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This Week's 🏆 Feature Stories & 🛠️ Tool Updates (Issue #77)

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Greetings Bitcoiner,

Welcome to issue #77 of the Bitcoin Breakdown, where we believe that the path to a better future lies in supporting a completely new financial system where custodians, gatekeepers, and draconian KYC regulations become a distant memory.

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🏆 FEATURE STORIES

  • Nic Puckrin, CEO & Co-founder of Coin Bureau, discusses Bitcoin's volatility indicator flashing and what this might mean — low volatility was previously a precursor to upward price movement, as it happened at a time when selling was exhausted (May 13 | 2 min read).

  • Block, the parent company for Cash App and Square created by Jack Dorsey, dedicated its shareholder letter to explaining why it focuses on Bitcoin instead of crypto and Web3 (May 10 | 30 min read).

  • Matt Corallo, an early Bitcoin core contributor now at Spiral, discusses the current challenges facing Bitcoin and emphasizes the need for drastic improvements in default wallet privacy, regulatory advocacy, and scalability solutions to preserve Bitcoin's original goals (May 11 | 3 min read).

  • Bitcoin Policy UK publishes a starter guide to node running and self-custody in a world that has become adversarial to Bitcoin, as evident from the recent crackdown on developers (May 11 | 4 min read).

  • Kadan Stadelmann, the CTO at Komodo Platform, argues why mainstream economics are wrong drawing examples from expert economists proven wrong, and portrays Bitcoin as the basis of sound economics (May 10 | 4 min read).

  • Ansel Lindner, the host of the Bitcoin & Markets podcast, unpacks the incoherence and hubris of Modern Monetary Theory and its relations with CBDCs, and Bitcoin (May 9 | 7 min read).

  • Senators Cynthia Lummis and Ron Wyden write letter concerning the DOJ's attempt to broaden the definition of a money transmission business, arguing that providing wallet software alone does not meet the criteria for being considered a money transmission business (May 13 | 5 min read).

  • UTXO Management introduces the concept of Bitcoin as a settlement chain and its potential to challenge other blockchains for fee revenue, hence presenting opportunities for innovation and investment in the Bitcoin space (May 9 | 12 min read).

  • David Seroy, growth lead at Alpen Labs, discusses the power shift in the Bitcoin ecosystem, emphasizing the growing influence of builders and the changing dynamics regarding network upgrades (May 13 | 2 min read).

  • ICYMI: Jameson Lopp, co-founder and CTO of Casa Wallet, offers 21 tips for securing your Bitcoin (Feb 29 | 12 min read).

  • ICYMI: Hivemind Ventures, investor in L2 and L3 Bitcoin startups, publishes an article discussing the need for a user-owned identity system online, proposing Nostr as the perfect foundation for the solution (Apr 9 | 20 min read).

  • ICYMI: A pseudonymous crypto-agorism advocate highlights how state monopoly on identity excludes vulnerable individuals from essential services like jobs, housing, and healthcare, with repercussions on their survival and well-being (Apr 21 | 9 min read).

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🛠️ TOOLS & PROJECTS

  • RoboSats Android app is now a self-hosted client, connecting to all RoboSats coordinators, capable of generating robot identities fully locally with all the networking torified by default (APK download available).

  • Lightning Labs announces the first mainnet ‘multi-hop asset’ payment with Taproot Asset channels, enabling stablecoins on the Lightning Network.

  • Wavlake introduces Ticketbot, a new way to buy and sell tickets across the web using Nostr.

  • OrangeFren enables you to find the best rates to swap to/from Bitcoin on LN and now offers 3DS prepaid Visa cards without KYC.

  • BIP 352 is a protocol for static payment addresses in Bitcoin without on-chain linkability of payments or a need for on-chain notifications, i.e., silent payments.

  • Calle releases Cashu.me, a Cashu Chaumian Ecash wallet for Bitcoin built as a progressive web app.

  • Juraj Bednar, the co-founder of Paralelná Polis releases his book, 'The Orange Flash of Freedom: Understanding and Using the Bitcoin Lightning Network'.

  • Zap.store is a permissionless application store based on Nostr.

  • Awning is a streamlined and user-friendly solution for running Bitcoin, Lightning Network, and BTCPay Server nodes, focusing on simplicity and efficiency.

  • Magstr is a Nostr-based publication platform.

  • Geyser announces Bitcoin Beach Grants, a set of grants that will power Bitcoin circular economies worldwide.

  • Zaprite introduces a learn section with 'how-to' videos to guide users in utilizing Zaprite and other Bitcoin functionalities.

  • COLDCARD Q is now in stock and ready for shipping.

  • Bitcoin Troubleshoot is an app for bitcoiners to troubleshoot each other’s technical issues for sats, using Nostr.

  • Swan launches Swan Vault, offering collaborative self-custody to private clients.

  • Spiral releases the ‘Here Comes Bitcoin’ license-free creative assets series, making Bitcoin education more accessible and engaging.

  • Haveno releases a stable version based on the P2P exchanges Bisq.

  • The Neveko project is a fully encrypted, Monero, multi-sig marketplace based on the i2p anonymization technology.

  • Penlock is an open-source paper-computer designed for securely splitting and storing BIP39 seed phrases on blockchain, facilitating a 2-of-3 trust-minimized inheritance setup, that's seeking community feedback ahead of its Q3 2024 launch.

  • Bitwarden, a FOSS password manager, launches a new authenticator app for iOS and Android.

  • El Salvador launches website to track $360M BTC treasury.

  • Car González, the co-founder of Austin Bitcoin Club, to host a Graphene OS workshop on May 25th.

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