Technical

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.

The Bitcoin Core PR review club meets weekly to onboard new contributors to Bitcoin Core by reviewing and testing pull requests.
Op Ed: Want to Learn About Bitcoin? Try the Bitcoin Core PR Review Club

The Bitcoin Core PR review club meets weekly to onboard new contributors to Bitcoin Core by reviewing and testing pull requests.

With the bitcoin price and hash rate falling on the same day, many speculated that one caused the other. But the hash rate didn’t actually fall.
Sure, the Bitcoin Price Flash Crashed, but Hash Rate Is Fine

With the bitcoin price and hash rate falling on the same day, many speculated that one caused the other. But the hash rate didn’t actually fall.

Discovering Bitcoin
Discovering Bitcoin Part 7: The Missing Pieces

In the conclusion to the “Discovering Bitcoin” series, Giacomo Zucco explores concepts of unique chronology, mining fees and off-chain transactions.

Bitcoin miners are producing a higher hashrate than ever as new hardware comes online, and SegWit is keeping pace — counting for 50 percent of total network activity.
Bitcoin Hashrate, SegWit Transactions Continue to Reach All-Time Highs

Bitcoin miners are producing a higher hashrate than ever as new hardware comes online, and SegWit is keeping pace — counting for 50 percent of total network activity.

Bitcoin News Week in Review
Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review: Bitcoin in Focus

This week in bitcoin news saw another twist in the Craig Wright saga, LocalBitcoins move away from anonymous trading with new KYC/AML requirements and more.

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Dr. Maxim Orlovsky on Storm and Bitcoin L2/L3 File Storage

Dr. Maxim Orlovsky talks about Storm, a system of incentivized file storage that’s built on top of the Lightning Network.

Bitcoin News Week in Review
Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review: Gradual Improvements

8/21/19: Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review brings you the most critical, interesting and popular Bitcoin news from this week.

In this exclusive video interview, Bitcoin developer Carl Dong talks about the inspiration that he used in the process of coding Guix.
Video Interview: Carl Dong on Guix and Bitcoin Development

In this exclusive video interview, Bitcoin developer Carl Dong talks about the inspiration that he used in the process of coding Guix.

By stripping down the Script programming language to its bare essentials, Miniscript should make programming on Bitcoin easier and safer.
Miniscript: How Blockstream Engineers Are Making Bitcoin Programming Easy(er)

By stripping down the Script programming language to its bare essentials, Miniscript should make programming on Bitcoin easier and safer.

A hash-based accumulator called Utreexo could address one of Bitcoin’s scalability concerns.
Bitcoin’s Growing UTXO Problem and How Utreexo Can Help Solve It

A hash-based accumulator called Utreexo could address one of Bitcoin’s scalability concerns.

Guix, a tool for developers that could replace Gitian, will make Bitcoin Core development more trustless.
Guix Makes Bitcoin Core Development More Trustless

Supporting deterministic and bootstrappable Bitcoin Core builds.

Bitcoin News Week in Review
Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review: Security Takes Center Stage

8/10/19: Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review brings you the most critical, interesting and popular Bitcoin news from this week.

A forthcoming Bitcoin Improvement Proposal could greatly reduce the bandwidth required to run a full node.
How the New Erlay Protocol Could Speed Up the Bitcoin Network

A forthcoming Bitcoin Improvement Proposal could greatly reduce the bandwidth required to run a full node.

A revamped proposal for “Bitcoin Vaults,” a smart-contract setup that could let users reclaim stolen funds without changing the Bitcoin protocol.
This Revamped Idea for “Bitcoin Vaults” May End Exchange Hacks for Good

The potential to reclaim stolen funds.

With the introduction of the Stratum V2 protocol, Braiins hopes to make bitcoin mining pools more efficient and effective.
With Stratum V2, Braiins Plans Big Overhaul in Pooled Bitcoin Mining

Announcing the second-generation mining pool protocol.

BitMEX Research has confirmed that the Lightning Network’s Justice Transactions system can effectively prevent cheating.
BitMEX Research Confirms Lightning ‘Justice’ Works

BitMEX Research has confirmed that the Lightning Network’s Justice Transactions system can effectively prevent cheating.

Payments - Lightning network
The “Noinput Class”: How a Bitcoin Soft Fork Could Simplify Lightning

A group of Bitcoin and Lightning developers working on a new class of “sighash flags” could simplify fallback for Lightning Network payments channels.

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At Bitcoin 2019, Scientists Cited in White Paper Weigh In on the Future

During the Bitcoin 2019 conference, Adam Back and Scott Stornetta discussed their role in Bitcoin’s white paper and BTC’s future.

RSK is taking a crack at decentralized cloud storage, a move in line with its ambitions to bring DApps to the fore of the internet’s core infrastructure and services.
RSK Imagines ‘Decentralized Finance Systems’ Coming to Bitcoin

RSK is taking a crack at decentralized cloud storage, a move in line with its ambitions to bring DApps to the fore of the internet’s core infrastructure and services.

Statechain users send private keys that can be used to spend coins.
Statechains: Sending Keys, Not Coins, to Scale Bitcoin Off-Chain

Statechains, a new second-layer protocol, turns the concept of a Bitcoin transaction on its head.

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

Technical - Bitcoin Core 0.18.0 Release: Here’s What’s New
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.

Technical - Is It Time to Take an Initiative to Decrease Bitcoin’s Block Size Seriously?
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?

Technical - Graftroot: How Delegating Signatures Allows for Near-Infinite Spending Variations
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.