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  1. Pay direct, avoid the advertising Browser upstart Brave is now letting you contribute Bitcoin to websites in return for ad-blocking. Beta version 0.11.6 of Brave has activated its Brave Payments, which lets you send micropayments to websites as a reward for not hitting you with ads or trackers. You turn on Brave Payments from within the open-source browser’s preferences page, then top up a wallet using Coinbase or Bitcoin. BitGo hold the virtual funds. Donations to websites are anonymous, with your IP address masked. The idea is you reward sites that depend on ad revenue, weaning them off the need for both the ads and the invasive tracking technologies. You set the payment level. Brave is the work of former Mozilla co-founder and CEO and JavaScript daddy Brendan Eich. It landed $4.5m in venture funding in August. In a blog post here, Eich said of the new Payments feature: Brave Payments v0.11.6 Article source
  2. Brave Software, the startup founded by Mozilla cofounder Brendan Eich that has developed an ad-blocking Internet browser, today responded to an attack by newspaper publishers on grounds that its technology unlawfully replaces publishers’ revenue-generating ads with ads that make money for Brave. Brave first launched its browser on Mac and Windows in January, and iOS and Android versions have since appeared on the App Store and the Google Play Store, respectively. The startup has begun to unveil information about how users and publishers can get paid when Brave is serving its own “private” and “anonymous” ads through its own ad network. Now juggernauts in the media industry — Newspaper Association of America members Advance Local, Digital First Media, Dow Jones, Gannett, Lee Enterprises, the New York Times Co., Tribune Publishing, and McClatchy — are fighting back. “Your apparent plan to permit your customers to make Bitcoin ‘donations’ to us, and for you to donate to us some unspecified percentage of revenue you receive from the sale of your ads on our sites, cannot begin to compensate us for the loss of our ability to fund our work by displaying our own advertising,” the publishers wrote in the letter. They specifically said they don’t want to participate in the system Brave has laid out for providing compensation to certain publishers. Here’s Brave’s full response to the letter: The NAA sent a letter to Brave Software that is filled with false assertions. The NAA has fundamentally misunderstood Brave. Brave is the solution, not the enemy. The NAA’s letter to Brave Software asserts that any browser that blocks and replaces ads on the browser user’s device performs “unauthorized republication” of Web content. This is false on its face, since browsers do not “republish”, serve, syndicate, or distribute content across the Internet or to any computer other than the one on which they run. Browsers are the end-point for secure connections, the user agent that actually mediates and combines all the pieces of content, including third-party ads and first-party publisher news stories. Browsers can block, rearrange, mash-up and otherwise make use of any content from any source. If it were the case that Brave’s browsers perform “republication”, then so too does Safari’s Reader mode, and the same goes for any ad-blocker-equipped browser, or the Links text-only browser, or screen readers for the visually impaired. The NAA letter also falsely asserts that Brave will share an “unspecified percentage of revenue”, when our revenue share pie chart has been public and fixed from our first preview release in January. We give the lion’s share (pun intended), up to 70% of ad revenue, to websites, keeping only 15% for ourselves and paying 15% to our users. We sympathize with publishers concerned about the damage that pure ad blockers do to their ability to pay their bills via advertising revenue. However, this problem long pre-dates Brave. We categorically reject the claim that browsers perform “republication”, and we repeat that Brave has a sound and systematic plan to financially reward publishers. We aim to outperform the invasive third-party ads that we block, with our better, fewer, and privacy-preserving ads. Finally, we note that malvertisement has gotten onto the websites of the New York Times and the BBC recently through the ill-designed, unregulated, and poorly-delegated third-party advertising technology ecosystem. Truly, this tracker-based ad-tech ecosystem is what is damaging the brand value of content publishers and driving users to adopt ad-blocking software. Brave blocks and replaces only third-party ads and trackers. Our system thus actually repairs the damage that publishers have carelessly allowed their ad partners (and partners’ partners, to the seventh degree of separation) do to their trademarked brands and names. Make no mistake: this NAA letter is the first shot in a war on all ad-blockers, not just on Brave. Though the NAA never reached out to us, we would be happy to sit down with them for an opportunity to discuss how the Brave solution can be a win win. We will fight alongside all citizens of the Internet who deserve and demand a better deal than they are getting from today’s increasingly abusive approach to Web advertising. Apple’s iOS mobile operating system now supports ad blockers. Microsoft last week announced that its Edge browser would support ad-blocking through third-party extensions like Adblock Plus. Meanwhile, some publishers have begun implementing anti-ad-blocking software on their own websites. http://venturebeat.com/2016/04/07/ad-blocking-browser-brave-says-publishers-have-fundamentally-understood-it/
  3. Brave is an open sourceweb browser, announced by the co-founder of the Mozilla Project, Brendan Eich. It aims to block website trackers and remove intrusive internet advertisements, and replaces them with ads sold by Eich's company. The browser also strives to improve privacy by sharing less data with advertising customers, targeting web ads through anonymized analysis of their browsing history instead The Brave browser is tops at speed and privacy by blocking ads and trackers. By adding micropayments, it also gives users and publishers a better deal. The new Brave browser blocks all the greed and ugliness on the Web that slows you down and invades your privacy. Then we put clean ads back, to fund website owners and Brave users alike. Users can spend their funds to go ad-free on their favorite sites. New in Brave 0.7.14: Security (Severity: High): Added process sandboxing for content processes (c794907). Various UI rendering performance optimization. Fix loading videos on CNN and other page loading problems. Security (Severity: Low): Hostname is always displayed in title mode in bold. Security (Severity: High): Preferences page script context is now reloaded when navigating in the same tab away from preferences (446dfe8). Theme color detection changes. Various bug fixes. 85.9 Mb Freeware Windows 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003 / 2008 / 2008 64 bit / 2008 R2 / Server 2012 / 10 / 10 64 bit Website: https://brave.com/ GitHub Link: https://github.com/brave/browser-laptop Download Brave Browser x64 Developer Version Download Brave Browser For OSX x64 Developer Version Download For Android (1.8.1)
  4. Former Firefox head honcho takes a Brave stance A new open-source browser that blocks ads and tracking code and so promises to "fix the Web" by offering a faster, privacy-respecting experience has been released. The Brave browser is the brainchild of former Mozilla (Firefox) CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich, and version 0.7 is now available to developers on GitHub. Brave is built on top of open-source browser Chromium – which Google uses as the foundation for its Chrome browser – and claims to be between 1.5 and 4 times faster than competitors by stripping out not just ads, but also all the tracking code that lives in abundance on most ad-supported websites. "Up to a whopping 60 per cent of page load time is caused by the underlying ad technology that loads into various places each time you hit a page on your favorite news site," says the company, next to a graphic showing load times. "And 20 per cent of this is time spent on loading things that are trying to learn more about you." The reason people are interested in Brave, however, and why it received $2.5m in funding late last year, is because it is attempting a different approach to ads. "We are a browser-based ad-tech platform, with high precision and privacy," Eich wrote in a blog post outlining his company's vision. "Brave is the only approach to the Web that puts users first in ownership and control of their browsing data by blocking trackers by default, with no exceptions." Rather than simply acting as an ad blocker, the company hopes to provide a more nuanced approach. It recognizes that many websites are reliant on advertising in order to provide their content for free, so it is planning to utilize a user's browsing history to fit them into standard advertising segments – and then provide that segment information to websites and advertisers. The idea is that advertisers will still be able to reach users but they won't have the same depth of information on an individual user. Nor will Brave. The result, in theory, is greater control over privacy and none of those ads for products you recently looked at that make you feel as though you are being watched. Of course, to make that approach work, Brave would act as a gatekeeper and take a cut of the ad money, which is what would fund the company. The company hasn't said how much of a cut it would ask for and of course, the entire approach requires that there be a significant number of Brave users. To be viable, the company would need to become more popular than Opera (with 1.5 per cent of the browser market) and on a par with Safari (3.7 per cent). And that means between five to ten million users. As for putting users in control, the browser contains a "bravery" menu that allows you to turn off its blocking features for individual websites. Its mindset is revealed in the options "Stay ad supported on this site" and "Give back to this site," although whether those options will make sense to users is another question. Since it is a 0.7 version release, the browser is still being developed. It doesn't, for example, have bookmarks or a history section. Nor preferences. But those will no doubt be added in time for the full public 1.0 release. Otherwise it feels pretty much like Google's Chrome running an ad blocker plugin. Brave Software Article source