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This January has finally seen mainnet launches of two implementations of the novel MimbleWimble privacy-focussed payment protocol come to fruition. MimbleWimble was first introduced to the crypto-community back in 2016, when the protocol was outlined in a pseudonymous paper shared on the bitcoin-wizards IRC channel. The paper was submitted...
When people give reasons for various altcoins’ inability to overtake bitcoin as the dominant digital asset in the world, the conversation sometimes doesn’t move far past the network effects surrounding the world’s most dominant crypto asset. However, there are other reasons, sometimes related to bitcoin’s strong network effects, to...
In another step towards greater privacy and protocol-level advances for cryptocurrencies, a team of researchers, including Bitcoin Core developers Pieter Wuille and Greg Maxwell, have recently released a paper outlining a protocol for zero-knowledge proofs entitled “Bulletproofs: Short Proofs for Confidential Transactions and More”. Zero-knowledge proofs are an important...
While bitcoin is often referred to as an anonymous online currency that is used by criminals on the dark web, the reality is that the P2P digital cash system does not offer much privacy to its users at all. Many blockchain analytics companies have popped up over the years,...
On a recent episode of The Bitcoin Podcast, Litecoin creator and Coinbase Director of Engineering Charlie Lee spoke with co-hosts Corey Petty and Marcello Milteer about the activation of Segregated Witness (SegWit) on Litecoin. During the discussion, Lee shared his thoughts on the important role of miners in the...

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