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Your Weekly Digest: Bitcoin Feature Stories & Tool Updates 🛠️

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Welcome to issue #61 of the Bitcoin Breakdown, where we are bringing you the first issue dedicated to the top Bitcoin stories from the past week, as well as a curated list of Bitcoin tools and projects updates. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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🏆 FEATURE STORIES

  • Ioni Appelberg, author of Abundance Through Scarcity, explains at Bitcoin Atlantis how Bitcoin aligns with a Type I civilization on the Kardeshev Scale, presenting an argument supporting its potential for universal energy efficiency (March 1 | 8 min read) (Bitlyrics Transcript).

  • MacroScope argues policymakers' opposition to Bitcoin, especially Bitcoin ETFs, is more rooted in concerns about the financial system's stability than investor protection or criminal use as Bitcoin acts as a stark signaling device, highlighting problems with excessive government spending and monetary policy (March 17 | 3 min read).

  • LaurentMT, developer at OXT Research, deconstructs Roman Sterlingov's case after he was recently found guilty on all counts for operating the Bitcoin Fog mixer, and critiques government experts' arguments regarding Chainalysis Reactor and highlights concerns about transparency and scientific rigor (March 13 | 3 min read).

  • Level39 breaks down Michael Saylor's parables about Bitcoin as ‘Digital Energy’ and a ‘Magic Hotel’ and how MicroStrategy is positioning itself as the largest provider of risk tools and Bitcoin collateral to a maturing digital property market (March 14 | 2 min read).

  • Jimmy Song argues on Stacker News that Bitcoin’s volatility is the ‘plebs' protection’ in that it makes the privileged and connected players in the fiat system, lose, which means that normal people, the ones that can't access huge loans or leverage, win (March 15 | 3 min read).

  • Kgothatso Ngako is interviewed by Frank Corva of CoinDesk about his project, Machankura, which enables Bitcoin transactions on basic mobile phones without needing internet access and allows users to hold their own private keys through the Bitcoin Java Card project (March 18 | 6 min read).

  • Shane Neagle, editor-in-chief of The Tokenist, discusses how Bitcoin ETF inflows can act as a stabilizing force by offering institutional and retail investors exposure while mitigating price volatility in the market (March 14 | 8 min read).

  • Win Ko Ko Aung, of the Human Rights Foundation and the Bitcoin Policy Institute, explains how Bitcoin presents a new hope for the troubled economy of Myanmar, enabling potentially sidestepping the nation's problematic local currency and promoting human rights (March 10 | 12 min read).

  • Tony Cross, Professor of Philosophy and Bitcoin miner, discusses at Bitcoin Atlantis how Bitcoin's second revolution may transform the legal and financial systems by enabling smart contracts and decentralized autonomous organizations (March 2 | 10 min read) (Bitlyrics Transcript).

  • Fernando Nikolic, writing for Bitcoin Perception, examines the media's preference for covering altcoins over Bitcoin despite Bitcoin's growing acceptance, often due to sensationalism and a misunderstanding of value (March 13 | 4 min read).

  • Liam 'Akiba' Wright, senior editor at CryptoSlate, admits he was wrong about Bitcoin and revises his previous opinion about its dominance, acknowledging its resilience and market influence contrasted against other cryptocurrencies (March 18 | 7 min read).

  • Athena Alpha demystifies Bitcoin addresses, explaining their structure and function, and highlights the important role they play in ensuring secure and seamless txs (March 12 | 9 min read).

  • Joakim Book, writing for The American Institute for Economic Research, acknowledges that Bitcoin mining is the solution for the need for a consumer-of-last-resort that can absorb excess electricity in grids powered electricity from renewable energy sources (Mar 4 | 5 min read).

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🛠️ TOOLS & PROJECTS

  • Kiss Your Fiat Job Goodbye is a free guidebook for employers and job seekers looking to pivot into the Bitcoin ecosystem.

  • Cheapsats is a price comparison tool for Bitcoin prices across exchanges to find the best price for you to cheaply stack sats.

  • BTC Map launches a dashboard displaying the top countries in terms of Bitcoin adoption worldwide.

  • BitGo enhances Bitcoin transaction efficiency by integrating Replace-By-Fee, offering users increased control and flexibility over transaction speeds.

  • Spend-sats is a list of all sites that accept Bitcoin as a payment method.

  • Voltage launches its most requested feature, Team Management, empowering organizations to securely manage Bitcoin access within their teams.

  • Joltz launches the first-ever non-custodial Taproot Assets wallet.

  • BTCPay has a new plugin allowing you to streamline employee payrolls.

  • Travala launches a Bitcoin cashback program leveraging the scarcity of BTC as an enticing reward system for its elite travelers.

  • Strike launches the ‘Switch and Stack’ program, which allows users of other on-ramps to switch to Strike and pay only 69bps in trading fees until the next bitcoin halving.

  • Fold launches a new Round-Ups feature that automatically buys Bitcoin to round up card purchases to the nearest dollar.

  • Zaprite’s WooCommerce extension, which allows for Bitcoin payments, is now available as a WordPress site plugin.

  • Relai launches their Lightning Wallet powered by Blockstream's Greenlight.

  • Tor Project launches WebTunnel, a new bridge-type that disguises Tor connections as standard HTTPS web traffic, to further combat censorship.

  • Bitkey hardware wallet has officially started shipping after selling out.

  • xtonostr.com is a tool a tool to cross-post your X tweets to Nostr.

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