Author: Alyssa Hertig

Experts: Privacy Concerns Over Bitcoin Upgrade Taproot a ‘Non-Issue’ – CoinDesk

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Bitcoin privacy experts are far from impressed with a recently circling slideshow-style privacy report that puts Taproot, a likely upcoming upgrade to Bitcoin, in the crosshairs.  The Taproot upgrade will boost Bitcoin’s privacy and scalability. The years-in-the-making upgrade has been Read More

How a Decentralized Randomness Beacon Could Boost Cryptographic Security – CoinDesk

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Key takeaways: The League of Entropy is launching the first production-ready version of drand, a network that produces “randomness” (also known as entropy) for anyone to use. Randomness is essential to cryptographic security. Filecoin is the first protocol to use Read More

This New Coding Language Could Help Unlock Bitcoin’s Smart Contract Potential – CoinDesk

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Bitcoin Core contributor Jeremy Rubin has revealed his work on a new smart-contract language for Bitcoin, which he hopes will increase the “financial self-sovereignty” of users. Rubin demoed the new language, Sapio, on Saturday at a RecklessVR meetup presentation in Read More

Lightning Network Overhaul Could Strengthen Bitcoin Privacy – But Many ‘Ifs’ Remain – CoinDesk

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Research is being conducted. Experiments are brewing. Behind the scenes, Lightning Network developers are planning to (eventually) completely rewrite an important part of bitcoin. Known as Bitcoin’s second layer, since most of the action takes place off the blockchain, Lightning Read More

GitHub Is Burying Bitcoin Code Inside an Arctic Mountain to Ride Out the Next 1,000 Years – CoinDesk

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An icy mountain in Norway’s Svalbard – an all but inhabitable, Arctic archipelago covered in glaciers and inhabited by polar bears – is an unlikely safe haven for cryptocurrency code, let alone a pillar of modern-day civilization. But it’s here, Read More

Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Is Growing ‘Increasingly Centralized,’ Researchers Find – CoinDesk

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Bitcoin’s lightning network is growing “increasingly centralized,” making it more susceptible to attacks, asserts a new paper by security researchers. Seen as a potential solution to bitcoin’s scaling headaches, lightning is a payment network allowing for speedier and cheaper transactions. Read More

Top Bitcoin Developers Face Off in a Lightning-Powered Boxing Match – CoinDesk

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Wasabi Wallet developer nopara73 and BTCPay lead developer Nicolas Dorier faced off in a digital boxing match at bitcoin developer conference Advancing Bitcoin in London. In a video game from bitcoin startup Zebedee, the two developers played digital versions of Read More

Bitcoin’s Privacy and Scaling Tech Upgrade ‘Taproot’ Just Took a Big Step Forward – CoinDesk

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A privacy and scalability upgrade that could turn out to be one of bitcoin’s largest to date has passed a couple of milestones that were little noticed outside technical circles.  On Tuesday, Pieter Wuille, a Bitcoin Core contributor and the Read More

Bitcoin Halving Could Leave Price at $20K-$50K, Hedge Fund Manager Says – CoinDesk

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Bitcoin’s scheduled mining-reward halving in May 2020 could leave prices for the cryptocurrency in a range between $20,000 and $50,000, according to a new estimate. The projection by Charles Hwang, managing member of the hedge fund Lightning Capital and an Read More