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Bitcoin Weekly Issue 28
October 24, 2014
State of Bitcoin: Recapping Bitcoin Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen’s fantastic Reddit AMA
A good recap. The original AMA is here.
Michael Carney
Quindecillions & The Amazing Math Of Bitcoin's Private Keys [video]
How do you slow down hackers and provide equal access to everyone on earth? Not easy. But Bitcoin’s solution is devilishly simple, employing outrageously big numbers.
James D'Angelo
Economics, Markets and Infrastructure
The Optimal Block Size
The block size, if set free, will be regulated by market forces. This article explains what that could entail.
Daniel Krawisz
Weekly Bitcoin Network Statistics
Organ Ofcorti
Bitnet vs. Coinbase
Interesting piece on how different the Bitnet and Coinbase teams are, from their backgrounds to their culture, and how good this is for the ecosystem.
Two-Bit Idiot
Legal and Regulations
[pdf] Comments on BitLicense by Coincenter
Unfortunately, as written, the BitLicense would severely harm user
privacy and create major obstacles to innovation.
Bitcoin Regulation In Japan
Japan is asking the Bitcoin industry to self-regulate. This needs official confirmation, but if true, this is huge, albeit quite ironic considering the MtGox fiasco.
Kevin Cruz
Peter Surda's comments on the BitLicense
NYDFS continued in doing what and how it has been doing, the result looking similar to traditional banking and money transmission regulation, and the hearings conducted by NYDFS were moot.
Peter Surda
Bitcoin 101
An Information-Theoretic Account of Secure Brainwallets
Great explanation of the security of brainwallets, which has been criticised a lot lately.
Vitalik Buterin
Startups and Projects
Hedgy Aims to Tackle Bitcoin Volatility Using Multi-Sig Tech
AlphaPoint Raises $1.35 Million to Build Exchange Software
Beam Launches Cheap 'Rebittance' Solution for Ghana
BTC China Adds Mining Pool and Merchant Payment Services
Bitnet Lands $14.5 Million Series A Funding to Rival BitPay
Paydici Launches Recurring Bitcoin Billing for Small Merchants - Monitor pay to script hash adoption.
BitFury Invests in GoCoin for Payments Processing Push
Review: Bitcoin 'Vault' Trezor Lives Up to its Name
Altcoins and Appcoins
Where Ethereum's at.
As usual, lots of words just to say: work in progress.
Gavin Wood
Code and Development
[pdf] Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains
This paper, written by a few Bitcoin Core developers among others, proposes a new technology, pegged sidechains, which enables bitcoins and other ledger assets to be transferred between multiple blockchains.
Bitcoin Blockchain Initial Sync Time Dramatically Reduced By Headers-First Sync
AMA of the bitcoin sidechain paper authors
[video] Bitcoin traffic analysis
A presentation that covers the paper she published: “A Fistful of Bitcoins: Characterizing Payments Among. Men with No Names.”
Sarah Meiklejohn
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