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Official announcement post: https://brave.com/brave-launches-user-trials-for-opt-in-ads/
"We’ve been busy building our new Basic Attention Token (BAT) platform, which includes a new consent-based digital advertising model that benefits users, publishers, and advertisers. Our first phase started last Fall with the integration of BAT into Brave Payments, and enabled users to anonymously distribute contributions to their favorite publishers and creators.
We’re now ready to start voluntary testing of our ad model before we scale to further user trials. Once we’re satisfied with the performance of the ad system, Brave ads will be shown directly in the browser in a private channel to users who consent to see them. When the Brave ad system becomes widely available, users will receive 70% of the gross ad revenue, while preserving their privacy.
By moving matching from the ad exchange to the device, Brave ads merge innovation with privacy-by-design and put the user in control. Instead of sending and exposing user data to opaque third parties in cloud-based auctions, Brave’s approach enables a more efficient and direct opportunity to access user attention without the inherent liabilities and risks involved with large scale user data collection.
Brave pushes ad catalogs (one per region and natural language) to available devices on a recurring basis. Downloading a catalog does not identify any user. As the user browses, Brave locally matches the best available ad from the catalog to display that ad at the appropriate time. Brave ads are opt-in and consent-based (disabled by default), and engineered to operate without leaking the user’s personal data from their device.
We’re excited about unveiling this phase of our development, and about rolling out a system that properly values user attention. The current advertising model exploits users and has eroded trust, as well as net revenue to publishers and other creators. We will reward users for their attention while shielding their identities and protecting their privacy. We believe that user data and attention hold substantial value if they are defended vigilantly on users’ devices, and that the transparent Brave ads delivery approach and the Basic Attention Token will provide users a fair share.
If you’re interested in joining these trials, please contact our Early Access group via community.brave.com."
I tried to post this at /r/ethereum but it got automod blocked for price discussion. That's unfortunate, as this is a fundamental question about Ethereum and probably won't see the right eyes (developers) that it needs to see in this sub.
I've been following the updated Casper + Sharding proposal and it's unclear to me if you can actually stake more than 32 ETH. Previously it was worded in a way that sounded like 32 was the minimum, but now it sounds like you have to deposit exactly 32 ETH.
I can see how limiting the amount theoretically makes Ethereum more decentralized, but there will still be pools like Rocket Pool and Coinbase that will have a large amount of the total staked.
If that's the case it's a punch in the gut to anyone who has been accumulating ETH over the past few years in anticipation of staking.
At $500 ETH and a 5% yearly return:
32 ETH = $800
1000 ETH = $25,000
10000 ETH = $250,000
What incentive does a large holder of ETH have to stake or even continue to hold ETH over other coins/investments if they can only make $800 a year?
Can anyone clear this up?
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