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Bitcoin Weekly Issue 37
January 9, 2015
Visualization of the Bitstamp Hot Wallet Theft - 2 to 5 Jan 2015
A series of article analysing the Bitstamp theft via visualizations and blockchain forensics.
Danno Ferrin
Bitcoin Obituaries: Following Bitcoin While It Dies & Goes Up in Price
Bitcoin has died 26 times so far.
State of Bitcoin 2015: Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline
The traditional Coindesk quaterly deck.
An epic list of bitcoin research
Most white papers that have ever been published about bitcoin, in all fields.
Brett Scott
I Tried Hacking Bitcoin And I Failed
Oldie but goodie: “By all extant metrics in security system review, this system should have failed instantaneously, at every possible layers.” But it did not…
Dan Kaminsky
Bitcoin Startup Ideas
Adam Draper
Consensus in Bitcoin: One system, many models
The discussion of the consensus model of Bitcoin should be reframed in game theory terms rather than the typical honest/malicious world view.
Arvind Narayanan
Micropayments and Cognitive Costs
Reflections on the real problem of micropayments: the mental costs.
Emin Gun Sirer
Some Thoughts on the State of Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies for the Start of 2015
A great perspective on the state of Bitcoin, including responses to typical criticisms and bear scenarios.
Marc Andreeseen
Bitcoin adoption in 2015
The daily USD volume of bitcoin transactions has remained stable, and according to the author, it is important that it goes up.
Dalton Caldwell
2015 – Year of the Payment Channel
The author explains what a payment channel is and lists its three main benefits: micro-payments, trustless off-chain transactions and zero-confirmation transactions.
Jamess Poole
Mike Hearn: How Bitcoin's Technology Advanced in 2014
Great recap: the basics have been nailed, and the core is being reinforced. 2015 should be a great year.
Mike Hearn
A simple model to make sense of the proliferation of distributed ledger, smart contract and cryptocurrency projects
A useful matrix to categorize the various cryptoledgers that have emerged so far.
Richard Gendal Brown
Why Bitcoin’s Erratic Price Doesn’t Matter
Bitcoin’s price is irrelevant to the key question of whether the underlying technology will disrupt finance.  There are many signs it will. Bitcoin is much more than just a currency.
Mike Casey
The Bitcoin Consensus Red Herring
Good post on the forking risk that comes with each new release of Bitcoin Core or any other implementation, and a beginning of a solution.
Dave Collins
Economics, Markets and Infrastructure
What We've Learned at Dubai Bitcoin Conference
An overview of what’s going on in the Middle East.
Bitstamp Claims $5 Million Lost in Hot Wallet Hack
If we are to believe what they say, their cold wallets are safe. I hope that’s true.
Bitcoin: The magic of mining
Minting the digital currency has become a big, ruthlessly competitive business.
The Economist
Legal and Regulations
Coin Center takes off: Who we are and what we do
Coin Center is an educational and research institution focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies. Think of us as a think tank for blockchain technology. Our mission is to build a better understanding of the technology in order to promote a regulatory climate that preserves maximum freedom of action for digital currency innovation.
Jerry Brito
Bitcoin 101
[PDF] Bitcoin: Technical Background and Data Analysis
A surprisingly sophisticated paper on Bitcoin by the Fed. Good read for less technically-inclined people that still would like to understand Bitcoin’s technicals aspects.
Startups and Projects
Cubits Launch Aims to Accelerate Bitcoin Buying in Europe
Multisignature wallet as a service.
Tips for ChangeTip
Emin Gun Sirer
Introducing Gliph Marketplace | Gliph Company Blog
OKCoin Now Offers P2P Lending to International Users
Bitcoin Broker LibertyX Raises $400k for Hiring Push
ICE3x Launches Nigeria's First Bitcoin Exchange
'Super safe' bitcoin wallet Bitreserve raises £6m
Bitcoin Messenger App GetGems Raises $400k From Waze Investor
Altcoins and Appcoins
8 Ways to Counterparty
What follows is an overview of the various enhancements and capabilities Counterparty brings to Bitcoin today.
David Sterry
19 Crypto 2.0 Projects to Watch in 2015
Altcoins are finally becoming interesting.
Code and Development
[video]Zero Click Bitcoin Micropayments
Just a video proof-of-concept fro now, but looks promising.
[PDF] The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol
An attempt at formalizing the consensus protocol itself via crypto-security proofs
Juan Gray, Aggelos Kiayias, Nikos Leonardos
Pacioli is the accounting layer on top of Bitcoin services.
Pierre Rochard
bitcore-channel: A library for building payment channels smart contracts.
A library for building payment channels smart contracts.
Looking before the Scaling Up Leap
Gavin’s been playing with a Bitcoin Core implementation that handles bigger blocks, and explains how he did it.
Gavin Andresen
Bitstamp problem and warm wallets
One of the most up and coming security expert proposes an architecture for Bitcoin exchanges, under the assumption that it will get hacked.
Egor Homakov
Bitduino: Generate Bitcoin Private Addresses Using Arduino
Generate Bitcoin Private Addresses Using Arduino
Bitcoin multisig the hard way: Understanding raw P2SH multisig transactions
Great rundown of P2SH multisig transactions, complete with detailed breakdown of the raw serialization of a transaction, and a clear explanation of the redeemScript mechanism
Soroush Pour
Bitcoin is pushing the state of the art in the security of cryptographic tools
On why 0.10’s release notes say “we have reason to believe that libsecp256k1 is better tested and more thoroughly reviewed than the implementation in OpenSSL”.
Gregory Maxwell
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