Aaron van Wirdum

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Sep 13 2021

Bitcoin Core 22.0 Released: What’s New

Bitcoin Core developers release first software with Taproot supportToday marks the official release of Bitcoin Core 22.0, the 22nd major release of Bitcoin’s original software client launched by Satoshi Nakamoto almost 13 years ago.Overseen by Bitcoin Core lead maintainer Wladimir van der Laan, this latest major release was developed by well over...

Jun 12 2021

Taproot Locks In: Bitcoin Protocol Upgrade Will Activate In November

Jun 12 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  speedy trial taproot technical

Taproot has locked in with the Bitcoin protocol upgrade now set to activate in November.Bitcoin is upgrading.Taproot, the Bitcoin protocol upgrade that makes smart contracts more private and compact, has locked in. As of just now, more than 90 percent of all blocks that will be mined in the current...

Jun 03 2021

Interview: Nick Szabo On His Bitcoin 2021 Keynote About Bitcoin And The History Of Money

Cypherpunk and cryptocurrency pioneer Nick Szabo previewed his keynote for the Bitcoin 2021 event, being held in Miami on June 4 and 5.Nick Szabo is a cypherpunk and cryptocurrency pioneer who in the 1990s proposed smart contracts as well as...

Apr 19 2021

There Are Now Two Taproot Activation Clients, Here’s Why

Apr 19 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  speedy trial taproot technical

There are now two different Taproot activation paths embedded in Bitcoin software clients. Here’s what this could mean for the Bitcoin protocol.Taproot, the proposed Bitcoin protocol upgrade for compact and privacy-preserving smart contracts, is getting closer to activation. The Taproot code itself had...

Feb 24 2021

LOT=true Or LOT=false? This Is The Last Hurdle Before Taproot Activation

Feb 24 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  lot soft fork taproot technical

The discussion on Taproot activation appears to have reached its final stage, with the remaining decision revolving around the activation parameter LOT. The code for Taproot, a proposed Bitcoin protocol upgrade for compact and...

LOT=true Or LOT=false? This Is The Last Hurdle Before Taproot Activation

Feb 24 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  lot soft fork taproot technical

The debate around LOT=true and LOT=false remains the final hurdle in Taproot activation. So, what’s the difference and why is it important?11 years ago, Bitcoin was etched into...

Jan 14 2021

Bitcoin Core 0.21.0 Released: What’s New

Today marks the official release of Bitcoin Core 0.21.0, the 21st major release of Bitcoin’s original software client launched by Satoshi Nakamoto almost 12 years ago. Overseen by Bitcoin Core lead maintainer Wladimir van der Laan, this latest major release was developed by well over a hundred contributors in a span of about six months. The result of...

Dec 31 2020

Bitcoin’s 2020 In Tech

Seemingly undisturbed by 2020’s craziness, and largely unfazed by bitcoin’s wild price swings that concluded with new all-time highs in December, Bitcoin’s technical community continues to plow ahead. Bitcoin’s software and the many projects around it were gradually improved throughout the year, as software was optimized, bugs fixed and privacy leaks patched. The bulk of this work, as vital as much of it...

Dec 11 2020

Dec 08 2020

RSK Is Evolving; Powpeg Leverages Hash Power To Switch From Bitcoin To Sidechain And Back

Dec 08 2020 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  defi iovlabs powpeg rootstock rsk

RSK, the Ethereum-like sidechain for Bitcoin developed by IOVlabs, is evolving. The federated pegging mechanism, which is based on a Bitcoin multi- signature (multisig) address, is migrating to a system that leverages hash power through RSK’s new special-purpose hardware security modules. “We're very excited with this release as it is a big step towards a full decentralized smart...

Dec 04 2020

Dec 01 2020

Gloria Zhao And Brink Are Set To Give Bitcoin Mempools An Upgrade

Brink, the new nonprofit founded by John Newbery and Mike Schmidt to train and support Bitcoin developers, today announced Gloria Zhao as its first fellow. After graduating from Berkeley with a degree in computer science this...

Nov 24 2020

John Newbery’s New Nonprofit Brink Will Train And Support Bitcoin Developers

How do we fund Bitcoin developers, and how do we ensure there are enough of them in the first place? Former Chaincode Labs developer John Newbery and Blockstream alumnus Mike Schmidt are launching a nonprofit to help answer both of these questions. The new organization is called Brink (a nod to the newspaper headline embedded in Bitcoin’s genesis block),...

Nov 20 2020

Nov 16 2020

Poolin Launches Initiative To Activate Taproot, Encouraging Other Mining Pools To Join

Top 2 Bitcoin mining pool Poolin wants Taproot, and hopes other pools do too. Poolin, the Chinese mining pool that currently controls around 13 percent of all hash power on the Bitcoin network, is preparing for...

Nov 13 2020

Bitcoin Cash Might Split Again This Weekend. This Is Why (And How)

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) might split again this weekend. The Bitcoin ABC software client forked away from the Bitcoin protocol in mid-2017 to form a cryptocurrency of its own: Bitcoin Cash. Since then, Bitcoin Cash has deployed a backwards-incompatible hard fork upgrade every six months, requiring a network-wide upgrade across all Bitcoin Cash clients. While most of these upgrades...

Nov 06 2020

Oct 30 2020

Oct 23 2020

Video: Sync Bitcoin Faster! Assume UTXO

On this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors...

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