The Weekly BAT Ep. 55: Brave Sync v2 for desktop & Android is here! (fully redesigned), Intel & Brave join forces to promote Intel® Gamer Days & give away prizes from Brave/Intel, Only a few days left to enter w/ BAT to win a LTD ED Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing (via TAP Network)!

Announcement: Fully redesigned Brave Sync v2 now available for Brave desktop & Android users! Sync bookmarks, settings, passwords, open tabs, autofill data, extensions, & more. (v1.12)

Starting today, Brave desktop users (version 1.12) and Android users (version 1.12) can use our fully redesigned sync functionality to sync data from desktop to desktop, as well as across desktop and Android devices. Support for iOS will follow shortly.

Sync v2 was rebuilt over the last several months to be more directly compatible with the Chromium sync system. Sync v2 supports more sync data types, while still keeping the client side data encrypted, so only users can see their data.

Users will be able to sync multiple different data types across their devices:

Bookmarks
Passwords
Autofill Data
History
Open Tabs
Extensions
Themes
Settings
Apps 

Sync is not currently available for Brave Rewards data, but will be in the future. Meanwhile, Brave users who opt into Brave Rewards can verify their Brave wallets via Uphold and connect up to four of their devices (including Android) to the same Uphold wallet in order to sync their Rewards.

Read the official Brave Sync v2 announcement here: https://brave.com/sync-v2/ 
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It seems like everyone is excited about the launch of Sync v2! Follow the chatter on r/BATProject and r/brave_browser, and see Sync-related tweets from Brave Software & Brian Bondy (Brave CTO)

WIN: Intel and Brave join forces to promote Intel® Gamer Days 2020 & give away prizes from Brave/Intel all month long! 

Intel & Brave come together again this year to promote Intel Gamer Days—an annual promotion to celebrate PC gaming with great deals & experiences from over 40 top retailers, technology providers, and game publishers—following a highly successful campaign in 2019.

From now through the end of August, Brave users in the United States will see Brave Ads promoting Intel’s annual Gamer Days promotional event.

To enter the giveaway for a chance to score a prize kit from Intel & Brave, users must click Intel Gamer Days ad notifications they see while browsing, and follow the steps to publish a pre-canned tweet about the Gamer Days promotion. Each tweet counts as an automatic entry for the giveaway.

See @BAT_Community’s Twitter thread for more information about the giveaway. 

Prize kit winners will be announced daily on the @BAT_Community Twitter page along with instructions on how to collect your prize. We’ll also include all of the previous week’s winners here in The Weekly BAT.

See below for winners of Day 1 of the giveaway: 

  1. @GlobalCryptoIn
  2. @fashionablytech
  3. @cjonze228
  4. @EstebanEther
  5. @Septicaemic1

Congratulations winners, and thank you to everyone who participated so far! There are more prizes to be won from now until the end of August, so keep tweeting any #IntelGamerDays ads you see! 

Good luck and happy gaming!


WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a limited-edition Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Brave users with  Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win a Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons! This limited-edition product is completely sold out online. Don’t miss your chance to snag this awesome prize!

Other sweepstakes offerings include digital gift cards for Walmart or Amazon! (More brands and prizes to come.) 

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page choose the sweepstakes you want to enter, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs just cents in BAT per entry! 

Winners are chosen by TAP at random through a digital sweepstakes drawing system, and will receive their digital gift card prize via email.

Recent Winners:

Tyler Beacher McEntyer$100 Walmart gift card

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If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes and to support causes. 


Brave Rewards Updates

Known issue: BAT/Brave Ads payouts not being deposited to your Uphold account 

Dear Brave Rewards Community,

Just prior to Ads Payments this month, we found some suspicious activities that forced us to prevent deposits to some Uphold wallets.

If you reauthorized (connected to your Uphold wallet via Browser) or you created a new wallet after August 4th, you may be impacted with this issue. We received notices from some of you regarding the same.

We can assure you that your payment was made, and you should see it in the details section of your wallet in the Rewards Panel as Ads Earnings. As soon as we have a fix for this and we are working diligently to get the issue fixed, your Ads Rewards will be automatically deposited into your Uphold account. Rest assured that your BAT is safe.

Thank you for understanding.

The Brave Rewards Team

Link to original post: https://community.brave.com/t/payments-not-being-deposited-to-your-uphold-account/149211

Issues with your August Brave Ads or Brave Creator payout? Request support in our megathreads:

BRAVE ADS August 2020 Payout Support Megathread

BRAVE CREATORS August 2020 Payout Support Megathread


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Intel joins the list of brands to run Sponsored Images campaigns in Brave’s New Tab Page.

Intel’s Gamer Days campaign promotes its annual Intel Gamer Days event, which celebrates PC gaming with great deals & experiences from over 40 top retailers, technology providers, and game publishers. 

In addition, Crypto.com and BlockFi’s campaigns remain ongoing this week.

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, Tezos, Upland, and more. To learn more about becoming a Brave New Tab Page sponsor visit https://brave.com/brave-ads-waitlist


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Where we feature new & noteworthy verified Brave Creators.

CoinGecko

CoinGecko provides “a 360-degree overview of the crypto market”. The project launched back in 2014 and has since become one of the most important DeFi resources in the cryptoverse! 

With hundreds of cryptocurrencies already out in the market and dozens more created each month, we at CoinGecko feel that it is really difficult to decide which altcoin to hold and invest in.

We feel that there is no proper quantitative way in trying to measure the worth of a coin. Current approaches to doing altcoin valuation mostly revolves around using market capitalization, a metric that is very easily manipulated by pre-mined coins.

CoinGecko provides a fundamental analysis of the crypto market. In addition to tracking price, volume and market capitalization, CoinGecko tracks community growth, open-source code development, major events and on-chain metrics.

Our objective is to elevate crypto participants’ understanding of fundamental factors that drive the market. CoinGecko is one of the largest and earliest crypto data aggregators, operating since early 2014. It currently tracks nearly 5902 tokens from more than 382 cryptocurrency exchanges.

Visit https://www.coingecko.com/en and https://twitter.com/coingecko to learn more. 

Read about CoinGecko on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/coingecko 

BitcoinDood

BitcoinDood runs thebitcoindood.com where he blogs about crypto and offers up his web design services.

Welcome to The Dood’s cryptocurrency pages. This site is a labor of love and a side project I work on in my spare time. The blog is filled with my thoughts on crypto and trading in general. You’ll also find the occasional interview and product review.

The links page is constantly being updated with links to all kinds of cryptocurrency related sites. You can find merchants that accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, along with various cryptocurrency related services and offers. You’ll also find various exchanges and tools for trading.

If you’ve come here looking to hire The Dood for a web design project just click on the web design link in the sidebar. The easiest way to contact me is a DM on twitter or on my Discord Server. You can also email me at thedood@bitcoindood.com

Visit bitcoindood.com and twitter.com/BitcoinDood to learn more. 

Read about BitcoinDood on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/bitcoin-dood 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.14.42

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.14.42

Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.71

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.71

Desktop Beta Channel v1.13.69

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.69

Android Release Channel v1.12.113

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.113

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version! 

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help;

On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the Play and iOS app stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Brian Bondy, CTO
Des Martin, Head of Marketing
Brave Software
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer

BAT/Brave in the News

Popular Science: You should switch to a browser that has its own VPN

Put a virtual private network (VPN) between you and the internet, and your connection to the web becomes much more difficult to track and locate—whether the potential eavesdropper is a government agency or someone sitting behind you at a coffee shop.

It doesn’t give you total anonymity, but it sends everything you do online through an encrypted tunnel that’s exceptionally hard for anyone else to break into. That means a lot for your online security and privacy.

Dozens of top-quality VPN providers are ready and willing to set this service up for you, but if you want to cut out the middle man, there’s another option: Pick a browser with a VPN attached. It’s quick and convenient, and there are a growing number to choose from.

[…] 

Brave is another mobile and desktop browser that just added integrated VPN capabilities, built in partnership with the Guardian firewall and VPN apps. For now, the functionality is only available in the Brave app for iOS, but Brave says the same protection is coming to other platforms later this year. The cost is double what you’ll pay for Mozilla VPN though: $10 a month (after a 7-day free trial).

Read the full story here: https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/browser-vpn/ 

Thurrott: Brave Completely Redesigned Browser Data Sync

Brave announced today that it has completely redesigned its web browser sync system, making it easier to move between devices. Additionally, the firm revealed that Brave now has over 16.7 million monthly active users and 5.7 million daily active users.

“Starting today, Brave desktop users (version 1.12) and Android users (version 1.12) can use our fully redesigned sync functionality to sync data from desktop to desktop, as well as across desktop and Android devices,” the firm announced. “Support for iOS will follow shortly.”

Read the full text here: https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/web-browsers/239060/brave-completely-redesigned-browser-data-sync


News You Should Know

[Week in Ethereum News] Andreas Antonopoulos answers basic questions about Ethereum

Andreas Antonopoulos is an author of Mastering Ethereum, which is written for developers and is his second book published by O’Reilly media. But don’t fret, there won’t be dry powerpoint explanations here. Andreas is brilliant at explaining complex topics in an entertaining and easy to understand way. So if you’ve got questions about Ethereum, ETH, gas, proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, or smart contracts in general, this video will get you up to speed. During the livestream, you can chat with community builders and together we’ll watch Andreas answer as many questions as he can in 30-40 minutes. You can even ask questions on sli.do and maybe your question will be one Andreas answers! No questions are too basic or simple. You can even ask questions anonymously, in case you’re embarrassed for not knowing something already. After the livestream, you can view the chat as if you were there with us.

Bankless: The Three Nation Problem

Dear Bankless Nation,

There are two types of nations in the world today. The fiat Nation and the Silicon Valley Nation. Both depend on the same model: extract resources from their constituency in order to grow their domain.

But a new player has entered the game: the digital nation.

Ethereum and Bitcoin are two digital nations that offer an alternative. A minimally extractive alternative equipped with a blooming economy of financial and identity tools for self-sovereign individuals.

Borderless nations that exists outside the scope of the other two Nations.

But there’s a problem. A three body problem. Trinary star systems don’t last. They collapse to binary systems. And the three nations will eventually become two.

How will it happen? Which will survive? David explores.

Read the full text here: https://bankless.substack.com/p/the-three-nation-problem 

Publish0x: To Infinity and Beyond: a Review of DeFi in 2020

DeFi stands for decentralized finance, and it’s a brand new financial system that’s being built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. The term decentralized refers to the fact that there is no centralized authority controlling transactions, the way a bank or PayPal does in the traditional financial system.

2020 has been the year of DeFi, and there are a number of reasons for that.

DeFi is an open-source financial system for anyone in the world who wants to use it – all you need is an Ethereum wallet. Anyone in the world can access DeFi. There is no credit check and no banker who can say yes or no.

Traditional bank accounts yield almost no interest on deposits. For instance, the interest rate on a Fidelity bank account is 0.01%. By allocating digital assets to DeFi, the smart investor can earn anywhere from 5 to 10% on their deposits.

Sending money around the world is expensive and slow. $100 sent from Norway to the United States will take five days to get there and cost 10% in fees. Compare that to sending a stablecoin: ten minutes and the transaction costs a dollar or two.

These are just a few of the reasons why DeFi is popular. Other factors driving DeFi use include decentralized exchanges, tokenized Bitcoin on Ethereum, governance tokens, etc.

Read the full text here: https://www.publish0x.com/changenow-crypto-blog/to-infinity-and-beyond-a-review-of-defi-in-2020-xgdzzyx 

Mashable: Amazon is liable for defective third-party products, Californian court rules

A Californian Court of Appeal has ruled Amazon is responsible for defective products sold through its Marketplace, even if they are being sold by a third party. This decision has significant implications for Amazon, which had previously managed to avoid liability by claiming it is merely a service provider. 

“Whatever term we use to describe Amazon’s role, be it ‘retailer,’ ‘distributor,’ or merely ‘facilitator,’ it was pivotal in bringing the product here to the consumer,” Justice Patricia Guerrero said in her ruling. “Under established principles of strict liability, Amazon should be held liable if a product sold through its website turns out to be defective.”

Strict liability is a legal standard that holds people responsible for injury caused by their actions, even if there was no fault or malicious intent involved.

Read the full story here: https://mashable.com/article/amazon-third-party-liability-defective/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=mash-com-tw-main-link&utm_content=tech 

9to5Mac: Apple doubles down on iOS 14 tracking privacy as Facebook panics

One of the key privacy features in iOS 14 is a new option that allows users to disable tracking between different applications. During its quarterly earnings call last month, Facebook pointed out that the new tracking setting could impact its advertising revenue, and a new report from The Information today goes into more detail.

The report explains that Facebook representatives have been meeting with mobile game companies to discuss the iOS 14 privacy change. Gaming companies are a key advertising partner for Facebook, and it is using these meetings as a way to hear “concerns” from such advertisers.

To ease their concerns, Facebook representatives have been meeting with gaming companies, say two people familiar with the meetings. Besides reassuring this important group of customers, Facebook employees have been engaged in trying to get more information about the upcoming Apple shift, according to one gaming executive who has been meeting with them.

The likely outcome is that gaming companies spend less on “app-install advertisements.” This is an advertising category that directly asks people to download an app or game, but without the more detailed targeting data, they could prove to be less successful on iOS 14.

Read the full story here: https://9to5mac.com/2020/08/11/apple-ios-14-privacy-tracking-facebook/ 


Roaring Fans

The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 54 — Brave surpasses 16.7M MAU & 5.7M DAU in July, Johnny Ryan takes a new role with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Partner AMA w/ Guardian (tech powering Brave Firewall + VPN for iOS)

Johnny Ryan takes a new role with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, after two years as Brave’s Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 — Brave today announced that Dr Johnny Ryan, FRHistS, Brave’s Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer, is departing from Brave to join the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. He will also take up a Senior Fellow position at the Open Markets Institute.

“During Johnny’s time at Brave since 2018, he has been instrumental in bringing Brave’s privacy by default approach to the forefront of US and European policy arenas, relentlessly advocating for users’ and publishers’ control over their data. He triggered regulatory investigations of Google’s advertising business in the EU, and pressed for stronger privacy laws in the US,” said Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave. “Just as Brave challenges the technology status quo for the better, the regulatory and policy status quo must be challenged too. I am excited to see what Johnny does, now that he will be focusing all of his energy on making sure the GDPR is enforced as it should be. I am grateful for his contribution at Brave.”

Brave also announced today that Pat Walshe will take up part of Dr Ryan’s duties, as Brave’s Data Protection Officer. Mr Walshe was previously Director of Privacy at the GSMA, and runs a consultancy called Privacy Matters.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ryan-takes-new-role/ 

Farewell, Johnny. Thank you for all your great work at Brave.

Welcome, Pat!

Growth milestone: Brave surpasses 16.7M monthly active users (MAU) & 5.7M daily active users (DAU) in July 2020!

A warm welcome to all of our new users! 

You can now track user growth stats, as well as other platform stats and token activity, on Brave’s Transparency page

Read More

The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 53 — Introducing the new Brave Firewall + VPN for iOS (powered by Guardian), “Future-Proof Your Marketing” w/ Brave & Dentsu (video), Interview w/ Lin Dai, CEO of TAP Network (Brave partner)

Announcement: Brave and Guardian partner to launch the new Brave Firewall + VPN for iOS, powered by Guardian. It protects all of your apps (not just Brave), keeps you anonymous, & can be used on up to 5 iOS devices.

SAN FRANCISCO – July 27, 2020 – Brave Software and Guardian, makers of Guardian Firewall + VPN for iOS, today are announcing the launch of the Brave Firewall + VPN, powered by Guardian. With this partnership, the companies are integrating their technologies to enable the fastest, safest, most private Web browsing experience. Brave now offers Brave Firewall + VPN, available for download from the App Store. This partnership allows people to take back control of their own data, browse the Web, and use their apps more safely and securely.

The Firewall + VPN is built into the Brave iPhone and iPad browser app, which combines privacy with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform to give users a safer, faster (3-6x), more private browsing experience, while funding the Web through a new attention-based platform of privacy-preserving advertisements and rewards. Once users subscribe, there is a setting to enable the firewall in the app. With this launch, we are offering users a firewall and VPN that work system-wide, not only in Brave for iOS but also in any other app they use on their iPhone and iPad, protecting users from data, location, and mail beacon tracking. This empowers users to take action at the network level over unwanted surveillance.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/brave-and-guardian/ 

Learn more at https://brave.com/firewall-vpn/ 

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/441919283 

Blog: Update (Six Months of Data): Lessons for growing publisher revenue by removing 3rd party tracking. By Brave’s Johnny Ryan

This note presents lessons for all publishers based on six months of data from Dutch publisher NPO, after it removed 3rd party tracking. 

Additional revenue data from the Dutch publisher NPO reveals the real-world impact on the revenues of websites of various sizes of removing 3rd party adtech and tracking.

As a previous note outlined, NPO removed third party tracking from its websites at the start of 2020, and sold advertising exclusively by using contextual targeting. The previous note revealed that NPO and its sales house, Ster, enjoyed a leap in revenue as a result.

This update adds the month of June 2020, allowing a six month view of the publisher’s revenue increase, and slightly updates and increases the previously published figures for the first five months of 2020.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/publisher-3rd-party-tracking/ 

VIDEO RECORDING: Watch Brave & Dentsu’s webinar from earlier this week: “Future-Proof Your Marketing: Advertising in a Cookieless World”, with Brave CEO, Brendan Eich (+ other Brave team)

Brought to you by Brave + Dentsu Aegis Network

Brave is the first global digital advertising platform built for privacy, offering advertisers the opportunity to participate in a premium, brand safe, and opt-in ad ecosystem designed for the cookieless future of the internet.

In this 45 min virtual event, hear from industry experts from Brave and Dentsu Aegis Network – a multinational media and digital marketing communications company – on how ad agencies, in-house brand marketers and publishers can prepare to shift their advertising strategies as privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA become more important than ever, and as consumers take more control of their digital privacy. 

Our speakers will talk through tangible advertising solutions and provide key takeaways that marketers can immediately implement.

BAT Community Podcast: Interview with Lin Dai, CEO of TAP Network (BAT/Brave Partner)

Tune into Jennie’s interview with Lin Dai on this week’s episode of the BAT Community podcast!

Lin Dai is the CEO of TAP Network, a Rewards-as-a-Service technology company that first announced a partnership with Brave in early 2019. The partnership enables Brave users on desktop to redeem BAT for real-world rewards from over 250,000 top brands and merchants in the TAP Network. The collaboration has made token utility redemption a reality for Brave users, and continues to connect brands with an engaged consumer audience while respecting their privacy.

Lin and Jennie discuss how TAP is able to offer users a greater return on BAT micro-redemptions—like access to special deals and opportunities—and how the TAP Network sweepstakes for Brave users takes this concept even further by offering up amazing prizes and unique experiences that even money can’t buy.

Learn about Lin Dai on Everipedia:
https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/lin-dai

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a limited-edition Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

This just in: Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win a Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons! This limited-edition product is completely sold out online. Don’t miss your chance to snag this awesome prize!

Other sweepstakes offerings include digital gift cards for Walmart or Amazon! (More brands and prizes to come.) 

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page choose the sweepstakes you want to enter, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs just 10 cents in BAT per entry! 

Winners are chosen by TAP at random through a digital sweepstakes drawing system, and will receive their digital gift card prize via email.

If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes and to support causes. 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Crypto.com’s stunning New Tab Page images will make you wish you were somewhere remote & sunny. Meanwhile, ByBit’s Sponsored Images will transport you to a whole other planet!

Both brands return to the New Tab Page this week following the success of their recent campaigns.

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, Tezos, Upland, and more.

To learn more about becoming a Brave New Tab Page sponsor visit https://brave.com/brave-ads-waitlist/.


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

3blue1brown (YouTube) 

3Blue1Brown (by Grant Sanderson) offers up a combination of mathematics and entertainment. The channel’s goal is to inspire changes in perspective that make solving difficult problems easer.

For more information, other projects, FAQs, and inquiries, visit their official website: https://www.3blue1brown.com 

Check out their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYO_jab_esuFRV4b17AJtAw 

Read Everipedia’s article on 3blue1brown: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/3blue1brown 

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer (GitHub)

For anyone eager to learn JavaScript in a hurry, we would definitely recommend Dr. Axel Rauschmayer’s book titled ‘JavaScript for Impatient Programmers’.  

Read Everipedia’s article on Dr. Rauschmayer: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/axel-rauschmayer 

Check out Dr. Rauschmayer’s work on GitHub: https://github.com/rauschma 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.14.8

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.14.8

Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.56

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.56

Desktop Beta Channel v1.13.54

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.54

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version! 

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help;

On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the Play and iOS app stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Brendan Eich, CEO
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Des Martin, Head of Marketing
Des Martin, Head of Marketing
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy

BAT/Brave in the News

CNET: Google’s plan for Chrome capability has a big security risk

Google is working to dramatically increase the power of web browsers. There’s one big problem: The plan could create new security problems that undermine the web.

The web has had a remarkable track record of thwarting attacks. You can generally click a link and trust that your browser will protect you. By contrast, app stores require constant monitoring to keep phone malware away while confirmation dialog boxes stand in the way of problem software on your PC.

[…] 

“The vast majority of these interfaces are not useful for the vast majority of websites, and many of them have well-documented privacy or tracking attacks,” said Peter Snyder, a senior privacy researcher at Brave. He worries there’s no way to add Web USB, Web NFC and Web Bluetooth without privacy harm or “unmanageable user permission fatigue” triggered by ceaseless dialog website boxes.

Read the full text here: https://www.cnet.com/news/google-plan-for-chrome-capability-has-a-big-security-risk/

The Chain Bulletin: Brave Brings VPN Services To iOS Browser

Brave Software is stepping up its security and privacy game for its Brave iOS browser, thanks to a new partnership with Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider Guardian, the firm said in a press release on 27 July.

According to the announcement, the partnership will bring new levels of security and privacy to iPhone and iPad users, who can now easily turn on Brave Firewall + VPN in order to protect their devices from privacy intruding trackers. Regrettably, Brave users will be unable to pay for the new service using Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), as Apple currently does not allow it.

The CEO of Brave Software, Brendan Eich, said in a statement:

“Brave is on a mission to upgrade the Internet from surveillance-by-default to privacy-by-default. With over 15 million monthly active users, our growth indicates that people are tired of being tracked, tagged, and monitored every second of every day. Brave Firewall + VPN, powered by Guardian is a big part of our mission to improve Web browsing and give power back to users over the use of their own data.”

Read the full text here: https://chainbulletin.com/brave-brings-vpn-services-to-ios-browser/


News You Should Know

[Week in Ethereum News] Reuters: Exclusive: Global banks scrutinize their Hong Kong clients for pro-democracy ties

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Global wealth managers are examining whether their clients in Hong Kong have ties to the city’s pro-democracy movement, in an attempt to avoid getting caught in the crosshairs of China’s new national security law, according to six people with knowledge of the matter.

Bankers at Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.S), HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L), Julius Baer Gruppe AG (BAER.S) and UBS Group AG (UBSG.S), among others, are broadening scrutiny under their programs that screen clients for political and government ties and subjecting them to additional diligence requirements, these people said.

The designation, called politically exposed persons, can make it more difficult or altogether prevent people from accessing banking services, depending on what the bank finds about the person’s source of wealth or financial transactions.

The checks at some wealth managers have involved combing through comments made by clients and their associates in public and in media, and social media posts in the recent past, these people said. The new law prohibits what Beijing describes broadly as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with up to life in prison for offenders.

Read the full text here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-security-wealth-exclusive-idUSKCN24L096

The Tatiana Show Ep. #268: Let’s Talk Tokens With Adam B. Levine

After discussing some important information regarding purchasing Bitcoin, CoinDesk editor, Adam B. Levine discusses the advent of the Tatiana Coin and intention behind tokens in modern commerce. Referencing many projects Adam and Tatiana Moroz participated in, the discussion leads to real world examples of where token technology and blockchain technologies can improve the quality of life and commerce… when used correctly. Adam also discussed the many use cases explored at Tokenly.com including e-commerce, NFTs, and the advantages of various blockchains.

Listen here: https://thetatianashow.com/the-tatiana-show-ep-268-lets-talk-tokens-with-adam-b-levine/ 


Roaring Fans

From Reddit 

The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 51 (Jul 20, 2020) — BAT partnership w/ Gemini: New withdrawal option for BAT creators now live (including in NY state) + Gemini widget in Brave, Travala.com launches marketing campaign via Brave Ads, Guest AMA w/ Everipedia & PredIQt

Announcement: BAT/Brave partnership with Gemini — new withdrawal option for BAT creators now live (including in NY state), plus Gemini widget in Brave!

We are excited to announce that Gemini and Brave have partnered to make it easier for users to buy, sell, store, and earn crypto when using the Brave browser. This integration allows users of the Brave browser to engage with crypto via the new Gemini Trading Widget in a simple and secure manner. The Gemini Trading Widget is now available in Brave’s Nightly version, and will go live in Brave’s general release in the coming weeks.

Brave provides users with a better Internet experience by giving them back their privacy. The Brave browser blocks ads and trackers and other identifying software used by websites to monitor visitors. This provides a faster (3-6x) and more private Internet experience. Brave users can also earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) by opting in to view privacy-preserving Brave ads. Online creators can earn BAT from Brave users via Brave Rewards by publishing great content across a range of platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, Github, Twitch, or their own website.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/gemini/ 

Gemini.com is now fully verified with Brave: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hrh07d/geminicom_is_now_a_verified_publisher/

Announcement: Travala.com Launches Marketing Campaign via Privacy-Preserving Brave Ads

“Travala.com is leading the way in the travel industry with blockchain solutions, and we’re thrilled to see Travala.com join brands such as Amazon and Intel on our Brave Ads platform to reach the right users” —Brendan Eich (Brave CEO)

London and San Francisco ––July 13, 2020 — Travala.com, the world’s leading cryptocurrency-friendly hotel booking service, and Brave Software, makers of the innovative Brave browser which combines privacy with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform, announced a global ad campaign that promotes Travala.com via privacy-preserving Brave Ads. The Brave browser already has over 15 million monthly active users.

The Travala.com platform currently offers over 2,000,000 properties covering 90,124 destinations in 230 countries. With prices up to 40% cheaper than mainstream travel booking platforms, travellers can save money and use 28 different cryptocurrencies to pay for accommodation bookings on the website.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/travala/ 

Guest AMA: We’re Sam Kazemian (Co-Founder & President) and David Liebowitz (VP of Business Development) at Everipedia, a blockchain-based digital encyclopedia & project building world-class consumer dApps and DeFi apps. Ask us anything!

Sam Kazemian, Co-Founder & President, and David Liebowitz, VP of Business Development, from Everipedia joined us on r/BATProject this week to answer community questions about Everipedia, chat about its work with Brave, and to share more about the team’s latest project, PredIQt: a decentralized prediction market offering a user-experience that rivals that of traditional centralized alternatives.

About Everipedia:
Everipedia builds world-class consumer dApps and defi applications. What originally launched in 2014 as an inclusive encyclopedia would grow out of its original mandate of just being a website and transform into a full-blown blockchain ecosystem. In 2018, Everipedia raised funds from Galaxy Digital to build a blockchain version of Everipedia which would launch in the summer of that year. Staying true to its mission of the pursuit of knowledge, in 2019 the Everipedia team launched PredIQt, a decentralized prediction market that is the “Augur of EOS.” Everipedia and PredIQt are two different sides to the same coin whereas the former has participants contributing their historical knowledge and the latter tests participants “future knowledge” in anticipating the outcome of events. The foundation of this dual dApp ecosystem is the IQ token whose utility is required in order to use Everipedia and PredIQt. Everipedia has stated its commitment to decentralized finance and plans to release a suite of defi primitives (lending/interest, synthetic assets, etc.) as well as an ERC-20 version of its token by the end of the year.

Read the full AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hsf6at/were_sam_kazemian_cofounder_president_and_david/ 

If you submitted a question for the Everipedia team, your name was automatically entered in a draw to win a free BAT & Brave swag kit. 

The winners are:

  • /u/atomcpu
  • /u/flarged
  • /u/aSchizophrenicCat
  • /u/Satishgmr2010

Thank you to everyone that tuned in, and to the participants who submitted questions for the Sam and David. 

Interview: Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) on the Forbes/TechFirst podcast to discuss Brave’s partnership with NYIAX

Listen here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hqi6n3/brendan_eich_brave_ceo_on_the_forbestechfirst/

BAT in the wild: “Buying myself a foot long wheat sandwich at Subway using my BAT tokens. thanks Brave and thanks to Uphold for the awesome card!” 

Check it out: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hpxn1z/buying_myself_a_foot_long_wheat_sandwich_at/

More information here: https://uphold.com/en/blog/introducing-the-worlds-first-multi-asset-crypto-enabled-debit-card  

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a digital gift card! 

Brave users with  Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win digital gift cards for Walmart or Amazon! (More brands and prizes to come.) 

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page choose the sweepstakes you want to enter, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs just 10 cents in BAT per entry! 

Winners are chosen by TAP at random through a digital sweepstakes drawing system, and will receive their digital gift card prize via email.

If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes and to support causes. 

SCAM WARNING ⚠️: Please be advised that there is NO BAT airdrop / “withdraw your BAT” bot, multiplier, etc. Please be vigilant and wary of scams. Do not send funds, reveal your private key, or give your personal information to any person or entity you are unfamiliar with.

Please report any suspicious activity to official BAT/Brave team: 

On Twitter: 

@BraveSampson
@BAT_Community 
@LukeMulks
@BrendanEich

On Reddit: 
/u/CryptoJennie
/u/bat-chriscat

View the full list of official BAT/Brave admins in the right sidebar on /r/BATProject and /r/Brave_browser


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Brave welcomes Popeye Magazine (Japan) to the New Tab Page!

Popeye is a monthly fashion and men’s magazine based in Tokyo, Japan, and is one of the earliest Japanese magazines featuring articles about men’s fashion. Its tagline is “Magazine for City Boys”. Learn more at https://magazineworld.jp/popeye/popeye-english/

In addition, ByBit, Nexo, Crypto.com, and BlockFi return to the New Tab Page this week following the success of their recent campaigns. 

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, Crypto.com, Tezos, Upland, and more. 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Argentinian award-winning visual artist & creative director, Jonathan Gurvit, has worked with an impressive list of companies like Volkswagen, CocaCola, PlayStation, Panasonic, and many more. 

Jonathan Gurvit began his creative career back in February of 2000. He joined DDB Argentina, his first agency, as a Junior Art Director and worked for clients such as Telefónica, Volkswagen, Exxon, Clorox, ING, Bank Boston, Energizer & Danone.

Over the course of his career Jonathan Gurvit has won 18 Cannes Lions, 20 Clios, and more than 400 awards in One Show, D&AD, New York Festivals (Grand Prix), Ojo de Iberoamerica, FIAP & CCCA. 

Visit the links below to see Jonathan’s highly celebrated work. 

Jonathan’s website: https://www.behance.net/JonathanGurvit 

Jonathan’s Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jonathangurvit

Read Everipedia’s article on Jonathan Gurvit: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/jonathan-gurvit 

Publisher: International non-profit digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been fighting for digital privacy, free speech, and innovation for over 30 years

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

Learn more at https://www.eff.org/about

Read Everipedia’s article on the Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.13.17

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.17

Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.88

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.88

Desktop Beta Channel v1.12.89

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.89

Desktop Release Channel v.11.97

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.97

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version! 

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help;

On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the Play and iOS app stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Brian Bondy, CTO & Co-Founder
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Brendan Eich, CEO
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Brendan Eich, CEO
Jonathan Sampson. Senior Developer Relations
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Jonathan Sampson. Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson. Senior Developer Relations

BAT/Brave in the News

Yahoo News: Brave partners with Gemini to let users trade crypto from within its browser

Brave has partnered with crypto exchange Gemini to let its  users trade cryptocurrencies from within the privacy-focused browser itself.

Users will be able to buy, trade, earn, and store cryptocurrencies directly via Brave. The Gemini widget is currently available on Brave’s Nightly version, and is expected to go live in Brave’s general release “in the coming weeks,” said Gemini.

The news comes three months after similar partnerships were struck with Binance and Binance.US.  Brave’s native token, the Basic Attention Token (BAT), is listed on all three exchanges.

Read the full text here: https://news.yahoo.com/brave-partners-gemini-let-users-160019811.html 

The Register: Aggrieved ad tech types decry Google dominance in W3C standards – who writes the rules and for whom?

Earlier this week, 20 web advertising companies wrote to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s Advisory Board to ask that the standards organization revise its governance process to prevent ad tech giants like Google from running roughshod over the concerns of others with an interest in the web.

“We believe that the W3C governance process aims to represent all stakeholders of the web,” the letter says. “Unfortunately, as the web has grown in size, a disparity in organizational size now threatens this governance process.”

[…]

In an email to The Register, Peter Snyder, privacy researcher at rival browser maker Brave Software, said, “Brave is concerned that Google has a disproportionate role in web standards, and as a result, that the direction of the web could disproportionately reflect Google’s priorities.”

Where Google’s interests align with web users, he said, everyone benefits. But where they diverge, specifically with regard to issues like privacy, tracking, and allowing individuals to understand and control the code executing on their devices, the company’s outsize role in shaping web standards becomes an issue.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/17/aggrieved_ad_tech_types_decry/ 

BTC Manager: Brave Browser’s Privacy-Preserving Ads to Spearhead Travala.com Marketing Campaign

Brave and Travala Kicks off a Global Advertisement Campaign

Just like any other web browser, Brave users can surf the Internet on-demand. 

However, the Brave browser goes a step further by shielding their privacy without storing web history or personal details. 

Meanwhile, their innovative Brave Ads platform provides brands with the opportunity to reach a consenting audience. 

Effective, willing users can activate Brave Ads and earn BAT rewards whenever they view advertisements from partner brands. 

Brendan Eich, the CEO and Co-founder of Brave said the browser currently runs over 1,500 advertisement campaigns with a click-through-rate of 12 percent translating to better conversion rates. The industry’s average is two percent. 

70 percent of the revenue generated will be distributed to viewers as compensation for their attention. Users can also reward content creators by auto-contributing under the browser’s default setting.

Through this deal, Travala adverts will now be pushed through Brave Ads. Viewers will receive rewards in BAT whenever they view their advertisements.

Read the full text here: https://btcmanager.com/brave-browser-privacy-preserving-ads-travala-marketing-campaign/


News You Should Know

The Tatiana Show Ep. 265: Healthcare and the Blockchain with Chrissa McFarlane

About the Tatiana Show

“The Tatiana Show” podcast talks about politics, activism, blockchain, music, and how to combine them all to help the world. Tatiana Moroz, co-host Joshua Scigala, and special guests chat about all kinds of exciting topics from technology, the arts, and the Bitcoin revolution in a casual conversation that a layman can understand.  The show tapes weekly and airs over several networks including Let’s Talk Bitcoin, Liberty.me, LRN.fm, ipmNation, and many more.  The show was founded in 2014 and averages over 5,000 listeners per show.
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Chrissa McFarlane realized the world has a very big problem: the healthcare industry is slow to innovate and inefficient. Nothing in recent memory has made this more clear than the current COVID-19 pandemic. Global response to the coronavirus was, without a doubt, hampered by misinformation and slow communication and a lack of cooperation when it came to setting standards for gathering, recording, and sharing data.

Patientory plans to make a big dent in this big problem. With a background in research, healthcare operations, and data management, McFarlane is dedicated to educating regulators and healthcare leaders about the urgent need for data management solutions across the entire healthcare industry, from pharmaceutical supply chain management to digital health & therapeutics, to telemed practices and  drug and clinical trial data management

Chrissa also offers some great advice to women and minorities looking to start their own company or to work in STEM, as well as ways to cope with encountering racism and sexism in professional settings.

Listen here: https://thetatianashow.com/3026-2/ 

2020 US Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang on Twitter: – “Advertising as an all-purpose revenue source has massive drawbacks, limitations and even perversions for the attention economy. Ideally we would have a micropayment system – when we pay attention to something creators get paid independent of ads.”

Check it out: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hq3xt1/andrew_yang_advertising_as_an_allpurpose_revenue/

The Block: Twitter accounts of major tech figures, crypto exchanges and Joe Biden compromised in far-reaching attack

Quick Take

  • A wide range of Twitter accounts were compromised Wednesday, including crypto exchanges and companies as well as major figures like Joe Biden, Bill Gates and Elon Musk.
  • The tweets posted variations on the same theme: promoting bitcoin/crypto giveaway scams, which try and trick people into sending funds to an address in the hope of receiving more.
  • Twitter said it was a “coordinated social engineering attack” by hackers “who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”

Read the full text here: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/71779/crypto-exchanges-binance-and-geminis-twitter-accounts-compromised-used-to-promote-scam 

[Week in Ethereum News]: Bankless: Global Public Goods and The Protocol Sink Thesis

Ethereum is a platform for Global Public Goods in the realm of Money and Finance.

The Protocol Sink Thesis illustrates how applications move from being financial experiments to unstoppable global financial platforms, used by everyone. The more people use an application, the further down in the Protocol Sink it falls, and the more things collect at the bottom of the Protocol Sink, the stronger Ethereum’s gravitational grows.

The Protocol Sink Thesis offers a model for how crypto-systems will manifest at maturity.

The thesis states that the more trustless, permissionless, and credibly neutral a protocol is, the further it can scale itself to a global platform, and as a consequence, absorb a larger amount of capital. Protocols that offer a platform to build upon become ‘dense’, and fall down to the bottom of the Protocol Sink from the collective weight of the people and companies building on them.

Web3 DeFi protocols like Uniswap, Compound, and Maker will survive in the long-term by removing attack-vectors and gaining anti-fragility, which will allow them to break through the limits on the scale of use that Web2 applications have reached.

Two key features predict where a protocol finds its resting-place in the Protocol Sink: Utility and Surface Area.

Read the full text here: https://bankless.substack.com/p/global-public-goods-and-the-protocol 


Roaring Fans

From Reddit