The Weekly BAT Ep. 55: Brave Sync v2 for desktop & Android is here! (fully redesigned), Intel & Brave join forces to promote Intel® Gamer Days & give prizes from Brave/Intel, Only a few days left to enter w/ BAT to win a LTD ED Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing (via TAP Network)!

Announcement: Fully redesigned Brave Sync v2 now available for Brave desktop & Android users! Sync bookmarks, settings, passwords, open tabs, autofill data, extensions, & more. (v1.12)

Starting today, Brave desktop users (version 1.12) and Android users (version 1.12) can use our fully redesigned sync functionality to sync data from desktop to desktop, as well as across desktop and Android devices. Support for iOS will follow shortly.

Sync v2 was rebuilt over the last several months to be more directly compatible with the Chromium sync system. Sync v2 supports more sync data types, while still keeping the client side data encrypted, so only users can see their data.

Users will be able to sync multiple different data types across their devices:

Bookmarks
Passwords
Autofill Data
History
Open Tabs
Extensions
Themes
Settings
Apps 

Sync is not currently available for Brave Rewards data, but will be in the future. Meanwhile, Brave users who opt into Brave Rewards can verify their Brave wallets via Uphold and connect up to four of their devices (including Android) to the same Uphold wallet in order to sync their Rewards.

Read the official Brave Sync v2 announcement here: https://brave.com/sync-v2/ 
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It seems like everyone is excited about the launch of Sync v2! Follow the chatter on r/BATProject and r/brave_browser, and see Sync-related tweets from Brave Software & Brian Bondy (Brave CTO)

WIN: Intel and Brave join forces to promote Intel® Gamer Days 2020 & give away prizes from Brave/Intel all month long! 

Intel & Brave come together again this year to promote Intel Gamer Days—an annual promotion to celebrate PC gaming with great deals & experiences from over 40 top retailers, technology providers, and game publishers—following a highly successful campaign in 2019.

From now through the end of August, Brave users in the United States will see Brave Ads promoting Intel’s annual Gamer Days promotional event.

To enter the giveaway for a chance to score a prize kit from Intel & Brave, users must click Intel Gamer Days ad notifications they see while browsing, and follow the steps to publish a pre-canned tweet about the Gamer Days promotion. Each tweet counts as an automatic entry for the giveaway.

See @BAT_Community’s Twitter thread for more information about the giveaway. 

Prize kit winners will be announced daily on the @BAT_Community Twitter page along with instructions on how to collect your prize. We’ll also include all of the previous week’s winners here in The Weekly BAT.

See below for winners of Day 1 of the giveaway: 

  1. @GlobalCryptoIn
  2. @fashionablytech
  3. @cjonze228
  4. @EstebanEther
  5. @Septicaemic1

Congratulations winners, and thank you to everyone who participated so far! There are more prizes to be won from now until the end of August, so keep tweeting any #IntelGamerDays ads you see! 

Good luck and happy gaming!


WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a limited-edition Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Brave users with  Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win a Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons! This limited-edition product is completely sold out online. Don’t miss your chance to snag this awesome prize!

Other sweepstakes offerings include digital gift cards for Walmart or Amazon! (More brands and prizes to come.) 

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page choose the sweepstakes you want to enter, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs just cents in BAT per entry! 

Winners are chosen by TAP at random through a digital sweepstakes drawing system, and will receive their digital gift card prize via email.

Recent Winners:

Tyler Beacher McEntyer$100 Walmart gift card

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If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes and to support causes. 


Brave Rewards Updates

Known issue: BAT/Brave Ads payouts not being deposited to your Uphold account 

Dear Brave Rewards Community,

Just prior to Ads Payments this month, we found some suspicious activities that forced us to prevent deposits to some Uphold wallets.

If you reauthorized (connected to your Uphold wallet via Browser) or you created a new wallet after August 4th, you may be impacted with this issue. We received notices from some of you regarding the same.

We can assure you that your payment was made, and you should see it in the details section of your wallet in the Rewards Panel as Ads Earnings. As soon as we have a fix for this and we are working diligently to get the issue fixed, your Ads Rewards will be automatically deposited into your Uphold account. Rest assured that your BAT is safe.

Thank you for understanding.

The Brave Rewards Team

Link to original post: https://community.brave.com/t/payments-not-being-deposited-to-your-uphold-account/149211

Issues with your August Brave Ads or Brave Creator payout? Request support in our megathreads:

BRAVE ADS August 2020 Payout Support Megathread

BRAVE CREATORS August 2020 Payout Support Megathread


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Intel joins the list of brands to run Sponsored Images campaigns in Brave’s New Tab Page.

Intel’s Gamer Days campaign promotes its annual Intel Gamer Days event, which celebrates PC gaming with great deals & experiences from over 40 top retailers, technology providers, and game publishers. 

In addition, Crypto.com and BlockFi’s campaigns remain ongoing this week.

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, Tezos, Upland, and more. To learn more about becoming a Brave New Tab Page sponsor visit https://brave.com/brave-ads-waitlist


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Where we feature new & noteworthy verified Brave Creators.

CoinGecko

CoinGecko provides “a 360-degree overview of the crypto market”. The project launched back in 2014 and has since become one of the most important DeFi resources in the cryptoverse! 

With hundreds of cryptocurrencies already out in the market and dozens more created each month, we at CoinGecko feel that it is really difficult to decide which altcoin to hold and invest in.

We feel that there is no proper quantitative way in trying to measure the worth of a coin. Current approaches to doing altcoin valuation mostly revolves around using market capitalization, a metric that is very easily manipulated by pre-mined coins.

CoinGecko provides a fundamental analysis of the crypto market. In addition to tracking price, volume and market capitalization, CoinGecko tracks community growth, open-source code development, major events and on-chain metrics.

Our objective is to elevate crypto participants’ understanding of fundamental factors that drive the market. CoinGecko is one of the largest and earliest crypto data aggregators, operating since early 2014. It currently tracks nearly 5902 tokens from more than 382 cryptocurrency exchanges.

Visit https://www.coingecko.com/en and https://twitter.com/coingecko to learn more. 

Read about CoinGecko on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/coingecko 

BitcoinDood

BitcoinDood runs thebitcoindood.com where he blogs about crypto and offers up his web design services.

Welcome to The Dood’s cryptocurrency pages. This site is a labor of love and a side project I work on in my spare time. The blog is filled with my thoughts on crypto and trading in general. You’ll also find the occasional interview and product review.

The links page is constantly being updated with links to all kinds of cryptocurrency related sites. You can find merchants that accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, along with various cryptocurrency related services and offers. You’ll also find various exchanges and tools for trading.

If you’ve come here looking to hire The Dood for a web design project just click on the web design link in the sidebar. The easiest way to contact me is a DM on twitter or on my Discord Server. You can also email me at thedood@bitcoindood.com

Visit bitcoindood.com and twitter.com/BitcoinDood to learn more. 

Read about BitcoinDood on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/bitcoin-dood 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.14.42

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.14.42

Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.71

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.71

Desktop Beta Channel v1.13.69

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.69

Android Release Channel v1.12.113

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.113

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 and iOS app stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Brian Bondy, CTO
Des Martin, Head of Marketing
Brave Software
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer

BAT/Brave in the News

Popular Science: You should switch to a browser that has its own VPN

Put a virtual private network (VPN) between you and the internet, and your connection to the web becomes much more difficult to track and locate—whether the potential eavesdropper is a government agency or someone sitting behind you at a coffee shop.

It doesn’t give you total anonymity, but it sends everything you do online through an encrypted tunnel that’s exceptionally hard for anyone else to break into. That means a lot for your online security and privacy.

Dozens of top-quality VPN providers are ready and willing to set this service up for you, but if you want to cut out the middle man, there’s another option: Pick a browser with a VPN attached. It’s quick and convenient, and there are a growing number to choose from.

[…] 

Brave is another mobile and desktop browser that just added integrated VPN capabilities, built in partnership with the Guardian firewall and VPN apps. For now, the functionality is only available in the Brave app for iOS, but Brave says the same protection is coming to other platforms later this year. The cost is double what you’ll pay for Mozilla VPN though: $10 a month (after a 7-day free trial).

Read the full story here: https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/browser-vpn/ 

Thurrott: Brave Completely Redesigned Browser Data Sync

Brave announced today that it has completely redesigned its web browser sync system, making it easier to move between devices. Additionally, the firm revealed that Brave now has over 16.7 million monthly active users and 5.7 million daily active users.

“Starting today, Brave desktop users (version 1.12) and Android users (version 1.12) can use our fully redesigned sync functionality to sync data from desktop to desktop, as well as across desktop and Android devices,” the firm announced. “Support for iOS will follow shortly.”

Read the full text here: https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/web-browsers/239060/brave-completely-redesigned-browser-data-sync


News You Should Know

[Week in Ethereum News] Andreas Antonopoulos answers basic questions about Ethereum

Andreas Antonopoulos is an author of Mastering Ethereum, which is written for developers and is his second book published by O’Reilly media. But don’t fret, there won’t be dry powerpoint explanations here. Andreas is brilliant at explaining complex topics in an entertaining and easy to understand way. So if you’ve got questions about Ethereum, ETH, gas, proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, or smart contracts in general, this video will get you up to speed. During the livestream, you can chat with community builders and together we’ll watch Andreas answer as many questions as he can in 30-40 minutes. You can even ask questions on sli.do and maybe your question will be one Andreas answers! No questions are too basic or simple. You can even ask questions anonymously, in case you’re embarrassed for not knowing something already. After the livestream, you can view the chat as if you were there with us.

Bankless: The Three Nation Problem

Dear Bankless Nation,

There are two types of nations in the world today. The fiat Nation and the Silicon Valley Nation. Both depend on the same model: extract resources from their constituency in order to grow their domain.

But a new player has entered the game: the digital nation.

Ethereum and Bitcoin are two digital nations that offer an alternative. A minimally extractive alternative equipped with a blooming economy of financial and identity tools for self-sovereign individuals.

Borderless nations that exists outside the scope of the other two Nations.

But there’s a problem. A three body problem. Trinary star systems don’t last. They collapse to binary systems. And the three nations will eventually become two.

How will it happen? Which will survive? David explores.

Read the full text here: https://bankless.substack.com/p/the-three-nation-problem 

Publish0x: To Infinity and Beyond: a Review of DeFi in 2020

DeFi stands for decentralized finance, and it’s a brand new financial system that’s being built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. The term decentralized refers to the fact that there is no centralized authority controlling transactions, the way a bank or PayPal does in the traditional financial system.

2020 has been the year of DeFi, and there are a number of reasons for that.

DeFi is an open-source financial system for anyone in the world who wants to use it – all you need is an Ethereum wallet. Anyone in the world can access DeFi. There is no credit check and no banker who can say yes or no.

Traditional bank accounts yield almost no interest on deposits. For instance, the interest rate on a Fidelity bank account is 0.01%. By allocating digital assets to DeFi, the smart investor can earn anywhere from 5 to 10% on their deposits.

Sending money around the world is expensive and slow. $100 sent from Norway to the United States will take five days to get there and cost 10% in fees. Compare that to sending a stablecoin: ten minutes and the transaction costs a dollar or two.

These are just a few of the reasons why DeFi is popular. Other factors driving DeFi use include decentralized exchanges, tokenized Bitcoin on Ethereum, governance tokens, etc.

Read the full text here: https://www.publish0x.com/changenow-crypto-blog/to-infinity-and-beyond-a-review-of-defi-in-2020-xgdzzyx 

Mashable: Amazon is liable for defective third-party products, Californian court rules

A Californian Court of Appeal has ruled Amazon is responsible for defective products sold through its Marketplace, even if they are being sold by a third party. This decision has significant implications for Amazon, which had previously managed to avoid liability by claiming it is merely a service provider. 

“Whatever term we use to describe Amazon’s role, be it ‘retailer,’ ‘distributor,’ or merely ‘facilitator,’ it was pivotal in bringing the product here to the consumer,” Justice Patricia Guerrero said in her ruling. “Under established principles of strict liability, Amazon should be held liable if a product sold through its website turns out to be defective.”

Strict liability is a legal standard that holds people responsible for injury caused by their actions, even if there was no fault or malicious intent involved.

Read the full story here: https://mashable.com/article/amazon-third-party-liability-defective/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=mash-com-tw-main-link&utm_content=tech 

9to5Mac: Apple doubles down on iOS 14 tracking privacy as Facebook panics

One of the key privacy features in iOS 14 is a new option that allows users to disable tracking between different applications. During its quarterly earnings call last month, Facebook pointed out that the new tracking setting could impact its advertising revenue, and a new report from The Information today goes into more detail.

The report explains that Facebook representatives have been meeting with mobile game companies to discuss the iOS 14 privacy change. Gaming companies are a key advertising partner for Facebook, and it is using these meetings as a way to hear “concerns” from such advertisers.

To ease their concerns, Facebook representatives have been meeting with gaming companies, say two people familiar with the meetings. Besides reassuring this important group of customers, Facebook employees have been engaged in trying to get more information about the upcoming Apple shift, according to one gaming executive who has been meeting with them.

The likely outcome is that gaming companies spend less on “app-install advertisements.” This is an advertising category that directly asks people to download an app or game, but without the more detailed targeting data, they could prove to be less successful on iOS 14.

Read the full story here: https://9to5mac.com/2020/08/11/apple-ios-14-privacy-tracking-facebook/ 


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