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Implement Quantum Blockchain Election Voting System in the Philippines

Democratic Approach
We the citizens of this country want a better election voting system and now is the time to shout this voice. I hereby asked the people of the Republic of the Philippines to imply a fair voting system using a new hybrid technology called a quantum blockchain. Blockchain offers a clean and transparent mobile voting process that can be done online for the people to save time and effort in a long pileup of crowds. But this has a downside so we decided to breed it with the future technology called Quantum.

Fairness and Justice
We the concerned entity that resides in this country want justice we heard the wailing and cries of the oppressed. Enough is enough for the corrupt local rulers of this old world and its OLD system. Time to innovate and expand knowledge don't be afraid of the changes. This day we the watchers want to help humanity build a better society a place where peace is well placed. We will build a new Earth with a NEW order for our brethren and for the sake of humanity.

Hybrid Technology Proposal "Quantum Blockchain or QB"
The future will be in your hand's humans not with the corrupt leaders. The change will happen if you unite for one goal. As we leap forward we see that future technology is the solution to this kind of problem. Implementing it within our domain will greatly lessen the aftereffect of a butterfly's wing. Vulnerabilities are a common problem thus stopping us from a digital voting process but what if we combined this with quantum technology? We can now avoid the corruption from malware and everything harmful from a classical computer breach. This can hence save our democracy from hackers and security anomaly.

Conclusion
People should decide for their country, not blind leaders that sit and wait for a change for change start with the hands of their citizens.

Blockchain FAIR Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain
https://www.thebalance.com/how-the-blockchain-will-change-how-we-vote-4012008
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3430697/why-blockchain-could-be-a-threat-to-democracy.html
https://www.cbinsights.com/research/report/blockchain-election-security/
https://skemman.is/bitstream/1946/31161/1/Research-Paper-BBEVS.pdf
https://www.zdnet.com/article/blockchain-elections-how-bitcoin-technology-could-secure-your-vote-and-save-democracy/
https://www.cnet.com/news/blockchain-isnt-answer-to-voting-system-woes/



Quantum FAIR Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum
https://news.bitcoin.com/what-googles-quantum-breakthrough-means-for-blockchain-cryptography/
https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/24/meet-the-quantum-blockchain-works-like-a-time-machine/



Hybrid QB FAIR Reference:
https://hackernoon.com/quantum-computing-and-blockchain-facts-and-myths-l71w28d2
https://www.forbes.com/sites/darrynpollock/2019/09/24/googles-quantum-computing-breakthrough-brings-blockchain-resistance-into-the-spotlight-again/#4bda7a874504
https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.05979
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How the problems of 2020 demonstrated to the world the “anti-fragility” of the crypto industry

How the problems of 2020 demonstrated to the world the “anti-fragility” of the crypto industry
How the problems of 2020 demonstrated to the world the “anti-fragility” of the crypto industry
2020 will be remembered for a long time: the threat of the third world war, the coronavirus pandemic, the global economic crisis and riots. And this is only six months. It is noteworthy, but while the global economy is in decline, the crypto industry, on the contrary, is accelerating the pace of development. Bitcoin has become for many a safe haven during the crisis, and the entire industry — the hope of salvation. Crypto companies have confirmed the growth in demand for goods and services related to digital assets, and it seems that the cryptosphere is fully consistent with the term “anti-fragility”, introduced by Nassim Taleb (author of the Black Swan economic bestseller) to identify systems that can benefit from unpredictable and stressful situations in the world. At least, the head of ScopeLift Ben DiFrancesco is sure of this.

What is anti-fragility

To begin with, we will deal with the concept of anti-fragility. This term was introduced by the famous professor, economist and trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who first voiced it in 2012 — in a book dedicated to the term “Anti-Fragility. How to capitalize on chaos.” Prior to this, Taleb gained special popularity and authority thanks to the introduction of the term “Black Swan”, which turned the perception of the economy over by many minds.
By anti-fragility, a professor refers to the ability of a system to capitalize on negative trends. Anti-fragile systems become better after a “collision with chaos”, which can mean various world disasters, stressful situations, shocking events, information noises, failures, attacks, malfunctions, and so on.
Many mistakenly confuse the concepts of anti-fragility and invulnerability, but there is a fundamental difference between them:
• Invulnerability is the ability to withstand stressful situations. World cataclysm will not affect invulnerable systems, but will not make them better.
• Anti-fragility is the ability to benefit from stressful situations. Anti-fragile systems are not just immune to disasters. In difficult conditions, they “harden” and become better.
Ben DiFrancesco, the founder of ScopeLift (a crypto project software development consulting company) and concurrently the author of the Buil Blockchain Tech portal, considers the crypto market an ideal example of anti-fragility.
Against the backdrop of all the negative shocks and tremendous changes in society that occurred in the first half of 2020, the crypto industry began to develop even faster. Blockchain technology more and more fits into our world as a solution to many problems, which were especially acute at the beginning of this year. Among them are the endless press of unsecured money, worsening international relations and increasing censorship on the Internet. Let’s go in an order.

Crypto-market versus money printing machine

The coronavirus pandemic caused an economic crisis around the planet. Both developed and developing countries faced massive unemployment, falling markets, and declining population returns. One way or another, the virus has affected everyone.
The states rushed to solve these problems by the old and “tested” method — by printing new money. China and the USA were especially distinguished in this field — the former introduced an injection of about $250 billion in the stock market in February, and the second poured into the economy a record for the planet $ 2.3 trillion (2.5 times more than during the 2008 crisis).
Alas, as a rule, when the state creates new money, the population pays for it. A sharp release to the market of unsecured money at the direction of management is fraught with serious consequences. The main one is the risk of mass inflation and the collapse of national currencies. Many complain about the Fed, which began in 2020 to print non-stop US dollars.

The number of dollars in circulation rose sharply in 2020. Source.
However, even such a sharp release to the market of new dollars is not the worst. It is much more dangerous that the Fed follows central banks of other countries, which also massively print unsecured national currencies in attempts to support the economy. If the dollar is somehow protected by the strong US position in the international arena, reduced credit and increased demand for American currency around the world, then most other countries cannot boast of such flexibility.
States that print money with a heap of economic problems run the risk of hyperinflation and fall victim to their own decisions. The scale of the problem is aggravated by the fact that during the crisis in such countries, the demand for dollars among the population is growing, so the thread on which the sword of Damocles hangs hanging over national currencies is very thin today.
Realizing the seriousness of the situation, many countries, such as Argentina, limit the ability of people and companies to buy dollars by introducing limits and various requirements. As a result, citizens begin to look for an alternative on the black market, buying dollars at a double rate, and also increasingly turn their attention to dollar stablecoins, which no one can forbid and for which you do not have to overpay. In the conditions of the crisis, the demand for stable coins began to grow at an accelerated pace, which is one of the brightest signs of the anti-fragility of the crypto industry, which has begun to squeeze benefits out of the negative situation in the world.
The demand for traditional cryptocurrencies, especially for bitcoin, is also growing. One of the main reasons is the protection against inflation, provided by limited emissions, strictly following clearly established rules. No one at the direction of the government or anyone else can “print” more bitcoins than is laid down in the code of his protocol. Many people saw in the cryptocurrency market a real alternative to national currencies, which fell under significant risks in 2020.

Protection against ethnic issues

The coronacrisis brought with it many other global problems. In particular, it undermined the confidence of the population and governments of many states in the so-called “new world order)”. Unhappy with the way the world is coping with the pandemic, people intend to end globalization, so anti-globalist ideas began to spread en masse. There is every reason to believe that such movements will receive political support in many regions.
Naturally, this carries enormous risks. But one cannot say that these moods arise without reason. Recent months have clearly demonstrated the extreme fragility of global supply chains. Nearly all countries in the world, including the United States, fought to import critical materials needed to fight the pandemic. Many people have a logical question in their heads: should countries with incompatible value systems be interconnected, especially if they have to suffer from this interconnectedness themselves, constantly giving way to richer states?
On this basis, interethnic relations between peoples and leaderships of countries have worsened. If the trend continues in the coming years, then humanity will have no choice but to resort to massively using cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.
If people cannot rely on reliable institutions as an intermediary for cross-border cooperation, the value of decentralized networks will significantly increase as an alternative that does not require trust. Each decision by world states aimed at weakening alliances with other countries, including reducing the flow of people or physical goods across borders, accelerates the development of the limitless digital economy of the Internet.
Digital assets combined with smart contracts can play a key role in ensuring the transition of the world to new international relations. They are able to serve as a guarantor that does not require trust in the other side and even once again contact it.

Fighting Internet Censorship

In the past few years, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have gained tremendous opportunities to shape the flow of information in the modern world. With their help, information is distributed faster than any media, and the conclusions that people make on social networks often become decisive. This gives the giants in this field enormous power, which for many years has not been controlled (and by anyone) in any way. This issue has been ignored for a long time, but the situation has changed over the past two years.
Previously, large corporations themselves determined censored content. Companies could mark posts as “unacceptable” if they, in their opinion, do not comply with any laws, call for aggression, contradict moral principles, and so on. However, at the end of May, the US President Donald Trump decided to significantly narrow the powers of the media giants and issued an appropriate order, citing user complaints for blocking allegedly non-violating messages. By the way, Trump’s own tweet, where he called particularly active protesters “thugs,” and threatened: “When looting begins, shootings begin,” was not complete.
Perhaps an additional reason for the desire to narrow the powers of media giants was the fact that on the eve of the election, the president wanted to become “closer to the people”, appealing that everyone is free to express their opinion. Be that as it may, the invariable fact is that in this way he inserted the sticks into the wheels of Big Tech corporations. Moreover, based on Trump’s message, only governments should determine what can and cannot be blocked.
In fact, any form of concentrated power in social networks can be dangerous for both private and legal entities. If media companies become almost monopolies, they can control the opinion of the population and block any content that is objectionable to them. But power over social media in the hands of states is no less dangerous because the government can do the same. After all, it is not known who and what decides to block tomorrow. Suddenly it will be cryptocontent, especially since the prerequisites have already arisen repeatedly, or the statements of people dissatisfied with social injustice.
Social media executives want to be able to censor and edit the content that their users generate, while remaining protected from liability for it. The state wants to be able to apply its own standards of “neutrality” on these platforms, without specifying that such powers may end with even greater inequality and censorship.
The war for censorship generates the interest of ordinary citizens in decentralized social networks and media platforms. More and more people are expressing a desire to get a decent alternative, where no one will be able to control their opinion and will not forbid them to express it. Due to the anti-fragility of the crypto industry, the chances of success of blockchain platforms are significantly increasing. Yes, they have not yet become mainstream, but interesting experiments, for example, with the Hive platform or decentralized twitter, show their great potential. With each censored post, they are one step closer to widespread use.

What will the anti-fragility of the crypto industry lead to?

Ben DiFrancesco is far from the first to notice the anti-fragility of the crypto industry. Talk about this has been going on for several years. Experts have repeatedly recorded various moments when the industry managed to squeeze the positive out of one or another negative situation in the world. Just now, against the background of the extremely difficult first half of 2020, this has become especially noticeable.
Bitcoin has been “buried” already 380 times, but it, like the whole industry, continues to develop rapidly step by step, despite external world instability and internal cryptozymes. And if the assumptions about antifragility are true, the industry will become even stronger with each new world cataclysm.
Humanity is tired of the problems caused by the current world system. People want freedom and openness.
They get tired of concentrated power, unfair economic relations and censorship. The crypto industry offers an alternative and has every chance to solve these problems. To become, if not a panacea, then at least “the power of good,” as DiFrancesco claims. There are no guarantees, but there is faith and hope. And they are capable of anything.
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The Dark Side Of Apple

Why you should not use Apple
Censorship
Spying
Worker abuse
Tax avoidance
Right to Repair Phones
Miscellaneous
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U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances...An excellent case for anonymously purchasing gold.

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Fortnight Tech Roundup & Discourse - IRNSS NavIC

Fortnight Tech Roundup & Discourse - IRNSS NavIC

Welcome to this week's tech round up and discourse post.

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EBay, Stripe and Mastercard drop out of Facebook’s Libra Association techcrunch
Club Factory raises $100M to expand its lifestyle e-commerce platform in India economictimes
Donald Trump joins Amazon's video game streaming platform Twitch cnn
Bill McDermott steps down as SAP’s CEO wsj
Elon Musk says that NASA is free to share all SpaceX IP with ‘anyone it wants’ gizmodo
NASA’s new Moon-bound spacesuit is safer, smarter and much more comfortable nasa.gov
Steam will soon let you play local-only multiplayer games with far off friends pcgamer
Dyson kills its electric car project and turns to solid-state batteries guardian
Amazon Music arrives on Apple TV pocket-lint
Google takes AMP to the OpenJS Foundation openjsf
Russia’s Yandex introduces an Echo Dot-style smart speaker techcrunch
Cisco hit by an internal network outage cbronline
Xage now supports hierarchical blockchains for complex implementations globenewswire
NASCAR could debut hybrids as early as 2022 thedrive
Apple pulls HKmap from App Store, the day after Chinese state media criticized its ‘unwise and reckless decision’ to approve it cnbc
Virgin Orbit plans to send cubesats to Mars as early as 2022 cnet
Call of Duty is the biggest mobile game launch ever, with 100 million downloads independent
Pinterest launches a new ‘Lite’ app for emerging markets androidpolice
Microsoft’s Your Phone app can now route calls from your Android phone to your PC blog.windows
European risk report flags 5G security challenges techcrunch
Toyota, GM, Nvidia, Bosch, Arm and others form new autonomous driving tech consortium theiet
China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app nyt
AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 is its new entry-level competitor to Nvidia’s GTX 1650 pcworld
Amazon, Walmart confront India’s slowing economy as holiday season growth stalls techcrunch
Essential reveals Project Gem smartphone with very long, unusual design engadget
Twitter admits it used two-factor phone numbers and emails for serving targeted ads help.twitter
Arm brings custom instructions to its embedded CPUs developer.arm
Sony’s next console is the PlayStation 5, arriving holidays 2020 theverge
Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet edition.cnn
Eight Chinese tech firms placed on US Entity List for their role in human rights violations against Muslim minority groups techcrunch
Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars earthsky
Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab androidpolice
Ex-Tinder CEO files lawsuit saying sexual assault allegations against him are defamation theverge
Fire TV might not get Disney+ as Amazon and Disney clash over ads variety
Amazon introduces a Kindle for kids indiatoday
Apple’s MacOS Catalina is now available 9to5mac
Spotify gains Siri support on iOS 13, arrives on Apple TV forbes
Disney is reportedly banning Netflix ads across its entertainment TV networks theverge
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC in November rockpapershotgun
NASA shares 3D Moon data for CG artists and creators space
PayPal is the first company to drop out of the Facebook-led Libra Association economictimes
Iranian hackers targeted US 2020 campaign, says Microsoft bbc
Apple CEO Tim Cook slams Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency as a power grab forbes
Google-backed Dunzo raises $45M to expand its hyperlocal delivery startup in India fortuneindia
NASA’s first all-electric experimental X-plane is ready for testing nasa.gov
Facebook is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion plan macrumorsInstagram launches Threads, a Close Friends chat app with auto-status wired
India’s Fyle bags $4.5M to expand its expense management platform in the US, other international markets techcrunch
Uber launches a shift-work finder app, Uber Works, starting in Chicago tnw
Redesigned Google Shopping goes live, with price tracking, Google Lens for outfits and more pcmag
Zuckerberg Plans to Sue if Elizabeth Warren Tries to Break Up Facebook gizmodo
Samsung pulls the plug on Chinese smartphone production techcrunch
Microsoft showcases an Android Surface 'phone' and dual-screen Windows Variant cnet
Microsoft’s latest Surface Laptop arrives in 13- and 15-inch models theverge
India’s NoBroker raises $50M to help people buy and rent without real estate brokers business-standard
Cybersecurity giant Comodo can’t even keep its own website secure forums.comodo
NASA awards $43.2M to Blue Origin, SpaceX and others for tech to take us to the Moon and Mars techcrunch
NASA launches a new planet-hunting telescope using a giant balloon phys.org
UPS gets FAA approval to operate an entire drone delivery airline nyt
Streamlit launches open-source machine learning application development framework techcrunch
WhatsApp tests self-destructing messages theverge
Europe’s top court says active consent is needed for tracking cookies techcrunch
SpaceX details Starship and Super Heavy in new website techcrunch
Hyundai is getting into the flying car business newatlas
Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally zdnet
Google's Project Jacquard is available on new Levi's jackets youtube
PayPal to enter China through GoPay acquisition venturebeat

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The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) recently become fully-operational and has been provided with the operational name of NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation). Developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) with the objective of offering positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) to the users on a variety of platforms with a 24 hour x 7 day service availability under all weather conditions - in its service area with a position accuracy of < 20 m throughout India and within the region of coverage extending about 1500 km beyond. nih.gov
Having an autonomous regional satellite navigation system of one’s own offers strategic autonomy in military operations. The GPS that we have known and used all along is the satellite-based radio navigation system owned by the US government and operated by the American Air Force. During the Kargil War 20 years ago, the US refused to provide India critical information on the movement and precise location of Paki enemy troops. toi A need for an indigenous satellite navigation was felt earlier, but Kargil experience made the nation realize it's inevitability. Geopolitical needs teaches us that some countries can deny us the service in times of conflict, a way of arm twisting.
With an accuracy of <10 m on Restricted and Encrypted Service (RES) while an accuracy of <20 m on Standard Positioning Service (SPS), IRNSS will offer 2 level of services for very differing purposes. isro.gov.in \PDF]) Almost all Military and Reconnaissance applications will utilize RES while SPS will be available for civilian uses. unvienna \PDF])

The IRNSS space segment architecture consists of 3 satellites in GEO (Geostationary Orbit) at 32.5°, 83° and 131.5° East while 4 satellites in geosynchronous orbit placed at inclination of 29° with longitude crossing at 55° and 111.75° East forming an analemma. isac.gov.in Out of the 4 GSO satellites, the first sat IRNSS-1A failed in orbit due to atmoic clock malfunction. On August 31, 2017, sat IRNSS-1H was meant to replace defunct IRNSS-1A, failed to deploy due to malfunction in payload fairing mechanism. Though failures are not uncommon in space missions of even developed nations, India is not in a position where it can afford even relatively minor glitches neither financially nor in terms of reaching the higher goals it has set for itself. firstpost

IRNSS Analemma

Unlike GPS which is dependent only on L-band, NAVIC has dual frequency (S and L bands). When low frequency signal travels through atmosphere, its velocity changes due to atmospheric disturbances. US banks on atmospheric model to assess frequency error and it has to update this model from time to time to assess the exact error. In India's case, the actual delay is assessed by measuring the difference in delay of dual frequency (S and L bands). Therefore, NavIC is not dependent on any model to find the frequency error and is more accurate than GPS. toi
Studies have also shown marked improvement in GDoP (Geometric dilution of precision) values when IRNSS is used in conjunction with GPS constellation for position fix in primary coverage region of IRNSS. Hence IRNSS can be augmented with GPS to improve position accuracy in the given region. ias.ac.in

The IRNSS is being developed parallel to the GAGAN (GPS Aided GEO Augmented Satellite Navigation) program that in essence use GPS signals for navigation but after making them much more reliable for safety critical applications like in civil aviation., the ISRO SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) version of an overlay system for GNSS signal corrections. earth.esa.int As of 2013, the statutory filing for frequency spectrum of Global Indian Navigational System (GINS) satellite orbits in international space, has been completed. hindubusinessline GINS is supposed to have a constellation of 24 satellites, positioned 24,000 km (14,913 mi) above Earth. wikipedia)

On Sep 24, 2019 Global mobile telephony standards body, 3GPP, gave its approval to NaVIC (Proposed jointly by Reliance Jio and ISRO). 3gpp.org \XLSX]) The approval has been given for the system’s use in Rel-16 LTE and Rel-17 5G NR specifications, paving the way for wider commercial adoption of NaVIC, allowing it to be integrated with 4G, 5G and internet of things (IoT). 3gpp.org \ZIP]) Thus, electronics companies can start designing and building integrated circuits and mass manufacture other products uniquely created to be compatible with NavIC. From what all scant information I was able to gather it seems Broadcom was first to introduce BCM47756 3gpp.org \ZIP]) chipset integrated with NavIC and Xiaomi Mi8 was the first phone to have the capabilities. insidegnss Will the introduction of indigenous satnav be another step closer towards being a global power? Comments open.
PS: Here's an interesting presentation prepared by Space Application Center that goes a little deep inside Navigation with Indian Constellation http://www.unoosa.org/documents/pdf/icg/2018/icg13/05.pdf

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And in the last, here's 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000 by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the then distant year of 2000.
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Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:France_in_XXI_Century_(fiction))
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10 Best Places to Learn Gift Cards

10 Best Places to Learn Gift Cards

A brief collection of 10 best resources to learn about gift cards, how they work, and other pro level factors to buy, sell, and use gift cards.
When we started to research the gift card industry both as a business and as a consumer we realized how little information is out there. On the surface gift cards are a simple concept, however many companies handle gift cards differently in terms of refund policy, available bulk discounts, distribution locations, secondary market value, and other factors.
Below are 10 resources you can use with a brief descriptions that should help filter the signal through the noise. Similar to the article Top 10 Affiliate Programs to Earn Bitcoin, we break down our favorite 10 links to help you get a jump start on the topic. If you have any specific questions, ask us and we'll do our best to help you research the answer.

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The Motley Foolhttps://www.fool.com/slideshow/35-things-you-should-know-about-gift-cards/
  • A 35 slide presentation including how big the gift card industry is, what the challenges are, and ideas for returning cards. It's a short skim, but gives good ideas about finding discount gift cards.

Money Crashershttps://www.moneycrashers.com/types-gift-cards-buy-sell-redeem/
  • Article that encapsulates the types of gift cards, consumers that are involved in the gift card trade industry and factors to consider when getting one. It also discusses how one can use gift cards and what you can do for unused ones. A short slideshow to give you a high level idea of the gift card industry.

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CoinSutrahttps://coinsutra.com/purse-review-trade-amazon-gift-cards-amazon/
  • Describes how you can get bitcoins with your Amazon gift card balance via Purse.io. The article details steps from creating a Purse account to placing orders for other users from the same app in exchange for bitcoins. Purse is a great resource if you want to buy products for others using your Amazon account to get access to bitcoin (at above market value).

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Creditcards.comhttps://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/7-things-need-know-about-gift-cards-1271.php
  • A popular resource to compare credit card programs based on every cost and perk you can think of. They also do a fair amount of coverage on gift cards, but since gift cards don't change nearly as fast as credit cards, the coverage is few and far between.
CNBChttps://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/20/how-to-swap-an-unwanted-gift-card-for-cash.html
  • Tips on how you can get the most of your gift cards especially the unused ones after the holiday season. Being a huge business at almost $30 billion just during the holiday, learn how you can turn these to cash instead of getting hawked online shelved and forgotten.

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PCMaghttps://www.pcmag.com/feature/358125/how-to-buy-sell-and-swap-gift-cards
  • Learn how you can turn your unwanted gift cards into cash, or even into actual gift card brands you need using CardCash.com with a step by step guide. You can use your credit card which is a nice perk, but the discounts are very low.

CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-sell-or-swap-gift-cards-amazon-ebay/
  • Provides information on how and where to exchange unused gift cards for cash or other gift card brands. Details about online trading platforms like Cardpool, CardCash and Raise are presented concisely such as card brands, guarantee period, buyer and seller rates as well as how trading is done

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Dough Rollerhttps://www.doughroller.net/personal-finance/where-to-sell-gift-cards/
  • Lists 7 online platforms where you can sell unwanted or unused gift cards for cash. The list includes Raise.com , Cardpool, Giftcard Granny, CardKangaroo, CardCash, ABC Gift Cards and GC Spread.


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Slickdealshttps://slickdeals.net/article/deal-guide/best-places-to-sell-and-trade-gift-cards/
  • This article provides 4 card exchange sites that helps you sell your unwanted or unused gift cards for cash. It provides sample payouts and organizes these sites based on benefits such as payouts, brand selection or ease of use.

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U.S. Newshttps://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/spending/articles/how-to-sell-gift-cards
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WARNING: Clipboard MITM attack on Windows in the wild

TLDR: Windows malware intercepts a BTC address copied to the clipboard so that the pasted address is different, diverting funds to the attackers wallet which has 8.8 BTC of transactions. It mangles an XMR address. Visually inspect every transaction destination address before clicking OK!
Update: source for the malware found: a win32diskimager.exe downloaded from download.cnet.com, of all places, with a total of 4,500 downloads. More in the update at the bottom of the post.
Update 3: u/gugap and colleagues posted a detailed analysis here: https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/03/14/stealing-bitcoin-download-com/
And great news that the file has been removed from CNET!
Original post:
I was setting up xmr-stak on my Windows desktop as the Linux version requires compiling which I'm not comfortable with. I was getting invalid address errors from the pool with two different wallet addresses, and I knew one of them is a good address with certainty having done transactions with it in the past.
After further head-scratching I noticed that the XMR address I copy from my password manager to the config file differs from the one that's pasted! I didn't notice it as the beginning and end characters are the same; the substitution is in the middle. The substitution can be defeated easily by copy-pasting the address in two chunks. But it does substitute the incorrect address even when the address is part of a longer string, such as the entire config file.
The fact that it generates invalid addresses (every time?) made me suspect this attack is meant for some other coin, most likely Bitcoin. I tested with a few BTC and BCH addresses, and it indeed generates the same address every time (below). Possibly the XMR attack is a by-product for the hack searching for BTC address strings, and it spits out an address without destination when confronted with an XMR address. [edit: After doing some further checks, the malware seems to look for the first "1" in the address and substitutes it with his BTC address below. I just learned that (one type of) BTC address always starts with a "1", which confirms the theory.]
While I believe this only allows the attacker to divert BTC funds to his address and doesn't compromise my XMR wallet or private keys, I already created a new wallet on my Linux machine, and moved my funds there. Now I'm considering doing this for all my coins as who knows what other monsters lurk behind the SSDs...
I thought I run a pretty tight ship with my desktop and cryptos, and do most of my computing in Linux. I only install wallets linked from the official websites, and verify checksums. I had heard of such attacks before, and always double-check the pasted address when moving funds. Fortunately I didn't lose any money as I noticed this while setting up XMR mining.
Somehow this got to my computer, and I have to deal with it and tighten my controls. Now, is there a secure way to clean my computer, or should I re-install Windows completely?
Below sample outputs for XMR and BTC addresses:
Correct XMR address generated with moneroaddress.org, copied in two chunks: 466mBJsXq4k8n4aampbico1Mn3muVyiBJUpfmq4oGjmrMCP1ZuXCz69HfuHDpsT1BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygj Incorrect address when copy-pasting in one go, substitutions in bold, the address is different for each XMR address: 466mBJsXq4k8n4aampbico1BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygjHDpsT1BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygj
Another correct XMR address: 41BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygjbRErDcCVrMLtZ5u1BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygjiMQcTg
Incorrect address which differs from the previous one: YmNRSAn6JQP7jNuWYieZEx1BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygj Correct Bitcoin address: 1GfyupfMmoNn9w9f9S7NQ6ouL1cgZW8MvM
Turns into this incorrect Bitcoin address, same address every time (at the time of writing it has 230 transactions worth 8.8 BTC). This BTC address is in the substitution in the XMR address above in bold. 1BQZKqdp2CV3QV5nUEsqSg1ygegLmqRygj
ALWAYS visually check that the address you send to is actually the one you copied. Don't just skip past the withdrawal confirmation page on your exchange; double-check that it is identical to the one you intend to send funds to.
Update:
Many have asked about the potential source. I know it's not an email as I don't use POP, and don't open attachments. Likely attack vectors are web ads, PDFs, or some crypto software I've installed recently. Haven't found the source, though.
For cleaning, F-Prot didn't find anything, Malwarebytes found the following and I quarantined them. After resetting twice my clipboard copies a Bitcoin address correctly. I will still re-install Windows completely just to be safe.
-Log Details- Scan Date: 3/13/18 Scan Time: 2:49 AM Log File: c03c0f4c-2660-11e8-a3f7-00ff86126b17.json Administrator: Yes
-Software Information- Version: 3.4.4.2398 Components Version: 1.0.322 Update Package Version: 1.0.4322 License: Trial
-System Information- OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 CPU: x64 File System: NTFS User: [username]
-Scan Summary- Scan Type: Threat Scan Result: Completed Objects Scanned: 267751 Threats Detected: 8 Threats Quarantined: 0 (No malicious items detected) Time Elapsed: 1 min, 58 sec
-Scan Options- Memory: Enabled Startup: Enabled Filesystem: Enabled Archives: Enabled Rootkits: Disabled Heuristics: Enabled PUP: Detect PUM: Detect
-Scan Details- Process: 1 Generic.Malware/Suspicious, C:\USERS[username]\APPDATA\ROAMING\DIBIFU_8\GO.EXE, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4322
Module: 1 Generic.Malware/Suspicious, C:\USERS[username]\APPDATA\ROAMING\DIBIFU_8\GO.EXE, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4322
Registry Key: 0 (No malicious items detected)
Registry Value: 1 Generic.Malware/Suspicious, HKU\S-1-5-21-1088663161-714082877-1087069783-1000\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|ScdBcd, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4322
Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected)
Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)
Folder: 0 (No malicious items detected)
File: 5 Generic.Malware/Suspicious, C:\USERS[username]\APPDATA\ROAMING\DIBIFU_8\GO.EXE, No Action By User, [0], [392686],1.0.4322 PUP.Optional.CrossRider, C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\FPQ8E3E.TMP, No Action By User, [204], [299102],1.0.4322 PUP.Optional.CrossRider, C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\FPQBAB4.TMP, No Action By User, [204], [299102],1.0.4322 PUP.Optional.CrossRider, C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\FPQD51D.TMP, No Action By User, [204], [299102],1.0.4322 PUP.Optional.CrossRider, C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\FPQE59F.TMP, No Action By User, [204], [299102],1.0.4322
Physical Sector: 0 (No malicious items detected)
(end)
Update 2:
Thanks to u/gugap I found the source for the infection!
Step-by-step. I was doing a backup of one of my Raspbian installs a few weeks back, and downloaded Win32 Disk Imager from download.cnet.com: http://download.cnet.com/s/win32-disk-image
I uploaded the file to VirusTotal, and got a scary list of suspicious items VirusTotal found in the file:
CAT-QuickHeal Trojan.IGENERIC Cylance
Endgame malicious (high confidence) ESET-NOD32
Fortinet MSIL/ClipBanker.DF!tr McAfee
McAfee-GW-Edition Artemis Sophos AV
TrendMicro-HouseCall Suspicious_GEN.F47V0119 VBA32
Seems like we found the source for McAfee's wealth j/k. Here the full report: https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/7b3d52200895d02bee51fc03217088a383158494dcac5f570dd875cdd1f2f248/detection
F-Secure didn't recognize anything then or today. I downloaded again just now, and it's infected. I reran it through Malwarebytes as well and it doesn't detect malware, either, only after the payload has been delivered.
Thanks again to u/gugap and others for helping find the source! Given the source is a CNET site I had less reason to suspect it, so I don't feel like a total idiot.
On the other hand, it's pretty scary that 4,500 (!) people have downloaded that file in the past two years (!!), over three hundred in the past week alone! I reported the file to CNET.
Also, it is very difficult to avoid such malware if AV doesn't detect it, and it's coming from a legit site. Time to ditch Windows for good, and start using airgapped TAILS for working with private keys.
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Please think twice about posting about Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency on your social media. | But don't think twice about this...

Hodlers,
As the original post reasons, definitely don't post on social media about your cryptocurrency holdings if you can avoid it.
But certainly, and unquestioningly, use completely transparent cryptocurrency that leaves a permanent trail of all your financial activity in perpetuity, much if not all of which can later (at the attacker's convenience - remember, it's recorded for eternity) be reconstructed at leisure.
Do worry about posting on social media, worry not about the baker going to blockchain.info, inputting the address you used to pay, and realize with glee that only two transactions back, there was change for 5 BTC -- he'll be happy to see you next time - and will even bring friends!
Do worry about posting on social media, worry not about providing a picture of your face, your full name and address, and permanent records to exchanges ---- after all, since large credit rating companies, social media giants, central banks and government systems cannot be hacked 2 3 4, you have nothing to worry about with your run-of-the-mill cryptocurrency exchange.
Always remember: Your KYC crypto exchange has military-grade encryption and follows industry best practices, therefore it can never be hacked. So to worry about theft of your cryptocurrency based on what is anyway impossible would just be paranoia and unwarranted worry. Carry on, and don't think too much about it.
And remember - only criminals need, or want privacy. If you want privacy, you must be a criminal. By definition.
Don't think too much about it ple.. citizen. It is for your own protection. We know what we are doing.
Trust the system. Don't question authority.
Now here's Heather with the news.
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[Wednesday, 07. August]

World News

Venezuela, Uruguay, Japan warn citizens about traveling to the US because of mass shootings
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Domino's is stockpiling pizza ingredients to protect against a disorderly Brexit
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Hong Kong police tear skirt, underwear off female protester, sparking public wrath
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All news, US and international.

Boy Scouts of America have a 'pedophile epidemic' and are hiding hundreds in its ranks, lawyers claim
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Nurse charged with scamming holocaust survivor out of life savings
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Florida governor orders state criminal probe into Jeffrey Epstein case
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Science

Researchers reveal AI weaknesses by developing more than 1,200 questions that, while easy for people to answer, stump the best computer answering systems today. The system that learns to master these questions will have a better understanding of language than any system currently in existence.
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Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths, according to a new study, which found that legalization and access to recreational marijuana reduced annual opioid mortality in the range of 20% to 35%, with particularly pronounced effects for synthetic opioids.
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An estimated one in 300 people may have genes that make them more likely to wake up extremely early: between three and five in the morning. According to a new study (n=2,422) those genes may run in families.
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A Crashed Israeli Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon
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It’s time for tighter regulation of how Facebook and Google use our data - Big tech’s power has reached a tipping point. Governments must set some ground rules
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Bitcoin expert scams a scammer, donates the money to charity
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Sadly, this is not the Onion.

University Professor: Men Don't Recycle Because They Don't Want People Thinking They're Gay
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Turkmenistan's leader does doughnuts next to flaming crater to prove he's not dead
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What part of your Personality do you Fake?
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I just wrote my first SQL query from scratch with multiple JOINs. I feel like a wizard
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What all the stuff in email headers means—and how to sniff out spoofing
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CEO Phishing Question: How did they get a hold of this information?
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Microsoft SQL Server

I think I'm overcomplicating this.
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EncryptByKey vs EncryptByPassphrase - I'm having trouble seeing why the former is PCI compliant while the latter is not.
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Get-UserChoice - a wrapper around $host.ui.PromptForChoice
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Bill weight for an old register at where I work
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Hey guys we made a 3d printed scalable pen plotter. If you want to check it I'll leave the link in the comments!
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This toothpaste squeezer I found on thingiverse
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Data Is Beautiful

[OC] We created a tool to visualise direct flights over weather statistics for a given month
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 2018-19 Premier League shot map [OC]
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TIL After an internet vote for a new middle name, Macaulay Culkin legally changed his name to Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin.
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I just read Player Piano and now i hate my job.
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Unpopular Opinions on the Classics
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My Great-Grandfather standing at the top of the Washington Monument. (1934)
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All The Longreads (So Far)

I'm trying to work on a system that would pull only the longreads links out and shove them into their own RSS feed. It's super hacky and embarrassing and all the other things that prevent people from sharing code (I will eventually, I promise...it's only 11 lines of python right now). But, I should at least share all the links, by date, in a post. Please enjoy all the longreads:
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:56:00 -0000 * How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes * Self-driving trucks in US offer window into where machines may replace humans * When Elon Musk Tunnels Under Your Home * The Case Against Quantum Computing * HOW GOOGLE AND AMAZON GOT AWAY WITH NOT BEING REGULATED * How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone * Scientists say goodbye to physical definition of the kilogram
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:15:10 -0000 * THE GENIUS NEUROSCIENTIST WHO MIGHT HOLD THE KEY TO TRUE AI * Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons * The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It * How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit * THE HAIL MARY PLAN TO RESTART A HACKED US ELECTRIC GRID * Space Camp grows up
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 21:56:00 -0000 * Why Technology Favors Tyranny * Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer * HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed its company to the brink * ‘It’s Giant and Has Like Five Million Buttons.’ The Office Desk Phone Won’t Die * Why Doctors Hate Their Computers * Here Comes ‘Smart Dust,’ the Tiny Computers That Pull Power from the Air * ASTRONOMERS SEE MATERIAL ORBITING A BLACK HOLE RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 * The Facebook Dilemma, Part 2 * A Cryptocurrency Millionaire Wants to Build a Utopia in Nevada * The Man Behind the Scooter Revolution * A Fork in the Road for Avis * The Encyclopedia of the Missing
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * Inside Rockstar Games' Culture Of Crunch * At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks * Podcast on Netflix Culture * It Might Get Loud: Inside Silicon Valley’s Battle to Own Voice Tech * How Dara Khosrowshahi’s Iranian heritage shapes how he leads Uber * AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF SILICON VALLEY DISRUPTION
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * The iPhone XS & XS Max Review: Unveiling the Silicon Secrets * Sex Workers Pioneered the Early Internet—and It Screwed Them Over * Raised by YouTube * Old Unicorn, New Tricks: Airbnb Has A Sky-High Valuation. Here's Its Audacious Plan To Earn It * EA announces ‘FIFA 19’ PS4 esports tournament
Fri, 28 Sep 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground * Coinbase Wants To Be Too Big To Fail * The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare * Meet the Community Keeping Obsolete Supercomputers Alive * The first Android phone 10 years later: An annotated review * Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:46:00 -0000 * Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’ * Bitcoin Miners Flock to New York’s Remote Corners, but Get Chilly Reception * Living The Stream * A brief history of the numeric keypad * Inside the Dramatic, Painful--and Hugely Successful--Return of Reddit's Founders
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:55:47 -0000 * Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed * Why a Leading Venture Capitalist Is Betting on a Decentralized Internet * Olaf Carlson-Wee Rode the Bitcoin Boom to Silicon Valley Riches. Can He Survive the Crash? * Memo to the Silicon Valley boys’ club: Arlan Hamilton has no time for your BS * Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 21:02:25 -0000 * Inside the World of Eddy Cue, Apple’s Services Chief * Bezos Unbound: Exclusive Interview With The Amazon Founder On What He Plans To Conquer Next * The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan * What went wrong at Social Capital * How Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness work * The man who won the lottery 14 times
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code * Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media * How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle * The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * VIRGIN GALACTIC’S ROCKET MAN * Inside Evernote’s brain * LET’S ALL GO BACK TO TUMBLR * Why Can’t Europe Do Tech? * To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can * Why the Next Silicon Valley Will Probably Be Outside the U.S. * Masayoshi Son’s secret to running his $100 billion fund: Telling start-ups to treat each other like family * What Happened to General Magic? * Growing Up Jobs
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:56:00 -0000 * Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency * How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy * THE 'GUERRILLA' WIKIPEDIA EDITORS WHO COMBAT CONSPIRACY THEORIES * Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce * MySpace and the Coding Legacy it Left Behind
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:55:00 -0000 * Hell for Elon Musk Is a Midsize Sedan * How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update * Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts * GEORGE HOTZ IS ON A HACKER CRUSADE AGAINST THE ‘SCAM’ OF SELF-DRIVING CARS * THE ONLY GOOD ONLINE FANDOM LEFT IS DUNE * Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No One Else Dares (Netflix Misunderstandings, Pt. 3)
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:50:39 -0000 * How Twitter Made The Tech World's Most Unlikely Comeback * The Legend of Nintendo * Intel now faces a fight for its future * INSIDE THE CRYPTO WORLD'S BIGGEST SCANDAL
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * ‘I can understand about 50 percent of the things you say’: How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech * The Twitter crime mystery that gripped Spain * Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' * Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' * Why Aren’t We All Buying Houses on the Internet?
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * Obama's US Digital Service Survives Trump—Quietly * he Search for Women Who Want Cybersecurity Careers * How Futures Trading Changed Bitcoin Prices * The Growing Emptiness of the "Star Wars" Universe
Fri, 11 May 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * Don't Skype Me: How Microsoft Turned Consumers Against a Beloved Brand * How to Make Your Open Office Less Annoying * The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia’s Editors From Killing Each Other * The Wealthy Are Hoarding $10 Billion of Bitcoin in Bunkers * Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting
Fri, 04 May 2018 20:57:00 -0000 * ‘Hi, It’s Amazon Calling. Here’s What We Don’t Like in Your City.’ * Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category * All We Want to Do Is Watch Each Other Play Video Games * CoinTalk
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:30:29 -0000 * Inside Jeff Bezos’s DC Life * Hulu Beyond 'Handmaid's Tale': Execs and Stars on a Promising Yet Uncertain Future * Can Silicon Valley Get You Pregnant? * You could be flirting on dating apps with paid impersonators
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 21:05:17 -0000 * Lawyer bots take the hassle out of fighting parking tickets and property taxes — and could cost local governments real revenue * How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet * Checking in with the Facebook fact-checking partnership * A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers A New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins * South Korean millennials are reeling from the Bitcoin bust
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What is Q DAO and USDQ StableCoin?

What is Q DAO and USDQ StableCoin? Fully Explained.
In this article, Slava Mikhalkin shares his opinion about USDQ, a unique fully decentralized stablecoin for easy Bitcoin collateralization. Serving as a Blockchain Architect at PLATINUM ENGINEERING, he’s helped deploy dozens of DLT-based success stories. Leveraging +15Y developer track record, he empowers USDQ with high-usability UI and robust back-end. Smart contracts the team develops quickly turn into industry best practices. He's certain that blockchain will disrupt finance as we know it. He goes raw on USDQ's inner working, telling it all.
Look into real-life use cases for Q DAO
Introduction
Cryptocurrency markets have been famous for huge volatility. This quality of crypto helps speculators earn enormous profits. This high volatility drew attention to Bitcoin in December 2017 when the price rocketed up to $20,000. Subsequently, the price plummeted. And up to this day, no other cryptocurrency has managed to repeat this feat. Some adopters don't need speculation and only want to use crypto to execute transactions, but scalability issues mean that execution might lag and prices might slip. As a result, either of the parties will inevitably incur a loss. USDQ has been created to address this very issue.
What are the problems that volatility creates?
  1. Cryptomarkets are moving toward creating the second financial system, featuring all those capabilities that the legacy finance institutions enable. Among these, lending is of particular importance. And lending doesn't win from volatility but only loses, because it's either lenders or borrowers that will lose from a change in prices for a crypto asset, which is used to execute the lending contract. Consequently, creating a stable crypto asset has become a top priority for the community with many experts believing that without it no adoption will occur.
  2. For another group of users, volatility is how they make money. It's traders. But even traders sometimes look for assets to cover against undesired prices moves. The only option they have is to transfer value into a more stable asset. Fiat is the first choice that comes to mind, but the big disadvantage of fiat is lengthy processing process, KYC/AML and fees. The crypto asset that simultaneously behaves just as fiat does and offers all the perks that cryptocurrencies do will always in favor among crypto traders.
All about Q DAO token
Seeing all these needs in the market, Q DAO was created in order to act as an internal governance token within the ecosystem, which helps to govern USDQ, a USD-pegged stablecoin. All future projects within the ecosystem will be carried out with the use of this internal token, bringing wide utilization of Q DAO and a driver behind the strong growth potential. As of now, it’s only Bitcoin that users can use as a collateral, but there are plans to expand to other top 10 crypto assets as well. Importantly, the ecosystem doesn’t use national fiat currencies, thus eliminating any need to engage the legacy financial system.
Naturally, the more successful the ecosystem projects are, the more rationale there'll be for Q DAO to grow in price. And USDQ has already proven that the crypto industry has evaluated the system's use at a high level. The coin’s value is pegged to USD, so 1 USDQ = 1 USD
What's the purpose of Q DAO token?
Q DAO is used in several ways throughout the USDQ ecosystem. The first of them is paying fees, payable by users who wish to exchange back from the stablecoin into Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies which were locked as a collateral. Whenever the fees are paid, Q DAO is burned, which results in supply reduction and growing prices.
The second way for Q DAO to bring value is enabling participation in the ecosystem governance. All holders of Q DAO token are entitled to participating in votes on proposals regarding to potential changes within the system. Since holders will win from continued success and expansion of the system, they are incentivized to thoroughly review the proposals and vote only for the most promising ones.
What's the fair value for Q DAO? Is it underpriced or overpriced?
The fair market value for Q DAO is indirectly correlated to the prices for USDQ. As long as the use of USDQ continues to grow, so will the prices for Q DAO. Accounting for the fact that USDQ is one of the pioneering stablecoins that will enable easier and more effective crypto lending, there are currently enormous opportunities for growth. In the years to come, combined with benefits from fast processing and lowered fees, Q DAO might garner global popularity as an instrumental component for lending, transacting and funding transactions, all automated and transparent through the use of smart contracts.
USDQ is decentralized stablecoin, which uses algorithms to offer higher stability and reliability. Fully on-chain and monitored by high-speed AI robots, ecosystem offers reliable defences against malicious acts and attacks. First, run in the line of fiat-pegs, USDQ is brought by PLATINUM ENGINEERING Team, looking to edge together innovative solutions in collateralization, using stabilizing mechanisms and oracles for high-endurance stablecoins. Fully anonymous, USDQ breaks limits out of this legacy world.
PLATINUM ENGINEERING openly shares about its development and vectors for growth, enabling stakeholders to learn about cutting-edge solutions in the blockchains/crypto domain. PLATINUM ENGINEERING has already helped over 150 crypto projects to grow through emerging blockchain economy of the future. Businesses would be amazed at new capabilities they can obtain through tokenizing their business models, automating routine business processes and drawing investors on crypto markets. The team welcomes the community to contact directly via the official groups in Telegram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Readers will learn how to obtain new competitive advantages by tapping into blockchain in their blog.
This overview may not be fully exhaustive and does not assess the viability of any project, nor its team legitimacy. Readers should conduct their own due diligence before using or investing in any of the listed Stablecoins. This article represents the author’s opinions only and should not be considered investment advice. All described functionality in the article is still under development, it can be changed/processed. Please follow the updates.
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BAT Community Weekly Update: 01/11/2019 to 01/17/2019 — Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel (blog), AMA with Tom Lowenthal, Luke Mulks talks BAT & Brave on the Crypto Traders podcast (video)

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

Brave Previews Opt-in Ads in Desktop Browser Developer Channel
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 Windows can activate opt-in Brave Ads within the Brave Rewards settings in the browser. Check out the blog post to find out how to start the preview!
https://brave.com/brave-previews-opt-in-ads-in-desktop-browser-developer-channel/

Highlights from Tom Lowenthal’s BAT Community AMA
Our January 16th AMA featured Tom Lowenthal, Brave’s Privacy & Security Product Manager. Tom answered both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors concerning a variety of topics, like how to educate people who aren’t concerned about online privacy and what he believes to be the greatest advantage of choosing Brave over other web browsers. Tom named his favorite infosec conferences, revealed his favorite spot in the Bay Area to enjoy afternoon tea—Pardee Home Museum—and shared the name of his favorite book—Blindsight by Peter Watts. When asked what he perceives to be the biggest threat to Brave’s success, his tongue-in-cheek reply was: “Climate change and the collapse of US democracy.”
https://brave.com/ama-with-tom-lowenthal/

Video Tutorial: “How to Preview Brave Ads in Brave developer release (desktop)” by CryptoJennie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ8MQDfLN70

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!

Client Updates:

Brave Releases Beta Channel v0.59.25
https://github.com/brave/brave-browsereleases/tag/v0.59.25
Brave Releases Dev Channel v0.60.13
https://github.com/brave/brave-browsereleases/tag/v0.60.13

Brave Team Tweets:

Woah… How about all that leaky data?
Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan The New Economics Foundation @NEF estimates that every UK Internet user has sensitive personal data about them leaked to hundreds or thousands of companies 164 times a day by websites' online ads @DuncanEMcCann @Miranda__Lena Jan 11 2019

We will iterate on our tipping mechanism. If a contributor is tipped, the tokens will stay in-browser until the creator is signed up.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich @andregnunes @brave No, you can still tip/auto-contribute to unverified creators, but your tokens stay in your browser ledger awaiting creator sign-up. We will iterate on client-only approach. Note it avoids any personal data for an unverified creator in our server db, avoids erasure requests, etc. Jan 12 2019

BrendanEich‏ @BrendanEich Replying to @BrendanEich @andregnunes @brave Thanks again to @tomscott for ringing the bell on the server-side and UX issues. We're grateful for Tom's feedback. It caused us to focus on client-only approaches, which the "just a passive/blind runtime for ads & tracking" browser mindset can miss or underestimate/underutilize. 6:38 PM - 12 Jan 2019

Tor integration on the mobile browser is on its way.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich @Karan_patell1 @smartopian @brave On roadmap for this year. Jan 14 2019

What’s the idea behind Brave?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich @_Cuddlefish_ @stshank @Catelli_NQU @brave The idea is for users to get the big revenue share and give back to their top sites and creators, which is what happens by default. Not to make a living, rather to put you in charge of how the Web, starting with your slice of it, is funded. Jan 15 2019

Is Uphold the only partner?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich @__anoop @stshank @brave Don't consider Uphold exclusive, just "first". Others: Coinbase, Revolut. More around the world. Jan 15 2019

Creators, publishers… Brave <3s you.
Luke Mulks @lukemulks #podcasters, #crypto #creators and #publishers, offer extends your way as well. Rivals, friends, foes, we all ought to have better privacy and security. @brave has your back. Jan 15 2019

Brave loves ads from Blockchain and Cryptocurrency people. Check us out.
Luke Mulks @lukemulks Unlike Google and Facebook, we welcome #ads from #Blockchain and #cryptocurrency related projects with open arms. Time to spread more awareness, not less. Also, #crypto != a crime. 30 days of free ads, if you stick w/ @Brave Ads for 3mo. DMs open. Jan 15 2019

Where is Brave showing ads?
Luke Mulks @lukemulks @244Ashutosh @OddStockTrader @brave @AttentionToken The first 5 geos for Brave Ads: US UK Canada France Germany More to follow. Jan 15 2019

Brave’s model puts ad matching on-device, rather than having a bunch of outside companies using your data.
Luke Mulks @lukemulks @BrendanEich @xHogglet @BraveSampson @jsecretan Our model also essentially puts smart ad matching locally on the smart device from local data which will replace the need for additional retargeting intermediaries. That said, segmentation is a key focus and buy-side deliverable. We aim to make it "done right" (so to speak). Jan 16 2019

Check out Sampson’s metal wall-mounted lion!!
Sampson @BraveSampson My home office just got a little more @brave with this metal wall-mounted lion. How awesome! https://t.co/rF6t92Fkog Jan 14 2019

Real time bidding is killed by New York Times… and ad revenue increases?
Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan NYT kills open exchange RTB in Europe post GDPR, and INCREASES ad revenue. https://t.co/KLPp2eRzOy Jan 16 2019

Check out Johnny:
Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan I'll be speaking at the @EU_EDPS discussion on electoral manipulation and data protection in the upcoming 2019 European elections. Register at https://t.co/NpO5z0PFXC (programme at https://t.co/3h59rbgYoO) https://t.co/OorKksxGH3 Jan 16 2019

BAT/Brave in the News:

Brave browser can now show ads, and soon you'll get 70% of the money
What if online ads weren't the distracting, privacy-invading, malware-laced, battery-gobbling mess they've become? What if they could even fund worthy websites?
That's what startup Brave hopes to accomplish with a major new phase of its browser business.
https://www.cnet.com/news/brave-browser-fix-for-online-advertising-pays-you-to-view-ads-that-respect-privacy/

Brave browser previews ad-replacement feature in latest Dev build
The privacy-focused web browser strips all ads from websites and blocks ad trackers; it aims to eventually roll out an unusual advertising model that pays users in cryptocurrency tokens.
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3333806/web-browsers/brave-browser-previews-ad-replacement-feature-in-latest-dev-build.html

Luke Mulks, Brave's Director of Business Development (& ad tech expert) talks BAT & Brave on the Crypto Traders Podcast
Kurt and Matt, hosts of the Crypto Traders podcast, talk to Luke Mulks from Brave.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5uAu-tzJDI

News You Should Know:

Apple Maps gooses DuckDuckGo in search privacy partnership
Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results, a new example of business partners trying to profit from people's concerns about online privacy.
DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger, interactive search results that appear in a separate maps tab, DuckDuckGo said in a blog post Tuesday. That replaces a combination including MapBox, OpenStreetMap and homegrown technology, Chief Executive Gabriel Weinberg added.
https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-maps-gooses-duckduckgo-in-search-privacy-partnership/

Roaring Fans:

Dylan Howell @dylanhowell @BitcoinDood @brave I’ve been on it a few weeks, such an easy transition.. almost all extensions work. It’s so much better than chrome. Jan 17 2019

Bitcoin Dood @BitcoinDood Just installed the @brave browser app on my Chromebook. Really liking it a lot. Blocks ads, pages load fast, graphics look great. It will probably be my go to browser over Chrome now. Jan 17 2019

Nrajesh @nrajesh Unlike other browsers that bungle by not having a clear selling point, @brave with #BAT tokens is a cut above the rest. A reflection of experienced founders. The software works fine across platforms & the revenue sharing is more like icing on the cake. Jan 17 2019

Bitcoin Backpacker @btcbackpacker @BitcoinDood @brave Been using brave. It's so similar to chrome and keeps getting better. Jan 17 2019

domains for sale ☕️ 👀 @domains21 Been using @brave browser since the start of the year and really liking what I have seen, both on desktop and mobile. Jan 17 2019

Alexander Trull‏ AlexanderTrullThe level of support I've received from @brave is quite unlike anything I've seen before. Thank you @BrendanEich & Company.

Luke Mulks‏ @lukemulks I see @airswap and @EthSimple and see solid progress toward making things easier.I use both from @brave, tip with @AttentionToken & get optimistic feelz.A nice future is being built right now, you just have to look past the bears & bulls to see it.#BUIDL on. #HODL on.

ETHSimple‏ @EthSimple Retweeted Luke Mulks That's exactly what we're going for. Thanks for the shout-out! We also love @brave!

From Reddit:

I finally bit the bullet and switched to brave, and I'm not going back
The last version of brave was a bit annoying with tabs and the UI, but now that it runs off chromium and acts the same way I decided to finally switch over permanently. TOR is a great idea and having that already built in is great. Importing passwords and bookmarks was simple, easy, and effective. I feel good already.
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/ags7co/i_finally_bit_the_bullet_and_switched_to_brave/

Live in Japan. Japanese wife's been using Brave for the past week. BAT is gonna be freakin huge in Japan!
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/agla6live_in_japan_japanese_wifes_been_using_brave_fo
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BAT Community Weekly Update: 10/05/2018 to 10/11/2018 — AMA with Yan Zhu, Why GDPR is kryptonite to Google & Facebook, Brave & Brendan Eich mentioned by US Senate committee (video), BAT/Brave Team at ETH SF, Worldwide BAT Meetups next week

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

BLOG: Why GDPR is Kryptonite to Google & Facebook on Anti-Trust
Brave’s submission to Margrethe Vestager, the EU Anti-Trust Chief, responding to her call for stakeholder input. Brave’s recent submission to the European Competition Directorate General for Competition describes how a core principle of the GDPR called “purpose limitation” can be used to prevent anti-competitive behavior by Google and Facebook.
https://brave.com/vestage

VIDEO: Brave and Brendan Eich mentioned by US Senate committee
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9nbz90/video_brave_and_brendan_eich_mentioned_by_us/

VIDEO: Brave & BAT at Founders Fund with Brendan Eich (CEO) — Detailed talk about BATBrave & BAT official meetup event graciously hosted at Founders Fund, featuring Brendan Eich. Brendan is the inventor of JavaScript, founder of Mozilla/Firefox and CEO of Brave.Brave is a new, privacy-first browser that blocks all third-party ads and trackers by default. Basic Attention Token (BAT) is a revolutionary digital advertising platform that rewards users in Ethereum-based BAT tokens for any ads they opt into seeing, and locally matches ads to user interests without any tracking or data collection required.
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9mgb9l/video_brave_bat_at_founders_fund_with_brendan/

BAT Community presents its first worldwide meetup events: “24 HOURS OF BAT” (Oct. 16th)
The BAT was first integrated into Brave in October 2017. To celebrate reaching 1 year of BAT utility in Brave, we’ve asked all of our Regional Leaders and volunteers from around the world to host meetups in their country on October 16th, 2018 and create a full day of global BAT meetups!
If you are in the area where one of our meetups will be taking place, you are invited to join in! Meetups with event pages for each region are listed below. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more event pages for 24 Hours of BAT meetups in other countries!24 Hours of BAT meetup in Media, Pennsylvania:
https://www.meetup.com/BATPennsylvania/events/254956818/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Jakarta, Indonesia:
https://www.meetup.com/BAT-Indonesia-Community/events/255078993/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Vigo, Spain:
https://www.meetup.com/Meetup-de-Educacion-y-tecnologia-en-Vigo/events/255192626/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Toronto, Canada:
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9kh6z5/event_details_batbrave_meetup_on_october_16th/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Bogotá, Colombia:https://www.meetup.com/BATColombia/events/255091430/?_xtd=gqFyqTI1ODQ1NDA2OaFwp2FuZHJvaWQ&from=ref
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Perth, Australia:https://www.meetup.com/BATPerth/events/255358589/
And be sure to check out these other upcoming BAT/Brave meetups!
BAT/Brave meetup in Medellín, Colombia on October 20th: https://www.meetup.com/BATColombia/events/254368593/
BAT/Brave meetup in Montreal, Canada on October 23rd:
https://www.meetup.com/BATMontreal/events/255413618/

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!

Client Updates:

Brave releases desktop client] version v0.25.2
Brave releases Beta client version 0.55.12
https://github.com/brave/brave-browsereleases/tag/v0.55.12

Brave Team Tweets:

More fiat to cryptocurrencies exchanges to come?
Ivan Buncic @ivanbuncic Replying to @BrendanEich @brave will it [Brave] supports something else than bitcoins for contributions?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich We switched from Bitcoin last year, to @attentiontoken. @UpholdInc is first partner enabling exchange to many fiats/cryptos in many regions. More to come. 3:01 PM - Oct 5, 2018

Almost 30,000 publishers/creators, and coming up on 5 million active users!
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Early October @Brave stats: 4.6M MAU 28.7K publishers/creators (23.1K verified) 1:52 PM - 5 Oct 2018
BAT Community @BAT_Community Official BAT/Brave event last night with a great presentation by @BrendanEich! Thanks to Founders Fund for providing the beautiful venue. ☁️✨🦁🚀$BAT #Brave #BeBrave @AttentionToken @brave11:45 AM - Oct 5, 2018

Check out Brendan’s post on Hacker News discussing sending crypto anonymously to favorite sites and creators:
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Oct 6, 2018 I just commented on "Brave – A private, secure and fast browser", HN post at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18154545 …
BrendanEich @BrendanEich “In this sense, all browsers insert the vast majority of ads today.” pic.twitter.com/cbyXw9GLVr 1:03 PM - Oct 6, 2018

Brave’s ad deals don’t come through exchanges.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich As noted elsewhere, we already do antifraud. I'll reply at length, but note our ad deals do not come through exchanges, they require integrity-checked Brave -- so there's no way that fork would get paid so easily. To cheat us, fraudster would have to fake users who run our code. 5:08 PM - Oct 6, 2018

Brave working on BAT for premium content… and don’t forget: Brave gives you token grants!
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Oct 7, 2018 Replying to @naval @sriramk Brave (see the Payments panel in settings/preferences) does let you take a token grant _gratis_ and pin percentages of your monthly budget to any site or YouTube or Twitch channel you want. Reddit & Twitter account support coming. As Brave Rewards, revamped & on mobile very soon.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich
We’re working with some of those sites + other publishers (e.g., Dow Jones Media Group) on “BAT for premium content” too. Everyone needs non-adtech revenue. From recent trips to NYC and Paris, it’s clear to me that publishers are waking up, like the Ents in Tolkien going to war. 10:23 AM - Oct 7, 2018

Brendan’s response to “Why not imitate a specific model (Patreon) that is working in the wild?”
Naval @naval Oct 7, 2018 Replying to @BrendanEich and 2 others
IMHO too oblique and roundabout. Why not imitate a specific model (Patreon) that is working in the wild? Pay USD to sponsor publishers. Publisher’s site unlocks specific content to paying subscribers. Of course this requires some module on the publisher’s side. cc @photomatt
BrendanEich @BrendanEich
If you want roundabout, try getting publishers & users at the same time, with a pitch that requires both at once. Metcalfe’s Law, Catch-22. So we start with users and now, nearing 5M MAU, we have over 23,000 creators on board. We do not centralize data or censor, unlike Patreon.
11:32 AM - Oct 7, 2018
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Last thing: most users do not want to pay, at least not at first. So we give token grants while building other models to pay the user to let paid tokens flow by default to their top or pinned sites. >430K user wallets from desktop only option, coming to mobile in several weeks.
9:15 PM - Oct 7, 2018

How is the adblock support on Brave? Sampson explains:
Kevin S. @ifandbut01 Oct 8, 2018 Replying to @Grummz @brave
How is the ad block support?
Sampson | [email protected]
@brave uses the same lists which power other popular ad-blockers. One exception is that we don't have a pay-to-play model (like others) which lets some advertisers through. We go a step further too, blocking cryptominers (first browser to do so?), auto-play media, and more.
10:44 AM - Oct 8, 2018

Too many browsers, Luke?
Luke Mulks @lukemulks You know you work for a browser, when you have 12 browsers installed on your machine, and at least 3 of them are from the same company. Lol. 4:57 PM - Oct 8, 2018

GDPR only helping big incumbents?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich It's a silly slogan that GDPR only helps big incumbents. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18132868 … 2:03 PM - Oct 3, 2018

Has Brave always been based on Chromium? Sampson explains:
Sampson | brave.com @BraveSampson Brave has pretty much always been built on Chromium. The current released inherited the Chromium code by way of another project called Electron. We forked Electron to improve security, but this slowed us down. Brave Core is us moving closer to the root code-base, for many gains… 8:12 PM - Oct 8, 2018

Will advertisers on Brave would be required to purchase the $BAT token?
Mike Rogers @mikerogers121 Oct 9, 2018 Replying to @BrendanEich and 3 others Sorry Brendan, I made a mistake with the first Q. What I wanted to know is if advertisers on Brave would be required to purchase the $BAT token, via Uphold or other exchange, in order to pay for ads on the Brave platform?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Yes, the token flows from advertisers to users and publishers. It is the unit of account for attention, sent p2p in as many cases as we can do w/ anonymity, held in user wallets over 30 days of anonymous analytics, settled either via Uphold or soon p2p to optional pub eth wallet.
9:23 PM - Oct 9, 2018

From Reddit: Can extensions spy on us? If it can, how do we prevent it after 1.0 release?
Great response from Chris here:
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9n5nws/can_extensions_spy_on_us_if_it_can_how_do_we/

News You Should Know:

Facebook to release first-party cookie option for ads, pull web analytics from Safari
Facebook is the latest big digital ad seller to release a solution to address moves by browsers to kill third-party cookies. The company is releasing a new first-party cookie option for advertisers, publishers, and developers to measure and optimize Facebook ads and capture analytics data from browsers that block third-party cookies — namely Apple’s Safari and soon Mozilla’s Firefox.
https://marketingland.com/facebook-to-release-first-party-pixel-for-ads-web-analytics-from-browsers-like-safari-249478

The EU’s new privacy law is starting to bite Facebook
REGULATION helps incumbents, which have the resources to comply, but hurts newcomers. Or so argue critics of the European Commission’s new rules for the digital realm and of its privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). That may yet prove true, although the GDPR makes exceptions for smaller firms. But for now these new laws are making life harder for big technology firms. Facebook, in particular, is in the cross-hairs of European regulators as never before.
https://www.economist.com/business/2018/10/06/the-eus-new-privacy-law-is-starting-to-bite-facebook

Exclusive: Audit cleared Google privacy practices despite security flaw
An independent auditing firm signed off on Google's privacy practices earlier this year after the internet giant had discovered a software bug that exposed private information on potentially hundreds of thousands of users.
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/410568-exclusive-privacy-audit-failed-to-mention-of-google-plus-security-flaw

Google shutting down Google+ after exposing data of up to 500,000 users
A vulnerability in the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 people using the site between 2015 and March 2018, the search giant acknowledged Monday.
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-reportedly-exposed-data-of-hundreds-of-thousands-of-google-users/

Roaring Fans:

Yagiz‏ @anonrig Today's the day I switch from Google Chrome to @brave 6:15 PM - 6 Oct 2018

Ö. Onur ERGINOGLU @OnurErginoglu Hey @BrendanEich and @brave team! thank you for saving my 60 minutes from being wasted! There is nothing precious than the time! 9:50 PM - Oct 7, 2018

Zach‏ @heyztb 31,000 ads blocked, just over 31 minutes of times saved @brave Funny how that works out. 3:37 PM - 8 Oct 2018

Tereza Iofciu‏ @terezaif Damn.. this is like in 5 mins after starting to use @brave creepy af #adsblocked #browsermagic #Brave 8h8 hours ago
Just a Random Person‏ @ShrekOverflow First day using @brave with moderate usage (mostly google sites). 20h20 hours ago

Christopher Scott‏ @chrisjscott I'm in love - @Brave browser for macOS + @DuckDuckGo search engine has become my new jam. #MyDataNotYours Oct 10

Kim Priestap‏ @kimpriestap Google is too big, too powerful. Divest from Google. Use @DuckDuckGo for search engine and @Brave for browser. I'm also switching over to @protonmail for email. https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-exposed-user-data-feared-repercussions-of-disclosing-to-public-1539017194 … via @WSJ Oct 10

Barbora the explorer‏ @barbori_j Started using @brave today and couldn't be happier with it! Fast, smart, no ads, hallelu! Try it too #bravebrowser @AttentionToken #blockchain #innovation
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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.
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9dkbpi/the_rewrite_of_brave_named_brave_core_is/

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.
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9cb9b0/we_have_reached_4m_mau_growth_is_certainly/

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.
https://brave.com/ama-with-johnny-ryan/

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:
https://brave.com/iab-rtb-problems/

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!
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9cyjc2/bat_logo_brave_lion_stickers_now_available_on_ou
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

THE WINNER
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.
https://cryptomode.com/brave-browser-surpasses-4-million-monthly-active-users/

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.
https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2018/09/why-brave-browser-uses-basic-attention-token-bat-instead-of-bitcoin-btc/

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.
https://www.cnet.com/news/brave-ad-blocking-browser-gets-chrome-extensions-with-major-new-version/

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.
https://download.cnet.com/blog/download-blog/brave-browser-to-embrace-google-chrome-extensions/

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.
https://www.adweek.com/agencies/gdprs-lack-of-clarity-is-causing-google-and-the-ad-tech-industry-problems/

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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BAT Community Weekly Update: 02/22/2018 to 03/01/2018 — Twitch support released + $1M added to referral promo, Let's Encrypt official sponsorship, Brave commercial spotted, FindX partnership and knowledge bombs!

Welcome to this week's community update! Some major releases this week such as Twitch support for Brave and Brave Payments with BAT. The verified publisher family is growing fast, and we're happy to expand this circle to Twitch. More platforms coming too! So without further ado and with special thanks to MurphD:
 
Brave Announces Twitch Support!
Today we’re announcing that Twitch streamers can earn revenue in connection with the Brave browser. As part of our commitment to Twitch, we have added up to an additional $1 million to our referral program for creators.
https://brave.com/blog/twitch-support/
 
Brave Sponsors Let’s Encrypt
Today Brave is proud to announce its corporate sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA). Let’s Encrypt is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and is run for the public’s benefit. It gives domain name owners the trusted digital certificates they need to create more secure and privacy-respecting websites – at zero cost.
https://brave.com/blog/lets-encrypt-sponsorship/
 
BE ADVISED: The BAT Project is NOT running an airdrop from Telegram!
More information here: https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/80uhbs/be_advised_the_bat_project_is_not_running_an/
 
Community sees first Brave commercial ad on YouTube
Members of the community have seen their first Brave ad commercial on YouTube, starring YouTube star Bart Baker. See if you can find it!
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/80s6g6/got_my_first_brave_commercial/
 
Jennie drops knowledge about BAT & Brave
In this comment, Jennie drops knowledge about BAT & Brave. Luke and Brendan also followed up within the thread.
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/80xpzy/had_to_sell_my_tokens/duyy7ry/
 
Basic Attention Token article now published on Wikipedia
Users can now find information about Basic Attention Token on Wikipedia. Thanks to @Miyayesereum for writing the first versions of the Wikipedia article. Nicely written!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Attention_Token
 
Findx is now a private search engine in the Brave browser
"... we are happy to announce that Findx now easily can be your default search engine in Brave, a new privacy-conscious browser."
https://get.findx.com/blog/findx-is-now-a-private-search-engine-in-the-brave-browse

Client Updates:

Release Brave Releases Desktop Client Version v0.21.18
Added the ability to pay Twitch publishers with BAT. (#13139) There are three things related to Twitch that will be fixed or improved later: i) Paused videos are currently counted for watch time, ii) favicons associated with streams are not shown in the payments panel when watching live video iii) calculating watch time will be improved when seeking. Added the ability to sort publishers using the verified publisher column under payments. (#10752) Moved publishers that have been deleted from payments into a new dialog. (#12833) Fixed localization issue when backing up recovery key. (#13311) Fixed favicons not being consistently displayed under payments. (#13281) Fixed publisher pinning issue when brave profile has been corrupted. (#13134) Fixed the actions column under payments being clickable as it's not sortable. (#13074) Fixed token promotions notifying users who have disabled promotion notifications in the advanced settings. (#13021) Fixed "show notifications" under advanced settings being re-enabled when disabling/enabling payments. (#12817) Fixed publishers being auto included under payments even though "show only included sites" has been disabled. (#12766) Fixed incorrect decimal value being displayed when balance under payments is below a certain amount. (#12666) Fixed pinned publishers not always being displayed under payments. (#12584) Fixed "never include" wording under context menu when right clicking on publishers under payments. (#12296) Fixed incorrect amount being deducted from wallet during payment processing. (#12183) Fixed manually entered values for publishers under payments not being retained. (#11238) https://github.com/brave/browser-laptop/releases/tag/v0.21.18dev
 

BAT/Brave in the News

Twitch game streamers now can tap in to Brave browser payments
The ad-blocking browser adds a third category of online creators who can get paid by Brave users -- and a third $1 million giveaway.
https://www.cnet.com/news/twitch-videogame-streamers-can-tap-into-brave-browser-payments/
Basic Attention Token Launches Support for Twitch Publishers, Adds $1M to Referral Program
Allowing Twitch creators to become Brave Publishers is part of the team’s ongoing campaign to restructure the current system of digital advertising, which requires growing the platform’s user base.
“Supporting Twitch streamers is part of our mission to reset browsing by giving a better experience to users and content creators,” said BAT CEO and founder, Brendan Eich, in a statement to Coinsquare Discover. “Users love to give to gamers they follow and now Brave lets fans directly support their favorite Twitch streamers.”
https://discover.coinsquare.io/digital-currency/basic-attention-token-twitch-referral-program/
Is this web browser the answer to YouTube’s new monetization policy?
YouTube users who want to get paid are beginning to turn toward a new web browser that makes use of cryptocurrency and could allow content creators to get around the social media platform’s evolving payment system.
As reported by Polygon, YouTubers are beginning to flock to Brave, an open-source browser that blocks ads and allows users to decide for themselves who gets paid what.
https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/brave-browser-youtube/?tw=dd
What’s Brave, YouTubers’ new favorite browser?
It’s a scary time for YouTubers: YouTube’s community guidelines are changing seemingly on the fly, demonetization is affecting a large number of creators and the future of the platform that many people call home is uncertain. Creators don’t want to leave YouTube, but they are trying to figure out what’s next. Maybe the answer isn’t finding a new home, but a new browser.
https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/22/17040522/brave-browser-cryptocurrency-youtube-demonetizationye
Basic Attention Token (BAT) - Fundamental Analysis by Nugget’s News Australia
Review & analysis of the Brave browser and the Basic Attention Token. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afOlkrKWZMg
Study Breaks: How Blockchain Technology will Shape Our Future
The rising tech made popular by Bitcoin has applications extending far beyond banking and finance. Mentions Basic Attention Token.
https://studybreaks.com/culture/blockchain/
Why futurist Mark Pesce wants you to buy 15 minutes of his time on the blockchain
Pesce says the idea came to him after Mark Jeffery, an author and close friend of Pesce’s, made a tongue-in-cheek tweet in August last year, which read: “By the year 2018, 4 out of 5 Americans had their own personal cryptocurrency”. He was also in part inspired by Mozilla founder Brendan Eich’s Basic Attention Token, which is designed to “unfuck” (his words) internet advertising through rewarding both users and publishers with tokens by ditching all the complex audience segmentation and cross device tracking involved in modern-day advertising and valuing an audience’s attention equally.
https://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/news-analysis/why-futurist-mark-pesce-wants-to-let-you-buy-15-minutes-of-his-time-on-the-blockchain/
Brave mentioned in new piece by founder of MyEtherWallet
According to the founder of MyEtherWallet, Taylor M., the future of Ethereum doesn’t involve wallets. Brave is mentioned along with several other technologies as presenting a possible key to this future.
https://medium.com/mycrypto/the-future-of-ethereum-doesnt-have-wallets-232fcee708bf

News You Should Know:

AT&T And Bayer Bet On Blockchain To Tame Digital Advertising
https://adexchanger.com/online-advertising/att-bayer-bet-blockchain-tame-digital-advertising/
Dear ad industry: You should care about media literacy, too
I have an odd proposal for the ad industry: One of our most potent weapons in the war for human attention is the media-literate consumer, and we should work to cultivate more of them.
I’m talking about the consumer who can tell when an ad is an ad, when a news story is sensationalized with partisanship or outright faked, and when a publisher cares more about clicks than quality. These are the consumers who, when they see a cluttered ad experience, know that their attention isn’t being properly valued and promptly install an ad blocker. These shouldn’t be the consumers who scare us; they should be our allies, and we need more consumers to be like them.
https://medium.com/media-future/dear-ad-industry-you-should-care-about-media-literacy-too-4acdb914dde9
Note: These three stories below relate to cryptocurrency mining and Coinhive, which as appeared on several sites. Brave already protects against this, but we could use the stories to show how common this is becoming.
LA Times serving cryptocurrency mining script
The Los Angeles Times website is serving a cryptocurrency mining script which appears to have been placed there by malicious attackers, according to a well-known security expert.
British infosec researcher Kevin Beaumont, who has warned that Amazon AWS servers could be held to ransom due to lax security, tweeted that the newspaper's site was serving a script created by Coinhive.
https://www.itwire.com/security/81860-la-times-serving-cryptocurrency-mining-script.html
Showtime websites secretly mined user CPU for cryptocurrency
This past weekend, Showtime websites were found to be running a script that allows the sites to mine visitors’ extra CPU power for cryptocurrency, as pointed out by users on Twitter. The afflicted sites included showtime.com and showtimeanytime.com, but the script has since been removed following reports from Gizmodo and other sites.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/26/16367620/showtime-cpu-cryptocurrency-monero-coinhive
Hackers Hijacking CPUs to Mine Cryptocurrency Have Now Invaded YouTube Ads
The latest network to be targeted by cryptojackers is Google’s advertising service on YouTube. As Ars Technica first reported on Friday, users on social media started complaining earlier this week that YouTube ads were triggering their anti-virus software. Specifically, the software was recognizing a script from a service called CoinHive.
https://gizmodo.com/hackers-hijacking-cpus-to-mine-cryptocurrency-have-now-1822466650
 

Brave Team Tweets:

  • BrendanEich @BrendanEich “Fraud is good.” - AdTechGordonGecko. Yet another reason to block by default. @brave 7:06 PM - Feb 28, 2018
  • BrendanEich @BrendanEich We have Flash off by default (if you enable, you have to approve for each site and it auto-disables for that site in seven days) and no other plugins. Brave forthcoming release will quarantine downloads on macOS. Brave on Windows already quarantines: pic.twitter.com/JBbdrwdZvu 12:38 PM - Feb 26, 2018

Roaring Fans on Twitter:

  • VintageVolatility @thetrading Highly recommend the Brave browser. Just look at what it did to the @DailyCaller site. 21 ads and trackers blocked and 28 https upgrades. The beauty is they get paid through @brave without me having to withstanding this sort of onslaught. 6:15 PM - Feb 22, 2018
  • Let's Encrypt @letsencrypt Thank you to @brave for supporting an even more secure Web through their sponsorship of Let's Encrypt! We look forward to continuing to create a better Web alongside you. 12:20 PM - Feb 27, 2018
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