We will start with introductions, some basic ground rules, and jump into technical discussions. We will cover aspects of the bitcoin protocol, new research developments, recent news, and software developments.
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Bitcoin core contributor kouloumos put together a testing guide for the 24.0 release candidate. There’s a lot of cool stuff in this release, check out his twitter thread to see the highlights in 280 char chunks.
PR #25957 enables fast wallet rescan using compact block filters, only for descriptor wallets.
When Taproot? is a cool new site promoting adoption of taproot. It examines the stages of adoption for wallets, exchanges, and other services, why taproot adoption is a good thing, and how you can help.
BIP351 is a stealth address protocol that makes it possible for two parties to transact using addresses that only they can calculate. It’s an improvement over BIP47 because it takes measures to conceal the initial notification transaction. However, it still suffers from some of the same drawbacks: the sender must exercise coin control and it requires an on-chain transaction before any payments can be made.
CLN Channel Splicing Draft PR
Dustin Dettmer has opened a draft PR to enable channel splicing on CLN. There is a long list of TODO items to get this PR across the finish line but this feature represents a massive improvement to LN usability.
The prolifically productive dream team Gleb Naumenko and Antoine Riard have released a series of research reports examining channel jamming. Read the lightning-dev post for a brief summary or dive into the gitbook and read the whole shebang.
Lightning Labs has released the taro daemon alpha. Despite what the name might imply the taro daemon is not a little monster that steals your root vegetables, it is a tool to issue and transfer assets on bitcoin and lightning. Check out this blog post for the English explanation or the repo if you want to get technical.
LDK developer vallywal explains how onion messages not only unlock bolt12 offers and blinded routes, but the combination of onion messages and PTLCs enable async payments over lightning that don’t lock up network liquidity. Really tho, the awesomest part of this blog post is all the 🔥 diagrams.
Buy and sell bitcoin privately and securely on a Bisq’s peer-to-peer network.
Payjoin is a type of coinjoin where merchant and buyer create a coordinated transaction. Coordination happens with PayToEndPoint [P2EP] concept. PayJoin obfuscates the amount of the transaction and breaks the common ownership heuristic. If the payjoin fails it will fallback to an ordinary transaction. It has the additional benefit of allowing the merchant to consolidate UTXOs.
A critical look at the scalability properties of the Taro protocol if deployed on the bitcoin blockchain