Brave Ads officially launches for desktop, over 100K creators now verified with Brave Rewards, 24 Hours of BAT (global meetups event)

OFFICIAL: Brave Ads is officially here. Users can now earn BAT token rewards for seeing ads in Brave (desktop)

Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by opting into Brave Rewards. These users will receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for their attention, which they can auto-contribute to publishers under default settings. Brave’s platform is a new path toward a better Internet, where users can browse the web, earn rewards, and support their favorite content creators while preserving their privacy.

Brave Ads also provides brands with direct opportunities to highlight offers and engage with users as they browse the web. Since Brave Ads are opt-in, brands know with certainty that when their campaigns run with Brave, their ads are viewed by people who welcome advertising. Brave’s anonymous-but-accountable campaigns ensure that advertisers are connecting with the users they are seeking, removing the excessive costs, privacy, security, and fraud risks currently associated with middlemen in digital advertising.

Read the full post here.

OFFICIAL: Check out the shiny, new Brave Rewards page!

CLEAN—in our humble opinion. 😉

Check it out here.

CREATORS: Brave Rewards now has over 100K Brave browser publishers and creators!

This is a milestone worth celebrating! Extending a warm welcome to all of the publishers and creators who recently joined us.

See the post here.

In addition, if you’re a recently verified publisher or creator, be sure to introduce yourself over on r/BATProjectCreators!

COMMUNITY: 24 Hours of BAT, a BAT Community global meetups event, was a huge success!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world held BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. The goal was to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

The event was a huge success, with participation from 16 regional groups around the globe. Meetups were held in San Francisco (CA), Media (PA), Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal (Canada), Bogota (Colombia), Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Vigo (Spain), Perth (Australia), Tondano, Manado, Salatiga, Bali and Bekasi (Indonesia) + two virtual meetups hosted by BAT France and BAT China!

For tweets and pics from the event, see below (more to come in next week’s recap blog post):


Find out how to get involved as a BAT Community volunteer or Regional Leader here.

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit):  JustinBilyj
  • Tuesday (Twitter): m4tchB0X3r
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Christian De Guzman
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): coladh_samh

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.65.74

Beta Channel v0.64.60

Release Channel v0.63.48
In this latest release, we’ve added the ability to opt-in to user private Brave ads (#4209), fixed not being able to auto-contribute even though the required BAT is available. (#3897), fixed bookmark and pin buttons under the New Tab Page for top site tiles. (#3347), upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.108. (#4192), and much, much more! See the release notes for full details.

Brave Team Tweets


Luke outlines the first regions for ads… then… the rest of the planet.
Luke comments on launch partners.
Bye bye duopoly…
Brave doesn’t censor. And, “Can’t be evil” is much better than… “Don’t be evil.”
Luke praises Uphold!

BAT/Brave in the News

Brave was in the news… A lot!

Brave rolls out its own ads that pay users a 70% cut

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

https://www.wired.com/story/brave-browser-will-pay-surf-we

View Ads, Get BAT: Brave Delivers on ICO Promise of Paid Web Browsing

Brave’s privacy-first browser ads arrive with promised payout for you

https://www.cnet.com/news/braves-privacy-first-browser-ads-arrive-with-promised-payout-for-you/

Privacy-centric browser Brave launches its twist on display ads

https://marketingland.com/privacy-centric-browser-brave-launches-its-twist-on-display-ads-259895

Brave browser lets you see opt-in ads in exchange for rewards

https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/24/brave-ads/

The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

Brave Launches Ad And Rewards Platform, Pitting The Browser Against Ad Tech

Brave will pay web browsers to watch ads with novel digital revenue model

https://www.thedrum.com/news/2019/04/25/brave-will-pay-web-browsers-watch-ads-with-novel-digital-revenue-model

Blockchain-Based Brave Launches Digital Advertising Model For Desktop

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/334979/blockchain-based-brave-launches-digital-advertisin.html

News You Should Know

Canada group sues government over Google’s Sidewalk Labs

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing three levels of government over a Google-backed plan to build a smart neighbourhood in Toronto. The association says the project is “invalid and needs to be reset”. Privacy advocates are concerned the project will increase surveillance and outsource government responsibilities to a private corporation.

Read the full text here:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47956760

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.

“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”

Read the full text here:https://thehill.com/policy/technology/440731-ny-ag-opens-investigation-into-facebook-for-harvesting-user-email-contacts

Roaring Fans

https://twitter.com/SmashBrando/status/1120900189043093504

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