The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 81: BAT Roadmap 2.0 Update, New Brave Advertisement, 20% Off BAT Purchases In Splinterlands All April Long!

Weekly Highlights

BAT/Brave Announcements

BRAVE AD: Online privacy is a right. Other browsers don’t respect your privacy. Brave is different. We built better privacy into a much faster browser. Brave. The Privacy Browser.

BAT Roadmap 2.0: UPDATE #1 — Progress on Brave Wallet, Brave DEX Aggregator, THEMIS, Community, Partnerships. NEW Brave Wallet UI mockup photos inside!

At Brave, we want to make crypto usable and defi accessible for everyone, and towards that end we are excited to share the progress we have made since we published the BAT Roadmap 2.0 in February 2021.

Brave Wallet

  • Finalized internal spec for the wallet.
  • Created native HD wallet keyring for Ethereum and Bitcoin support.
  • Started developing Brave native crypto wallet UI for Desktop, Android, and iOS.
  • Created a native in-page provider (window.ethereum) which does not require an extension.
  • Created native ETH JSON RPC API support.
  • Implemented RLP encoding and other utilities for encoding Ethereum transactions.
  • You can track work as it gets implemented for the wallet here.

Read the full update here: https://brave.com/bat-roadmap-update-1/ 

Brave Today now lets users add RSS feeds to customize their favorite content

Brave Today, the privacy-preserving news reader integrated into the Brave browser, now features RSS feeds for users. This option is available today with Brave’s iOS app update (version 1.24), and will soon be coming to the Brave desktop browser. This gives users the ability to fully customize the content in their stream by simply adding the RSS feed of their favorite publisher, creator, or podcaster. Brave Today was launched last December, and currently features over 300 content sources in 16 categories.

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

Attention BAT and Splinterlands Fans! Land Sale: All April Long, Get 20% off When You Purchase Land w/ BAT in Splinterlands. Land Ownership Gives Players Minting Control Over 2 Brand New Card Types Coming Soon to Splinterlands!

UPDATE: Both ERC-20 (Ethereum) and BEP-20 (Binance Smart Chain) versions of the BAT token are supported and able to be used to purchase land at the 20% discount via the Splinterlands website!

Splinterlands will be offering a 20% discount on all land claim purchases through the in-game shop when paying in Basic Attention Token (BAT) through the month of April!

BAT tokens will need to be held in a web3-enabled wallet that can connect with the Splinterlands website. We highly recommend using either the Brave browser’s built-in crypto wallets or the Metamask browser extension. Additional instructions and troubleshooting information will be available on the purchase details popup in the Splinterlands website.

Read the full post here: https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@splinterlands/land-sale-20percent-off-on-when-paying-with-bat 

BAT/Brave in the News 

Josh-Louis Alexandre via Medium: Renaissance of the Browser Tech -software that enables it all, the browser, is so ubiquitous that it’s often ignored

The internet browser was the piece of software that is the most responsible for starting the internet revolution, and is now the most universal and used application for work, life and all things in-between.

However, when we think about browsing the internet, we often ignore the browser itself. Instead, we think about all the things we do online.

[…]

The most emblematic is Brave (the only new browser that gets strong adoption). With its blockchain and token rewarding users for their “attention”.

Read the full text here: https://medium.com/included-vc/renaissance-of-the-browser-tech-d409d5d5559f

KnowTechie: Popular web browsers are leaking your personal data – these private browsers put an end to that 

The last browser mentioned is Brave. Brave has a private browsing mode that can be turned on and off and also blocks ad trackers, maybe a little more forcefully. The Brave browser actually seemed to block most ads themselves, whereas the other two generally only blocked the ad tracker. Brave is more like a similar browser, with features often found in more popular browsers like bookmarks and favorites.

[…]

The last browser mentioned is Brave. Brave has a private browsing mode that can be turned on and off and also blocks ad trackers, maybe a little more forcefully. The Brave browser actually seemed to block most ads themselves, whereas the other two generally only blocked the ad tracker. Brave is more like a similar browser, with features often found in more popular browsers like bookmarks and favorites.

Read the full text here: https://knowtechie.com/popular-web-browsers-are-leaking-your-personal-data-these-private-browsers-put-an-end-to-to-that/ 

New & Noteworthy

Bankless: NFTs in Q1 2021: A+

Dear Bankless Nation,

With Q1 2021 now over, it’s worth noting the NFT ecosystem really shined over the last three months.

Veteran projects performed well and started garnering mainstream interest, and we also saw a flurry of promising upstart projects arrive that are opening up new possibilities around NFTs.

Taken altogether, you just have to be excited about NFTs right now. The possibilities of this technology have never been more wide open, and many of us can see the fun is only just beginning.

If you know, you know!

Read the full text here: https://metaversal.banklesshq.com/p/nfts-in-q1-2021-a 

[Week in Ethereum News] PayPal Newsroom: PayPal Launches “Checkout with Crypto”

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) today announced the launch of Checkout with Crypto, a new feature which significantly expands the utility of cryptocurrency. Available at millions of global online businesses and continuing to expand over the coming months, PayPal customers with cryptocurrency holdings in the U.S. will be able to choose to check out with crypto seamlessly within PayPal at checkout.

PayPal, Checkout with Crypto

Building on the ability to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency with PayPal, customers using Checkout with Crypto can check out safely and easily, converting cryptocurrency holdings to fiat currency1 at checkout, with certainty of value and no additional transaction fees. Checkout with Crypto will automatically appear in the PayPal wallet at checkout for customers with sufficient cryptocurrency balance to cover an eligible purchase.

Read the full text here: https://newsroom.paypal-corp.com/2021-03-30-PayPal-Launches-Checkout-with-Crypto 

Hashoshi: How to build a crypto portfolio! (without draining your bank account)

Hashoshi sat down with Scott Cunningham to discuss his ideas on how to build a crypto portfolio without dropping in a massive initial investment. The average household has ~$1700 in discretionary income each month after the bills are paid, which is very little to work with for investing and covering the “wants” a family might have. Scott breaks down some cryptocurrency investing strategies that start with finding savings in unexpected places and dollar cost averaging over time.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqAg5uqC3Sg 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Bakkt, Bybit, Gala Games, AAX, Crypto.com, eToro and Upland all returned 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/ 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.25.8

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.25.8

Desktop Beta Channel v1.24.57

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.24.57

Brave Release Channel v1.22.71

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.22.71

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. 


Creator Spotlight

3Blue1Brown on YouTube

Former Khan Academy employee Grant Sanderson (3Blue1Brown) creates free educational content on subjects like mathematics and computer science for the masses (and his 3.6 million subscribers)! 

3Blue1Brown is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is for explanations to be driven by animations and for difficult problems to be made simple with changes in perspective.

For more 3Blue1Brown, visit their official website or YouTube channel. Quick tip before you go: Never start a conversation with Pi. It’ll just go on and on forever.

Visit the 3Blue1Brown official website: https://www.3blue1brown.com 

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/3blue1brown/featured 


Partners 

Gala Games: Gala Games Introduces the University Partnership Program

Welcome to Gala Games University, empowering the players of tomorrow and putting the future of a better world into their hands!

Okay, so there may not be a Gala Games University… but we’re extremely excited to announce the launch of another initiative that you can all be proud of as supporters of the Gala Games ecosystem: The Gala Games University Partnership Program!

With this partnership program, any University that qualifies will be given a Gala Games node to run for educational purposes. With their nodes, University blockchain education programs will be able to give their students a priceless gift: The ability to learn not only about the operation of Gala Games as the company grows, but a unique and inside understanding of what blockchains and gaming can do to benefit the world.

Read the full text here: https://blog.gala.games/gala-games-introduces-the-university-partnership-program-33bdac14a785 

TAP Network: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win an Xbox Series S + Xbox Live Gold, Ledger Nano X Crypto Wallet, Nintendo Switch Lite + Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, or $200 Apple Gift Card! 

Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets are eligible to participate in TAP Network’s ongoing sweepstakes. Visit brave.tapnetwork.io to view open 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/ 


What’s Chirping 

Team Tweets 

Brendan Eich, CEO
Luke Mulks, VP Business Ops
Pete Snyder, Sr Privacy Researcher
Brian Bondy, Co-founder & CTO

Roaring Fans  

https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/mnd4fv/first_bat_earning_from_brave_browser_it_small_but/ https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/mlnzwo/installed_about_a_month_ago_thank_you_brave_for/

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