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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...
Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has responded to several bitcoin developers who claimed Ethereum was only designed as an independent blockchain network to pre-mine tokens for the financial benefits of its founders. Several years ago, there was a conflict between Counterparty and bitcoin developers. Counterparty was using Bitcoin's OP_RETURN function...
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,...
The divide between bitcoin mining company Bitmain and Bitcoin Core contributors is stronger than ever. In recent interviews, Bitcoin Core contributor Eric Lombrozo and Bitmain CEO Jihan Wu have accused each other of making false promises in private settings. Multiple attempts at coming to a mutual understanding have been made...
At a recent presentation at the Coinbase headquarters in San Francisco, Blockstream CTO and Bitcoin Core contributor Greg Maxwell discussed the challenges of implementing privacy enhancements in Bitcoin, specifically in terms of the Confidential Transactions (CT) proposal. In short, CT is a privacy solution for Bitcoin that blinds the amounts...

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