The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 51 (Jul 20, 2020) — BAT partnership w/ Gemini: New withdrawal option for BAT creators now live (including in NY state) + Gemini widget in Brave, Travala.com launches marketing campaign via Brave Ads, Guest AMA w/ Everipedia & PredIQt

Announcement: BAT/Brave partnership with Gemini — new withdrawal option for BAT creators now live (including in NY state), plus Gemini widget in Brave!

We are excited to announce that Gemini and Brave have partnered to make it easier for users to buy, sell, store, and earn crypto when using the Brave browser. This integration allows users of the Brave browser to engage with crypto via the new Gemini Trading Widget in a simple and secure manner. The Gemini Trading Widget is now available in Brave’s Nightly version, and will go live in Brave’s general release in the coming weeks.

Brave provides users with a better Internet experience by giving them back their privacy. The Brave browser blocks ads and trackers and other identifying software used by websites to monitor visitors. This provides a faster (3-6x) and more private Internet experience. Brave users can also earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) by opting in to view privacy-preserving Brave ads. Online creators can earn BAT from Brave users via Brave Rewards by publishing great content across a range of platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, Github, Twitch, or their own website.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/gemini/ 

Gemini.com is now fully verified with Brave: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hrh07d/geminicom_is_now_a_verified_publisher/

Announcement: Travala.com Launches Marketing Campaign via Privacy-Preserving Brave Ads

“Travala.com is leading the way in the travel industry with blockchain solutions, and we’re thrilled to see Travala.com join brands such as Amazon and Intel on our Brave Ads platform to reach the right users” —Brendan Eich (Brave CEO)

London and San Francisco ––July 13, 2020 — Travala.com, the world’s leading cryptocurrency-friendly hotel booking service, and Brave Software, makers of the innovative Brave browser which combines privacy with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform, announced a global ad campaign that promotes Travala.com via privacy-preserving Brave Ads. The Brave browser already has over 15 million monthly active users.

The Travala.com platform currently offers over 2,000,000 properties covering 90,124 destinations in 230 countries. With prices up to 40% cheaper than mainstream travel booking platforms, travellers can save money and use 28 different cryptocurrencies to pay for accommodation bookings on the website.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/travala/ 

Guest AMA: We’re Sam Kazemian (Co-Founder & President) and David Liebowitz (VP of Business Development) at Everipedia, a blockchain-based digital encyclopedia & project building world-class consumer dApps and DeFi apps. Ask us anything!

Sam Kazemian, Co-Founder & President, and David Liebowitz, VP of Business Development, from Everipedia joined us on r/BATProject this week to answer community questions about Everipedia, chat about its work with Brave, and to share more about the team’s latest project, PredIQt: a decentralized prediction market offering a user-experience that rivals that of traditional centralized alternatives.

About Everipedia:
Everipedia builds world-class consumer dApps and defi applications. What originally launched in 2014 as an inclusive encyclopedia would grow out of its original mandate of just being a website and transform into a full-blown blockchain ecosystem. In 2018, Everipedia raised funds from Galaxy Digital to build a blockchain version of Everipedia which would launch in the summer of that year. Staying true to its mission of the pursuit of knowledge, in 2019 the Everipedia team launched PredIQt, a decentralized prediction market that is the “Augur of EOS.” Everipedia and PredIQt are two different sides to the same coin whereas the former has participants contributing their historical knowledge and the latter tests participants “future knowledge” in anticipating the outcome of events. The foundation of this dual dApp ecosystem is the IQ token whose utility is required in order to use Everipedia and PredIQt. Everipedia has stated its commitment to decentralized finance and plans to release a suite of defi primitives (lending/interest, synthetic assets, etc.) as well as an ERC-20 version of its token by the end of the year.

Read the full AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hsf6at/were_sam_kazemian_cofounder_president_and_david/ 

If you submitted a question for the Everipedia team, your name was automatically entered in a draw to win a free BAT & Brave swag kit. 

The winners are:

  • /u/atomcpu
  • /u/flarged
  • /u/aSchizophrenicCat
  • /u/Satishgmr2010

Thank you to everyone that tuned in, and to the participants who submitted questions for the Sam and David. 

Interview: Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) on the Forbes/TechFirst podcast to discuss Brave’s partnership with NYIAX

Listen here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hqi6n3/brendan_eich_brave_ceo_on_the_forbestechfirst/

BAT in the wild: “Buying myself a foot long wheat sandwich at Subway using my BAT tokens. thanks Brave and thanks to Uphold for the awesome card!” 

Check it out: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hpxn1z/buying_myself_a_foot_long_wheat_sandwich_at/

More information here: https://uphold.com/en/blog/introducing-the-worlds-first-multi-asset-crypto-enabled-debit-card  

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a digital gift card! 

Brave users with  Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win 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 10 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.

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. 

SCAM WARNING ⚠️: Please be advised that there is NO BAT airdrop / “withdraw your BAT” bot, multiplier, etc. Please be vigilant and wary of scams. Do not send funds, reveal your private key, or give your personal information to any person or entity you are unfamiliar with.

Please report any suspicious activity to official BAT/Brave team: 

On Twitter: 

@BraveSampson
@BAT_Community 
@LukeMulks
@BrendanEich

On Reddit: 
/u/CryptoJennie
/u/bat-chriscat

View the full list of official BAT/Brave admins in the right sidebar on /r/BATProject and /r/Brave_browser


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, Brave welcomes Popeye Magazine (Japan) to the New Tab Page!

Popeye is a monthly fashion and men’s magazine based in Tokyo, Japan, and is one of the earliest Japanese magazines featuring articles about men’s fashion. Its tagline is “Magazine for City Boys”. Learn more at https://magazineworld.jp/popeye/popeye-english/

In addition, ByBit, Nexo, Crypto.com, and BlockFi return to the New Tab Page this week following the success of their recent campaigns. 

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, Crypto.com, Tezos, Upland, and more. 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Argentinian award-winning visual artist & creative director, Jonathan Gurvit, has worked with an impressive list of companies like Volkswagen, CocaCola, PlayStation, Panasonic, and many more. 

Jonathan Gurvit began his creative career back in February of 2000. He joined DDB Argentina, his first agency, as a Junior Art Director and worked for clients such as Telefónica, Volkswagen, Exxon, Clorox, ING, Bank Boston, Energizer & Danone.

Over the course of his career Jonathan Gurvit has won 18 Cannes Lions, 20 Clios, and more than 400 awards in One Show, D&AD, New York Festivals (Grand Prix), Ojo de Iberoamerica, FIAP & CCCA. 

Visit the links below to see Jonathan’s highly celebrated work. 

Jonathan’s website: https://www.behance.net/JonathanGurvit 

Jonathan’s Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jonathangurvit

Read Everipedia’s article on Jonathan Gurvit: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/jonathan-gurvit 

Publisher: International non-profit digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been fighting for digital privacy, free speech, and innovation for over 30 years

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

Learn more at https://www.eff.org/about

Read Everipedia’s article on the Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.13.17

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.17

Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.88

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.88

Desktop Beta Channel v1.12.89

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.89

Desktop Release Channel v.11.97

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.97

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 & Co-Founder
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Brendan Eich, CEO
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Brendan Eich, CEO
Jonathan Sampson. Senior Developer Relations
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Jonathan Sampson. Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson. Senior Developer Relations

BAT/Brave in the News

Yahoo News: Brave partners with Gemini to let users trade crypto from within its browser

Brave has partnered with crypto exchange Gemini to let its  users trade cryptocurrencies from within the privacy-focused browser itself.

Users will be able to buy, trade, earn, and store cryptocurrencies directly via Brave. The Gemini widget is currently available on Brave’s Nightly version, and is expected to go live in Brave’s general release “in the coming weeks,” said Gemini.

The news comes three months after similar partnerships were struck with Binance and Binance.US.  Brave’s native token, the Basic Attention Token (BAT), is listed on all three exchanges.

Read the full text here: https://news.yahoo.com/brave-partners-gemini-let-users-160019811.html 

The Register: Aggrieved ad tech types decry Google dominance in W3C standards – who writes the rules and for whom?

Earlier this week, 20 web advertising companies wrote to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s Advisory Board to ask that the standards organization revise its governance process to prevent ad tech giants like Google from running roughshod over the concerns of others with an interest in the web.

“We believe that the W3C governance process aims to represent all stakeholders of the web,” the letter says. “Unfortunately, as the web has grown in size, a disparity in organizational size now threatens this governance process.”

[…]

In an email to The Register, Peter Snyder, privacy researcher at rival browser maker Brave Software, said, “Brave is concerned that Google has a disproportionate role in web standards, and as a result, that the direction of the web could disproportionately reflect Google’s priorities.”

Where Google’s interests align with web users, he said, everyone benefits. But where they diverge, specifically with regard to issues like privacy, tracking, and allowing individuals to understand and control the code executing on their devices, the company’s outsize role in shaping web standards becomes an issue.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/17/aggrieved_ad_tech_types_decry/ 

BTC Manager: Brave Browser’s Privacy-Preserving Ads to Spearhead Travala.com Marketing Campaign

Brave and Travala Kicks off a Global Advertisement Campaign

Just like any other web browser, Brave users can surf the Internet on-demand. 

However, the Brave browser goes a step further by shielding their privacy without storing web history or personal details. 

Meanwhile, their innovative Brave Ads platform provides brands with the opportunity to reach a consenting audience. 

Effective, willing users can activate Brave Ads and earn BAT rewards whenever they view advertisements from partner brands. 

Brendan Eich, the CEO and Co-founder of Brave said the browser currently runs over 1,500 advertisement campaigns with a click-through-rate of 12 percent translating to better conversion rates. The industry’s average is two percent. 

70 percent of the revenue generated will be distributed to viewers as compensation for their attention. Users can also reward content creators by auto-contributing under the browser’s default setting.

Through this deal, Travala adverts will now be pushed through Brave Ads. Viewers will receive rewards in BAT whenever they view their advertisements.

Read the full text here: https://btcmanager.com/brave-browser-privacy-preserving-ads-travala-marketing-campaign/


News You Should Know

The Tatiana Show Ep. 265: Healthcare and the Blockchain with Chrissa McFarlane

About the Tatiana Show

“The Tatiana Show” podcast talks about politics, activism, blockchain, music, and how to combine them all to help the world. Tatiana Moroz, co-host Joshua Scigala, and special guests chat about all kinds of exciting topics from technology, the arts, and the Bitcoin revolution in a casual conversation that a layman can understand.  The show tapes weekly and airs over several networks including Let’s Talk Bitcoin, Liberty.me, LRN.fm, ipmNation, and many more.  The show was founded in 2014 and averages over 5,000 listeners per show.
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Chrissa McFarlane realized the world has a very big problem: the healthcare industry is slow to innovate and inefficient. Nothing in recent memory has made this more clear than the current COVID-19 pandemic. Global response to the coronavirus was, without a doubt, hampered by misinformation and slow communication and a lack of cooperation when it came to setting standards for gathering, recording, and sharing data.

Patientory plans to make a big dent in this big problem. With a background in research, healthcare operations, and data management, McFarlane is dedicated to educating regulators and healthcare leaders about the urgent need for data management solutions across the entire healthcare industry, from pharmaceutical supply chain management to digital health & therapeutics, to telemed practices and  drug and clinical trial data management

Chrissa also offers some great advice to women and minorities looking to start their own company or to work in STEM, as well as ways to cope with encountering racism and sexism in professional settings.

Listen here: https://thetatianashow.com/3026-2/ 

2020 US Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang on Twitter: – “Advertising as an all-purpose revenue source has massive drawbacks, limitations and even perversions for the attention economy. Ideally we would have a micropayment system – when we pay attention to something creators get paid independent of ads.”

Check it out: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/hq3xt1/andrew_yang_advertising_as_an_allpurpose_revenue/

The Block: Twitter accounts of major tech figures, crypto exchanges and Joe Biden compromised in far-reaching attack

Quick Take

  • A wide range of Twitter accounts were compromised Wednesday, including crypto exchanges and companies as well as major figures like Joe Biden, Bill Gates and Elon Musk.
  • The tweets posted variations on the same theme: promoting bitcoin/crypto giveaway scams, which try and trick people into sending funds to an address in the hope of receiving more.
  • Twitter said it was a “coordinated social engineering attack” by hackers “who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools.”

Read the full text here: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/71779/crypto-exchanges-binance-and-geminis-twitter-accounts-compromised-used-to-promote-scam 

[Week in Ethereum News]: Bankless: Global Public Goods and The Protocol Sink Thesis

Ethereum is a platform for Global Public Goods in the realm of Money and Finance.

The Protocol Sink Thesis illustrates how applications move from being financial experiments to unstoppable global financial platforms, used by everyone. The more people use an application, the further down in the Protocol Sink it falls, and the more things collect at the bottom of the Protocol Sink, the stronger Ethereum’s gravitational grows.

The Protocol Sink Thesis offers a model for how crypto-systems will manifest at maturity.

The thesis states that the more trustless, permissionless, and credibly neutral a protocol is, the further it can scale itself to a global platform, and as a consequence, absorb a larger amount of capital. Protocols that offer a platform to build upon become ‘dense’, and fall down to the bottom of the Protocol Sink from the collective weight of the people and companies building on them.

Web3 DeFi protocols like Uniswap, Compound, and Maker will survive in the long-term by removing attack-vectors and gaining anti-fragility, which will allow them to break through the limits on the scale of use that Web2 applications have reached.

Two key features predict where a protocol finds its resting-place in the Protocol Sink: Utility and Surface Area.

Read the full text here: https://bankless.substack.com/p/global-public-goods-and-the-protocol 


Roaring Fans

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