Major Upgrade v0.9.4 for Bisq, the Decentralized Bitcoin Exchange

The Decentralized exchange BISQ recently rolled out a series of new upgrades including a twofold increase in trade limits for altcoins bringing the total trade limit to 2 BTC.

The release also fixes wallet and startup bugs and issues that were recently reported by users. The updates also include many improvements to Bisq DAO, a decentralized anonymous organiztion running over the testnet Bitcoin network.

The full details of the release can be found here

BTCPay Server Payment Request: Invoice Clients and Get Paid in BTC by Sharing a Simple Link

The team at BTC Pay Server published an article introducing their Payment Requests feature.

It allows you to get paid in cryptocurrency just by sharing a simple URL using a new type of time-sensitive inoice page built into BTCPay.

BTCPay Server is an open-source cross platform, self-hosted bitcoin server compatible with Bitpay API.

Blockstream Explorer Updates
Blockstream published a few updates to its block explorer that was launched last year 2018. The most obvious of the changes is the enabling of address search with unlimited transactions. Although it takes more disk space, that has led to increased search speed for the explorer. Secondly, disabling Java Script has also been made possible to allow for more browsing privacy as Java Script can be used to remove anonymity of users especially those using Tor, to improve user experience significantly. Thirdly, an API endpoint and a web form have been added to enable transaction broadcasting, a feature that developers or users who may want to easily broadcast transactions to the Bitcoin Network may find useful.
Implementing Confidential Transactions in extension blocks

There was a proposal on bitcoin-dev to implement Confidential Transactions in extension blocks.

What do you think about implementing Confidential Transactions in extension blocks? CT transactions go from extension block to extension block passing through normal blocks. It looks the perfect solution:

  • Soft fork: old nodes see CT transactions as “sendtoany” transactions

  • Safe: if there is a software bug in CT it’s impossible to create new coins because the coins move from normal block to normal block as public transactions

  • Legal: Exchanges can use public transactions so regulators can monitor their activity

  • Capacity increase: the CT signature is stored in the extension block, so CT transactions increase the maximum number of transactions per block

ZmnSCPxj agreed that capacity increase can boost network capacity for all full nodes, he thinks extension blocks are not real soft forks but rather “evil” soft forks as older nodes have to upgrade in order to function optimally, which makes extension blocks worse than soft forks.

The Bitcoin Developer Network (BDN) Is Looking for Contributors

The Bitcoin Developer Network (BDN) aims to become a community-driven project looking at educating the next wave of Bitcoin developers. This is a public invitation for developers, authors, editors, proofreaders, enthusiasts and technical writers to get in touch so that we may reduce the barrier to entry in developing solutions at various layers of this technology.

Considering it’s a community-driven initiative, it only seems fair to do this collaboratively.

Get in touch at inbox@bitcoindev.network

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