BAT Community Weekly Update: 03/29/2019 to 04/05/2019 — Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta, Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads, Luke Mulks presents at the Never Stop Marketing webinar (video)

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Big thanks to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta!

Our beta channel now features Brave Ads for testing. Users can opt-in to view private ads via Brave Rewards, and will be able to claim BAT accumulated for having viewed ads.

Download Brave Beta here.

If you’re an advertiser that’s interested in joining our Brave Ads Wait List.

For more information about testing in our Brave Ads Preview, click here.

Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads!

Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data between devices running the Brave browser.Brave Sync currently supports bookmarks. Other data such as tabs, history, passwords, autofill, as well as Brave Rewards, will be available in the coming months.

Read the full post here.

BLOG: Formal GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s “cookie wall” and GDPR consent guidance

A formal complaint has been filed with the Irish Data Protection Commission against IAB Europe, the tracking industry’s primary lobbying organization.Dr Johnny Ryan filed the formal complaint with the Irish privacy watchdog against IAB Europe’s use of an unlawful “cookie wall” on its website. Dr Ryan is the Chief Policy & Industry Officer of Brave, the privacy web browser co-founded by Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla and Firefox.

Visitors to IAB Europe’s website,, are confronted with a “cookie wall” that forces them to accept tracking by Google, Facebook, and others, which may then monitor them. Dr. Ryan has complained to the Irish Data Protection Commission that this is a breach of the GDPR, which protects people in Europe from being forced to accept processing for their data for any purpose other than the provision of the requested service.

Read the full post here.

COMMUNITY: Pledge your support to your favorite sites and creators with BAT!

In the past, members of the community have leveraged social media to gain the attention of creators for whom they had pledged their support. Leon Lush, a popular YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, is one example of a creator who verified with Brave after being tweeted by a fan about the Brave browser, BAT, and how they could benefit him.

If one person was able to get Leon’s attention by tweeting him, imagine what the BAT community could accomplish by banding together!

Read the full post here.

VIDEO: Luke Mulks discusses how BAT & Brave are reducing ad fraud at the Never Stop Marketing Research webinar (April 3, 2019)

Luke’s presentation begins around 14:30. 😉

Client Updates

New Brave client releases:

Release Channel v0.62.50

In this release, we’ve added Widevine support for Linux (#413), added social media blocking for Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook (#3489), fixed issue where users couldn’t create Brave wallet (#3046), fixed monthly tips not being displayed in summary when accessing from tip panel (#3177) and much more!

For the complete list of additions and fixes, click here.

Beta Channel v0.63.31

Dev Channel v0.64.36

iOS release v1.9.1, now with Brave Sync! Brave Sync now lets you sync your bookmarks — with total privacy, even from Brave. We’ve also made a whole bunch of smaller improvements all over the place.

Android release v1.0.89-rc.2
Upgraded to Chromium 73.0.3683.90.
Added menu to disable bottom toolbar.

Brave Team Tweets

Brave Beta: Now with Private Ads!

Self-serve buying in the platform in the works.

Sampson tipping the content he loves.

Brave, BAT, and a bat.

Woot woot! 100,000 addresses

Zuck is a little late.

Check out Johnny’s article in The Register.

Now it’s easy to block those sneaky social media logins and embeds.

New additions in v0.62.50!

When are new geographic areas coming to Brave Ads?

The Irish Times talks about Johnny’s filed complaint against the IAB

BAT/Brave in the News

BAT Q1 2019 Partnerships That Puts It Ahead Of Its Competitors

BAT growth experienced notable growth in 2018, with the Brave browser surpassing 5.5 million monthly active users at the end of 2018 compared to 1 million monthly active users at the start of the year. The speed of the desktop app was increased by 22%, and the platform grew the number of verified users to 7 times what it was at the beginning of the year. The project also developed new partnerships such as Dow Jones Media Group, Townsquare, Civic, Qwant and HTC.

In 2019, the project has begun on a good foot with the Brave browser reaching 20 million downloads on Android. The project also secured new partnerships in 2019 with Tap Network and Cheddar.

Read the full text here.

Fortune favours the Brave: Privacy browser chap takes gripes over adtech body’s website to Irish data watchdog

Adtech industry body IAB Europe is facing down another data protection complaint from Brave browser bod Johnny Ryan, this time over the all-encompassing cookie wall stalking its site.

The complaint, filed today in Ryan’s home nation of Ireland, seeks to win a long-running argument between privacy activists and the tracking industry over methods employed to force users to choose between cookies and accessing a website.

Read the full text here.

News You Should Know

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more than 540 million records — including comments, likes, reactions, account names and more — stored on the Amazon S3 storage server without a password, allowing anyone to access the data.

Read the full text here.

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

The Brave Browser is a safer and faster Chrome alternative

10 Days as the default browser and already saved 10 minutes of my life. Thank you, Brave.

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