Advertising Node Liquidity

A proposal by Lisa Neigut allowing LN nodes advertise their willingness to provide incoming capacity in exchange of fees in a “market” of advertised liquidity rates. This would help merchants to have access to incoming capacity which they need in order to receive payments from customers. The current alternatives would be either for customers to wait for on-chain confirmations and open a new channel or for merchants to make arrangements with other merchants that offer channel liquidity.

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Blockstream Block Explorer is now Live

Blockstream is introducing its block explorer which has gone live on the internet. The new block explorer is first for users of the Liquid Sidechain but Bitcoin has been integrated so Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain can be checked using the Blockstream block explorer.

Introducing the Ledger Donjon
Ledger, the manufacturer of the popular hardware wallet Ledger Nano S has been working to improve the security of their products. This time, they are introducing not a device, but a group of security experts known as the Donjon. It is a small group of 8 experts in the smartcard and security industry. Their primary function is to work on improving the security of Ledger products by assessing vulnerabilities, testing and putting in place measures to check the security leakages.
Bitmex Research Launched a Fork Monitoring Website
BitMEX research developed a fork monitoring tool that can be used to monitor network and protocol upgrades for soft and hard forks for Bitcoin and BitcoinCash. They plan to include different implementations of Bitcoin nodes such as Bcoin, BTCD and Libbitcoin which might be helpful to detect consensus bugs such as CVE-2018-17144 that was discovered last September. They also announced that the source code for the tool will be made available soon.
New Third Party Applications Available for Ledger devices

Ledger announced new third party applications available on their hardware wallets Ledger Nano S and ledger blue. This was done as part of an initiative called CryptoTuesday started in August.

Ledger welcomes Lisk, Factom, MIX Blockchain, Musicoin, GameCredits and EtherGem to the Ledger Nano S. Equally, the last four mentioned will be compatible with the Ledger Blue. These six applications have been developed by the respective communities, bringing the number of third-party developed apps to 32 since the start of the year.

CryptoTuesday is celebrated each first Tuesday of the month. For this event, we review applications compatible with our devices created by the communities of respective cryptocurrencies and publish them. We are incredibly grateful and humbled to have such active, engaged communities and enabled this monthly rendez-vous to honor that. Naturally, there are certain requirements and procedures for these submissions, which can be found on this page. Plans for upcoming application releases can be found on our Ledger overview: Internal and External developments page.

Liquid Full Node and Wallet Releasesd by Blockstream

Blockstream announced the release of the Liquid full node binaries and source code available here.

Now any user can join the P2P Liquid Network by operating a full node, in order to trustlessly self-validate the chain just like they can with the Bitcoin network.

Included in this release are the Liquid full node liquidd and liquid-cli command-line utilities, complete with wallet support which enables users to self-manage L-BTC and other Liquid Assets.

lightning-dissector: A Wireshark Plugin for Lightning Network Protocol

Nayuta, a team currently developing a new Lightning Network implementation called ptarmigan, announced the release of a wireshark plugin for the Lightning Network (BOLT) protocol. The plugin is hosted here.

It’s alpha version, but it can decode some BOLT message. Currently, this software works for Nayuta’s implementation(ptarmigan) and Éclair. When ptarmigan is compiled with some option, it write out key information file. This Wireshark plug-in decode packet using that file. When you use Éclair, this software parse log file.