last April. Brave Android users can now seamlessly trade and manage cryptocurrency assets, all without leaving their mobile browser.

Binance is the global blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider behind the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume and users, and Brave recently passed 20 million monthly active users and 7 million daily active users. This year, the browser also became the #1 rated browser in Google Play. The integration of the Binance widget directly into the Brave Android browser allows millions of users to access Binance.com or Binance.US and makes accessing cryptocurrency seamless.

Read the full announcement here: https://brave.com/android-binance-widget/ 

Highlights: AMA with Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering at Brave

The ongoing AMA series is an opportunity for our users and fans to get to know the Brave team, to chat with them directly, and to illuminate the work and contributions of our team members. (Work that, in many cases, takes place largely behind the scenes.)   

Most recently, we were joined by Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering at Brave, who spent the afternoon fielding both pre-submitted and live questions from the Community on Reddit. Brian cheerfully retold the story of how he came to join Brave in 2016 while the company was still in its infancy; revealed what he views as his most meaningful contributions to the project to date (he was one of the engineers leading the migration from Brave’s old back-end architecture, known as “Muon”, to Brave Core); and discussed improvements, additions, and new features coming to Brave in the not-so-distant future, such as highly-requested vertical tabs. Brian spoke about some of his passions outside of work, which include spending quality time with his family and restoring older cars, and offered some advice on navigating the job force (and workplace), the importance of treating others with kindness and respect, and reaching out for help when you need it. 

See the highlights here: https://brave.com/2020-ama-with-brian-clifton/ 

Read the full AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/jcd18o/im_brian_clifton_vp_of_engineering_at_brave_ask/

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