Chatter Report: Antonopoulos on Rolling Checkpoints, Vays Defends Song’s Stance on Credit Cards

News In today’s roundup of crypto chatter, Andreas Antonopoulos explains rolling checkpoints and how consensus is achieved between miners, developers, exchanges, merchants, and wallets. Chris DeRose believes new Bitcoin pundits are toxic compared to the old ones. Also, Tone Vays defends Jimmy Song’s position on using credit cards over bitcoin.   Also read: Hash Wars: A Successful […]

BCH Developer Unveils Xthinner Scaling Protocol – Claims to Compress Blocks by 99%

Technology On Sunday, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developer Jonathan Toomim unveiled a project he’s been working on called Xthinner, a new block propagation protocol that leverages the benefits of lexicographic transaction ordering (LTOR). According to Toomim’s data, Xthinner can compress blocks by 99.6 percent and performs roughly 4x to 6x more efficiently than block propagation concepts […]

The Time Is Now: We Need an Active Approach to Blockchain Inclusion

Alexis Gauba is co-founder at she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, and Mechanism Labs, which is conducting blockchain based research experiments in the domains of distributed consensus, scalability, and usability.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Blockchain technology has been […]

Bisq DEX Launches DAO on Testnet as Developers Seek to Decentralize Governance

Exchanges Decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bisq has upgraded its open source software. The revamped platform includes a new user interface in addition to marking the launch of the Bisq Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) on testnet. Also Read: Indian Bank Forcing Customers to Agree to Anti-Cryptocurrency Policy Bisq Launches Decentralized Autonomous Organization on Testnet The latest version of […]

‘0% Success’: Why Blockchain Apps Just Aren’t Taking Off

Yin Wu is the founder of Dirt Protocol, a protocol for decentralized information curation that aims to organize the world’s data and make it freely accessible. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. In 2018, the promise of a decentralized future fell apart. The most widely used dapps have a few thousand daily […]

Google Play Store Forces Samourai Wallet to Remove Security Features

Wallets Samourai Wallet has announced that, due to the Google Play Store’s “new extremely restrictive policies,” a number of security features are being removed from the wallet. The developers have applied for an exemption to the new rules, but Google has rejected their request. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive […]

Ethereum Developers Give ‘Tentative’ Greenlight to ASIC-Blocking Code

Members of ethereum’s open-source development community tentatively agreed Friday to implement a new algorithm that would block specialized mining hardware, or ASICs, pending further testing on the proposed code. If accepted by the network of users that run the ethereum software, the code change, dubbed “ProgPoW,” would block ASICs, such as those made by major […]

Bounties and Responsible Disclosure Bolstered Crypto Infrastructure This Year

News Cryptocurrency transfers work because of the software developed by programmers like Satoshi Nakamoto and many other innovators along the way. As with all software, however, blockchain protocols are not perfect, and over the last decade black and white hat hackers have revealed many bugs. In 2018, developers earned over $878,000 in blockchain bug bounties […]

These Developers Claim They Can Crack Any Hardware Wallet

Security On Dec. 27 at the 35th Annual Chaos Communication Congress (35C3) event, three individuals from a startup called Wallet Fail allegedly hacked the most popular hardware wallets and revealed their secrets on stage. According to Trezor, however, the hackers at 35C3 did not follow the standard responsible disclosure protocol and Ledger Wallet developers claim […]

Bitcoin Cash Payment API Gateway.cash Adds a Variety of New Features

Technology Last October, news.Bitcoin.com reported on a new Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payment processor called Gateway.cash. Since then the Gateway developers have added a variety of features to the BCH platform like instant web-sockets, custom audio, and client-side callbacks for real-time applications. Also read: How to Spend and Give Bitcoin Cash Over the Holidays After the BCH […]