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We go beyond the headlines to provide readers with in-depth, expert commentary and explanation of the technical developments that continue to challenge and grow the digital currency and blockchain space.

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Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins: How Arwen Wants to End Exchange Custodianship

If it’s up to Boston-based startup Arwen, cryptocurrency exchange hacks will soon be a thing of the past.

Jun 5, 2019
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Bitcoin Core 0.18.0 Release: Here’s What’s New

Bitcoin Core 0.18.0 includes the typical range of performance improvements and bug fixes, as well as some new features. Here’s an overview of some of the most significant changes.

May 2, 2019
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Is It Time to Take an Initiative to Decrease Bitcoin’s Block Size Seriously?

For years, Bitcoin developer Luke-jr stood out for arguing that the block size limit should not be increased, but decreased. Is it time to start taking him seriously?

Feb 15, 2019
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Graftroot: How Delegating Signatures Allows for Near-Infinite Spending Variations

The main benefit of Graftroot is that it no longer matters how complex a Bitcoin smart contract is or, more accurately, how many possible outcomes there are.

Jan 25, 2019
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Taproot Is Coming: What It Is, and How It Will Benefit Bitcoin

Taproot would expand on Bitcoin’s smart contract flexibility, while offering more privacy in doing so.

Jan 24, 2019
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Bitcoin Magazine Launches Custom Block Explorer

As part of the new Bitcoin Magazine site, we’ve launched a custom block explorer, using Blockstream’s open-source implementation Esplora.

Jan 3, 2019
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Bitcoin’s Tech Trends of 2018: What This Year Brought Us (Part 2)

Bitcoin technologies made great progress in 2018. In part two of our series, we look at advances in privacy, sidechains and Schnorr signatures.

Dec 19, 2018
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Syncing Data Between Bitcoin Nodes Is About to Get Easier

The minisketch open-source initiative is designed to achieve set reconciliation between the mempools of each full node.

Dec 18, 2018
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Blockstream Satellites Now Cover Asia Pacific, Send Messages With Lightning

Orbiting in our planet’s exosphere, Blockstream’s satellites broadcast the Bitcoin blockchain in North and South America, Europe, Africa — and now Asia Pacific.

Dec 17, 2018
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The Lightning Network’s First ERC-20 to Bitcoin Atomic Swap Has Taken Place

Thanks to researchers at TenX’s CoBloX, the world’s first solution for ERC-20-to-bitcoin atomic swaps on Lightning has arrived.

Dec 12, 2018
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The Next Quantum Leap in Financial Trading

Enter Quantfury, an emerging enterprise that’s on an ambitious quest to reshape this landscape for everyday cryptocurrency holders and others who enjoy trading the markets.  Founded in April 2017 with offices in Toronto and Singapore, Quantfury offers a state-of-the-art trading app for both iOS and Android that allows traders to utilize their cryptocurrency holdings to […]

Dec 11, 2018
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Bitcoin’s Tech Trends of 2018: What This Year Brought Us (Part 1)

Where 2017’s dizzying price highs embedded “hodl” into the public consciousness, 2018 was the year in which “buidl” became a trend in the crypto-industry — and Bitcoin was no exception.

Dec 4, 2018
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Week 2: How the Bitcoin Cash “Hash War” Came and Went and Not Much Happened

In this third and final overview: the main takeaways and latest developments of the second week since the Bitcoin Cash split.

Dec 1, 2018
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One Week Later: The Latest Developments in the Bitcoin Cash Split

Here are the main takeaways and latest developments in the week following the Bitcoin Cash split.

Nov 23, 2018
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A New Approach to Thwarting “Selfish” Bitcoin Miners

Researchers Cyril Grunspan and Ricardo Pérez-Marco claim that by broadcasting the presence of orphan blocks, selfish mining can become a thing of the past.

Nov 16, 2018
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University of Guelph Joins Left to Build Mesh Networks in Canadian North

The Maple Ridge-based tech company Left has teamed up with the University of Guelph to launch a $2.1 million project with Mitacs to spread Mitacs’ patented mobile mesh network to a wide range of remote communities in Canada.

Nov 8, 2018
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BitMEX Launches New Fork Monitoring Website to Keep Track of Bitcoin Forks

BitMEX just launched a website to make it easier to keep tabs on hard and soft forks on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Nov 5, 2018
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Blockstream’s Liquid Network for “High Value” Bitcoin Payments Is Live

Blockstream’s COO Samson Mow explains how “Liquid is designed to facilitate fast and reliable high value transfers” of bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies — eventually.)

Oct 10, 2018
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Bitcoin Core 0.17.0 Is Released: Here’s What’s New

Bitcoin Core 0.17.0 includes a range of performance improvements and bug fixes, as well as other changes. Here’s an overview of some of these changes.

Oct 3, 2018
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Details of One of Bitcoin’s Nastiest Bugs Yet

The good news is that the Bitcoin protocol is safe and the bug was never exploited in any way. Still, it could have allowed for one of the worst attacks on Bitcoin in years.

Sep 21, 2018
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Bitcoin as a Privacycoin: This Tech is Making Bitcoin More Private

Bitcoin is not really private – but these projects are making significant improvements to Bitcoin privacy.

Sep 3, 2018