BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/11/2019 to 05/17/2019 — Partner AMA with Lin Dai (CEO of TAP Network), Refreshing the Verified Publishers List in Brave (video tutorial), NPR now a Brave verified publisher!

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Upcoming Partner AMA with Lin Dai, Co-Founder & CEO of Hooch App and TAP Network: Monday, May 20th, 2019 @ 9:30-10:30am PT on r/BATProject!

Brave in late February, Brave announced a partnership with TAP Network, the first advertising and data network that connects brands to reward consumers directly using blockchain. Thanks to the partnership, Brave users will be able to redeem Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) for real-world rewards offered by over 250,000 top brand partners in the TAP Network. Very exciting stuff!

Today, we are thrilled to announce our first ever partner AMA with Lin Dai, the CEO and Co-founder of TAP Network!:

CREATORS: NPR (npr.org) is now verified with BAT/Brave and accepting BAT token contributions!

COMMUNITY: Refreshing the Verified Publishers List in Brave (Video tutorial by Dan Murphy)

There’s a new feature in Brave v0.64.76 to help you refresh the verified publishers list.

This is useful if you’ve recently verified a site and it’s not showing as verified. Or, if you know of a site that is verified is not showing as verified, try refreshing the list.

Check out the tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he1ZYz7C10c

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): Mooks79
  • Tuesday (Twitter): @TimTannian
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Dave Berei
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): terabyter9000

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Featured Creators

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.66.66

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.66

Beta Channel v0.65.95

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.95

Release Channel v0.64.75

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.64.75

Release notes:

  • Added a manual refresh button to fetch new version of the verified publishers list. (#3339)
  • Fixed theme under Brave Shields not being changed when switching themes. (#3870)
  • Fixed “Reset settings” feature under brave://settings. (#2708)
  • Fixed notifications not being dismissible under reward panel in certain cases causing performance
  • more!

Brave Team Tweets

New partner AMAs are coming up!
Different types of ads are coming in the future.
More advertising variety coming soon.
Did you see what Luke was up to with The Giving Block? Imagine if we could do more charitable giving this way.
Sampson is now talking about Brave making a VPN…
Evidence that Google and Facebook are collaborating with data sharing? Luke weighs in.
Johnny comments on complaints against Quantcast’s “suspected infringement.”
Got what it takes to be Brave’s Director of Marketing?

BAT/Brave in the News

National Public Radio (NPR) becomes a Brave verified publisher, now accepting Basic Attention Token for donations

https://cryptoslate.com/national-public-radio-npr-becomes-a-brave-verified-publisher-now-accepting-basic-attention-token-for-donations/

Guiding Tech features Brave in “Top 9 Safari Alternatives for iPhone”

https://www.guidingtech.com/safari-alternatives-iphone/

Start taking back your online privacy by making these 4 easy changes

https://www.fastcompany.com/90346476/the-4-fastest-ways-to-protect-your-online-privacy-starting-right-now

News You Should Know

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

“Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive. The company’s mistakes — the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens of millions of users’ data into a political consulting firm’s lap; the slow response to Russian agents, violent rhetoric and fake news; and the unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention — dominate the headlines. It’s been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven’t worked at the company in a decade. But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility.”

Read the full text here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html

Google is about to have a lot more ads on phones

Google searches on mobile will soon include “gallery” ads that allow advertisers to display multiple images for users to swipe through. You’ll also begin to see ads in Google’s discover feed — the feed of news stories that you find built into many Android home screens, inside the Google app, and on Google’s mobile homepage — though they’ll only appear in select locations for now.

Read the full text here: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/14/18623541/google-gallery-discovery-mobile-ads-announced

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies.

Read the full text here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/facial-recognition-ban-san-francisco.html

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/04/2019 to 05/10/2019 — Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal (blog), Notice: An update on Brave Rewards UI, Brave reaches 1.95M DAU as of beginning of May

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to u/murphD for his contributions!

Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal

One of Brave’s main goals is to improve privacy on the Web, so that everyone can enjoy and interact with the Web while protecting their personal information.

The primary way Brave does this is by building a wide array of privacy protections that are on by default into our browsers, across all of our supported platforms.

A second way Brave works to improve privacy on the Web is through Web standards. For example, Brave advocates for privacy on several W3C committees, most significantly of which (for privacy) is PING, the Privacy Interest Group. As part of PING, Brave works to ensure that new Web standards don’t introduce new privacy risks, to Brave users or Web users in general.

This post discusses a new proposed Web standard, Client Hints, and why Brave is concerned that it harms Web privacy.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/brave-and-client-hints/

Notice: An update on Brave Rewards UI

Thanks for using Brave Rewards! At the end of every month, we have a claim process to make sure you are sent BAT for enabling Ads.

It has come to our attention that due to a timing difference our UI made some of you anxious that BAT were taken away. We want to assure you that this was not the case as the bug only affects the browser-side display of estimated value, not the real earnings you will receive. Any value that was deducted will appear automatically next cycle as part of next month’s claim process – and we’re fixing our UI accordingly.

Read the full bulletin here: https://community.brave.com/t/notice-an-update-on-brave-rewards-ui/59181  

GROWTH: Brave reaches 1.95M DAU as of beginning of May, 6.178M MAU as of end of April

https://mobile.twitter.com/BrendanEich/status/1126344850104696833

BRAVE ADS: Brendan Eich (CEO) confirms over 1300 advertisers are on the waiting list for Brave Ads

COMMUNITY: For the Chinese-speaking BAT fans, here is a Wechat group for you. We have close to 100 members now. You are welcome to join the gang. (Fanmade, unofficial)

COMMUNITY: Nananananananananana BAT CAKES! Yummy!

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Featured Creators

It’s official. Verified on Twitch. Even Added a Panel Banner. Over 1K Followers now asking about Brave/BAT.

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.66.59

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.59

Beta Channel v0.65.89

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.89

Release Channel v.0.63.55

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.63.55

Release Notes

  • Fixed display of Ad Rewards earnings in settings panel. (#4008)
  • Removed expiration date from the rewards UI for grants received from ads. (#4169)
  • Upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.131. (#4278)

Brave Team Tweets

How many ad accounts are on the waitlist?
100,000 Twitter followers!
Hmm… Facebook wants to make their own cryptocurrency payment system…
What’s the team up to with ad blocking?
Think of tracking as drones following you…
YouTube ads are showing ads for adult pics, but then linking to an app download?
Has Google authenticated you on Chrome yet? You should check. Or use Brave.
Vanity Metrics = No. Utility = Yes.
BAT in physical form? Not really. But Sampson is giving away some wonderful, limited-edition Brave coins!
Brave proxies things to keep you private.
Is Google telling the truth?
Is Quantcast in trouble with the Irish Data Protection Commission?
Brave offers up 5 BAT grant for a display issue problem.
Johnny sharing Brave’s insight at TransAtlantic Consumer Dialog
IAB is lawsuit bait.

BAT/Brave in the News

Johnny appears in The Register and speaks on Google’s cookie blocking feature.

Johnny Ryan, chief policy and industry relations officer at browser maker Brave, expressed disbelief that Google makes it sound as if it’s opposed to tracking.

“Google isn’t just the biggest tracker, it’s the biggest workaround actor of tracking prevention yet,” he said, pointing to the company’s efforts to bypass tracking protection in Apple’s Safari browser.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/08/google_cookie_diet_could_starve_competitors/

Brendan Eich speaks to Vox on Google’s privacy changes

“By not changing the default, by making it optional, Google is relying on people not changing it,” Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave, a privacy-oriented web browser and thus a Chrome competitor, told Recode. “Chrome users may never know this is an option.”

Eich estimates that people opting out would be in the “single digits.” Google declined to speculate or disclose the percentage of current Chrome users that change their browser settings on the world’s most popular web browser. Chrome has a more than 60 percent global market share.

Read the full text here: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/9/18537250/google-privacy-tracking-cookies

Inventor of the ad exchange and former CEO of AppNexus Brian O’Kelley makes a Brave mention in his latest post.

“Here’s the thing, Sundar Pichai. We hear lots of talk from Silicon Valley CEOs about how they are going to address privacy and other ethical issues. Actions are what count. You have some of the smartest people in the world at your company. You build incredible, consumer-centric products that have changed the world. If you wanted to build a privacy-centric browser, you could (see  and their attempts to protect privacy and enable ads). You could refuse to let ads run on dangerous content that facilitates misinformation and hate (see Infowars and Breitbart).”

Read the full text here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-opinion-of-Googles-new-move-to-update-its-privacy-features-so-that-it-forces-users-to-take-over-the-responsibility-of-their-data/answer/Brian-OKelley?ch=99&share=079217bd&srid=n7Z

News You Should Know

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

This move has the “semblance” of a pro-privacy effort, because of course the importance of cookies has waned a bit in recent years, thanks in part to the impact of smartphones and mobile browsers on web activity. So it’s questionable how courageous and pro-privacy a move this really is.

Read the full text here: https://news.yahoo.com/google-now-wants-crack-down-220418566.html

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The lawsuits come after a Motherboard investigation showed AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile sold phone location data that ended up with bounty hunters, and The New York Times covered an instance of Verizon selling data.

Read the full text here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k3dv3/verizon-tmobile-sprint-att-class-action-lawsuit-selling-phone-location-data

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks protecting customers’ private data, limiting screen time: ‘You are not our product’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is worried – about the protection of personal data, kids’ relationships with their devices, and the amount of time consumers are spending on devices.

Read the full text here: https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-ceo-tim-cook-talks-protecting-customers-private/story?id=62808679

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 04/12/2019 to 04/18/2019 — Brave Rewards (opt-in BAT tipping) now live on Android, A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law (blog), upcoming 24 Hours of BAT event (global meetups)

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Brave Rewards (opt-in BAT tipping) now live for millions of users on Android!

To celebrate this new release, Brave will be allocating 100,000 BAT grants (each grant is the BAT equivalent of approximately $5) to our Android users. Grants can be received by clicking on the “accept” button in Brave Rewards.

Brave Rewards is now available in the latest version of Brave for Android (1.0.91). To download it on your device, please visit the Google Play Store.

Read the full text here.

BLOG: “A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law”

Brave writes to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, opposing a new adtech exemption in the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). Brave also co-signs today’s letter from 28 technology companies supporting the Privacy For All amendment to fix loopholes in the CCPA.

Read the full post:https://brave.com/brave-ccpa-april-2019/

ARTICLE: “Back to Advertising Basics with Web3 Powered by Blockchain” on AdMonsters by Luke Mulks (BAT Team)

The explosion in the blockchain-based marketing landscape over the past 18 months has brought an interesting dynamic to the already complex world of digital advertising. There has been a lot of hype, a lot of hot air, a lot of learning, and a few solutions showing early promise around this new and emerging technology.

Read the full article here: https://www.admonsters.com/web3-advertising-basics-blockchain/

COMMUNITY: Join us on April 24, 2019, for 24 Hours of BAT, a global meetups event for BAT & Brave fans around the world!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world will hold BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. Scroll down to find one in your area!

The goal is to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

Check out the full post to find out if there’s a meetup happening near you!:

BROWSER: Check out the new, totally redesigned Settings panel in Brave!

Featured Creators

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.63.45
Dev Channel v0.64.56

Brave Team Tweets

Brave Rewards is live on Android!
The Internet Archive has earned the equivalent of $2500 USD in BAT!
It’s time to take your own steps with privacy.
Brave VPN coming…
Ready to be creeped out? Check out this video by Brave’s Johnny Ryan.
Quick video on how to tip and support sites!
Luke writes an Op-Ed (see tweet for the article!)
Johnny outlines Senate Bill 753, which proposes exceptions for servicing and auditing of ads. Read his series of tweets starting here
Brave co-signs Privacy for All
Johnny returns a keyboard… due to privacy.

BAT/Brave in the News

The web pioneer taking on Google with a private browser and a loyalty club

Brendan Eich’s Brave browser is designed to make browsing faster and more private—and though it blocks ads, it has a plan for paying publishers.

Read the full text here:https://www.fastcompany.com/90332739/this-web-pioneer-is-taking-on-google-with-a-privacy-first-browser

News You Should Know

Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million people’s email contacts without their consent

Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network, Business Insider can reveal. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was “unintentionally uploaded to Facebook,” and it is now deleting them.

Read the full text here: https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-uploaded-1-5-million-users-email-contacts-without-permission-2019-4

Back to Advertising Basics with Web3 Powered by Blockchain

The explosion in the blockchain-based marketing landscape over the past 18 months has brought an interesting dynamic to the already complex world of digital advertising. There has been a lot of hype, a lot of hot air, a lot of learning, and a few solutions showing early promise around this new and emerging technology. Blockchain-based advertising solutions have presented bold visions that aim to prove that they can disintermediate, bring transparency to the supply chain, reduce fraud, and bring new opportunities to market. With much focus on the immediate problems that this technology aims to remedy, there’s a more fundamental shift taking place in the evolution of the web toward a new, user-controlled web3 Internet.

Read the full text here: https://www.admonsters.com/web3-advertising-basics-blockchain/

Roaring Fans

From Reddit: