The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 65 — AMA w/ Brian Clifton (VP of Engineering at Brave), Brave top rated browser on Google Play, Enter w/ BAT for a chance to win Ledger Nano X (via TAP)

AMA (ICYMI): “I’m Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering at Brave. Ask me anything!” 

Hi everybody, I’m Brian Clifton! I’m the VP of Engineering at Brave and I oversee development on the Desktop, Android, and iOS products. I joined Brave Software back in 2016 and you’ll often see me on GitHub responding to user issues, trying to help with code reviews, and occasionally fixing a bug or working on a new feature. Before Brave, I spent 8 years as a developer at GoDaddy working on different hosting products. Before GoDaddy, I worked at Intel in the manufacturing (TMG) org for almost 3 years helping with factory automation. And then a few smaller businesses here in the Phoenix (Arizona) area before that.

Read the full AMA here: 

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. 

Creator Testimonial: “My gratitude video to my community for using Brave to support me” — MattiAce

We love hearing your experiences with Brave Creators, and receiving your feedback! (To any Creators reading this, we encourage you to share your experience with us on r/BATProject. Be sure to use the “Testimonial” flair so the community can easily pick out your post!)

Here’s what MattiAce has to share about their experience with Brave Creators so far: 

This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Coinstream has joined Brave’s New Tab Page Sponsored Image rotation! This week saw sponsored images from returning sponsors, eToro, BlockFi, Koodo, Nexo and BitPay. 

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

See our Case Studies for more about Sponsored Images and how they can help promote your business: 

Brave Creator Spotlight 

MattiAceGaming, YouTuber 

Hi guys and welcome! I’m a YouTuber/streamer and I have decided to focus my content on Battlefield 1. I mainly play assault and medic or I fly either an attack plane or a fighter.

MattiAceGaming has over 36K subscribers! If you’re a Battlefield fan, check MattiAceGaming out for yourself: 

Brave Team Tweets

Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering
Des Martin, Business Development & Marketing Lead
Brian Bondy, CTO
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer

BAT/Brave in the News

Altcoin Buzz: Brave Becomes Top-Rated Browser on Google Play Store

Firefox and Chrome may be the biggest names when it comes to browsers, but the Brave browser is liked more by its users as seen by its score in the Google Play Store.

The Brave browser, which is centered on privacy, has risen higher than other browsers and has become the top-rated browser listed on the Google Play Store. Even Google’s own Chrome is not up to the level of Brave, as the private-centric browser is noticeably edging out other browsers.

Brave’s Head of Marketing, Des Martin, announced the news on Twitter.

Read the full text here: 

CryptoBriefing: Brave Browser Leads New Global Privacy Standard

Key Takeaways:

  • Brave is leading a privacy standard that gives users a simple way to opt out of privacy with a single switch.
  • Several companies, including DuckDuckGo and The Washington Post, are supporting the standard.
  • The standard is backed by privacy laws such as California’s CCPA and the EU’s GDPR.

Read the full text here: 

Ars Technica: Now you can enforce your privacy rights with a single browser tick

Anyone who remembers Do Not Track—the initiative that was supposed to allow browser users to reclaim their privacy on the Web—knows it was a failure. Not only did websites ignore it, using it arguably made people less private because it made them stick out. Now, privacy advocates are back with a new specification, and this time they’ve brought the lawyers.

Under the hood, the specification, known as Global Privacy Control, works pretty much the same way Do Not Track did. A small HTTP header informs sites that a visitor doesn’t want their data sold. The big difference this time is the enactment of the Consumer Privacy Act in California and, possibly, the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, both of which give consumers broad rights over how their private information can be used.


Only Brave and Duck Duck Go (for now)

So far, the maker of the Brave and Duck Duck Go browsers are the only browser developers that have committed to implementing the control. Brave said on Wednesday that the control is already in trial in nightly or beta builds of desktop and Android versions and that an iOS implementation is expected once the proposal gets closer to being a standard. Once implemented in the release, the control will be “on by default and unconfigurable.” Duck Duck Go has already made GPC available in its privacy browser iOS and Android. Duck Duck Go says the browser is used by “tens of millions” of users.

Read the full text here: 

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 now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win a Ledger Nano X Crypto Wallet!

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

Recent Winners:

Logan Bonney – $100 Walmart Gift Card

Noah Harless (@UndreamtMars) – Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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

Bankless: Episode: #34 – The Ownership Economy | Jesse Walden

Jesse Walden speaks about ‘the ownership economy’, in which value is returned to the producers via a protocol by compensation codified in its core.

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter are now extracting more than they are providing.

Can Ethereum and DeFi solve this? How can Ethereum host an internet-sized cooperative, like REI? How can token ownership create a larger tent, that can scale organizations past previous limits?

We also discuss Jesse’s 3 theories for how crypto will be adopted, and which one he believes will come first:

The people come, Bank the Unbanked!

The institutions come, WallStreet wants part of the global casino

The economy comes, non-financial apps create a “real economy”

Read the full text/tune in here: 

The Tatiana Show Ep. 278: Deep Dive into DeFi with Edge CEO Paul Puey and Guest Co-Host Amber Urquhart

What exactly is DeFi, and what does it mean for the future of crypto? Edge CEO Paul Puey joins Tatiana and special guest Co-host Amber Urquhart to talk all about it!

DeFi, or Decentralized Finance, is the technology that many believe is the next logical evolution of cryptocurrency, making it possible to use cryptocurrency to collateralize loans, do futures investing, and other services that banks currently offer for far worse interest rates. Paul takes Tatiana & Amber in-depth to talk about how exactly it works, what you can use it for, and why he finds it so fascinating.

Paul also talks about how DeFi could affect gold-backed crypto services, app development in the crypto space, and how early DeFi projects’ airdrops were a net negative. Paul also discusses a real-world application, with an algorithm-based smart contract system that automatically moves your money into the investments with the highest returns, but also the risks involved in DeFi as an investment system. He also explains why Ethereum is likely to remain the backbone of DeFi for a long time to come, but also gives his thoughts on newer DeFi systems that take advantage of Bitcoin.

Tune in here: 

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