The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 46 (Jun 12, 2020) — r/BATProject surpasses 40K members, Verified Uphold wallets (withdrawals) on Android coming this week (v1.10), Brave Nightly is now available for download on the Google Play store!

BATProject growth: We are thrilled to share that /r/BATProject recently surpassed 40K members! It was just over a year ago that we celebrated 25K. We’re both grateful and amazed at the growth from then to now. Thank you for being part of our community! 

We couldn’t be happier about the community we’ve built and will continue to build together. 

Together, we’ll show the world how BAT & Brave are helping to create a better Internet, where users are in control of their experience, their data, and where their attention is fairly priced & rewarded. 

Should we have a Brave Together party to celebrate? 🙂 

Exciting news: Verified Uphold wallets (withdrawals) on Android coming next week in v1.10! Mobile phone with rightwards arrow at left It’s finally here! Here’s everything you need to know.

Dear Brave & BAT Community,

With a new app upgrade (v1.10) this week, we are excited to announce that Android will be supporting User Wallets (verified wallets)! Verified User Wallets on Android will allow Brave Android users to transfer and sync their Brave Rewards BAT balances with an Uphold account. Remember, You do not need to use this functionality to continue using Brave Rewards.

Read the full post here: https://community.brave.com/t/android-uphold-wallets-launch-and-introducing-minimum-bat-thresholds/133937

The Daily Chain: Brave launches limited edition browser in collaboration with K-Pop’s BTS

The browser has also given the crypto industry a great deal of exposure by taking cryptocurrencies to the screens of millions of Brave users. Now, the company is taking a giant leap with its recent partnership with the Korean pop group BTS and popular e-sports team Rush Gaming to provide a limited edition release of its browser for residents of Japan. 

Japan is one of the world’s biggest crypto and blockchain hotspots, the collaboration with BTS — AKA the Bangtan Boys, a boy band with fans all over the globe, will be a major boost for the browser and the crypto industry as well. This is the first known collaboration between a privacy-based browser like Brave and a popular pop band. 

Reported by local news outlet Nikkei, the collaborations will focus on finding a new touchpoint between idols and fans. The limited-edition browser will also allow fans to earn points by watching ads to support Rush Gaming’s e-sports team.

Official: On Partner Referral Codes in Brave Suggested Sites

Over the weekend, one of our users noticed that typing “binance.us” into Brave’s address bar added an affiliate code to the end of the address (commonly called a URL) that was typed in.

The bad news is that we made a mistake when adding affiliate codes and logic using them to suggest alternative completions shown in the drop-down under the address bar. The error was adding the affiliate code to the default completion (where you go if you hit the <enter> or <return> key) for a small set of URLs, instead of only to the suggested alternative completions that users must pick manually.

We apologize to our users for the error we made when adding affiliate codes to suggest alternative completions shown in the drop-down under the address bar. This is now fixed & a just-released desktop version (1.9.80) addresses this issue.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/referral-codes-in-suggested-sites/

As of this week, Brave Nightly is now available for download on the Google Play store! Get changes within a day from when they were developed. 

Note: Nightly is our testing and development version of Brave. The releases are updated every night and may contain bugs that can result in data loss. Nightly automatically sends us crash reports when things go wrong.

Brave’s Chief Policy Officer Dr. Johnny Ryan, gives a keynote at Procter & Gamble about how advertisers should adapt to the privacy-first future

A compelling presenter making a compelling case. (If we do say.)

See for yourself, here: https://vimeo.com/426235130

Important changes to the Brave Referral Program | Program halted in China, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam. New requirements to protect legitimate creators

Since Brave’s beginning, our community has been a key engine for global growth. We are privileged to have such a passionate and dedicated user base that actively endorses and recommends Brave.

The Brave Referral Program has been an essential part of that growth. Originally the Referral Program was to be capped at $1M USD in BAT equivalent, but has now done several times that amount. The ability for Brave supporters to share the browser directly has led to unprecedented success, helping grow the Brave user-base to more than 15 million monthly active users worldwide. We take this opportunity to thank all the referrers who’ve participated.

The continued success of the Referral Program brings new challenges that need to be addressed. In the past few months, we have detected fraudulent activities concentrated in a small set of regions. We caught this fraudulent activity before any BAT was paid out. But, in order to ensure the referral program continues for legitimate Brave referrers, we have to take action.

After careful analysis, we have isolated a high number of fraudulent referrers in specific countries. Effective Thursday, June 11, 2020, the Referral Program will be put on hold for new Creators in the following countries: 

China
Indonesia
Russia 
Ukraine
Vietnam

These changes are specific to the Referral Program and will be applicable to existing Creators as well, so we urge Creators in these regions to halt their Referral Campaigns.


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, find images from Upland, BlockFi, and Tezos in Brave’s New Tab Page. 

BAT/Brave community & staff! reacts to Upland’s Sponsored Images: 

If the aim was shock value, they definitely nailed it! Buzzcut Llama FTW! 

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Crypto.com, and more. 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Romeo Lacoste (Tattoo artist, YouTuber) 

Montreal-born tattoo artist Romeo Lacoste has inked a number of A-list celebs including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, as well as YouTube stars the Dolan Twins, Jack and Jack, Kian and JC, Pentatonix and more.

Romeo was also a contestant on Best Ink season 3 (which aired worldwide), and has been featured in multiple international magazines!

Check out his YouTube channel for a window into his work! If you like what you see, you can book a tattoo appointment with him via his website: www.romeolacoste.com

Subscribe to Romeo on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/winterxdreams/featured 

Read Everipedia’s Article on Romeo Lacoste: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/romeo-lacoste 

Chill Nation (YouTube channel) 

Looking for music that you can relax and vibe too? Nine million subscribers agree, Chill Nation has you covered! 

Welcome to Chill Nation! This channel is the official second channel of “Trap Nation”, at Chill Nation we upload more chill and laid back music you won’t hear on Trap Nation.

Subscribe & vibe out: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChillStepNation/featured 

Read Everipedia’s article on Chill Nation here: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/chill-nation 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.12.21

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.21

Desktop Dev Channel v1.11.62

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.62

Desktop Beta Channel v1.11.61

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.61

Desktop Release Channel v1.9.80

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.9.80

Friendly reminder: 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

Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering
Brian Bondy, CTO
Dr. Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Dr. Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development

BAT/Brave in the News

Coinfomania: Brave Browser CEO Teases “Youtube Killer” But It’s Not What You Think

In response to a question about when the Brave browser will create a “YouTube killer,” Brendan Eich, the CEO and co-founder of the blockchain-powered browser said “SOON,” leaving users curious about the development.

Eich further revealed that plans are already underway to add the new feature to the privacy-oriented web browser. He said, “I’m starting with design but we have non-frontend pieces already built.”

This comes as great news to users of the web browser, with wild speculations as to how the alternate will work and the features that will be made available on it for both users and advertisers.

Providing more information about the upcoming feature, the CEO further explained that it will not be a replacement for youtube service, rather, they aim to take down the app in-browser.

“Not YouTube service, we aim to kill the app in-browser. Also, we do not want to run a social network or login system. But the browser can disintermediate and mash up content, so the app approach can ideally use YouTube just for storage and high qos routing,” he said.


News You Should Know

Wired: Twitter’s Newest Trick Relies on Tracking More of Your Clicks

TWITTER INTRODUCED A new feature Wednesday that prompts users to read links to articles before sharing them. When users try to post links without opening them, a message appears, saying “Headlines don’t tell the full story, want to read this before Retweeting?” Limited to only Android users for now, the new feature is part of a series of overhauls, including fact-checking tweets from President Trump, the company is making to support “healthy conversations.”

“It’s easy for links/articles to go viral on Twitter,” product lead Kayvon Beykpour tweeted alongside the announcement. “This can be powerful but sometimes dangerous, especially if people haven’t read the content they’re spreading.”

But making the feature work requires a level of tracking, and risk, that users likely aren’t aware of. Aram Zucker-Scharff, an ad tech engineer, detailed in a Twitter thread that the platform now keeps tabs on all the links users click, complete with a URL and a timestamp

Read the full text here: https://www.wired.com/story/twitters-newest-trick-relies-tracking-your-clicks/

TechCrunch: How to decode a data breach notice

Over the years I’ve seen hundreds, probably thousands, of data breach notifications warning that a company’s data was lost, stolen or left online for anyone to grab.

Most of them look largely the same. It’s my job to decode what they actually mean for the victims whose information is put at risk.

Data breach notifications are meant to tell you what happened, when, and what impact it may have on you. You’ve probably already seen a few this year. That’s because most U.S. states have laws that compel companies to publicly disclose security incidents, like a data breach, as soon as possible. Europe’s rules are stricter, and fines can be a common occurrence if breaches aren’t disclosed.

But data breach notifications have become an all-too-regular exercise in crisis communications. These notices increasingly try to deflect blame, obfuscate important details and omit important facts. After all, it’s in a company’s best interest to keep the stock markets happy, investors satisfied and regulators off their backs. Why would it want to say anything to the contrary?

The next time you get a data breach notification, read between the lines. By knowing the common bullshit lines to avoid, you can understand the questions you need to ask.


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