The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 77 — Brave surpasses 25 MILLION MAU, 8.6 million DAU, and 1M Creators; Brendan Eich (BAT CEO) named one of Cointelegraph’s Top 100 Notable People in Blockchain 2021!

Brave has officially surpassed 25 MILLION monthly active users, 8.6 million daily active users, and 1 million verified creators! We’re thankful for all of our users and creators, and looking forward to more amazing growth in 2021!

Over the past year, we have more than doubled the number of our users, going from 11.6 to 25.4 million monthly active users, and from 3.8 to 8.6 million daily active users. We passed 20 million MAU just this past November, and we’re looking forward to more amazing growth in 2021 as more and more users seek privacy-by-default browsing to protect their daily Web usage.

We also recently passed the 1 million mark for our Verified Creators, underlining that the Brave ecosystem is growing for all our participants: users, creators, and advertisers.

BAT utility has also grown with the support of over 12 million wallets and 4.3 million monthly transacting BAT users.

Read the full post here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/lb1hbn/brave_has_officially_surpassed_25_million_monthly/ 

Brendan Eich (BAT CEO) named one of Cointelegraph’s Top 100 Notable People in Blockchain in 2021!

Brendan Eich’s illustrious career has spanned more than three decades, during which he has been associated with a number of digital offerings that most people knowingly, or unknowingly, make use of on a daily basis. He started out working for high-end hardware and software manufacturer Silicon Graphics as a systems engineer, after which he wrote microkernel and digital signal processor code for MicroUnity.

Eich was subsequently hired by Netscape in April 1995, and during his stint there, he developed the programming language JavaScript, which alongside HTML and CSS serves as the core framework for the internet as we know it today.

Read the full entry here: https://cointelegraph.com/top-people-in-crypto-and-blockchain/brendan-eich 

Real Vision: Brendan Eich (BAT CEO) and Ash Bennington discuss BAT, its utility, the Brave browser, and the importance of controlling your own data

Brendan Eich, founder and CEO of Brave, joins Ash Bennington, Real Vision senior editor, to discuss the Brave browser, basic attention token (BAT), and controlling your own data. Eich explains that Brave was created as a way for users to control the ads and cookies in their browser, noting that simply blocking ads and removing data hurts publishers. He wanted to allow both Brave users and publishers to benefit, so the basic attention token was created to allow users to pay publishers while still coordinating their own ad preferences. Describing Brave as leading the way in implementing data privacy for browsers, Eich states that their mission is to increase accessibility to privacy tools for the masses, putting the control of user data back into the users’ hands while also supporting publishers. Filmed on January 29, 2021.

Tune in here: https://www.realvision.com/shows/the-interview-crypto/videos/brave-browser-taking-back-control-of-your-data?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=202122_Crypto%20_MR_TW_W1_LINK 

Brave R&D: What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #7: Ephemeral Site Storage (available now in Nightly, and soon on Desktop and Android)

The TL;DR: 

Since our first release, Brave has by default blocked all third-party application storage (e.g., cookies, localStorage, indexedDB). Blocking third-party storage protects Brave users from the most common forms of tracking, but can also break sites. This post presents “ephemeral site storage”, a new strategy for managing third-party storage in Brave, designed to improve Web compatibility, while maintaining the same level of privacy protection.

“Ephemeral site storage” can be enabled in Brave Nightly now, by visiting brave://flags and setting “Enable Ephemeral Storage” to “Enabled.” The feature will be enabled by default on our Desktop and Android browsers shortly, once the system has been sufficiently tested in Nightly.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/privacy-updates-7/ 

Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

The Lonely Viper on Twitch/YouTube

The Lonely Viper is a Twitch streamer and YouTuber known for his virtual reality gameplay videos of Call of Duty and Modern Warfare. He is the self-professed “most skilled goofball ever to appear in VR,” and was named as one of the Top 10 VR Gaming influencers in 2020. 

Tune in for livesteams on Sundays: https://www.twitch.tv/lonelyviper 

Check out The Lonely Viper on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheLonelyViper/featured

Learn more about The Lonely Viper on Everipedia: https://twitter.com/Everipedia/status/1356741001759444992 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Moonpay and Smart Valor join Brave’s Sponsored Images rotation! In addition, PayPal, Nexo, Crypto.com, eToro, BlockFi, AAX, and Bybit all return to the New Tab Page following the success of their recent Sponsored Images campaigns.

Our ever-expanding list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: PayPal, Verizon, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Coinbase, American Eagle, and more. 

To learn about how Sponsored Images can help promote your business, check out our Case Studies: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.22.6

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.22.6

Desktop Dev Channel v1.21.45 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.45

Desktop Beta Channel v1.21.44

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.44

Brave Release Channel v1.19.92

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.19.92

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

Luke Mulks, VP of Business Operations
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Brendan Eich, CEO
Brian Clifton, VP of Engineering
Des Martin, Head of Marketing
Carlos Acevedo, Sr Director of Sales

BAT/Brave in the News

Cointelegraph: Brave browser active user base doubled in 2020, hits 25M per month

Brave, the privacy-centric web browser built on Basic Attention Token (BAT), more than doubled the size of its user base over the course of 2020. The browser’s monthly active users increased from 11.6 million to 25.4 million, according to a recent press release.

Brave blocks ads and stops websites from tracking users’ movements around the internet while rewarding them with BAT tokens for the attention they do choose to give to advertisers. These tokens can be used to reward content creators and publishers via the browser’s in-built wallet or can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies.

Read the full text here: https://cointelegraph.com/news/brave-browser-active-user-base-doubled-in-2020-hits-25m-per-month 


News You Should Know

Decrypt: This ‘NFT’ Web Domain Just Sold for Record-Breaking $84,000

Jehan Chu, a Hong Kong-based crypto investor, says he purchased the top-level domain name “.nft” from the decentralized naming service Handshake. 

Namebase, a startup that streamlines the process of purchasing and selling domain names through Handshake, says it helped Chu buy the “.nft” top-level domain for $84,000, or about 680,000 in the Handshake blockchain’s native token, HNS. The price tag for the “.nft” domain makes it a record purchase, according to Namebase CEO Tieshun Roquerre.

Read the full post here: https://decrypt.co/56388/nft-domain-handshake?&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=feed&utm_source=coinmarketcap 

The Block: Blockfolio launches zero-fee crypto trading on its app

Nearly six months after FTX acquired the crypto price tracking app Blockfolio in a $150 million deal, the platform is now ready to roll-out a crypto trading functionality.

Blockfolio got its start in the crypto market as a place where users could track the price of various cryptos and the performance of their holdings. The new functionality — which will be powered by FTX’s trading systems — will put the firm up against a long list of players that offer crypto trading, such as Coinbase and Robinhood. 

Blockfolio believes its advantage over the competition will rest on its pricing model. The firm will be among the few platforms in crypto that offer zero-fee crypto trading (most charge around 50 basis points to make a trade). Blockfolio also has the benefit of having an established, loyal user base of more than 6 million.

Read the full post here: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/92857/blockfolio-launches-crypto-trading-app 


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