The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 44 (May 31, 2020) — Introducing Brave Together: new high-quality & private web conferencing in Brave (North America), Verizon’s #PayItForwardLIVE campaign includes Brave to support small businesses, Chipotle on new tab page, Brave Sync v2 close!

Official: Introducing Brave Together: new high-quality and private web conferencing in Brave. Try it out today and connect with your friends/colleagues!

Brave Together allows users to share their screens (just like in Zoom), Brave browser tabs, as well as YouTube video links. (Fun Fact: When sharing YouTube videos, and start/pause the video, it starts/pauses it for everyone at the same time! Good for movie dates at a distance ;D) 

Brave Together is available for testing now for Brave users in North America. 

Try it today: https://together.brave.com/ 

Ongoing: Official BAT/Brave swag prizes daily for tweeting about Verizon’s #PayItForwardLIVE campaign via Brave Ads! #PayItForwardLIVE is a weekly livestream starring the biggest names in entertainment supporting small businesses (Usher, Billie Eilish, etc.) 

Last week, Brave began participating in the Verizon’s #PayItForwardLIVE campaign, a weekly livestream starring the biggest names in entertainment supporting small businesses.

Verizon has chosen to feature #PayItForwardLIVE through Sponsored Images in Brave during select event dates, and is promoting the campaign through Brave Ads ongoing for people to learn more, tweet for awareness, and tune in to provide much-needed support for small businesses.

How to participate (super easy)

US-based users: If you see a #PayItForwardLIVE ad notification in Brave, click the ad and follow the steps to publish a tweet about the campaign using the hashtags #PayItForwardLIVE and #BeBrave.

If you are outside of the United States, click here to Tweet your support for #PayItForwardLIVE.

Swag winners are announced daily on the BAT Community Twitter page: https://twitter.com/BAT_Community 

Click here to learn more about how the Verizon #PayItForwardLIVE program is working with LISC.org to support local businesses.

Click here to purchase a digital gift card to support a small business in your community.

Visit https://www.verizon.com/pay-it-forward-live  to see the event calendar and to learn more about how you can help pay it forward to support small businesses you love.

Everyone knows a small business that brings tremendous value to their community. Let’s make noise and show support for small businesses across the country. They need it now more than ever.

Update: Brave Sync v2 coming to Brave Nightly within the next few weeks, will disable Sync v1

The feature we’ve all been waiting for is almost here!


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, find images promoting Verizon’s #PayItForwardLIVE campaign, as well as images from Chipotle (USA) in Brave’s New Tab Page. 

These brands join a growing list of sponsors that includes Newegg, Western Digital, Khan Academy, BlockFi, Crypto.com, Tezos, Upland, and eToro.


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Ben Eater (Digital content creator, podcaster)

Ben makes educational videos about electronics, computer architecture, networking, and other technical subjects. He’ll even teach you to build an 8-bit CPU from scratch! 

Ben’s current projects include http://eater.net, http://benbenandblue.com, and his YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/beneater. Formerly, Ben worked at Khan Academy. 

Read Everipedia’s entry on Ben: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/ben-eater 

Maximilian Ioan (Romanian vlogger, gamer, content creator) 

Max is best known for his comedic vlogs, as well as for his Minecraft and Fortnite gameplays. 

Indiferent de ce zice lumea o sa continui sa fac ceea ce imi place. O provocare care sper sa nu se termine niciodata… 🙂

Check out Max’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/maxsialtele/featured 

Read Everipedia’s entry on Max: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/maximilian-ioan 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.11.39

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.39

Desktop Dev Channel v1.10.77

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.10.77

Desktop Beta Channel v1.10.76

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.10.76

Desktop Release Channel v1.9.76

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.9.76

Android Beta Channel v1.9.78

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.9.78

Android Release Channel v1.9.77

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.9.77

Please be sure to keep your Brave browser updated to the latest version at all times. This will allow you to stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes!

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 app store. 


Brave Team Tweets

Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer
Carlos Acevedo, Director of Sales
Jennie T, BAT Community Manager
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Marshall Rose, Principal Engineer
BAT Community
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations

BAT/Brave in the News

Decrypt: Privacy browser Brave now enables encrypted video calls

In brief: Brave Browser has announced video calls can be made on the testing version of its browser.

  • The service, Brave Together, offers end-to-end encryption with its calls—unlike a number of other video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom.
  • Unlimited participants can join the calls, though features are still in development.
  • Crypto-friendly web browser Brave has announced that private and unlimited video calls can now be made on its platform. 

Brave wrote on Twitter that video conferencing is now available on Brave Nightly, the testing and development version of the browser. Known as Brave Together, the platform allows end-to-end encryption for video calls—but is still in testing mode with incomplete features. (The service, for example, only enables encryption for one-on-one calls at the moment.)

Read the full text here: https://decrypt.co/30319/privacy-browser-brave-now-enables-encrypted-video-calls?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sm

CNET: Brave builds privacy-focused video chat right into its browser

Brave, a privacy-focused browser, is adding a video conferencing feature called Brave Together to compete with services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. Testing of the new feature has begun during a hot time for video chat as the coronavirus pandemic pushes work and personal communications online.

“Our focus is on no-friction private conferences for friends and family,” said Marshall Rose, a Brave principal engineer, in an email. To use Brave Together, you launch a chat room from the Brave Together website and share its web address with an unlimited number of others. No account is required, and Brave doesn’t log the activity.

Read the full text here: https://www.cnet.com/news/brave-builds-privacy-focused-video-chat-right-into-its-browser/?utm_source=reddit.com

Engadget: Brave’s browser now includes a privacy-focused video calling app

If there’s one thing we’re all painfully familiar with these days it’s video calling. What was once an activity generally reserved for the occasional remote team get-together or long-distance family catch-up has become a daily occurrence for many, and companies in this area are thriving. Privacy-focused browser Brave, however, has spotted a gap in the market for a more secure offering, and is now working on its own spin on video conferencing: Brave Together.

Read the full text here: https://www.engadget.com/braves-browser-now-includes-a-privacyfocused-video-calling-app-122931288.html?guccounter=1


News You Should Know

Cnet: Zoom video chat’s full encryption won’t be a free feature

Zoom is working on end-to-end encryption to protect privacy on its increasingly popular video chat service, but the company will make it a premium feature not available to free accounts. Alex Stamos, a Zoom security consultant and former chief security officer for Yahoo, told Reuters the company could include exceptions like nonprofits or political dissidents, though.

Zoom encrypts connections between the company’s servers and the devices of people using its service. End-to-end encryption, though, secures connections all the way from each device to every other device on a call. It’s available in some Zoom alternatives, like Apple FaceTime.

Read the full text here: https://www.cnet.com/news/zoom-video-chats-full-encryption-reportedly-wont-be-a-free-feature/

Entrepreneur: The Internet Needs to be a Safer Place for Everyone

Over the last couple of months, innumerable surveys have taken place and all brand custodians across categories ask the same question – how do they as a platform ensure that their brand is not seen alongside objectionable content? When probed further, the list of objectionable content starts with the usual pornographic and religious bigotry related and then goes deep into the depiction of women and children in viral videos, violence against minorities, verbal abuse, and so on. Their worry is that if their ads appear alongside objectionable content, the potential erosion of brand value is huge. 

According to Comscore – “having an ad appear alongside objectionable content can negatively impact a brand’s reputation and be even more damaging to its bottom line. Consider the classic example of an airline ad poorly placed alongside a news article of a plane crash, or the simple potential for a popular consumer brand’s ad to run adjacent to racially-charged hate speech. Concerns around brand safety keep CMOs up at night, and for good reason. A single ad delivered in unsafe content can result in:

  • Waste of valuable ad spend placements unlikely to drive impact
  • Damage to the brand image
  • Loss of trust and respect among consumers
  • An embarrassing public relations nightmare

Read the full text here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/351288


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