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Lightning Terminal v0.4.1-alpha released

- This release of Lightning Terminal (LiT) includes a couple of UI bug fixes as well as the long-awaited remote modes for the faraday, loopd and poold daemons.
- LND v0.12.1-beta
- Loop v0.11.4-beta
- Pool v0.4.4-alpha
- Faraday v0.2.3-alpha

https://github.com/lightninglabs/lightning-terminal/releases/tag/v0.4.1-alpha
BTCPay Server comes to Voltage

> Start accepting Bitcoin and Lightning payments today with BTCPay Server hosted on Voltage. No setup, no waiting, and no transaction fees.

https://blog.getvoltage.io/btcpay-server-comes-to-voltage/
archive: https://archive.vn/vejIF
DIR-008-21 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment_WEB.pdf
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New DEA Report Includes Bitcoin Section

> Drug traffickers and money launderers are increasingly incorporating virtual currency into [trade-based money laundering (TBML)] activity as the use of these currencies becomes more widely adopted. DEA reporting has revealed instances in which bulk currency contracts were fulfilled through the use of virtual currency instead of cash, with this money subsequently being integrated into the TBML cycle.

https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/DIR-008-21%202020%20National%20Drug%20Threat%20Assessment_WEB.pdf
U.S. prosecutors discussing surrender agreement with former BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes who is currently residing abroad in Singapore according to court documents obtained by The Block.

https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/97058/us-prosecutors-bitmex-arthur-hayes-surrender-discussion
Suhas Daftuar: On taproot activation and consensus changes in Bitcoin

> the method by which a consensus change is activated is itself a consensus rule change. And so just as it is important to evaluate the safety and consequences of the taproot proposal, it is equally important to evaluate the potential consequences of any proposed activation method to enable taproot.

https://medium.com/@sdaftuar/on-taproot-activation-and-consensus-changes-in-bitcoin-5b3453e91c4e
archive: https://archive.vn/OdLxv
German security officials are proposing that Internet companies should link a user’s real-world identity to all of their instant messages, emails and other online communication.

https://apnews.com/article/germany-email-instant-message-real-identity-3baabc1a3052850a9f63432ec38fcf15
archive: https://archive.vn/ip608
Confirmed report that Bitstamp is flagging wasabi coinjoin usage after withdrawal. Withdrawal and subsequent coinjoin happened a year earlier. Account was otherwise in good standing. Bitstamp asked for additional KYC info and postmix destination addresses of flagged coinjoin transactions.

https://twitter.com/6102bitcoin/status/1367376460214853632
archive: https://archive.vn/MomtO
Arthur Hayes: Pumping Iron

> The value of Bitcoin is digital hard money that rides on its own transmission network. It has value both from fiat liquidity escaping inflation, and the market’s imputed value of the non-aligned decentralised payments / communications network.

https://blog.bitmex.com/pumping-iron/
archive: https://archive.vn/iL4Xt
MicroStrategy has purchased an additional ~205 bitcoin for ~$10.0 million in cash at an average price of ~$48,888 per bitcoin. As of 3/5/2021, they hold ~91,064 bitcoin acquired for ~$2.196 billion at an average price of ~$24,119 per bitcoin.

https://www.microstrategy.com/en/investor-relations/financial-documents/microstrategy-acquires-additional-10m-in-bitcoin-at-average-price-of-48-888_03-05-2021
Addressing Concerns About Bitcoin’s Electricity Use

> Bitcoin mining is a catalyst for more sustainable energy production.

https://mdotbit.medium.com/addressing-concerns-about-bitcoins-electricity-use-378e0de4af42
archive: https://archive.vn/1lZBm
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Tales from the Crypt Podcast - Rabbit Hole Recap: Bitcoin Week of 2021.03.01

- Bitcoin week in review

https://anchor.fm/tales-from-the-crypt/episodes/Rabbit-Hole-Recap-Bitcoin-Week-of-2021-03-01-erj69g
Fully Noded v0.2.13 released

- add support for nested segwit
- multi-sig and Ypub/Upub to msig creator
- always process the psbt automatically when adding a psbt to sign
- add ability to export all wallet files
- remove donation wall
- fix file exporting on iOS14

https://github.com/Fonta1n3/FullyNoded/releases/tag/v0.2.13
John David McAfee And Executive Adviser Of His Cryptocurrency Team Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Fraud And Money Laundering Conspiracy Crimes

> McAfee and Watson exploited a widely used social media platform and enthusiasm among investors in the emerging cryptocurrency market to make millions through lies and deception.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/john-david-mcafee-and-executive-adviser-his-cryptocurrency-team-indicted-manhattan
archive: https://archive.vn/L57Eq
Whirlpool GUI v0.10.3 released

- supports Whirlpool CLI 0.10.10+
- show utxo addresses
- show Tx0 SCODE discount
- add Tx0 from multiple utxos
- add Tx0 mixing miner fee selection
- add manual utxos refresh
- add non-mixable utxos toggle
- add startup animation
- add Tx0 max outputs limit (improves privacy)
- remove mixsTarget selection (improves privacy)
- improve mix stability

https://code.samourai.io/whirlpool/whirlpool-gui/-/tags/0.10.3
Unconfirmed rumor circulating that Kraken is looking for a $20 billion valuation in new funding round.
Samourai Wallet v0.99.96e released

- 0.001 BTC Pool for Whirlpool!
- Updated Tor library which patches the current known Tor v3 onion address attack
- Enter miner fee manually by tapping fee rates next to slider
- Batch Spend UI updated to bring in line with the rest of the app

https://docs.samourai.io/en/wallet/releases#v09996e
Malicious Backdoored Version of Electrum Wallet for Mac and Windows Discovered

- Certified via official Apple notarization
- Attackers seems to have stolen at least 2.33 bitcoin

https://twitter.com/ConfiantIntel/status/1367490794635034632
archive: https://archive.vn/9EQRV
At least 30,000 organizations, including local governments, across the United States have over the past few days been hacked by an unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that’s focused on stealing email from victim organizations. The espionage group is exploiting four newly-discovered flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server email software that give the attackers total remote control over affected systems.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/03/at-least-30000-u-s-organizations-newly-hacked-via-holes-in-microsofts-email-software/
archive: https://archive.vn/Q3bWa
[bitcoin-dev] Taproot activation proposal "Speedy Trial"

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3 month signaling period with 90% hashrate threshold
- if threshold is reached, taproot activates 6 months later
- if not then no activation

https://www.mail-archive.com/bitcoin-dev@lists.linuxfoundation.org/msg09604.html
archive: https://archive.vn/WVzh0
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The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado Podcast - Hardware Wallet Integration in Bitcoin Core and HWI - NADO 30

> In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discuss hardware wallet integration into Bitcoin Core, one of the ongoing projects that Sjors regularly contributes to himself.

http://nadobtc.btc.libsynpro.com/hardware-wallet-integration-in-bitcoin-core-and-hwi-nado-30