The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 70 — Sunsetting the Referral Program, Sync for iOS now in 1.21, Brave on Future of the Web & DeFi panels at Futurist 2020!

Announcement: Sunsetting the referral program and planning for the future

The Brave referral program launched in February 2018. Over the last 3 years we have been immensely grateful and humbled that so many participated. We owe a huge thanks to our incredible community. Your support helped drive Brave to over 20M monthly active users, building momentum towards a web that respects users. As Brave enters a new stage, we must constantly reevaluate and adapt in order to fulfill our mission of a privacy first Internet.

Effective today, November 9th, 2020, we will begin to wind-down the current referral program. Creators using the Brave referral program have 14 days to wrap up their Brave promotional activity. Creators not using the referral program will experience no change.

Read the full announcement here: 

The latest Brave update for iOS (v1.21) features Brave Sync (syncs bookmarks for now, other data types on the way), & an updated Shields Panel!

Watch Brave’s Luke Mulks (Director of BizDev) on “Future Of The Web” panel at Futurist Conference 2020 (virtual event)

Luke Mulks joins Jenna Pilgrim (CEO of Streambed), Addo Smajic (CEO & Co-founder of Source.Network), and Justyna Osowska (CEO & Founder of Women in Blockchain Canada) to discuss the Future of The Web, from browsers to streaming, and how blockchain is giving power back to the people.

The Future Of The Web panel starts at 5:34:35. Tune in:

Tune in to see Brave’s Clayton Hartford moderate panel on “The Future of Decentralized Finance” at Futurist Conference 2020 (virtual event)

Watch the panel here: 

This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Futurist Conference joins Brave’s New Tab Page Sponsored Image rotation!

Untraceable’s Futurist Conference is the largest and most high-profile blockchain & emerging tech event in Canada. Learn more at

This week also saw Sponsored Images from returning sponsors BitPay,, eToro, and BlockFi. 

Our ever-expanding 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 to learn more about Sponsored Images and how they can help promote your business: 

Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia (website)

TD is a community of token founders, developers, investors, and cryptocurrency enthusiasts of all stripes discovering and discussing the latest in crypto and blockchain. Token Daily features token launches, deep dives with crypto experts, white paper discussions, token-curated registries, learning resources, project collaborations and more. 

Think of Token Daily like the Product Hunt of the crypto world! 

Learn about Token Daily on Everipedia: 

Check out Token Daily for yourself: 

Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.19.5

Desktop Dev Channel v1.18.52

Desktop Beta Channel v1.18.51

Desktop release channel v1.16.76

Brave for iOS 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, Brave CEO
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Des Martin, Head of Growth & Marketing
Clayton Hartford, Director of Ads Sales
Peter Snyder, Senior Privacy Researcher

BAT/Brave in the News

Cory Underwood Blog: Using CNAMEs to bypass ITP has been put to Torch

Browsers are mobilizing to combat the use of DNS CNAME records to bypass anti-tracking tech they have built in to their browsers. November is looking to be a triple whammy of developments in this area.


Brave announced on November 17th their browser will also combat CNAME cloaking in a different manner. Rather than just lower the duration of cookies set via this method, Brave will block the request entirely.

So what’s this mean?

The door has closed on using CNAMEs to set cookies and expecting them to have long durations. This is a change in web architecture that developers need to now account for.

From the business point of view, any service using CNAMEs for cookie setting will either see that traffic disappear entirely (Brave) or have sizable reductions in lookback windows (iOS/iPadOS/Safari Big Sur).

This includes (but is not limited to) 7 days of lookback window for campaign measurement, possible increase in new users, possible loss of retention identification, and possible resegmentation of A/B testing cell assignments in scenarios where CNAME was used to set cookies.

Read the full post here: 

News From Our Partners

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT for a chance to win a $200 gift card from Walmart! 

TAP Network is kicking off the first of several Walmart pre-Black Friday events with deals that you need to check out. Enter now for your chance to win just in time for Black Friday!

All Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets are eligible to enter TAP Network’s ongoing sweepstakes! 

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

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Marketplace’s 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! 

Enter here: 

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. 282: Conference Commentary with Connie Gallippi & Rodolfo Andragnes

Want to escape from the craziness going on with politics? If you’re a crypto fan, two awesome online conferences are coming up that you’re sure to be interested in!

First up, Connie Gallippi from the BitGive Foundation joins the program to talk about BitGive De-Phi Crypto For Good Con 2020! This free conference, taking place November 18, features some of the biggest movers and shakers in the cryptocurrency philanthropy world as well as a performance by Tatiana! It’s free to attend and there will be a ton of fantastic info about how cryptocurrency can help charitable organizations! Also, Connie Gives some updates on some new partners coming to the GiveTrack platform!

To register for BitGive De-Phi 2020: 

Then, Rodolfo Andragnes stops in to talk about the Latin American Bitcoin Conference (LABitConf) going remote this year, including some innovative tools they’re introducing to make online conferences much more fun: mo-cap presenters and VR support! LABitConf takes place December 7-12, and is free to attend!

To register for LABitConf 2020:

Tune in: 

Hashoshi: The truth about Ethereum 2.0, BTC, and more! // Crypto Over Coffee ep. 39

In this video, Hashoshi breaks down the Bitcoin price movement, Bitcoin news, Cardano stake pools, and sheds light on the latest about Ethereum 2.0 along with the challenges Ethereum faces in its launch.

Tune in: 

Bankless: The World Is Waking Up To Crypto | Raoul Pal

Raoul Pal is the CEO and co-founder of Real Vision, which is a content production studio focused on democratizing access to financial knowledge. He’s an investor with a sharp eye on the global macro environment, and has a strong grasp on the relationship between history and economics.

Raoul is famous for being ‘irresponsibly long’ on Bitcoin, and has expressed similar favorable attitudes towards Ethereum and DeFi. 

We start the episode asking about the role that Bitcoin fills in the current financial crises. 

What about the current state of the world makes Raoul bullish on Bitcoin? Why does the world need it? Why now?

What are the factors that are influencing the incentives behind central governments printing money?

Raoul is generally of the opinion that the money printer is going to be forced to turn on. Why forced? How does the looming retirement crisis impact the valuation of Bitcoin?

Does Raoul think about how the U.S. might become really jealous of people taking their newly printing money and buying Bitcoin with it?

Then, we turn the conversation to Ethereum, ETH, and the Bankless thesis!

Tune in: 

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