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'Brave's New Privacy-Focused Search Engine Takes Aim at Google' by Liam Tung
Liam Tung writes the following for ZDNet:
Chromium-based browser maker Brave has launched a beta of its Brave search engine in a bid to create a privacy-focused alternative to Google.
The new search engine puts Brave into the category of firms that have both a browser and a search engine: Google, Microsoft, Yandex and Baidu are also among these companies with both. …
Brave said its search is built on top of a completely independent index, and doesn’t track users, their searches, or their clicks. …
Brave is promoting the idea of privacy-protecting ads that can pay publishers and users with Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) when users pay attention to ads. It’s also opposing Google’s emerging new system for tracking users online without cookies, called FLoC, or Federated Learning of Cohorts. …
The company claims it now has 32 million monthly active users of the Brave browser, up from 25 million in February. It also claims that over 100,000 people signed up for preview access to the new search engine.
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