The Voyager Weekly Roundup

We’ve all fallen for some form of clickbait – from the flashing “win a million dollars if you click here” banners to the strange stories at the bottom of a web page about a rare foot disease. Even though we know better, sometimes it’s hard to ignore bad advertisements (or to remove the image of that foot from you brain).

And today, there's no shortage of shady advertising. Thanks to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we’re now more aware than ever of advertisers ability to target us based on our personal biases and data.

It's safe to say, advertising can be a pretty unpleasant experience. But does it have to be that way? Not according to Basic Attention Token (BAT), a recently listed project on Voyager.

Meet BAT

BAT is an Ethereum-based reward token from Brave Software, a digital advertising platform and web browser. Brave was founded by the creator of Javascript and co-founder of Mozilla & Firefox, Brendan Eich in 2017 to fix the “broken” digital advertising industry.

The Brave Browser is an open-source, privacy-focused, performant web browser, that lets users block advertising and data tracking. With its “Ad Revenue Sharing” feature, you also have the option to turn on highly targeted advertisements in return for small payments of BAT.

BAT can also be used on the browser to tip more than 60,000 content creators including Twitter, Reddit, and Vimeo users, so media outlets are less reliant on advertisements.

Price of BAT

Following the addition of Twitter, Vimeo and Reddit tipping to the Brave Browser this month, BAT’s price spiked more than 10%.

With the help of blockchain technology, Brave is making strides in a struggling industry. By giving people the power to reward content creators and chose the ads they view, BAT is working to make the internet a better place for everyone.

A Microsoft-backed NYSE operator is gearing up to roll out Bitcoin futures — and it could propel cryptos into the mainstream

The company has announced that it will launch Bitcoin futures on September 23, bringing to end months of delays, per The Block Crypto. Bakkt, which is owned by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which also operates the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), had originally planned to launch its physical Bitcoin futures as well as Bakkt Warehouse, its in-house custody solution to store Bitcoins for investors, at the end of 2018. Read more.

SEC Approves Blockchain Tech Startup Securitize to Record Stock Transfers

Securitize, a provider of technology for issuing blockchain tokens, has registered as a transfer agent with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Administration (SEC), a move it says will boost adoption. Read more.

World Bank Sells $33.8 Million More of Its Private Ethereum Blockchain Bonds

The international financial institution raised another $50 million AUD ($33.8 million U.S.) by selling the “blockchain-operated debt instrument” (bond-i), according to Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank), which managed the sale jointly with RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities. Read more.

Vitalik Buterin absent from Ethereum’s next upgrade

The first part of Ethereum’s next update, codenamed Istanbul, is getting ready to launch on October 16. Ethereum developers finalized the approved updates on Github two days ago, green-lighting six changes to its code.  Read more.

Swiss Private Bank Says 400 New Clients Demanding Crypto Products

Swiss private bank Maerki Baumann has had a deluge of 400 new clients wanting to tap its future blockchain offerings since it revealed its interest in the sector. Read more.

2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang is in Favor of Blockchain Voting

Andrew Yang, one of the candidates for the 2020 presidential election in the U.S., wants to modernize voting via blockchain technology. Read more.

US Treasury Targets Crypto Addresses of Alleged Narcotics Traffickers

The United States Department of the Treasury has added multiple cryptocurrency addresses to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, also known as the Kingpin Act. These addresses, and the individuals associated with them, have been deemed to be associated with foreign narcotics operators. Read more.

Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra Reportedly Facing EU Competition Probe

Facebook’s controversial ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra is facing a competition probe by the European Union Commission, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. Read more.

Patrick Byrne, Cryptocurrency Champion, Resigns as Overstock CEO

Patrick Byrne, a rare champion of cryptocurrencies among the heads of public U.S. companies, has stepped down from his roles at  Read more.

US Secretary of State Says Crypto Should Be Regulated Like SWIFT

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has said he believes that cryptocurrencies should be regulated in the same way as financial institutions. Read more.