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The road to Brave 1.0

The road to Brave 1.0

Over the past 4 ½ years I've been helping to build a "big" new startup named Brave. It's been a wild ride, far exceeding anything I could have imagined. The company has grown from a team of 2, to over 100 passionate mission-driven teammates. Our user base has grown to 8.7 million monthly active users. Our users help support over 300,000 registered content creators via micropayments. And our community is growing and thriving more every day.
Everipedia and Brave Announce Partnership

Everipedia and Brave Announce Partnership

Brave to be Featured on Everipedia Homepage, Everipedia Ads to be Featured within Brave GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – October 30, 2019: Everipedia, the world’s largest blockchain-based encyclopedia, and Brave, a privacy browser combined with a blockchain-based...

Accurately Predicting Ad Blocker Savings

Accurately Predicting Ad Blocker Savings

Estimating the slow road not taken We have written before on Brave’s performance, energy and bandwidth benefits for the user. Brave Shields is our primary mechanism for protecting user privacy, but many users know by now that ad and tracker blocking (or just ad blocking for short) makes the web faster and generally better for them. So far Brave’s estimates of the users’ time saved have been very conservative and somewhat naive: we take the total number of ads and trackers blocked, and multiply that by 50 milliseconds. Why this specific number? It is at the low end of what others have estimated to be third-party JavaScript execution overheads, but in fact both in the third-party impact study and in our measurements in this study, the average and median impact of an ad or tracker is more than 10 times higher. Clearly, it is time for an update.
Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics (P3A)

Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics (P3A)

Introduction At Brave, we want our browser not only to provide the best protection against the surveillance economy, but to be the very best way to experience the web.  We rely extensively on community feedback to make sure that the product provides the most vital...

Brave’s Luke Mulks among DMN’s 2019 40UNDER40 Award Winners

Brave’s Luke Mulks among DMN’s 2019 40UNDER40 Award Winners

We are proud to announce that Luke Mulks, director of business development at Brave, was recognized as one of the top 40 game-changers impacting the marketing and advertising industry for the 2019 DMN 40under40 Awards. Winners of the 2019 40UNDER40 Award presented by...

Tipping with Brave

Tipping with Brave

Tip Your Favorite Twitter Creators with Brave Great content keeps us coming back to the same sources, whether it’s reading Web sites, engaging with our favorite influencers on social media, or watching our go-to channels. Compelling and original content leads to...

Adding YubiKey Support to Brave for iOS

Adding YubiKey Support to Brave for 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...

Brave Launches the First Advertising Platform Built on Privacy

Brave Launches the First Advertising Platform Built on Privacy

With 70% revenue share to users, Brave Ads deliver effective advertisingwhile giving users privacy and control Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by...

Brave Rewards on Android

Brave Rewards on Android

Brave Rewards now in Brave Android App 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. Brave Rewards is the new way to help fund content on the Web while blocking...

Brave Sync Now Available for iPhones and iPads

Brave Sync Now Available for iPhones and iPads

Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data between devices running the Brave browser. Brave...

BATCommunity.org Now Live

BATCommunity.org Now Live

New Website for the BAT Community and Online Creators Features Latest News, Technical Tools, Promotions, and Global Meetup Groups
Brave at Mobile World Congress #MWC19

Brave at Mobile World Congress #MWC19

Last week, Brave attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and unveiled its experiential booth to explain how it’s reinventing online advertising with its global ad platform built on privacy. Check out Brendan Eich’s showfloor interview with Mobile World Live for...

Earn Basic Attention Token, or BAT, With Coinbase Earn

Earn Basic Attention Token, or BAT, With Coinbase Earn

In an effort to make BAT easier to use and easier to understand, Brave Software is working with Coinbase Earn, a product that allows users to earn utility tokens by viewing and completing educational tasks. $5 million, denominated in BAT, is being designated for this...

Cheddar Partnership

Cheddar Partnership

CHEDDAR AND BRAVE PARTNER TO OFFERPREMIUM CHEDDAR CONTENT TO BRAVE BROWSER USERS NEW YORK, NY and SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 29th, 2019 –  Cheddar, the leading post-cable news, media, and entertainment company, and Brave Software, an innovative privacy browser...

Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel

New online advertising model upends current systemwith 70% revenue share to users and privacy by designToday we’re previewing our new digital advertising model in Brave’s Developer channel. Developers and testers using the latest desktop browser build for macOS and...

Brave Rewards Update

Brave Rewards Update

Brave Rewards is our anonymous donation system integrated directly into the Brave desktop browser. It is accessible to users from the URL bar via the BAT (Basic Attention Token) logo, and though off by default, can be easily switched on with the slider. Publishers and...

Brave Software Joins AdLedger

Brave Software Joins AdLedger

Non-Profit Blockchain Consortium Unites Industry-LeadingTechnology Companies To Reform The Future Of Digital Advertising New York, NY -- December 19, 2018 -- AdLedger, the non-profit research and development consortium building and implementing the blockchain...

SpeedReader: Fast and Private Reader Mode for the Web

SpeedReader: Fast and Private Reader Mode for the Web

This post is an abbreviated version of this report, based on research conducted at Brave by Andrius Aucinas (Performance Researcher), Peter Snyder (Privacy Researcher), and Dr. Ben Livshits (Chief Scientist), as well as by Mohammad Ghasemisharif (Ph.D student in...

AMA with Sampson

AMA with Sampson

Welcome to the sixth post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is a seven-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to give fans of the project an opportunity to...

AMA with Yan Zhu

AMA with Yan Zhu

Welcome to the fifth 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 is twofold: to give fans of the project an opportunity to...

New Brave Browser Release Available for General Download on Brave.com

New Brave Browser Release Available for General Download on Brave.com

Redesigned Chromium-based desktop version replaces previous Muon-based browser and delivers 22% faster load time Starting today, users who download a new version of the Brave desktop browser from the Brave website will be presented with Brave’s latest browser release,...

The New Brave is 22% Faster

The New Brave is 22% Faster

Newly Redesigned Chromium-Based Brave Browser Has 22% Faster Load Time than Brave Muon Version, on Average This research was conducted by Andrius Aucinas, performance researcher at Brave, and Dr. Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist. Back in March we announced the...

AMA with David Temkin

AMA with David Temkin

Welcome to the fourth 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 is twofold: to give fans of the project an opportunity to...

AMA with Johnny Ryan

AMA with Johnny Ryan

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...

Few Realize “Private Mode” Is Not Really Private

Few Realize “Private Mode” Is Not Really Private

  This ongoing research is being conducted by Ruba Abu-Salma, a Ph.D student in Computer Science from University College London (UCL), and Brave’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Ben Livshits. The final findings will be submitted as a paper in the next several weeks....

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