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Bitcoin Optech #181

- an alternative proposal to slowly phase in full replace-by-fee
- series of meetings to review the proposed OP_CHECKTEMPLATEVERIFY soft fork
- Rust-Lightning v0.0.104

https://bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters/2022/01/12/
archive: https://archive.ph/QzFQA
UK Government plans publicity campaign to mobilize public opinion against encrypted communications with plans that include manipulative tactics

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/revealed-uk-government-publicity-blitz-to-undermine-privacy-encryption-1285453/
archive: https://archive.ph/GOGOt
BitMEX Group plans to acquire a 268-year-old German bank Bankhaus von der Heydt

https://blog.bitmex.com/bxm-operations-intends-purchase-german-bank-bankhaus-von-der-heydt/
archive: https://archive.ph/jaZ3y
Intel To Unveil Bitcoin-mining 'Bonanza Mine' Chip on February 23rd

- ultra-low-voltage energy-efficient bitcoin ASIC

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-to-unveil-bitcoin-mining-bonanza-mine-asic-at-chip-conference
archive: https://archive.ph/w9luxt
Bitcoin Optech #183

- legal defense fund for Bitcoin developers
- recent discussion about the proposed OP_CHECKTEMPLATEVERIFY soft fork
- changes to services and client software

https://bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters/2022/01/19/
archive: https://archive.ph/YMUBH
Taproot funds burned on the bitcoin blockchain

> I’m unsure if this output was an intentional test, or if the developer was unaware of how to build correct BIP340 public keys. Either way, I think it is prudent to put a warning out to the rest of the bitcoin developer ecosystem to be very careful that you are following BIP340, else your funds will be burned.

https://suredbits.com/taproot-funds-burned-on-the-bitcoin-blockchain/
archive: https://archive.ph/3FnzR
Suppressed By World Superpowers, Ethiopia Should Turn To Bitcoin

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/why-ethiopia-needs-bitcoin
archive: https://archive.ph/kDEbK
Bitcoin miner GRIID has already signed a purchase agreement with Intel for their upcoming bitcoin ASICs

- GRIID will be entitled to purchase at least one quarter of all Intel ASICs through May 2025

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/intel-closes-sale-for-its-upcoming-bitcoin-mining-chip
archive: https://archive.ph/4CbMF
Lightning Focused Bitcoin Company Voltage Raises $6M In Seed Round

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/bitcoin-company-voltage-raises-6m
archive: https://archive.ph/j6eX1
You will soon be required to provide a selfie to a third-party identity verification company to access certain tools and applications on IRS.gov

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/20/irs-will-soon-require-a-selfie-to-access-some-of-its-online-tools.html
archive: https://archive.ph/33fGp
Russia’s central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of bitcoin on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens’ wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/20/russian-central-bank-proposes-banning-cryptocurrencies-crypto-mining.html
archive: https://archive.ph/Cnq59
Bitcoin mining difficulty hits new all-time high above 26.6 trillion

https://insights.braiins.com/en/#mining_economics
Robinhood Starts To Rollout Bitcoin Withdrawal Support

- the feature is rolling out in phases to those on the waitlist

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/robinhood-starts-to-allow-bitcoin-withdrawals
archive: https://archive.ph/idLth
Coldcard MK4 presales have opened

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