The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 38 (Apr. 17, 2020) — Brave v1.7.92 for desktop features integration w/ TAP Network (redeem real-world rewards from 250K brands like Starbucks, Apple, & Target), Des Martin on the Cryptotesters podcast, Brave #1 Communications App in Japan!

Desktop update: Brave v1.7.92 for desktop features integration with TAP Network. Now Brave users can redeem BAT earned from viewing opt-in, privacy-preserving Brave Ads for real-world rewards from 250,000 brands like Starbucks, Apple, and Target!

The integration with TAP Network in Brave v1.7.92 for desktop enables Brave users in the United States to redeem earned tokens for gift cards from hundreds of top national brands, including travel partners such as American Airlines, Delta,, and Uber; dining brands including Starbucks, Domino’s, and Applebee’s; entertainment partners such as Xbox, Playstation, Hulu and HBO; and retail brands including Amazon, Apple, Target, Walmart and many more partners in the TAP Network. 

Update your Brave browser today and discover what TAP Network has to offer! 

We’re Matthew Liu (Co-Founder) & Nick Poulden (Senior Engineer) of Origin. Ask us anything!

Welcome to the next installment in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs.

The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and now, guests from projects and causes that Brave collaborates with. 

The most recent AMA took place on April 16th, and featured guests Matthew Liu (Co-founder) and Nick Poulden (Senior Engineer) at Origin, a sharing economy platform that enables buyers and sellers of goods and services to transact on the distributed, open web. The pair fielded both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors about Origin Marketplace, the first marketplace built on Origin’s own protocol; and Dshop, Origin’s decentralized e-commerce storefront (which powers the new Brave Swag Store). Matt and Nick shared why they believe the world needs blockchain-based commerce and what they see to be the advantages over traditional solutions.

The WINNERS of the Origin swag giveaway are:
1. xRizk
2. ImahComputah
3. mcDonaldTrumpet

Congratulations! Keep an eye on your Reddit inboxes for a message from CryptoJennie about how to claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone who submitted early AMA questions and who took park in the event!

Podcast: Brave’s Head of Marketing, Des Martin discusses hypergrowth, browser marketing and the future of Brave on the Cryptotesters podcast

Des has been with Brave for almost two years in which he saw the user base grow from 2 to more than 12 million monthly active users. In the episode we talk about the factors that have fueled this tremendous growth, possible next products, Brave’s partnership with Binance, the importance of the BAT (Basic Attention Token) and much more!

Listen here.

Growth: Brave takes the #1 spot in Communications Apps ranking for Japan in Google Play this week! 

Brave was at the #4 spot just a few weeks ago and is now #1! Thank you, Japan, for all the love.

Check it out here.

Fan Art: “I made two custom brave-themed liveries for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in Project Cars 2” 

Super cool! (Jennie wants the purple one.)

Hello everyone. I spent the last weeks making a custom brave-themed livery for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in Project Cars 2. (Available for download in thread.)

See the original post here.

Fan-made guide: “Brave Browser and BAT tips and other helpful information.” 

Helpful tips on Brave Ads & Rewards by a Brave user, for Brave users. 

This Week in Sponsored Images

From April 8th – 18th, users can once again find Sponsored Images from BlockFi lighting up Brave’s New Tab Page like a starry night sky! 

BlockFi is a crypto-financial services company evolving the digital asset ecosystem by building traditional financial products for holders of cryptocurrencies. The company services customers worldwide, and in all 50 U.S. states, with offerings including interest-earning accounts and low-cost USD loans secured with crypto. BlockFi is backed by leading institutional investors and operates with a focus on compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. Learn more at

Look out for BlockFi’s glittering night skies in every fourth new browser tab. 

Past campaigns include images from Newegg, Lokai,, eToro, and Western Digital.

Featured Creators (in Partnership with Everipedia)

Twitch streamer, Ryan Reynolds (Mayor Reynolds) 

Ryan has worked in gaming journalism, management, and currently hosts the God Mode Unlocked podcast! 🎙

*Not to be confused with the A-list actor by the same name. But he is actually Mayor of Whitney Point, New York. 😁 

Check out Ryan’s Twitch channel:  

Read Everipedia’s Entry on Ryan: 

Twitch streamer & YouTuber, Corobizar 🎮

Coro’s League of Legends streams and LoL-themed musical parodies have garnered him a huge online following of over 600K combined subscribers. Catch him streaming while wearing his signature mask. 👹

Check out Corobizar’s Twitch channel:  

Subscribe to Corobizar on YouTube: 

Client Updates

Desktop Dev Channel v1.8.79

Desktop Beta Channel v1.8.78

Desktop Release Channel v1.7.92

Brave Team Tweets

Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer, Johnny Ryan
QA & Release Manager, Kamil Jozwiak
Senior Developer Relations, Jonathan Sampson
Director of Business Development, Luke Mulks
Brave Ads Team, Clayton Hartford

BAT/Brave in the News

Somag News: Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson announces 9 favorite cryptocurrency projects

Charles Hoskinson, Co-founder of Ethereum and founder of Cardano (ADA), announced the cryptocurrency projects he was most interested in.

Cardano founder stated that the growth curve and adoption of Basic Attention Token (BAT) is extraordinary. As is known, BAT is the cryptocurrency of the Brave browser. Users are rewarded with this cryptocurrency by watching ads in Brave. The project was created by Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and the founder of the Mozilla project. Hoskinson believes that BAT has the potential to disrupt the “cartels” that control online advertising.

News You Should Know

Forbes: Critical Google Chrome 81 Security Threat Confirmed: All You Need To Know

In the same week that Microsoft confirmed seven critical vulnerabilities for Windows 10 users, Google has confirmed what it refers to as a critical security vulnerability. According to a stable channel update notice published by Google Chrome technical program manager, Prudhvikumar Bommana on April 15, the critical vulnerability relates to a “use after free” problem in the speech recognition component. That, however, is as far as the information coming out of Google itself regarding this vulnerability goes. The vulnerability, CVE-2020-6457, is described as “reserved” at the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) that is the U.S. government repository of common vulnerabilities and exposures. Neither of these things is unusual in the circumstances, restricting the full details of a security issue such as this is commonplace to allow the majority of users to get the problem fixed first.

Read the full text here:—update-now/

TechTalks: What is browser fingerprinting? 

Web tracking is the practice by which websites and third-party companies collect information about users’ online activity. The basis of tracking is the accurate identification of users – you are detected and identified even when you’re just passing through a random website that you are not signed in to. The conventional solution to implement identification and tracking is saving web cookies to the user’s browser.

Imagine that user Alice visits an online store and puts a T-shirt in her basket. At this moment, Alice’s user ID and the T-shirt’s product ID is saved to the browser as a cookie, enabling that Alice’s basket contents are known at the checkout page. Alternatively, it is enough to save only the user ID to the browser if the user ID/product ID pair is saved in the online store’s database.

The previous scenario sounds pretty normal, but cookies can be used for tracking purposes too. Imagine that Alice reads about antidepressants on a medical website. Then a third-party advertising company that has control over a small section of the website puts a cookie in Alice’s browser and records that she has read about product XY at time T. Assume that Alice visits a totally unrelated website that is also in contract with the same advertising company. Her previous activity can be tracked through the cookie, and as an unpleasant surprise, antidepressant ads pop up on the unrelated website.

How-to Geek: 8 Ways to Secure Your Next Zoom Video Call

Almost every video conferencing program available has some sort of vulnerability, and Zoom is undoubtedly no exception. However,  Zoom users can do a few things to make their next conference call a bit more secure.

None of us are entirely immune to cybercrime—even to petty offenses like Zoombombing. But being aware of security risks and taking proactive measures to protect yourself can significantly lower your chances of becoming a victim.

While Zoom has recently taken action to make its software more secure by adding new security features and enabling some settings by default, it’s still up to you to ensure these features are enabled and that your video conference is as secure as it can possibly be.

Read the full text here:

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