The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 63 — Brave surpasses 19.6M MAU & 6.6M DAU for Sep. 2020, Speed Past Chrome (new Brave Marketing campaign), Users can now set Brave as default browser on iOS!

Brave user stats update: Brave surpasses 19.6M MAU (monthly active users) and 6.6M DAU (daily active users) for September 2020! 

We are c-r-u-s-h-i-n-g it. In the words of Chriscat: “Get everyone you know on the Brave train!” 

Also find the latest platform stats & token activity on https://brave.com/transparency/

Announcement: You can now set Brave as the default browser on iOS! (Update Brave > Settings > Brave > Default Browser App)

Finally! Now you can make Brave (v1.20) your default browser on iOS 14! 4 simple steps to enjoy a faster and privacy-protecting browsing experience: 

  1. Go to the Settings App
  2. Find “Brave”
  3. Tap “Default Browser App”
  4. Select “Brave”

All done! 🙂 

See our Reddit post here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/izs8ar/you_can_now_set_brave_as_the_default_browser_on/

And.. Brave featured in the Browse the Web collection in the Utilities section, as well as in the Apps We Love section of the iOS App Store this week!

Official Brave Campaign: Chrome was great in 2008, but it’s 2020. It’s time to Speed Past Chrome! 

Join the millions of people who already use Brave to browse 3x faster than Chrome, save data and battery life, block creepy ads and trackers, and help stop online surveillance.

Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/462733432/75301574ef 

Watch the latest Brave Vs. Chrome Speed Comparison from September 2020: https://vimeo.com/463201693/41a9555a19 

Switch to Brave in less than 60 seconds: brave.com/download  

AMA (ICYMI): “I’m Chris (bat-chriscat), Technical Operations Coordinator at Brave. Ask me anything!” 

Chris did a wonderfully thorough job answering questions from the community during his AMA on Tuesday. We highly recommend the read: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/j23fnf/im_chris_batchriscat_technical_operations/ 

If you’re short on time and want the TL;DR, our recap of the AMA highlights will be released on the official Brave blog early next week. 

Upcoming AMA with Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development at Brave! (Oct 8)

Event date, time, and location: Thursday, October 8th at 11:0 am Pacific on r/BATProject

As a follow-up from his first AMA from Nov 2018 before the Brave Ads launch, Luke will be making another AMA appearance to answer your questions about the development of business and Brave with BAT. Luke works on new business initiatives and strategic revenue growth at Brave and BAT, oversees the BAT Community, and helps to communicate the value of Brave and BAT to advertisers, businesses, and the mainstream. Luke has worked on our partnerships with DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Dow Jones, TownSquare Media, THETA.tv, Newegg, and Intel (among many others), and with causes through the Brave Ad Grants program.

You can submit questions for Luke now, here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/j5301x/upcoming_ama_with_luke_mulks_director_of_business/

If you can make it to the live event, we also encourage you to ask questions while the AMA is taking place. See you there!


Fan Art Friday: Impossible BAT Triangle by MossMelon

Pure art. Remember to tip the Creator if you enjoy the artwork! 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Helium and Huobi join Brave’s New Tab Page Sponsored Image rotation!   

Helium allows anyone to build out massive, cost-effective wireless infrastructures in an entirely new business model that benefits everyone. 

Huobi is a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange. Founded in China, the company now has offices in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and the United States.

This week also saw sponsored images from returning sponsors eToro, Bitpay, AAX, and Upland. 

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: Verizon, PayPal, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, and more. 

See our Case Studies for more about Sponsored Images and how they can help promote your business: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/ 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

Verified Brave publisher, DappRadar.com 

DappRadar has become the starting point for dapp discovery and acts as a distribution channel for dapp developers that are looking to reach new consumers. Tracking over 3,000 dapps across multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, EOS, TRON, and ONT, with plans to expand to others.

Learn more at https://dappradar.com/

Read about DappRadar on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/dappradar 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.17.9

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.17.9

Desktop Dev Channel v1.16.50

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.16.50

Desktop Beta Channel v1.16.48

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.16.48

Brave for iOS v1.20

https://github.com/brave/brave-ios/releases/tag/v1.20

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version! 

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 Play or iOS app stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Brendan Eich, CEO
Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering
Jon Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Christopher, Technical Operations Coordinator
Ryan Watson, Director of IT & Infrastructure

BAT/Brave in the News

9To5Mac: Privacy-focused Brave web browser adds support for iOS 14 default app settings

The privacy-focused Brave Browser is the latest iOS web browser to add support for iOS 14’s new default app setting. An update to Brave this week added support for the feature, allowing users to set Brave as their default iPhone or iPad web browser instead of Safari.

Support for changing the default browser and email applications is one of the many changes in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. To set Brave as your default iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 browser, simply open the Settings app, scroll down and look for “Brave” in the list of applications, then choose “Default Browser App” and make the change.

Read the full text here: https://9to5mac.com/2020/09/26/privacy-focused-brave-web-browser-adds-support-for-ios-14-default-app-settings/ 

The Irish Times: Don’t use Google, don’t use work email, don’t hit ‘accept all’: how to fight for your privacy

“If you’re reading this book, you probably already know your personal data is being collected, stored and analysed,” Carissa Véliz begins, in Privacy Is Power. Her challenge, as a writer and a privacy advocate, is to shake us out of our complacency; to persuade us to see this not as a necessary sacrifice in the digital age, but an intolerable invasion. From the mounting dread I felt while reading Privacy Is Power, I’d say she was successful.

From the moment you wake up and first check your phone, to the marketers that infer your mood from your music choices, to the smart speaker that shares your private conversations, or the television that listens in on them (from the terms and conditions of a Samsung smart TV: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured”), there is nowhere to hide – or even just be – in this hyper-connected hellscape. Corporations can track you both by your face and your digital footprint, your medical records may be handed over to Big Tech, and advertisers may learn of your break-up before you do.

[…]

Use different browsers for different activities. Browsers do not share cookies between them. Brave is a browser designed with privacy in mind. Firefox and Safari, with the appropriate add-ons, are also good options.

Read the full text here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/don-t-use-google-don-t-use-work-email-don-t-hit-accept-all-how-to-fight-for-your-privacy-1.4367446 


News From Our Partners

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT for a chance to win a Ledger Nano X Crypto Wallet! 

Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets can enter TAP Network’s ongoing sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win a Ledger Nano X Crypto Wallet!

Leger Nano X ensures that your crypto assets are always safe, anywhere you go. This sleek, easy to use device has Bluetooth enabled and is the most advanced hardware wallet on the market.

Other sweepstakes offerings from TAP include digital gift cards of your choice from hundreds of retailers including amazing brands like Amazon, Walmart, Gamestop, Nintendo and more!

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page and choose the sweepstakes you want to enter. Then, enter as many times as you desire—it costs less than 1 BAT per entry! 

Recent Winners:
Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Noah Harless (@UndreamtMars) 

If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet yet the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes, and to support causes. 


News You Should Know

The Tatiana Show Ep. 276: Alena Vránová with HCPP 2020 and The Europe Warning on Liberty

Alena Vránová joins Tatiana & Josh to talk about Hackers Conference Paralelni Polis 2020, taking place October 2-4 in Prague. The conference features tons of keynotes and workshops about cryptoeconomics, hacking, technology & more, and is available to attend online.

The hosts & Alena then have a very enlightening discussion on the topic of tyranny, especially with Tatiana’s family, Josh, and Alena residing in nations that have historically experienced the full spectrum of authoritarianism. They compare and contrast fascism & communism and explain why both represent the same type of tyranny, merely scaled differently. They talk about authoritarianism during COVID-19 and why the US especially needs to be wary of falling into the same traps as its European cousins. Josh & Alena also reveal how the spirits of old totalitarianism still survive where they live in Germany & the Czech Republic.

About the Guest:
Alena Vránová develops early-stage ideas into successful products and services. Her track record includes 10 years and several successful startups in traditional finance, insurance, and technology. The 2008 crisis brought her to study Diplomacy with a focus on history, geopolitics, and the international monetary system – which led to her personal discovery and fascination with Bitcoin in its early years. In 2013 she joined the Bitcoin revolution fulltime and founded SatoshiLabs (Trezor) – one of the most successful Bitcoin companies to date. She worked with several projects in the Bitcoin space, including at Casa as Head of Strategy and co-authored The Little Bitcoin Book – Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances and Future. First published in August 2019, with strong community support the tiny book is being translated to many languages. 

Tune in here: https://thetatianashow.com/alena-vranova-with-hcpp-2020-and-the-europe-warning-on-liberty-the-tatiana-show-ep-276/ 

Bankless: Exploring the Dark Forest

Dear Bankless Nation,

The mempool is a dark forest. 👈(we talked about this yesterday) It’s the place where all of your pending Ethereum transactions go. But there’s so much more going on in the mempool than most expect. Arbitrage bots, front-runners, and more. The mempool is filled with money-hungry apex predators.

They hide in the mempool waiting to attack. They monitor any and all transactions with the intention to exploit them. If any profitable opportunities arise? They pounce.

It can be a pretty scary place. But the Ethereum community is starting to learn more and more about the mempool. We’re leveling up.

The guys over at Blocknative spend a lot of time examining the mempool. And they recently released the Mempool Explorer — a tool for anyone to monitor the dark forest.

Today, Matt shares his knowledge with you.

Here’s everything you need to know about the mempool.

Read the full text here: https://bankless.substack.com/p/exploring-the-dark-forest 

Hashoshi: Crypto Over Coffee ep.34 // BTC, BitMEX, DeFi hype, and more!

In this episode of Crypto Over Coffee, Hashoshi analyzes BTC price and Bitcoin news, the CFTC BitMEX news, APY finance DeFi hype, and more! **PrimeXBT is NOT available in the US and Canada, if you are in unsupported countries do not attempt to use this service! 

Tune in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-_ghma4tCc 


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