BAT Community Weekly Update: 06/21/2019 to 06/27/2019 — Brave announces partnership with Yubico (Yubikey), guest AMA with Taylor Monahan & Jordan Spence of MyCrypto, Brave improves ad-blocker performance by 69x w/ new Rust engine

PARTNERSHIP: Brave announces partnership with Yubico to offer Yubikey U2F support for Brave on iOS

We’re excited to partner with Yubico to bring YubiKey support to Brave for iOS. Yubico is the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys — devices which protect logins to online accounts from phishing, man-in-the-middle, and other threats of account takeover.

With Brave’s support for Yubico’s upcoming YubiKey 5Ci devices, with both a USB-C and Lightning connector on a single device, you will soon be able to use the same robust security key across multiple devices, including iPhones and iPads. This allows for the removal of less safe login methods and greatly reduces the risk of phishing on protected accounts, no matter what device you’re logging in from.

BLOG: Brave Improves Its Ad-Blocker Performance by 69x with New Engine Implementation in Rust

Brave Shields, which protect users’ privacy from trackers and ads, are one of the cornerstone components of the browser involved in handling every single web request made for loading a website. Since loading an average website involves 75 requests that need to be checked against tens of thousands of rules, it must also be efficient. Even though Brave’s ad-blocker was already implemented in heavily optimized C++ handling requests with sub-millisecond overhead, we found that we can further optimise it for a 69x average improvement. Starting today, this new implementation is available in our Dev channel and Nightly channel.

BLOG: A summary of the ICO report on RTB – and what happens next

Last week, the UK Information Commissioner (the “ICO”) published a thirty-page report on real-time bidding. The report confirms the issues raised in the original complaints of September 2018 by Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, and in the UK, by Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group and by Dr Michael Veale, then of University College London, and in the additional evidence submitted by the complainants since then.

This was the second public gesture made by European data protection authority in response to the RTB complaints. Last month, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced a statutory investigation of Google DoubleClick’s suspected infringement of the GDPR.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ama with Taylor Monahan, Founder and CEO & Jordan Spence, CMO of MyCrypto

The most recent AMA took place on June 25th, and featured guests Taylor Monahan (Founder and CEO) and Jordan Spence (CMO) of MyCrypto. Taylor and Jordan fielded both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors concerning a variety of topics, including MyCrypto’s experience with the Brave Ads platform as an advertiser, the exciting projects they’re currently working on, and the company’s long-term goals. The pair also addressed numerous questions from curious participants regarding the differences between MyCrypto and MyEtherWallet, which include a MyCrypto Desktop App for increased security, and a focus on supplying educational resources about crypto and how to manage it for anyone wishing to learn or get involved.

WARNING ⚠️: There are a number of airdrop scams going around. Be advised that there is NO BAT AIRDROP. 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.

Here is the list of official and trustworthy BAT & Brave sources:

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Stay safe, everybody!

Featured Creators

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BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

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

  • Monday (Reddit): DaveSchweinsteiger
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Matt Dittman
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): Signalme

This week, we also held an another, extra special giveaway where we decided to award merch to users with the most upvoted questions from Taylor Monahan and Jordan Spence’s Guest AMA earlier this week! And the winners are:

  1. cryptobatgirl

  2. trogdortb001

  3. IamMeeoh

  4. pm_me_the_tendies

  5. tripper21

Congrats all! Be sure to check your PMs for a message from u/CryptoJennie about your prize!

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!:

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!

Client Updates

Desktop Dev Channel v0.68.84

Desktop Beta Channel v0.67.95

Android Client V1.0.99

Release notes:

  • Upgraded to Chromium 75.0.3770.101 (#1741).
  • Redesign and relocate forward button (#911, #1748).
  • Removing “Set as default browser” from the settings menu (#1495).

Brave Team Tweets

Did you know you can tip on Twitter? Give it a shot in our Dev Channel!

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @connyb Twitter tipping currently in Dev Channel. Reddit tipping just landed in Nightly Channel. Help us test if you would like. :slight_smile: Jun 26 2019

BAT settlement amounts coming out later in the summer.

BrendanEich @BrendanEich @FennyFen @BraveSampson See but you won’t find settlement amounts there. We will get numbers out later in summer. Jun 21 2019

What’s Brendan’s opinion on Google?

BrendanEich @BrendanEich Yes, Google is corrupt. Beyond lying to Congress, deceptive consumer practices, and planned election tampering, lolz at the sheer arrogance that 1/ the 2016 election turned on YouTube videos or search query completions; 2/ these geniuses should sit above elections as our Archons. Jun 24 2019

While a recent Washington Post article directs people to Firefox as a Brave alternative, Brave is much better for tracking protection.

Luke Mulks @lukemulks Good post. You can do less work and get @Brave for best in-market tracking protection out of the box, and still use the extensions you enjoyed from Chrome. Jun 21 2019

Luke’s been “twipping” a lot on Twitter.

Luke Mulks @lukemulks I just tipped @udiWertheimer using the Brave Browser. Check it out at #TipWithBrave Jun 21 2019

Real-world redemption and premium content is coming…

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @BrendanEich @opinion_justmy The TAP Network integration will deliver real-world redemption options for accumulated BAT. Also, stay tuned for premium content purchases, p2p & other ways to utilize $BAT. We’re in the early beginnings of standing up a new, token-based attention economy w/privacy by default. Jun 22 2019

Ad testimonials are coming too…

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @TheCryptoCactus @BrendanEich @KpunToN00b @brave Brendan nailed it. Luckily, several will be providing testimonials in the near future, so stay tuned for that. :wink: Jun 27 2019

If data is oil…

Luke Mulks @lukemulks If data = oil, we’re currently in bumper to bumper traffic with no seat belts, airbags, and are running on full tanks loaded with leaded gasoline. Jun 24 2019

Brave ads coming to Italy.

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @BuonHobo @BrendanEich @nikhilsss37 I see Brave Ads landing in Italy at some point within the next 6 months. :wink: Jun 25 2019

Johnny on the latest ICO report.

Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan The ICO’s report on real-time bidding backs up everything that I, @jimkillock @mikarv, with @RaviNa1k, said in our complaints ten months ago. And it gives a hint at what happens next for the €13B EU RTB market under the #GDPR Jun 26 2019

BAT/Brave in the News
Brave Teases Bitcoin Cash, New Crypto Funding Options to Browser Wallet

Brave, the only notable browser with an associated Ethereum token, will soon support Bitcoin Cash and more. Co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich promised as much via Twitter.

News You Should Know

Opinion: New generation of tech firms urges stronger privacy laws

Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently wrote about the importance of privacy in the New York Times, joining Facebook and others as purported converts to the cause. But while Big Tech publicly claims a change of heart about consumer privacy, it is at the same time quietly attempting to dismantle California’s new privacy law before it even goes into effect. This kind of duplicity is why the tech industry is increasingly being viewed with suspicion.

Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites

Dark patterns are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, steering, or deceiving users into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions. We conducted a large-scale study, analyzing ~53K product pages from ~11K shopping websites to characterize and quantify the prevalence of dark patterns.

Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software

Over a recent week of Web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the Web. This was made possible by the Web’s biggest snoop of all: Google. Seen from the inside, its Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software.

Google Chrome Is a Data-Sucking Monster, Brave Browser Offers an Alternative

Depending on your side of the process — consumer or advertiser — you’re either selling your data away or making big profits. If you’re part of the 69.09 percent of the internet that uses Google’s Chrome browser, you’re giving out way more information than you’d like.

Roaring Fans:

Donie O’Sullivan‏ @donie Update: I’ve made @brave my default browser. Jun 25 2019 Ongom Alex‏ @ongomalexo Hello @brave I am sending you love from Uganda, no more ads nonsense thank you @brave watching @YouTube without ads Jun 27 2019

ZΞR0 Bytes‏ @OyeBenny I’m impressed with @Brave. I’ve started using it as my primary browser (after a couple false starts a year or so ago) and it has all the best of Chrome without the worst. Yes, you can still use your extensions. Brave/Chrome is based off of Chromium. Jun 27 2019

From Reddit:

Love this! In the latest nightly version of Brave, you can now choose between a nice gradient or the classic nature photographs as your New Tab wallpaper

Since I’ve become a Verified Creator, I gotten more support than I ever have with Youtube! I don’t put ads in front of my videos either. Check out another one of my videos - Nirvana cover. No tip is expected, just watching is enough for me :slight_smile: Thanks a lot!