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.

Technical - Taproot Is Coming: What It Is
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.

Technical - Bitcoin’s Tech Trends of 2018: What This Year Brought Us (Part 2)
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.

Technical - Syncing Data Between Bitcoin Nodes Is About to Get Easier
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.

Technical - Blockstream Satellites Now Cover Asia Pacific
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.

Technical - The Lightning Network's First ERC-20 to Bitcoin Atomic Swap Has Taken Place
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.

- The Next Quantum Leap in Financial Trading
The Next Quantum Leap in Financial Trading

Enter Quantfury, an emerging enterprise that’s on an ambitious quest to reshape this landscape for…

Technical - Bitcoin’s Tech Trends of 2018: What This Year Brought Us (Part 1)
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.

- Week 2: How the Bitcoin Cash “Hash War” Came and Went and Not Much Happened
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.

Technical - One Week Later: The Latest Developments in the Bitcoin Cash Split
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.

Technical - A New Approach to Thwarting “Selfish” Bitcoin Miners
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.

Technical - University of Guelph Joins Left to Build Mesh Networks in Canadian North
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.

Technical - BitMEX Launches New Fork Monitoring Website to Keep Track of Bitcoin Forks
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.

Technical - Blockstream’s Liquid Network for “High Value” Bitcoin Payments Is Live
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.)

Technical - Bitcoin Core 0.17.0 Is Released: Here’s What’s New
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.

Technical - The Good
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.

Technical - Bitcoin as a Privacycoin: This Tech is Making Bitcoin More Private
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.

Technical - Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol Mainnet Now Available for Download
Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol Mainnet Now Available for Download

Designed as a bitcoin wallet for desktops, the application will come with TumbleBit and give customers the opportunity to mix their coins without the need to trust one another or the receiving wallets.

Technical - Achieving Truly Useful Proof of Work: Toby Simpson of Fetch.ai
Achieving Truly Useful Proof of Work: Toby Simpson of Fetch.ai

What’s the best that can happen? That’s the focus of Fetch.ai in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI).

- The Genesis Files: With Bit Gold
The Genesis Files: With Bit Gold, Szabo Was Inches Away From Inventing Bitcoin

Digital currency, a cash for the internet, was always a central goal for the Cypherpunks. But few dived into the subject matter like Nick Szabo did.

- How Peter Kroll’s Paper Wallet Protects Cryptocurrency
How Peter Kroll’s Paper Wallet Protects Cryptocurrency

Peter Kroll, inventor of the paper wallet, is Rob Mitchell’s guest on The Bitcoin Game podcast.

Technical - The Genesis Files: If Bitcoin Had a First Draft
The Genesis Files: If Bitcoin Had a First Draft, Wei Dai’s B-Money Was It

“Efficient cooperation requires a medium of exchange (money) and a way to enforce contracts,” Dai explained when he first introduced b-money in November of 1998.

Technical - Op Ed: Scaling Capital Market Adoption of Blockchain Technology With SHA-3
Op Ed: Scaling Capital Market Adoption of Blockchain Technology With SHA-3

Building a new, dedicated cryptosecurity blockchain allows for customization and transparency that can better serve the needs of the future.

Technical - To Better Organize
To Better Organize, Decentralize: Matan Field of DAOstack

DAOstack CEO Matan Field was this week’s featured guest on Epicenter, joining hosts Brian Fabian Crain and Sébastien Couture.

Technical - The Genesis Files: Hashcash or How Adam Back Designed Bitcoin’s Motor Block
The Genesis Files: Hashcash or How Adam Back Designed Bitcoin’s Motor Block

A look at how the technology underlying Hashcash — proof of work — would shape research into digital money for more than a decade to come.