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Payments startup Breez has unveiled a new feature allowing lightning-based bitcoin purchases directly from its mobile app. The feature, made possible thanks to a partnership with fiat-to-crypto broker MoonPay, is available to users in 35 countries. According to the company, it simplifies the currently long-winded procedure for lightning payments. A “Layer 2” payment protocol that
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Smart contracts could soon get a boost in bitcoin as prominent programmer Pieter Wuille has unveiled a new coding language designed specifically for their use. Posted to the bitcoin developer mailing list Monday, the ‘Miniscript’ language aims to make it easier for programmers to write up “smart contracts” or conditions for spending bitcoins. Programmers Wuille, Andrew
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Square Crypto, the division of the Cash App company focused exclusively on bitcoin, just hired one of the world’s most prolific bitcoin developers. Chaincode Labs alum and Blockstream co-founder Matt Corallo previously authored notable efficiency improvements such as the rust-lightning implementation, which makes it easier for users to build and interact with layers of the
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Samsung has integrated bitcoin (BTC) functionality on its blockchain-enabled smartphones. The move comes months after the flagship Galaxy S10 range was launched in March with a “Blockchain Keystore” offering cryptocurrency storage and transactions for ether (ETH) and related ERC-20 tokens, but which notably excluded the number one cryptocurrency by market cap. The South Korean tech giant has
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Iranian bitcoiners are showing the world what censorship resistance really looks like. Starting last weekend, Microsoft’s GitHub started identifying and banning Iranian accounts based on U.S. trade restrictions. As such, blockchain developers are hindered from participating in software projects that include private repositories or paid services for commercial ventures.  “The majority of serious crypto/blockchain projects that
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Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to publish a public dataset of bitcoin transactions associated with illicit activity. The group’s study detailed how researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab used machine learning software to categorize 203,769 bitcoin node transactions worth roughly $6 billion in total. The research explored whether
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Lightning-centric bitcoin wallets are gaining traction in 2019 and making small transactions affordable by reducing network fees. The bootstrapped Spanish startup Bluewallet garnered 35,000 downloads so far this year, according to co-founder Nuno Coelho, a significant jump from the 5,000 users it had in 2018. Coelho told CoinDesk the wallet’s built-in lightning marketplace, offering connections
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This could be the first time the Lightning Network, a bitcoin scaling solution, officially impacts the U.S. presidential election. Roughly a dozen bitcoiners who support Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang launched a crypto-friendly super PAC on Thursday, Humanity Forward Fund (Humanity FWD). Thanks to the PAC’s payment processor, OpenNode, the entity will be able to
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On June 19, Chaincode developer John Newbery gathered a group of developers to examine a proposed change to bitcoin’s code. Taking place via Internet Relay Chat (IRC), the topic was whether the change, which would help prevent a group of rogue miners from inflating bitcoin’s money supply, is a positive one with limited security risks or adverse impacts.
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Cubans are quietly exploring cryptocurrency use-cases on the politically isolated island, even watching Facebook’s Libra project with cautious optimism. Cuban expat Claudia Rodriguez of the Brazilian startup Fusyona, the sole bitcoin exchange proactively serving Cubans, told CoinDesk the exchange has nearly 700 accounts since launching in 2018. She said up to 60 users purchase a
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