Does anyone care about Bitcoin improvements anymore?
Amidst dropping prices, Core development marches on with infrastructure improvements.
Technical & Updates
"These developments were big steps towards improving Bitcoin by increasing transaction throughput and lowering fees, among other advantages. In addition to those, there are many more proposed improvements to the Bitcoin protocol under development. This article will take a look at what’s in the development pipeline and review what could be coming to Bitcoin in the years ahead."
Schnorr Signatures aggregate multiple transaction signatures into a single signature. This would in turn reduce the network bandwidth by ~25% and the chances of future spam attacks on the network. #bitcoin #BitcoinIsScaling pic.twitter.com/Sk3MGks9Vl— Armin van Bitcoin ⚡ (@ArminVanBitcoin) March 26, 2018
Thread.— Eric Lombrozo (@eric_lombrozo) March 26, 2018
1) The Lightning Network (and multilayered protocols more generally) are a more complex to design and implement than a flood network, like the Bitcoin base layer.
Slides like this are the most interesting at a conference. One way is to look at it as a problem, another way is to look at it as a problem to solve. https://t.co/ILmuWYx1Xp— Patrick McCorry ☘️ (@paddyucl) March 25, 2018
⚡ Hackers tried to steal funds from a Lightning channel, just to end up losing theirs as the penalty system worked as expected from r/Bitcoin
"To get to exabyte scale, we need to have a laser focus on the user experience. As we move towards mass adoption, we need greater decentralization, top-flight security, rock-solid reliability, yes, but we also need a dramatic increase in performance, functionality, and features."
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I can't stop thinking about this graph the Guardian made -- not for the content (it's self-reported gender pay gap data from UK companies with 250+ employees), but for the way it's basically a whole statistics lesson in and of itself— Katy (@krfabian) March 24, 2018
News & Commentary
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"Circle Internet Finance Ltd., a Goldman Sachs Group Inc.-backed startup focused on mobile payments and cryptocurrencies, said it has reached profitability and hired a former Boxed Wholesale executive to lead finance and risk."
Over half the assets we cover are down at least 80% from their All-Time-Highs right now: pic.twitter.com/cBY3gfEN9K— OnChainFX (@onchainfx) March 26, 2018
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