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BAT Community Weekly Update: 08/31/2018 to 09/06/2018 — New Brave developer release v0.55.1 out now (supports Chrome extensions), AMA with Johnny Ryan (Brave), Critical data protection problems in the IAB’s new OpenRTB 3.0 Spec (blog), Brave hits 4M MAU!

Welcome to this week's BAT Community Update! Big thanks to u/MurphD for his contributions!

The rewrite of Brave, called Brave Core, is now available on the Brave Dev channel (v0.55.1)!
Brave Dev is our unpolished and unfinished early preview for new versions of Brave. Brave Dev showcases the newest advances that we’re bringing to your browser, but it’s a prototype, not a reliable daily driver. Try it out only if you’re looking for a little extra spice and adventure in your browsing!

An early build of the rewrite of Brave on desktop named Brave Core is available on the Brave Dev channel.
0.55.x will eventually be the first version of Brave Core to replace the Brave builds which are available on brave.com. You will see 0.55.x get updated at least weekly and progress through its 3 week life on Dev channel, spends 3 weeks on Beta channel, then migrates to release channel within a week after Oct 16th.

Brave hits 4 million MAU!
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Latest @Brave stats: 4M users (MAU), 21K verified channels, 26K publisher accounts. We will step on gas w/ brave-core + BAT on mobile this fall, get past 5M easily by EOY, >= 12M next, adding BAT ad deals to token grants, making good on the promise of @attentiontoken economics.

BLOG: Highlights from Johnny Ryan’s BAT Community AMA + a list of upcoming BAT Community AMAs!
Welcome to the third post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs.
The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a six-month long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series, which will run until January 2019, is twofold: to give fans of the project an opportunity to interact directly with team members, and to give team members—especially those who operate largely behind the scenes—a chance to share their insights and offer the community a window into their work.
The most recent AMA took place on September 5th with Dr. Johnny Ryan, Brave’s Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer. Over the course of the AMA, Johnny fielded both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors concerning a variety of topics such as the GDPR, the state of the digital advertising industry, and what he believes the evolving regulatory landscape means for BAT and Brave.
Highlights can be found below, with a link to the full AMA at the bottom of this post.
The next AMA will take place on Wednesday, September 19th, and will feature Sergey Zhukovsky and Joel Reis, both Senior Software Engineers at Brave who work primarily on the mobile versions of the browser.

BLOG: Critical data protection problems in the IAB’s new OpenRTB 3.0 Spec
Brave wrote to the IAB (an ad tech trade body) in response to IAB TechLab’s request for feedback on the beta version of OpenRTB 3.0. Explained in the letter, OpenRTB 3.0 will leak personal data about what virtually every Internet user reads or watches online to a large number of companies, every single time a person loads a page.
OpenRTB 3.0 appears to severely infringe Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation, and all that flows from Article 5’s principles. As a result, it will expose marketers, vendors, and publishers to acute legal hazard. Read more here:

BAT logo & Brave lion stickers now available on our web store!
Now available for purchase in packs of 10!
Ps. You can get a free BAT + Brave sticker with any and every purchase on the web store, too!
BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!
Last week we held a weeklong Best BAT/Brave meme giveaway where the user with the top meme was promised that their meme would be used for a t-shirt and sticker design!

THE RUNNERS UP (tied for 2nd place)
"BAThroom Privacy" by u/imadethisforbrave
"The Dark Horse" by u/jacobisknight

And 1st place goes to….*drumroll please*....
"Salty" by u/jacobisknight

Congratulations u/jacobisknight!!!
Thank you for your participation and for bringing the laughs! I know I can’t wait to get a Salt Bren sticker for my laptop!

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!

Brave Team Tweets:

Brave Software @brave Today we're unveiling Brave Dev, a preview version of our upcoming Brave 1.0 desktop browser. New look, new features, new feel! For users who like to test early releases and developers looking to give us feedback, please download and give it a spin https://brave.com/download-dev/ 1:23 PM - Sep 6, 2018

You can run Brave Core Dev, Beta, and Release all at the same time!
Brian R. Bondy @brianbondy It's not obvious yet since we've only release Brave Core Dev channel, but we've put a lot of effort into making sure you can install Release, Beta, and Dev side by side once they're released. And it will have different profiles for each. Multi browser users rejoice. 9:16 PM - Sep 6, 2018

Luke Mulks @lukemulks
Dark theme in @brave core dev channel release with @Twitter night mode.
📷📷📷 Test drive the future in the present, and help the team crush bugs. http://brave.com/download-dev/ $bat @BAT_Community @AttentionToken 1:55 AM - Sep 7, 2018

Will there be a Chrome extension for Brave payments?
Sampson | brave.com @BraveSampson Brave is working on a Chromium-fork, which will feel less like changing browsers to Chrome users. Much of what Brave does is not able to be captured in a Payments Extension. Without the ad/tracker blocking, Payments could easily be gamed to siphon your BAT. 11:57 AM - Aug 31, 2018

Brave offers no leniency with trackers when compared with Firefox.
Sampson | brave.com @BraveSampson Brave doesn't offer any leniency though. FF, for example, will allow trackers which load in 5 seconds or less. That is unacceptable to @brave; the user shouldn't be tracked, even if a third-party can do it efficiently. That being said, we're happy to see progress being made. 4:08 PM - Aug 31, 2018

Brendan tweets about Do Not Track, moving beyond tracker blocking, and what happens after Brave proves the BAT model. See the thread here: https://twitter.com/BrendanEich/status/1036054916786049024

Where’s that updated roadmap?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Roadmap soon, but NB: does not promise exact times; that needs an iterative product + engineering process: journey not projection. Roadmap points from present over the horizon in plausible big steps. Think of early cartography in age of discovery. Sea-map? Sticking with road lol. 10:14 PM - Sep 1, 2018

Hundreds of millions of internet users use ad blockers. Users have more power than most people think.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich And uBlock Origin, Disconnect, Ghostery. Adblocking > 600M users globally last time PageFair did their study, probably bigger now. It is up to users, who have more power than most think.11:20 PM - Sep 1, 2018

Synchronization of attention stats will be second step after mobile ledger ships.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich That will come as a second step after mobile ledger ships, but we will do it. Super-valuable to each user who enables it to have opt-in cross-device & *on-device-only* attribution. Not just for BAT ads if chosen, for search, payments, rewards, ecommerce upside of full BAT vision. pic.twitter.com/IV17pJqRCI 11:08 AM - Sep 2, 2018

Luke Mulks goes on a tweet spree after the executive vice president for the Interactive Advertising Bureau attributing the potential death of "the business of journalism" to browser-level privacy protection. Some quotes:
“Humans shouldn't have to hand over attributable records of their lives and behavior to unknown parties without consent as the cost for "a free web."
“It is not on the user to innovate, it is on industry. The ad industry has gotten worse in a post-Snowden revelation world, and people aren't as dumb as they're treated.”
“People are just now skimming the surface to begin seeing massive scale that their privacy has been invaded, exposed and brokered for "relevancy" tradeoffs that aren't that great.”
Read the whole thread here: https://twitter.com/lukemulks/status/1036488078938988545

“Breaking Ad” starring Brian Bondy and Brendan Eich… Coming soon to a TV near you?
Sampson @jonathansampson I spent a little too much time in Photoshop yesterday. I present to you "Breaking Ad" Starring @brianbondy and @BrendanEich. 2:45 PM - Sep 4, 2018

BAT/Brave in the News:

Brave Browser Surpasses 4 Million Monthly Active Users
The Brave browser has been an interesting addition to the cryptocurrency ecosystem it is a project capable of rivaling popular browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. It also appears the overall community sees merit in this particular project. According to new statistics, Brave surpasses 4 million active users in the past month.

Why Brave Browser Uses Basic Attention Token (BAT) Instead of Bitcoin (BTC)
On Monday (3 September 2018), Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave Software explained on Twitter why the Brave web browser uses the Basic Attention Token (BAT) instead of Bitcoin (BTC) for rewarding publishers.

Good news for Brave users: the ad-blocking browser gets to run Chrome extensions now
If you like Brave but also like extensions to fine-tune your web surfing, good news: A new version of the ad-blocking browser arrived Thursday that makes it as customizable as Google's rival Chrome.
Brave Chief Technology Officer Brian Bondy announced the new version, called Brave Core, on Reddit. There's only an early version geared for developers for now, though, and the Brave Core Dev download page warns it's not well-tested.

Brave browser to embrace Google Chrome extensions
Known as Brave Core or Brave Dev, the new 0.55.x version of the upstart browser is seeking developers and other brave souls to try it out. Brave is an attempt to create a browser with ad blocking and other security features baked in and allows users to compensate publishers for lost ad sales through a contribution system. The new flavor of Brave, though, is an "early, untested version with incomplete features which are in progress," according to its download page. That distinguishes it from the current stable release version of Brave for Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.

News You Should Know:

GDPR’s Lack of Clarity Is Causing Google and the Ad-Tech Industry Problems
It has been more than three months since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into law, and as similar legislation is being drafted in California and Vermont, many companies from agencies to tech giants like Google are trying to avoid the pain points experienced by European parties.
In particular, the industry seeks to learn from the tensions caused by recent policy changes by Google—all of which were ushered in to gain GDPR compliance, but resulted in widespread, unpleasant circumstances. GDPR, which targets Silicon Valley behemoths like Google and Facebook, has partially backfired, according to industry observers who argue that the data protection authorities’ rules lack clarity.

Roaring Fans:

Matt‏ @LeCat101 Replying to @BraveSampson @chrisgee2609 and 2 others Been using brave for almost a year now and the only port I haven't used is iOS. Any issues I've had over that time is quickly addressed via their subreddit. Keep up the good work @BraveSampson 4:57 PM - 31 Aug 2018

Nathan Jarrett @nathan_psych495 I use @DuckDuckGo to limit the control Google has over my online life. Use @brave browser instead of chrome. The future of the internet is freedom 📷 7:20 PM - Sep 5, 2018

Daniel Marjenburgh @dmarjenburgh I've switched to @brave browser. It uses @DuckDuckGo as default and had other features for enhancing #privacy 3:50 PM - Sep 5, 2018

Kevin Rooke @kerooke Winning products solve real problems.@brave is on pace to break 6 million MAUs by the end of 2018, and could reach 30,000 verified channels shortly after that. Focus on customers, not CoinMarketCap. 12:19 PM - Sep 5, 2018

Giles Cope @gilescope Reason number 1 to use @brave #browser #internet #privacy - and I’ve only been using it a few months- imagine how much info I have been leaking with other browsers that aren’t private by default. 2:55 AM - Sep 5, 2018

Shadowbanned @Cameron @shitcoinprotips Can’t believe what I’m looking at right now, @brave 1.0 is going to be so amazing! Chrome on roids. If anyone is doubting this team you really have no clue. They are building something huge. $BAT 11:59 AM - Sep 6, 2018

Kasturi Rangan @KasturiRangan18 I am so tired of the ads on my previous browser. Such a disaster waste of time. Thank you Brave browser, You are the best!! @brave #Time 5:05 PM - Sep 6, 2018
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