The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 67: New Crypto.com widget on the New Tab Page, Brave R&D: Fighting CNAME Trickery, Testers needed for Sync V2 in Brave for iOS!

Announcement: New Crypto.com widget on the New Tab Page! 

Go to brave://help to update to v1.16.68 now! 

Brave R&D: What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #6: Fighting CNAME Trickery

This is the sixth in an ongoing, regular series of blog posts, describing new privacy-related features in Brave. This post describes work done by Research Engineer Anton Lazarev and Senior Privacy Researcher Peter Snyder (@pes10k on Twitter).

Trackers are constantly working on new techniques for evading privacy tools, and keep deploying new ways to evade privacy-protecting tools like the Brave browser.  This post discusses a recent technique trackers use, CNAME cloaking, and a new feature in Brave that keeps Brave users protected.

The TL;DR

One way privacy tools like Brave prevent trackers from tracking you online is to use crowd-sourced lists of privacy-harming domains, and blocking requests to them. Trackers sometimes use canonical name DNS records (i.e, CNAMEs, a way of making one domain point to another) to make their tracking domains look like subdomains owned by the site you’re visiting, when in truth the domain is (effectively) controlled by a unrelated third party. This is now available in our Nightly desktop version. With the upcoming Brave 1.17, Brave Shields will roll out support for CNAME-based adblocking to all Brave users. This enhanced adblocking solution is able to counter the increasingly common practice of CNAME-cloaked tracking scripts.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/privacy-updates-6/ 

Testers Needed: Sync V2 in Brave for iOS now available for testing! 📱

The Sync v2 iOS Beta builds are now available in the Public Beta channel v1.21 (20.10.23.15), and should work with your existing sync chains using the release endpoint.

Important: If you want to help test Sync v2 for iOS, please ensure that your desktop/Android bookmarks are backed up before getting started to avoid any data loss in case you encounter any unexpected behaviors.

See the original post here: https://community.brave.com/t/ios-sync-v2-now-available-for-testing/173631

SCAM WARNING: Ledger Live phishing attack, please don’t click…

Brave Swag Store: Since enabling the $BAT & $ETH payment options on the Brave Swag Store last month, crypto payments have made up over a quarter of total sales! We are happy to see fans enjoying the new payment options & hope to offer even more options in the future. 

Visit http://store.brave.com to shop official BAT/Brave tees, hoodies, jackets, joggers, tech accessories, homegoods, and more! 

Brave Swag Store (Poll): If there was a Ledger wallet engraved with the Brave + BAT logo available on the Brave Swag Store, would you buy it?

Visit the link to partake in our the poll:

Please leave any suggestions for other BAT/Brave products you’d like to see in the comments!

Brave fan (@web_eau_net on Twitter) recreates the Brave logo using only CSS & HTML, and shares the process in a detailed blog

Nowadays, CSS is considered the soul of web development. From styling a text to creating complex shapes with gradient, CSS can do almost anything. In this tutorial, we’ll discover a creative way to replicate the Brave Browser’s logo using plain CSS.

Take a look at the header of this blog post to see what we are going to create in CSS 🙂

Read the full post here: https://www.web-eau.net/blog/brave-logo-css


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Blankos, Rix (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Admiral Markets (UK, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam), and Mythical (Australia, Canada) join Brave’s New Tab Page Sponsored Image rotation!  

This week also saw Sponsored Images from returning sponsors Ashley Furniture, Koodo, eToro, Upland, BlockFi 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: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/ 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.18.22 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.18.22

Desktop Dev Channel v1.17.56

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.17.56

Desktop Beta Channel v1.17.54

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.17.54

Desktop release channel v1.16.68

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.16.68

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 Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

Shannon Morse, YouTuber 

As a kiddo, Shannon Morse was into theatre and building computers. Today, she is an infosec educator & tech reviewer on YouTube, creating tutorials, reviews, & how-tos with an emphasis on digital security & privacy. 

▶️ Check out Shannon Morse on YouTube for tech reviews & tutorials. (New uploads every Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday!): 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNofX8wmSJh7NTklvMqueOA

🐦 Follow Shannon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Snubs  

📖 Learn more about Shannon on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/shannon-morse 


Brave Team Tweets

Jon Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering
Samuel Dare, Blockchain Engineer
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer
Des Martin, Head of Marketing & Growth

BAT/Brave in the News

James Soldinger via Medium (Op-Ed): Protecting Users as We Embark Into the Era of Spatial Computing 

I got into User Experience Design (UX) because I wanted to take what I knew about psychology and use it to create intuitive and engaging products. Over the last few years, I have learned that the field of UX necessitates an understanding of not only psychological principles, but ethical ones as well. One emerging technology that I have been exploring — spatial computing — demonstrates the need to protect users’ privacy and data.

In the book The Infinite Retina, the authors define spatial computing as “technology that brings computing to every surface.” This technology will rely heavily on artificial intelligence (AI) and the three main drivers will be augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality.

As I’ve gone down this rabbit hole, learning as much as I can about the technology, I couldn’t help but get excited. This technology, above all others, will feel the most human. As it is developed we, the users, will literally be moving through the space that the computing is taking place in. Spatial computing will become our reality.

[…] 

If a company is going to monetize users’ data, the user should be compensated. I think all companies should adopt the same model that Brave, a privacy-focused browser, created. Users have the ability to opt in to see advertisements and if they opt in they are compensated for viewing ads with a currency called Basic Attention Token. These tokens can be converted to a fiat currency or used to redeem gift cards. The ads are not invasive — Brave is performing some magic on the backend that presents users with relevant ads without capturing personal identifiers. If my attention is that valuable to you, pay me for it.

Read the full text here: https://medium.com/swlh/protecting-users-as-we-embark-into-the-era-of-spatial-computing-89aca3652737 


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!

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, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs less than 1 BAT per entry! 

Recent Winners:

Logan Bonney- $100 Walmart Gift Card
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 like Know Your Rights Camp and #HashtagLunchbag. 


News You Should Know

The Tatiana Show Ep. 280: Incentivizing the Use of Blockchain with Grant Blaisdell

Grant Blaisdell left the US for his mother’s homeland of Poland to help found Coinfirm, an analytics company that’s on the bleeding edge of the blockchain space. He talks about why he started the project, what they specialize in, and how the company’s projects help users with an increasingly regulated space. Grant talks about the hot crypto topic of DeFi and how it helps democratize economics. He talks about his love of the music industry and how he uses cryptocurrency & blockchain as a marketing, distribution & engagement tool for music, and how it can work in tandem with existing promotional practices. He also discusses his interest in space travel and utilization, and how it represents the next stage in data security and economics.

About the Guest:
Grant has been creating ventures at the intersection of new technologies and media between the US and Central Europe since his late teens. An early innovator in applying blockchain technology to various industries, companies Grant has co-founded include the leading Blockchain Analytics and AML company Confirm and the digital asset marketplace for the Space industry Copernic Space. As a lifelong musician and hip hop artist known as GB Savant, Grant also applies his technological work to his music with upcoming projects such as Mr. Crypto.

Tune in here: https://thetatianashow.com/incentivizing-the-use-of-blockchain-with-grant-blaisdell-the-tatiana-show-ep-280/ 

Keegan Francis via Publish0x: Jay Malone – A Comedian’s Perspective on Crypto 

Have you ever wondered what a comedian would think of cryptocurrency? Now is your chance to find out. Go Full Crypto interviewed Canadian Comedian Jay Malone in episode 26.

Crypto for Comedy
By the end of the interview, Jay Malone was able to conceptualize what it would look like to have his customers pay him in cryptocurrency. We took Jay through thinking crypto was some weird internet money that criminals and hackers use, to understanding that it is the next form of money that the world has to offer. From our perspective, Jay would entirely be able to sell his online comedy show for bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency. This has the potential to make Jay’s business model a little bit simpler using one of the core tenets of cryptocurrency; Take out the middle man. Jay could receive payments directly, and keep more of his money. Being a Canadian comedian from the small community of Berwick, Nova Scotia, every penny (or Satoshi) counts!

Read the full text here: https://www.publish0x.com/go-full-crypto/jay-malone-a-comedians-perspective-on-crypto-xxokroe 

Camila Russo via Coindesk: Ethereum is Building the Internet of Value 

Camila Russo is the founder of The Defiant, a content platform focusing on decentralized finance, and the author of “The Infinite Machine” about the history of Ethereum. Previously, she was a Bloomberg News reporter covering markets in Buenos Aires, Madrid and New York. She is a speaker at CoinDesk’s invest: ethereum economy event beginning Oct. 14.

The internet is at the cusp of entering a new phase, one where entrenched rulers are dethroned, more power is reclaimed by individuals and value moves as freely as cat GIFs.

To understand why we need a better internet in the first place, consider this question: Isn’t it weird the internet isn’t good at money? Think about it. The applications we use every day to search, to communicate, even to shop; the companies that dominate the web are very bad at dealing with money, even if they’re very good at making it. There’s a separate checkout process, where you repeatedly enter all your information. Cards issued in some countries don’t work on local websites in other countries. Sometimes you wait for what feels like an eternity watching that tiny wheel turn, to have the transaction fail. 

Read the full text here: https://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-building-internet-of-value 

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