The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 75 — IPFS Support in the Brave desktop browser, AMA w/ Brian Bondy (Brave CTO) & Dietrich Ayala (IPFS Ecosystem Lead), BAT Indonesia virtual meetup!

Introducing IPFS Support in the Brave desktop browser!

Incorporated into today’s Brave desktop browser update (version 1.19), Brave’s 24 million monthly active users can now access content directly from IPFS by resolving ipfs:// URIs via a gateway or installing a full IPFS node in one click. When installing a full node, this will allow Brave users to load content over IPFS’ p2p network, hosted on their own node. Integrating IPFS provides Brave users with a significantly enhanced browsing experience, increasing the availability of content, offloading server costs from the content publisher, and improving the overall resilience of the Internet.

Molly Mackinlay, Project Lead at IPFS said, “Bringing the benefits of the dWeb to Brave users, IPFS’ efforts to remove systemic data censorship by corporations and nation-states are now strengthened through the integration with Brave. Today, Web users across the world are unable to access restricted content, including, for example, parts of Wikipedia in Thailand, over 100,000 blocked websites in Turkey, and critical access to COVID-19 information in China. Now anyone with an internet connection can access this critical information through IPFS on the Brave browser.”

Read the full announcement here: https://brave.com/brave-integrates-ipfs/ 

See IPFS’s official announcement on their blog: https://blog.ipfs.io/2021-01-19-ipfs-in-brave/ 

IPFS Support in Brave — Technical Overview from Brian Bondy, Brave CTO

Over the past several months, the Brave team has been working with Protocol Labs on adding InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) support in Brave. This is the first deep integration of its kind and we’re very proud to outline how it works in this post.

IPFS is an exciting technology that can help content creators distribute content without high bandwidth costs, while taking advantage of data deduplication and data replication. There are performance advantages for loading content over IPFS by leveraging its geographically distributed swarm network. IPFS is important for blockchain and for self described data integrity. Previously viewed content can even be accessed offline with IPFS! The IPFS network gives access to content even if it has been censored by corporations and nation-states, such as for example, parts of Wikipedia.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ipfs-support/ 

We are Brian Bondy (co-founder and CTO of the Brave privacy browser), and Dietrich Ayala (IPFS Lead), here to discuss the decentralized web and the new IPFS integration in Brave

On Friday, January 22nd, Brian Bondy from Brave and Dietrich Ayala from IPFS took part in what turned out to be a wildly successful AMA (with 4.5K upvotes!) on the r/IAmA subreddit. 

The pair marathoned for several hours, responding to as many questions as possible from both BAT/Brave and r/IAmA community members about the new native IPFS integration in Brave, and what’s coming down the pike for Brave and IPFS.

Read the full AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/l2tvx1/we_are_brian_bondy_cofounder_and_cto_of_the_brave/ 

BAT Indonesia hosts #BraveTogetherID January 2021 (Brave Together virtual meetup) 

Kopdar Daring Bulanan dari Komunitas BAT Indonesia & Komunitas Brave Indonesia. 

Reserve your spot at the event here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/l4t9po/bat_indonesia_hosts_bravetogetherid_virtual/ 

BATProject subreddit CSS competition — Win $150 of Official BAT/Brave Merch, an NFT, and special flair!

We’re giving BAT a visual refresh, and we want you to be involved.

The visual refresh will involve revamping r/BATProject’s subreddit design (at old.reddit.com) by making changes to the subreddit CSS.

The winner receives:

$150 worth of official BAT/Brave merch from the Brave Swag Store. They will also receive a future NFT that signifies their win, and a special user flair on r/BATProject.

Learn more and enter the competition:

Battle of the BAT & Brave Memes! (Includes NFTs, Collectible Stickers, & Giveaway)

By /u/The_Chucky_P

We’ve held meme battles in the past. But this time, we want to see you bring your funniest, most epic, share-worthy BAT & Brave memes to the table—memes that will make BAT & Brave go viral.

Submissions will be accepted starting today, January 6th, until the submission deadline on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Redditors will have until January 19th to vote for their favorite submissions using Reddit’s native voting system.

Following the submission deadline on January 19th, we will tokenize the three most upvoted memes on the blockchain in order to create limited-edition digital collectibles (NFTs) that will later be available for fans to purchase in an exclusive drop on the Brave Swag Store. Each digital NFT purchase will come with a collectible sticker based on one of the three winning memes.

Creators of the top three winning memes will receive lion’s share of the revenue from NFT & sticker sales, and a $100 coupon for the Brave Swag Store!

Similar to the collectible Minotaur King Crystal (physical NFT) we created with Gala Games, BAT/Brave-meme NFTs are limited, unique assets that you can own, collect, and trade with other fans!

This is just the first of many opportunities to come to see your artwork transformed into a limited NFT. But don’t miss this chance for your artwork to become a first edition digital BAT & Brave collectible!

Submit memes for the contest & vote for your fave submissions here:  https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/krrzep/battle_of_the_bat_brave_memes_includes_nfts/ 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

Brandon Clark (The Trumpet Guy) on YouTube

Brandon Clark, better known as the Trumpet Guy on YouTube, runs the YouTube “School of Brass”, where he offers trumpet mini-lessons and does trumpet-related product reviews. Brandon also entertains his audience with trumpet covers of popular songs and movie themes. 

Channel description:

Hi, I’m Brandon aka Trumpet Guy. I love making entertaining and also informative videos using the Trumpet. If you love Trumpet, or really just music in general, you’ve come to the right place!

Learn more about Brandon on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/trumpet-guy 

Subscribe to Trumper Guy on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/thetrumpetguy98/videos


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.21.25 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.25

Desktop Dev Channel v1.20.88 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.88

Desktop Beta Channel v1.20.85

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.85

Brave Release Channel v1.19.86

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.19.86

Brave for Android v1.19

Brave for  iOS v 1.22.2 

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

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

Brian Bondy, Brave CTO & Co-founder
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Luke Mulks, VP Business Ops
Luke Mulks, VP Business Ops
Yan Zhu, CISO

BAT/Brave in the News

The Verge: Brave browser takes step towards enabling a decentralized web

Brave has just taken a step toward supporting a decentralized web by becoming the first browser to offer native integration with a peer-to-peer networking protocol that aims to fundamentally change how the internet works. The technology is called IPFS (which stands for InterPlanetary File System), a relatively obscure transport protocol that promises to improve on the dominant HTTP standard by making content faster to access and more resilient to failure and control.

This explainer from TechCrunch offers a good overview of how the protocol works. But here’s the short version: while HTTP is designed for browsers to access information on central servers, IPFS accesses it on a network of distributed nodes. Vice likens it to downloading content via BitTorrent, rather than from a central server. You type in a web address like normal, and the network is able to find the nodes storing the content you want.

Read the full text here: https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/19/22238334/brave-browser-ipfs-peer-to-peer-decentralized-transfer-protocol-http-nodes 

The Register: Brave bets on the decentralized web with IPFS browser support for a more peer-to-peer approach

Brave Software on Tuesday plans to release an update of its Brave browser that implements support for the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol for storing and sharing data over a distributed network.

IPFS support, which arrives in v1.19, allows Brave users to access IPFS resources using an ipfs:// URI, either through its embedded gateway service or by installing a full IPFS node, which enables the hosting of IPFS-accessible content.

Brave claims to be the first widely used browser to implement native IPFS support; Opera for Android did so in March, 2020, though it relies on a gateway – a cloud service, like Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway, that handles IPFS in the absence of built-in browser support.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.com/2021/01/19/brave_decentralized_browser/ 

CoinDesk: CoinDesk: Brave Becomes First Browser to Offer Native IPFS Integration

The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a decentralized peer-to-peer protocol designed to make the web less centralized and to avoid censorship, has been integrated into the desktop web browser Brave, making it the first browser to have a native IPFS integration.

The move continues to add accessibility to IPFS, allowing Brave users to access content on the protocol by “resolving ipfs:// URIs via a gateway or installing a full IPFS node in one click,” according to a statement accompanying the announcement.

Read the full text here: https://www.coindesk.com/brave-browser-native-ipfs-integration-decentralized-web 


News From Our Partners

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win a Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Apple Watch Series 5 Nike Edition, and other great prizes! 

All Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets are eligible to participate in TAP Network’s ongoing sweepstakes. To view open sweepstakes and enter, head over to the TAP Marketplace Sweepstakes page, select your desired sweepstakes, and enter and enter as many times as you desire!

Other sweepstakes offerings from TAP include one-of-a-kind music experiences, limited-edition sports gear and memorabilia, as well as digital gift cards from hundreds of retailers including brands like Amazon, Gamestop, Nintendo, and more.

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!

Visit the TAP Rewards Market for Brave Users: https://brave.tapnetwork.io/ 

See recent winners here: https://tapnetwork.io/winners/ 


News You Should Know

[Week in Ethereum News] Werner, Perez, et al, paper: DeFi Systemization of Knowledge

Decentralized Finance (DeFi), a blockchain powered peer-to-peer financial system, is mushrooming. One year ago the total value locked in DeFi systems was approximately 600m USD, now, as of January 2021, it stands at around 25bn USD. The frenetic evolution of the ecosystem makes it challenging for newcomers to gain an understanding of its basic features. In this Systematization of Knowledge (SoK), we delineate the DeFi ecosystem along its principal axes. First, we provide an overview of the DeFi primitives. Second, we classify DeFi protocols according to the type of operation they provide. We then go on to consider in detail the technical and economic security of DeFi protocols, drawing particular attention to the issues that emerge specifically in the DeFi setting. Finally, we outline the open research challenges in the ecosystem.

Read the full paper here: https://arxiv.org/abs/2101.08778 

Sean from Cargo.Build via Medium: Introducing Magic Minting — Gas Free NFT Creation on Cargo

Cargo, the all in one platform to create, sell and manage NFTs, is excited to announce Magic Minting — a new way to create NFTs without having to worry about high, fluctuating transaction fees, or block confirmations. Using Cargo’s Magic Minting process you can create a single NFT for a flat price of $1.99 and pay with a credit or debit card. NFTs are added to your account directly after purchase which means you can instantly put them in the marketplace, or transfer them to another wallet.

Read the full text here: https://medium.com/the-cargo-times/introducing-magic-minting-gas-free-nft-creation-on-cargo-5a540602b920 


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