The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 81 — BAT/Brave Joins the Binance Smart Chain Ecosystem to Accelerate DeFi Adoption, THEMIS AMA, BAT Roadmap 2.0. Infographics, Brave/Gala Games AMA, BATProject hits 60K members!

Weekly highlights 

BAT/Brave Joins the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) ecosystem to accelerate DeFi adoption: BAT now available as wrapped-BAT on BSC

Basic Attention Token (BAT), the native token to Brave privacy browser, explores multiple blockchains as a part of its Themis initiative and is now also available on Binance Smart Chain (BSC) as wrapped BAT. BAT holders can use numerous bridges that connect Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain to participate in the DeFi ecosystem on BSC. 

Brave’s browser wallet currently supports Ethereum and BSC through a configuration change in the wallet, but Brave is planning to preconfigure support for Binance Smart Chain later this year. This will allow users to access BSC without downloading additional apps, creating new wallets, and updating configurations in the Brave wallet. Given the low transaction costs on BSC, Brave is also exploring the use of BSC to enable P2P tipping within the Brave browser. 

Read the full announcement here: https://brave.com/brave-bsc/

Official announcement from Binance: https://www.binance.org/en/blog/brave-bat-joins-the-bsc-ecosystem-to-accelerate-defi-adoption/

COMMUNITY: r/BATProject surpassed 60K members, after passing 50K less than two months ago at the beginning of February! 

AMA: We’re Ben Livshits (Chief Scientist) and Gonçalo Pestana (Sr. Research Engineer) at Brave, here to discuss the decentralization of Brave Ads & Rewards, THEMIS, and the THEMIS RFC&C event. Ask us anything!

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 80 — Brave Search, BAT Tournaments in Splinterlands & Gala Games ($10K total prizes), THEMIS AMA, Luke Mulks Interview on Scott Cunningham

BAT/Brave News & Announcements

Announcing Brave Search and the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Big Tech. Privacy is becoming mainstream.

Today Brave announced the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine developed by the team formerly responsible for the privacy search and browser products at Cliqz, a holding of Hubert Burda Media. Tailcat will become the foundation of Brave Search. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search, which rely on tracking users across sites and have 70 percent and 92 percent market share, respectively.

Under the hood, nearly all of today’s search engines are either built by, or rely on, results from Big Tech companies. In contrast, the Tailcat search engine is built on top of a completely independent index, capable of delivering the quality people expect, but without compromising their privacy. Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to improve search results.

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

Upcoming AMA: Ben Livshits (Chief Scientist) and Gonçalo Pestana (Sr. Research Engineer) at Brave, to discuss the decentralization of Brave Ads & Rewards, THEMIS, and the THEMIS RFC&C event (Mar. 16, 2021)

Brave Sponsors Upcoming Tournament in Gala Games’ Agricultural Simulation Game, Town Star, With $5000 in BAT

In November of 2020, Brave and Gala Games announced a partnership for Gala Games’ upcoming epic fantasy game, Mirandus, support for Basic Attention Token (BAT) on the Gala Games platform, and the unveiling of a limited set of 100 Brave x Gala Games Minotaur King Crystal Physical NFTs, sold exclusively on the Brave Swag Store. The Minotaur King collectibles were a major hit with Brave and Mirandus fans, selling out within a few short weeks. 

Brave and Gala Games are teaming up again, this time to bring fans the first-ever BAT Tournament in Gala Games’ Town Star, the blockchain-based agricultural simulation game from one of the founders of Zynga and some of the creative minds behind FarmVille and Words With Friends. 

In Town Star, players become masters of urban planning and productivity as they create fully operational towns from scratch and compete against players from around the world to earn NFTs and Gala Coins.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/town-star-tournament/ 

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 79 — BAT Roadmap 2.0 announced, Help test upcoming features with Brave Beta, Scott Cunningham (Creator) Brave Ads testimonial

BAT Roadmap 2.0 — Brave DEX Aggregator announced: Discounts when using BAT for tx fees, discounts for BAT holders, BAT utility for search engines; new Brave Wallet, and more

Useful roadmaps set direction and list goals and requirements. More important, the roadmap reflects the expectation of unforeseen terrain and unexpected innovations likely to emerge, rather than starting from an unrealistic fixed architecture and too near-term a set of implementation choices.

The map is not the terrain, so each roadmap will age past a point of usefulness. This has been the case with the BAT Roadmap 1.0 published on June 18, 2017, shortly after our Basic Attention Token launch. This 2.0 roadmap intends to cover the next year to 18 months.

An important point that we wish to reiterate and emphasize here: as with Brave browser, all BAT platform work excludes by construction any tracking or targeting by remote ad servers or exchanges.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/bat-roadmap-2-0/ 

Get Brave Beta and help test upcoming features in Brave!

Brave Beta is an early version of Brave that showcases soon-to-be-released features and the newest advances we’re bringing to your browser. We value your feedback and would love your help with testing these new additions before they become available to the general public!

Brave Beta is stable enough for daily use. It automatically sends us crash reports when things go wrong, so you can browse normally and we’ll handle the rest. However, if you want to provide specific feedback or report on any issues you encounter, you can do so here: https://community.brave.com/c/pre-release-builds/beta-builds/42

Note: All of our brave browser builds can be installed and run in parallel. Installing Brave Beta will neither disrupt nor overwrite existing Brave installations on your device.

Your support and feedback mean a lot to us! 

Download Brave beta here: https://brave.com/download-beta/

Creators: Scott Cunningham (Crypto & Things) on Twitter: “Wow, with the help of @Brave ads, I managed to go from 3k subs on YouTube up to 5k in a very short time. I’m so grateful and overwhelmed with the success.”

Creators: /u/sixminseasypace on Reddit: “Bringing fitness to the BAT Community: Part 2 (free programs to anyone who asks!)” 

Following up from my previous post where I shared a simple program to get you started easily on your fitness journey, this week’s post will be short and sweet.

I would like to create and tailor FREE training programs to anyone who is interested to get started on running or fitness in general! Hit me up in my DMs with the following:

Why do you want to get fit?

What are your goals, short and long term?

How much time do you have generally, in a day?

P.S: As usual, my passion is in running & I hope to be able to share my love for it with everyone in the BAT Community. I will be sharing weekly content on fitness & running via this subreddit, so leave me a tip if you like it!

See the original post here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/lq7zvw/bringing_fitness_to_the_bat_community_part_2_free/ 

FYI: Brave is Hiring a Chief Marketing Officer


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, The Motley Fool joins Brave’s Sponsored Images rotation. In addition, PayPal, BlockFi, Crypto.com, Tresorit, Bitpay, Gala Games, and Bybit all return to the New Tab Page following the success of their recent Sponsored Images campaigns.

Our ever-expanding list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: Verizon, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Coinbase, American Eagle, and more. 

To learn about how Sponsored Images can help promote your business, check out our Case Studies: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/ 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

BitBoy Crypto (YouTube)

Bitboy Crypto’s content is all about, as you might imagine, cryptocurrency news (namely Bitcoin) and trading tips. The channel recently surpassed 500,000 subscribers! 

Channel description: BitBoy Crypto is the place where you can get the latest crypto news, project reviews, and cryptocurrency trading advice. Learn about different altcoins, historical Bitcoin cycles, & get the latest Ethereum news. Come be part of our community which we call the BitSquad.

Subscribe to BitBoy Crypto: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjemQfjaXAzA-95RKoy9n_g/featured 

Learn more about BitBoy on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/bitboy-crypto 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.23.11

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.23.11

Desktop Dev Channel v1.22.46

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.22.46

Desktop Beta Channel v1.22.48

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.22.48

Brave Release Channel v1.20.110

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.110

Brave for iOS 1.23.1, available for download on the App Store. 

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

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 or iOS App Stores. 


Brave Team Tweets

Luke Mulks, VP Business Ops
Yan Zhu, CISO
Brendan Eich, CEO
Luke Mulks, VP Business Ops

BAT/Brave in the News

TechRadar: Brave browser will soon help you purchase crypto at the best possible price

Privacy-centric web browser Brave is working on a new feature that will help users purchase crypto at the best possible rates via decentralized exchanges (DEXs), a new roadmap for the company’s own digital token reveals.

In a blog post explaining its ambitions for the Basic Attention Token (BAT), which is awarded to Brave users for viewing ads, the company set out plans to integrate a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator into the platform.

The aggregator will compare rates across a number of DEX services, helping users to secure the most favorable price for each trade, and marks the company’s first foray into the world of decentralized finance (DeFi).

Read the full text here: https://www.techradar.com/sg/news/brave-browser-will-soon-help-you-purchase-crypto-at-the-best-possible-price 

Cointelegraph: Brave unveils plans for DEX aggregator and NFT wallet in next browser

Crypto-powered web browser, Brave, has unveiled its “Roadmap 2.0” — laying out plans for an integrated DEX aggregator and non-fungible tokens support..

Brave’s new roadmap highlights the company’s desire to integrate DeFi functionality in its wallet and explore scaling solutions for the project.

Brave’s new Ethereum-native wallet will support “DeFi and NFT use-cases,” in addition to introducing mobile support and enhanced API functionality.

The planned DEX aggregator will seek to reward BAT token holders, offering discounts to users that pay for transaction fees in BAT or hold the token in their wallets.

Read the full text here: https://cointelegraph.com/news/brave-unveils-plans-for-dex-aggregator-and-nft-wallet-in-next-browser 

Decrypt: Brave Browser Is Building Its Own Decentralized Exchange Aggregator

Privacy web browser Brave, which rewards its 25 million+ users with its Basic Attention Token (BAT), is building new functionality into its platform.

According to its BAT Roadmap 2.0, announced today, Brave is creating a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator as well as a new “Brave Wallet” to replace its current crypto wallets.

The additions will extend the firm’s reach beyond web browsing and into decentralized finance (DeFi), the multibillion dollar industry of crypto-based protocols that allow people to earn interest, lend assets, and trade tokens without going through a financial institution.

Read the full text here: https://decrypt.co/59219/brave-browser-is-building-its-own-decentralized-exchange-aggregator 

CryptoGlobe: Brave Browser to Add Decentralized Exchange Aggregator to Grow BAT’s Use

The cryptocurrency-powered Brave browser has revealed plans to add a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator to its platform in a bid to bring the decentralized finance (DeFi) space closer to its millions of users.

According to an update to its roadmap, Brave is planning on enabling token swaps through a decentralized exchange aggregator built on Brave, that would bring distinct advantages to Basic Attention Token (BAT) holders.

These include discounts when using BAT to pay for transactions fee, discounts for users that simply hold the token in their wallet, and multi-chain support allowing them to trade on other blockchains. The roadmap update also hints at the launch of a DEX where “Brave will incentivize liquidity providers to grow the BAT and broader crypto ecosystems.”

Read the full text here: https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2021/02/brave-browser-to-add-decentralized-exchange-aggregator-to-grow-bats-use/ 


News From Our Partners

CryptoDaily: Origin Protocol And 3LAU’s Partnership Makes NFT History

World-renowned musician and top blockchain influencer 3LAU launched an NFT drop on February 26th, 2021 on Origin Protocol’s DShop platform amidst extreme anticipation from the NFT community.

The 2-day auction ended on a feverish pitch on February 28th, recording the highest bid at a single NFT auction. The auction featured the Ultraviolet Vinyl NFT Collection, in order to commemorate the three-year anniversary of his album release.

Origin Protocol tweeted saying: “History has been made! The auction for the world’s first tokenized album has finished. Built by @OriginProtocol & powered by #Dshop, @3LAU sold 33 unique NFTs for a total of $11,684,101. This is a new record in a single #NFT auction.”

Read the full text here: https://cryptodaily.co.uk/2021/02/origin-protocol-3lau-nft 

GalaGames — Mirandus Monday: The Sound of Music

Most people remember the first serious musical performance they attended. In preparation for this post, we polled some of the Gala Games team to see which performances marked their initiation into the world of music. From the classic Pink Floyd concert attended by Eric Schiermeyer and a Stevie Ray Vaugn concert for Lucas, to Jason’s Avril Lavigne concert, Nina’s “The Bangles” concert, and, best of all, Michael McCarthy rapping along to a cassette recorder at the Armory before he ever saw a concert on his own. Suffice to say, the Gala Games team knows how important music is to everyday life for most humans.

Music is typically seen as a part of the gaming experience, with a great deal of effort going into creating musical accompaniment in-game. However, what this means is that game developers can often leave aside some of the subtle atmospheric effects needed to create a truly immersive game. This is why, for Mirandus, we are going in an entirely different direction. We want to enable the PLAYERS of Mirandus to create music in a way that deepens immersion, not breaks it. While there may be music for a load screen or intro, there will never be a dedicated in-game soundtrack.

Read the full post here: https://blog.gala.games/mirandus-monday-the-sound-of-music-3cd4c9540f1a  


News You Should Know

@nftpunk: My WTF are NFT talk (and how to win) from yesterday’s epic #GalaCon @GoGalaGames


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The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 78 — Brendan Eich (BAT CEO) on the Lex Fridman Podcast, THEMIS RFC&C Update, BAT Ambassadors: Apply Today!

BAT Ambassadors: Help us take BAT to the next level in 2021!

Hello, BAT Community!

We will soon be relaunching our BAT Ambassadors program (formerly, BAT Regional Leaders), which is focused on building a strong team of representatives—BAT Ambassadors—from around the world who will help establish and grow communities of BAT fans in their regions.

If you know BAT/Brave is the next big thing and you think you can help take it to the next level, then we want you to join us!

Apply here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/lhocy6/bat_ambassadors_help_us_take_bat_to_the_next/ 

Brendan Eich (BAT CEO) on the Lex Fridman Podcast Ep. 160 — JavaScript, Firefox, Mozilla, and Brave

A big deal. Tune in:

THEMIS RFC&C Update

A month ago we announced an RFC&C for the THEMIS protocol which is meant to progressively decentralize the Brave/BAT Ads infrastructure, while providing users and advertisers with the ability to verify that the protocol is properly computing user rewards. 

Today we are excited to share some of the progress we have made in the past month.

Read the full update here: https://brave.com/themis-update-1/ 

Brave and IPFS — Highlights from Brian Bondy & Dietrich Ayala’s AMA + BAT Community Podcast Interview

Welcome to the latest post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. 

The ongoing AMA series is an opportunity for our users and fans to get to know the Brave team, and, as of recently, guests from Brave’s partners.  

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ama-with-brave-and-ipfs/ 

Brian Bondy, Brave’s CTO & Co-Founder, and Dietrich Ayala, Ecosystem Lead at IPFS, participated in the latest Ask Me Anything on r/IAmA, a sub-community of Reddit (known to Redditors as “subreddits”) made up of over twenty million members and dedicated to interactive question-and-answer interviews (AMAs) of all varieties. The AMA received 4.6K upvotes and 17 awards from Redditors, ranging from “Helpful” to “Platinum”.

Watch the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6aBrmmJKgo&t=5s 

TESTIMONIAL: Redeeming last month’s rewards in the TAP network for Starbucks coffee – again.

I just wanted to show everyone that you can easily redeem your Brave/BAT rewards in the TAP network. It takes 2 minutes…

Brian Bondy (Brave CTO & Co-founder) on Twitter: “Looking to hire a front end engineer for our upcoming cryptocurrency wallet. Apply here.”

MEETUP: BAT Indonesia Virtual Meetup — #BraveTogetherID Februari 2021

Hosted by the wonderful Viking Karwur. 

Event details: https://lu.ma/bravetogether-id-feb2021 

Reminder: You can buy official BAT/Brave merchandise from the Brave Swag Store with BAT (on-chain)!

The store also accepts ETH and credit cards. 

Shop: https://store.brave.com/#/ 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, PayPal, AAX, eToro, Tresorit, Bitpay, Gala Games, Crypto.com, and BlockFi all return to the New Tab Page following the success of their recent Sponsored Images campaigns.

Our ever-expanding list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: PayPal, Verizon, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Coinbase, American Eagle, and more. 

To learn about how Sponsored Images can help promote your business, check out our Case Studies: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/ 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Crypto Coin Show on YouTube

We interview investors, startups, and the greatest minds in cryptocurrency and blockchain, to prepare you with the knowledge to succeed in the blockchain industry.

We’ve been involved with cryptocurrency and blockchain since the dawn of Ethereum back in 2013. Shortly after, the Crypto Coin Show was born. We followed the markets closely from the DAO Hack, the initial rise of XRP and ETH to the 2017 Bitcoin Bull run and back down. With new videos released multiple times per week, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to never miss an interview!

Subscribe to Crypto Coin Show (Don’t forget to tip with BAT if you like what you see!): https://www.youtube.com/c/CryptoCoinShow/featured

Read about Crypto Coin Show on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/crypto-coin-show 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.22.22

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.22.22

Desktop Dev Channel v1.21.52

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.52

Desktop Beta Channel v1.21.53

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.53

Brave Release Channel v1.20.103

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.103

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

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 or iOS App Stores. 


Brave Team Tweets

Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer
Luke Mulks, VP of Business Operations
Brendan Eich, CEO

BAT/Brave in the News

Why a tweet from California’s AG about a global privacy tool has companies scrambling

From retail brands to small publishers, a flurry of companies have been calling privacy lawyer Dominique Shelton Leipzig about a recent tweet from the California Attorney General regarding a new global privacy opt-out tool called Global Privacy Control. The successor to Do Not Track has some in the media and ad industry scrambling to understand its implications for complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and future privacy regulation.

[…] 

Any tangible impact of the browser tool is contingent on more adoption by publishers and ad tech firms, as well as people who don’t already use ad blockers or other privacy controls, suggested Bannister. However, he doesn’t expect a negative financial outcome for CafeMedia’s publisher partners if there is wider adoption, in part because the tool hasn’t hit the mainstream yet. “We’re not expecting any impact on ad revenue,” he said, in part because “for now, the users who are enabling GPC are already using browsers like Brave [which enables GPC in its desktop and Android browsers] or ad blockers, so we won’t see any impact.”

Read the full text here: https://digiday.com/media/why-a-tweet-from-californias-ag-about-a-global-privacy-tool-has-companies-scrambling/ 


News You Should Know

Gamestopocalypse: How Reddit Bankrupted a Hedge Fund with Mati Greenspan – The Tatiana Show Ep. 293

How did a bunch of stock enthusiasts on an internet message board bring down a massive hedge fund using a video game store? Mati Greenspan joins the show to talk about the Gamestop short squeeze, in which a group of Reddit users cost short sellers billions by buying up shares in the failing game retailer chain. Why did they do it? Who was behind it? And what does it mean for the future of stock trading? And what happened with consumer trading app Robinhood?

Tune in here: https://thetatianashow.com/gamestopocalypse-how-reddit-bankrupted-a-hedge-fund-with-mati-greenspan-the-tatiana-show-ep-293/ 

[Week in Ethereum News] Status: Private messengers: what can they really see?

This article aims to provide a fair and thorough comparison of the current private messaging apps in terms of their privacy, security, and anonymity†. However, it must be abundantly clear that this post is written by Status (one of the above messengers). We strongly encourage you to verify our sources, do your own due diligence, and correct us if we are wrong.

†For the purposes of simplicity for the average reader, anonymity will be defined as a complete dissociation of one’s chat identity and their true identity.

Read the full text here: https://our.status.im/private-messengers-what-can-they-really-see/ 


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