The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 80 — Brave Search, BAT Tournaments in Splinterlands & Gala Games ($10K total prizes), THEMIS AMA, Luke Mulks Interview on Scott Cunningham

BAT/Brave News & Announcements

Announcing Brave Search and the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Big Tech. Privacy is becoming mainstream.

Today Brave announced the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine developed by the team formerly responsible for the privacy search and browser products at Cliqz, a holding of Hubert Burda Media. Tailcat will become the foundation of Brave Search. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute the industry’s first independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search, which rely on tracking users across sites and have 70 percent and 92 percent market share, respectively.

Under the hood, nearly all of today’s search engines are either built by, or rely on, results from Big Tech companies. In contrast, the Tailcat search engine is built on top of a completely independent index, capable of delivering the quality people expect, but without compromising their privacy. Tailcat does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to improve search results.

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

Upcoming AMA: Ben Livshits (Chief Scientist) and Gonçalo Pestana (Sr. Research Engineer) at Brave, to discuss the decentralization of Brave Ads & Rewards, THEMIS, and the THEMIS RFC&C event (Mar. 16, 2021)

Brave Sponsors Upcoming Tournament in Gala Games’ Agricultural Simulation Game, Town Star, With $5000 in BAT

In November of 2020, Brave and Gala Games announced a partnership for Gala Games’ upcoming epic fantasy game, Mirandus, support for Basic Attention Token (BAT) on the Gala Games platform, and the unveiling of a limited set of 100 Brave x Gala Games Minotaur King Crystal Physical NFTs, sold exclusively on the Brave Swag Store. The Minotaur King collectibles were a major hit with Brave and Mirandus fans, selling out within a few short weeks. 

Brave and Gala Games are teaming up again, this time to bring fans the first-ever BAT Tournament in Gala Games’ Town Star, the blockchain-based agricultural simulation game from one of the founders of Zynga and some of the creative minds behind FarmVille and Words With Friends. 

In Town Star, players become masters of urban planning and productivity as they create fully operational towns from scratch and compete against players from around the world to earn NFTs and Gala Coins.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/town-star-tournament/ 

Brave and dentsu international Show that Advertisers’ Messages Resonate with Ad Choosers

It is no secret that screen time has increased across the world, due in part to more people working from home and socializing online. However, just because there are more people in front of the screen doesn’t necessarily translate to an automatic increase in consumers for advertisers to target. Regulations have made various forms of online advertising more challenging. Couple this with the phasing out of third party cookies by 2022, and advertisers are seriously evaluating how they can maximize digital campaign results without leveraging the traditional “surveillance based media products” that helped with effective targeting and messaging.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ad-choosers/ 

THEMIS RFC&C: Update #2

The THEMIS RFC&C event, which started early February, has brought independent researchers and over 10 companies (e.g. Ava, AZTEC, Gluon, IMDEA Institute, O(1) Labs, Polkadot, SKALE, Solana, and StarkWare among others) together with the Brave research team to comment and propose directions for the future of the Brave Ads protocol.  At this stage, the participating teams and Brave are actively engaging in technical discussions about the THEMIS protocol and implementation trade-offs. The teams have been actively proposing improvements to THEMIS, ranging from addressing design decisions (e.g. replacing signature schemes, which underlying blockchain to use, etc) — all the way to a complete revamp of the protocol design. 

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/themis-update-2/ 

Brave and Splinterlands Announce Upcoming BAT Tournaments, Discounts When Using BAT for Land Purchases in Splinterlands, and Limited NFTs

In October of 2020, Brave announced a partnership with Splinterlands, the most popular blockchain game. Brave and Splinterlands both share a similar mission of rewarding users for their time and attention, as well as increasing their privacy on the Web. 

Brave and Splinterlands have made it their objective to promote Brave as the official browser of Splinterlands. Together, they aim to educate Splinterlands players about the many privacy and security benefits Brave has to offer. In addition, Brave users can use their Basic Attention Token (BAT) rewards from viewing privacy-preserving Brave Ads to make in-game purchases directly in Splinterlands. 

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/splinterlands-bat-announcements/ 

Comparing the Network Behavior of Popular Browsers on First-Run

When a Web browser first launches, it typically goes through an initial setup phase where various resources are requested, downloaded, configured, and more. You can learn quite a bit about a browser from observing the requests it makes in its first moments with a new user profile. Often, a cursory examination will tell you a great deal about how the browser thinks about, and handles, user privacy and security.

In the past we at Brave have taken a look at desktop and iOS browsers, to see what they do in the first moments of being launched with a fresh user profile. It’s important to us that we keep a close eye on Brave in particular. Similar efforts have been conducted by others, such as the 2020 work of Douglas Leith, which will be referenced throughout this review.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/popular-browsers-first-run/ 

Brave’s Luke Mulks on Scott Cunningham EP#419: The Future Of Brave Browser

I had the opportunity to interview Luke Mulks from Brave a second time who is now the VP of business operations there. We talk about Basic Attention Token and all of the latest and greatest for the brave browser.


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, PayPal, BlockFi, Helium, Gala Games,, YOXO, Bitpay, and Tresorit 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: 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/ 


Brave Creator Spotlight 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.23.36

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.23.36

Desktop Beta Channel v1.22.60

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.22.60

Brave Release Channel v1.21.76

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.76

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

Brendan Eich, Brave CEO
Luke Mulks, VP of Business Ops
Christopher, PM, Brave Rewards
Jon Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Pete Snyder, Sr Privacy Researcher
Ryan Watson, VP of IT
Luke Mulks, VP of Business Ops

BAT/Brave in the News

Brave named one of Forbes’ best startup employers of 2021! (#312)

Startups are well known for offering employees above-average perks, like catered lunches and lavish retreats. But what happens when those are no longer possible due to a global pandemic? The 500 companies on our list of America’s Best Startup Employers have had to pivot, attracting and engaging employees through virtual games, classes and support systems in a year unlike any other.

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to identify the up-and-coming companies liked best by their employees in our second-annual ranking of America’s best startup employers. The list was compiled by evaluating 2,500 American businesses with at least 50 employees on three criteria: employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth.

Read the full text here: https://www.forbes.com/americas-best-startup-employers/#5204fe726527 

Brave named “Best overall browser for privacy” by Kim Komando via USA Today

Most web browsers access your geographic location via your IP address to serve local search results. Your browser may also have permission to use your device’s built-in camera and microphone. It’s certainly convenient, but it’s a huge security risk. 

[…] 

Best overall browser for privacy: Brave

If you’re fed up with trackers, ads, and data-hungry bits of code that follow you across the internet, Brave is the browser for you. Brave’s servers don’t see or store your browsing data, so it stays private until you delete it. That means your info is never packaged up and sold to advertisers.

The browser’s default settings block harmful junk like malware, phishing, and malicious advertising and plug-ins that could harm your computer.

Advertising and trackers are blocked by default. Because of all it stops, Brave says it is three times faster than Chrome overall and loads major sites up to six times faster than its competitors.

Read the full text here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2021/02/25/best-browsers-keep-your-internet-search-private-and-safe/4559279001/ 

CNET: Brave takes on Google with privacy-focused search engine

Browser maker Brave has acquired a search engine project that prioritizes user privacy, a distinction it hopes will set it apart from Google, the undisputed leader in internet search. 

On Wednesday, Brave said it had purchased Tailcat, which was developed by Cliqz, a privacy-minded subsidiary of Germany’s Hubert Burda Media. Tailcat, which Burda shuttered in 2020, was designed to show results without logging user search activity or building a profile. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Burda now is a Brave shareholder.

Read the full text here: https://www.cnet.com/news/brave-takes-on-google-with-privacy-focused-search-engine/ 

Forbes: Brave Battles Google Amid Growing Demand For Privacy

Privacy browser Brave created a competitor to Google’s GOOG -2.5% flagship search engine with its latest acquisition. But the timing could have been better.

Announced yesterday, Brave bought search engine Tailcat, which will serve as the foundation of Brave Search, an alternative to Google search that doesn’t track its users’ search habits. Unlike most search engines, Tailcat’s product is based on an independent search index and does not collect IP addresses or use personally identifiable information to target search results. “Brave will also explore blockchain-based options and new developments, including for e-commerce uses,” the announcement reads.

Read the full text here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ninabambysheva/2021/03/04/brave-battles-google-amid-growing-demand-for-privacy/?sh=5a84776448b9 


News From Our Partners

Gala Games — Mirandus Monday: Seeking Shelter from the Storm

Everyone knows what it is like to walk out from the elements…from the rain, snow, or even the sun, to step into the darkness of a place of shelter. The transition from the world outside to the world inside, with the slow moment as your eyes adjust and your senses tell you that no matter what it might feel like outside, the stout walls surrounding you are now tempering the worst of what nature may have to throw at you.

Read the full text here: https://blog.gala.games/mirandus-monday-seeking-shelter-from-the-storm-e77226d4f5f4 

Origin NFT Platform Powers Record-Setting $11.7M Auction with 3LAU

The music industry and the non-fungible token (NFT) vertical have changed forever. This was the consensus of industry figures from music, art, and crypto on Twitter, Clubhouse, and Telegram during the waning hours of the first-ever direct-to-fan auction of a tokenized music album. The groundbreaking NFT auction was a collaboration between acclaimed musician and producer 3LAU and Origin Protocol. The total value of accepted bids was in the low 6 figures during the first day of the auction, which already validated the success of Origin’s new NFT platform. As the auction neared the stated end time, this total value grew past $1 million. Observers and participants were on the edge of their seats and then it happened — the auction extension mechanism kicked in.

During this auction, the top 33 bidders received NFT packs in three tiers and across three categories of use cases: physical goods, access to digital content, and access to premium experiences.

Read the full text here: https://medium.com/originprotocol/origin-nft-platform-powers-record-setting-11-7m-auction-with-3lau-c30a6812192c 


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