The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 70 — Sunsetting the Referral Program, Sync for iOS now in 1.21, Brave on Future of the Web & DeFi panels at Futurist 2020!

Announcement: Sunsetting the referral program and planning for the future

The Brave referral program launched in February 2018. Over the last 3 years we have been immensely grateful and humbled that so many participated. We owe a huge thanks to our incredible community. Your support helped drive Brave to over 20M monthly active users, building momentum towards a web that respects users. As Brave enters a new stage, we must constantly reevaluate and adapt in order to fulfill our mission of a privacy first Internet.

Effective today, November 9th, 2020, we will begin to wind-down the current referral program. Creators using the Brave referral program have 14 days to wrap up their Brave promotional activity. Creators not using the referral program will experience no change.

Read the full announcement here: 

The latest Brave update for iOS (v1.21) features Brave Sync (syncs bookmarks for now, other data types on the way), & an updated Shields Panel!

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 69 — Brave passes 20M monthly active users and 7M daily active users (a 2.3x increase in 1 year!), AMA with Luke Mulks (highlights), Jennie interviews Aggroed Lighthacher (Co-founder of Splinterlands)

Milestone: Brave has passed 20 million monthly active users and 7 million daily active users, a 2.3x increase in 1 year. Thank you to all our users! Also, nearly 1 million Brave Verified Creators, and over 2,000 ad campaigns in nearly 200 countries.

November marks one year since we launched Brave 1.0, the most private, safest, and fastest (3-6x) browser. Over the past year, we’ve seen amazing growth on multiple fronts and we’re happy to celebrate Brave 1.0’s first anniversary by announcing that we officially passed 20 million monthly active users (20.5), up from 8.7 million this time last year. This represents a 2.3x increase in one year. 

Brave also passed 7 million daily active users, up from 3 million this time last year, showing a 2.3x increase in DAU over the year. Over the past year, Brave received numerous positive reviews and is now the #1 rated browser in Google Play. Since our iOS browser became a default option on Apple devices with iOS 14 this past September, our iOS daily active users have grown by 34%.

Read the full update: 

Highlights: AMA with Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development 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.)   

We were joined on October 7th by Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development at Brave, who spent the afternoon fielding both pre-submitted and live questions from the Community on Reddit. Questions spanned an array of topics, Brave’s approach to partnership-building, the company’s evolving revenue strategy, and its goal of over time becoming the favored portal to web3 for the mainstream.

Catch the highlights here: 

Read the full AMA transcript: 

BAT Community Podcast Ep. 68: Jennie interviews Aggroed Lighthacker (Co-founder of Splinterlands, top collectible card game on the blockchain) on the BAT Community Podcast!

Jennie and Aggroed chat about the recently unveiled Brave and Splinterlands partnership. 

Splinterlands is the most played collectible card game on the blockchain, and the Brave browser is now the official browser of Splinterlands. In addition, Brave users and Splinterlands players can now spend their Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) directly in the game to purchase Credits for packs & cards.

Read the official partnership announcement: 

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 67: New widget on the New Tab Page, Brave R&D: Fighting CNAME Trickery, Testers needed for Sync V2 in Brave for iOS!

Announcement: New widget on the New Tab Page! 

Go to brave://help to update to v1.16.68 now! 

Brave R&D: What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #6: Fighting CNAME Trickery

This is the sixth in an ongoing, regular series of blog posts, describing new privacy-related features in Brave. This post describes work done by Research Engineer Anton Lazarev and Senior Privacy Researcher Peter Snyder (@pes10k on Twitter).

Trackers are constantly working on new techniques for evading privacy tools, and keep deploying new ways to evade privacy-protecting tools like the Brave browser.  This post discusses a recent technique trackers use, CNAME cloaking, and a new feature in Brave that keeps Brave users protected.


One way privacy tools like Brave prevent trackers from tracking you online is to use crowd-sourced lists of privacy-harming domains, and blocking requests to them. Trackers sometimes use canonical name DNS records (i.e, CNAMEs, a way of making one domain point to another) to make their tracking domains look like subdomains owned by the site you’re visiting, when in truth the domain is (effectively) controlled by a unrelated third party. This is now available in our Nightly desktop version. With the upcoming Brave 1.17, Brave Shields will roll out support for CNAME-based adblocking to all Brave users. This enhanced adblocking solution is able to counter the increasingly common practice of CNAME-cloaked tracking scripts.

Read the full post here: 

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 66 — New partnership w/ Splinterlands (use BAT for in-game purchases), Why Brave over Chrome? (ELI5), Verizon shares Brave Ads campaign results (via Mediapost)

Brave announces partnership with Splinterlands, the most played game on the blockchain. Users can now spend BAT directly in the game to purchase Credits for packs & cards!

Splinterlands, the most played game on blockchain, and Brave are excited to announce a new partnership. Brave and Splinterlands both share a similar mission of rewarding users for their time and attention as well as increasing user privacy and freedom, and are looking forward to working together to spread those goals. Going forward, the Brave browser will be the official browser of Splinterlands.

Additionally, Splinterlands will allow users to spend their BAT (Basic Attention Tokens) directly in the game to purchase Credits, which can be used to buy booster packs and other items in the shop or to buy cards from other players on the market. Players using the Brave browser can opt in to view privacy-preserving ads and in turn be rewarded in BAT via Brave Rewards, which they can then redeem in Splinterlands!

Built-In Crypto Wallet

The Brave browser features a built-in Crypto Wallet for transacting directly with the Ethereum blockchain. You can import your existing Ethereum wallets, connect a Ledger or Trezor hardware wallet, or create a new wallet right in the browser to interact directly with Splinterlands.

Splinterlands players can use the Brave Crypto Wallet to log in to the game, make payments with ETH or other Ethereum-based tokens, and even manage their wrapped Dark Energy Crystal (DEC) token balances in order to participate in the recently launched ETH-DEC Uniswap pool which offers some amazing rewards to liquidity providers!

Read the full announcement here: 

Try Splinterlands today: 

Watch the tutorial on how to use BAT tokens to make in-game purchases in Splinterlands: 

Why should you use Brave over Chrome? A helpful ELI5 (“Explain It Like I’m Five”) series to show why over 19 million people are using Brave today.

These guides are excellent for Brave Creators participating in the Referral Program who are seeking an easy breakdown BAT/Brave’s key benefits for their fans/subscribers! They’re also great for newcomers, and everyone else! 

Check it out here:

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