The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 47 — Sync v2 available now for testing in Brave Nightly (desktop), interview w/ David Liebowitz from Everipedia + PredIQt, Enter sweepstakes at TAP Network’s rewards market for Brave users & win digital gift cards!

Brave Sync v2 (preview): Our new Sync functionality is available now in our Nightly desktop version for testing, and is landing in our general release for desktop and mobile in a matter of weeks! 

Brave Sync v2 is now available for desktop-to-desktop sync testing in our Nightly desktop build. Sync bookmarks, history, settings, and more! Try it out and let us know what you think: https://community.brave.com/c/nightly-builds/89 

Please 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.

Sync v2 for desktop and mobile is just a few more weeks away from landing in Brave general release. 

Jennie interviews David Liebowitz, President of Business Development at Everipedia + PedIQt

David joins Jennie to discuss Brave & Everipedia’s collaboration to spotlight new and noteworthy Brave Creators, how Everipedia’s inclusivity and no-notability policy makes it possible for anyone to contribute to their digital encyclopedia, and how Everipedia encourages users to participate in the governance of its knowledge base by using a blockchain-based incentive & rewards model for creating and curating content. 

David also introduces Everipedia’s brand new decentralized prediction market, PedIQt which is built on the EOS.io blockchain and is powered by Everipedia’s IQ token. PedIQt allows EOS users anywhere in the world to create a market on any future event, and allows any user to purchase and trade shares in the outcomes of those events.

Listen to the interview in The Weekly BAT Podcast, linked at the top of this post.

Win: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a digital gift card! 

Brave users in the United States who are verified with Uphold can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win digital gift cards for household brands like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Adidas, Verizon, Chili’s, Domino’s, GAP, and much more! 

To enter the sweepstakes head over to https://brave.tapnetwork.io/ and find the sweepstakes section on the homepage. Choose the sweepstakes that you would like to enter and select your number of entries (1BAT = 1 entry). 

Winners are chosen at random through a digital sweepstakes drawing system, and receive their digital gift card prize via email.

Brave Creator Tip Drive: Calling all verified Brave Creators! Share your work and let the BAT community support you! — June 15, 2020

Calling all verified Brave Creators!

Today we invite you to share your work and let our community support you.

Please share a link to your verified website or channel where community members can support you with tips or contributions in Basic Attention Token (BAT). Tell us a bit about yourself, your work, and how you got involved with/discovered BAT/Brave. 🙂

To our wonderful community:

This is a great opportunity for you to discover new and interesting content, as well as show support for our growing network of Brave Creators.

Don’t forget to send participating creators a tip if you like what you see! (If you really like what you see, you can add them to your Auto-Contribution list for ongoing support.)

Creators, share your work here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/h9mq1a/brave_creator_tip_drive_calling_all_verified/ 

Community: BAT Indonesia’s Viking Karwur shares mockups for a new Brave Creator swag idea, and he wants your feedback. (So do we!) 

The community had lots of input for Viking on Reddit. Given the enthusiasm, do you think we should hold a t-shirt design contest? Winning designs could be printed and sold on the Brave Swag Store. (We’re open to hearing your ideas, too!) 

Share design contest ideas here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hbtc52/bat_creator_tshirt_design_black_edition/fvciv8j/?context=3 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, find images from Home Depot, Bybit, BlockFi, and eToro in Brave’s New Tab Page. 

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


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Podcast host and personal liberty activist, Rob McNealy 💫

Rob McNealy is a crypto entrepreneur, personal liberty activist, and podcast host. His show, The Rob McNealy Program, features thought leaders on subjects like Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, startups, entrepreneurship, personal liberty, and more.

Read Everipedia’s article on Rob McNealy: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/rob-mcnealy 

Check out Rob’s website: https://robmcnealy.com/ 

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kl7N2zJ4QhB8f3GvWhjmw 

YouTube Creator, Ozzy Man Reviews 

Australian YouTuber, Ozzy Man, engages his subscribers with his candid reviews and colorful commentary on a diversity of topics such as sports, viral content, Game of Thrones, films, and even wildlife! His style is to “tell it straight. No BS,” which must be an effective strategy, because it has earned his videos over 1.2 billion total views!

Read Everipedia’s entry on Ozzy man: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/ozzy-man 

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ozzymanreviews/featured


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.12.38

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.38

Desktop Dev Channel v1.11.68

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.68

Desktop Beta Channel v1.11.69

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.69

Desktop Release Channel v1.10.93

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.10.93

Android Release Channel v1.10.94

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.10.94

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

Brendan Eich, Brave CEO & Co-founder
Brian Bondy, Brave CTO & Co-founder
Brendan Eich, Brave CEO & Co-founder
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Dr. Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development

BAT/Brave in the News

ZDNet: JavaScript creator Eich: My take on 20 years of the world’s top programming language

A newly published paper by Brendan Eich, CEO of Chromium-based browser Brave and the key designer of JavaScript, looks back at two decades of the definitive programming language for the web, browsers and, increasingly, native mobile and desktop apps. 

Anyone developing for the web must know JavaScript, one of the top three programming languages, along with Java and Python, whose popularity has surged due to the rise of machine learning. 

Eich, a co-founder of Firefox-maker Mozilla, and his co-author, Allen Wirfs-Brock – a key author of the ECMAScript specification for JavaScript – detail the long and winding history of JavaScript and the web since 1995 under the influence of Microsoft, Mozilla, Netscape, and Oracle.

Read the full text here: https://www.zdnet.com/article/javascript-creator-eich-my-take-on-20-years-of-the-worlds-top-programming-language/


News You Should Know

Week in Ethereum News (Newsletter): Blockscan: The Search Engine for a Decentralized Web

Accessing decentralized, uncensorable websites has long been touted as one of the potential uses for Ethereum. In recent years, projects such as ENS and Unstoppable Domains have made large strides in this area. Users are now able to access these sites by simply entering human-readable names instead of long-winded IPFS hashes.

One challenge remains: users of such sites lack easy ways of discovery. Imagine looking up a topic on the Internet. You wouldn’t need to type an exact URL. Your browser’s native search engine picks out countless suggestions for any particular search item you look for. The same cannot be said of decentralized websites, where even entering exact URLs may not get you to the website you want on mainstream browsers.

Enter Blockscan.

Read the full post here: https://medium.com/etherscan-blog/blockscan-the-search-engine-for-a-decentralized-web-20b4d3d20efb

Gordon Kelly, Senior Contributor, via Forbes: Google Confirms Serious New Problems For Chrome Users

Chrome is already suffering from some visually spectacular graphics problems, but now things just got a whole lot more serious for fans of Google’s browser. 

Making the eye-catching render issues on macOS seem quaint, Google has confirmed that since Microsoft’s massive Windows 10 ‘May 2020’ update Chrome can no longer keep users signed-in, sync data, store cookies, remember passwords or third party extension data – sometimes deleting the extension completely. Moreover, Google saw this coming two months ago.

In a bug report filed back in April, Google engineers confirmed multiple problems with the Windows 10 May 2020 update, then still in beta testing. Strangely, Techdows spotted the report was subsequently marked as ‘WontFix’ before later being reopened. With Microsoft stating last week that it is now accelerating the May 2020 rollout, despite no fix being found, more and more Chrome users are being affected and complaints are growing (1,2,3,4,5, etc). 

The problem here seems to be accountability. I suspect that Google initially believed the problem lay with the Windows 10 May 2020 update and waited for a Microsoft fix. But the combination of Google reopening investigations and Microsoft accelerating the update’s rollout suggests this may come down to Google. Users are also reporting that Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser is unaffected, which will fuel conspiracy theorists looking to reignite the browser wars.

Read the full post here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/06/16/google-chrome-critical-problems-windows-10-warning-update-chrome-browser/#7781181c5981

Reuters: Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said it removed more than 70 of the malicious add-ons from its official Chrome Web Store after being alerted by the researchers last month.

“When we are alerted of extensions in the Web Store that violate our policies, we take action and use those incidents as training material to improve our automated and manual analyses,” Google spokesman Scott Westover told Reuters.

Most of the free extensions purported to warn users about questionable websites or convert files from one format to another. Instead, they siphoned off browsing history and data that provided credentials for access to internal business tools.

Based on the number of downloads, it was the most far-reaching malicious Chrome store campaign to date, according to Awake co-founder and chief scientist Gary Golomb.

Google declined to discuss how the latest spyware compared with prior campaigns, the breadth of the damage, or why it did not detect and remove the bad extensions on its own despite past promises to supervise offerings more closely.

Read the full text here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-chrome-exclusive-idUSKBN23P0JO?utm_source=reddit.com


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