CPFP, Package Relay And Bitcoin Mempools – Bitcoin Magazine

Listen To This Episode: In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discussed Bitcoin mempools, Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) and package relay. Package relay is the project that Gloria Zhao will work on as part of her Brink fellowship, which was announced earlier this week, and would make the Lightning Network more robust (among other benefits). Mempools are the collections of unconfirmed transactions stored by nodes, from which they forward transactions to peers. Miners usually select the transactions from their mempools that include the…

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Research Suggests Bitcoin Buying Ramps Up When Traditional US Markets Open

While bitcoin and a number of digital assets set new 2020 price highs, a variety of crypto-asset commentators have detailed that since October, there’s been a lot of bitcoin buying action during U.S. market hours. Data shows that between East Asia and North America, the two regions account for close to half of all the bitcoin transfers this year. Recent research also highlights bitcoin buying during U.S. hours suggests that institutional buyers are dipping their feet into the crypto economy. Reuters Reports American Investors Are ‘Gobbling Up’ the Bitcoin Boom…

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It’s not about data ownership, it’s about data control, EFF director says

As technology advances, personal data becomes an increasingly relevant topic. Many in the crypto industry hold sovereign finance and data privacy in high regard. Participants’ best efforts may be undermined by centralized businesses and regulating bodies, however, according to Cindy Cohn. Cohn is the executive director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, a nonprofit entity focused on digital rights.  Cohn joined a Web Summit panel on Thursday labeled “Internet: Who owns our data?” Pointing toward the title, she explained: “I actually think that’s the wrong question, I think the question is…

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How The War For Bitcoin P2SH Was Fought – Bitcoin Magazine

“Push the date back two months. OP_EVAL just is not ready yet.” It was the verdict Gavin Andresen had worked so long to avoid. With a single rebuke sent from Russell O’Connor’s keyboard, a months-long effort to upgrade Bitcoin — the first in the wake of founder Satoshi Nakamoto’s exit — was abruptly stalled ahead of implementation.  As revealed by O’Connor, the proposed command — heralded by Andresen as the “fastest path” to more secure Bitcoin wallets — could be exploited to create transactions that would send the software into an infinite…

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A Pakistani Provincial Government Passes Crypto-Friendly Draft Resolution

In Pakistan, a provincial government has passed a draft resolution on December 2, 2020, that demands the federal government to take steps towards legalizing both cryptocurrencies and crypto-mining activities. A Crypto-Friendly Draft Resolution Approval Sets a Precedent in Pakistan The Provincial Assembly (MPA) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of the four provinces in the country, made the official announcement after holding discussions in the midst of a nationwide dialogue about if the federal government should legalize crypto assets and take it out from the limbo. Dr. Sumera Shams, a member of…

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What’s a DeFi merger, anyway? Nov. 25–Dec. 2

The biggest events in DeFi this week all involved Yearn.finance, the yield farming optimization protocol. I covered the first, Pickle Finance, in my last installment. Since then, we’ve seen integrations with Cream Finance, a lending protocol similar to Compound; Cover Protocol, an insurance provider that recently paid out users for the Pickle hack; Akropolis, another protocol primarily dealing with yield optimization; and as the most significant of all, SushiSwap, the decentralized exchange born as a Uniswap parasite. The Yearn ecosystem now includes all the major building blocks of DeFi (yield,…

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One of Pakistan’s four provinces urges federal gov’t to legalize crypto

The assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province in northwestern Pakistan, has become the first legislative assembly to call for changes in the country’s stance toward cryptocurrencies. As previously reported, Pakistan has, to date, been relatively slow to introduce new frameworks for digital assets and cryptocurrencies. This week’s resolution to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was reportedly introduced on Dec. 2 by Sumera Shams, a member of the provincial assembly and the centrist political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or PTI. Fellow PTI member Zia Ullah Bangash, who is also Advisor to the Chief Minister…

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