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Recent newsletters, blog posts, and podcasts

  • Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #304

    This week’s newsletter summarizes an analysis of several proposals for upgrading LN channels without closing and reopening them, discusses challenges in ensuring pool miners are paid appropriately, links to a discussion about safely using PSBTs for communicating information related to silent payments, announces a proposed BIP for miniscript, and summarizes a proposal for using frequent rebalancing of an LN channel to simulate a price futures contract. Also included are our regular sections summarizing changes to services and client software, announcing new releases and release candidates, and summarizing notable changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software.

  • Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #303 Recap Podcast

    Mark “Murch” Erhardt and Mike Schmidt are joined by Adam Gibson to discuss Newsletter #303.

  • Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #303

    This week’s newsletter summarizes a new scheme for anonymous usage tokens that could be used for LN channel announcements and multiple other sybil-resistant coordination protocols, links to discussion about a new BIP39 seed phrase splitting scheme, announces an alternative to BitVM for verifying successful execution of arbitrary programs in interactive contract protocols, and relays suggestions for updating the BIPs process.

  • Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #302 Recap Podcast

    Mark “Murch” Erhardt and Dave Harding are joined by Calvin Kim to discuss Newsletter #302.

  • Bitcoin Optech Newsletter #302

    This week’s newsletter announces the beta release of a full node supporting utreexo and summarizes a two proposed extensions to BIP119 OP_CHECKTEMPLATEVERIFY. Also included are our regular sections announcing new releases and release candidates and describing notable changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software.

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