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This Week's 🏆 Feature Stories & 🛠️ Tool Updates (Issue #83)

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Greetings Bitcoiner,

Welcome to issue #83 of the Bitcoin Breakdown, where we proudly own our keys and run our Bitcoin nodes (like the approximately 100,000 active nodes worldwide), thereby strengthening Bitcoin's decentralization and security.

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🏆 FEATURE STORIES

  • Daniel Batten, Bitcoin ESG investor, highlights a new study that found Bitcoin adopters tend to be intellectually curious and emotionally stable, prioritize personal growth, relationships, community, and health over material possessions, and exhibit higher levels of financial literacy (May 29 | 9 min read).

  • Jeremy Rubin, the founder of Judica, a Bitcoin research and development organization, publishes a new paper offering a high-level demonstration of how covenants could be incorporated into Bitcoin enabling enhanced functionality without necessitating a consensus-driven protocol upgrade (May 31 | 6 min read).

  • Brady Noah, writing for Freedom Tech, discusses the concept of no-KYC Bitcoin, methods to acquire and use no-KYC Bitcoin, and the broader implications of privacy in regard to internet security (May 30 | 12 min read).

  • Stephan Livera highlights examples of anti-Bitcoin propagandists who are quick to dish out short-sighted analyses that make it look like Bitcoin is failing, yet when zoomed out, the charts show Bitcoin winning (May 20 | 12 min read).

  • Beautyon, editor of Bitcoin Think, argues that Bitcoin's rebellious, cypherpunk era is not over but is growing stronger, as the universal access to programmable money empowers individuals and erodes the control of traditional financial institutions and governments (May 29 | 6 min read).

  • GrassFedBitcoin, executive at Ocean Mining, exposes Bitmain's covert mining strategies and how it maintains advantages while affecting the broader network (May 31 | 7 min read).

  • Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum founder, publishes a blog post with his comments on the different perspectives on Bitcoin's big block versus small block debate, inspired by Jonathan Bier's 'The Blocksize War' and Patterson and Roger Ver's 'Hijacking Bitcoin' (May 31 | 17 min read).

  • Alex Bergeron, chaos maximalist, discusses the concerns and implications of Maximal Extractable Value (MEV) on the Bitcoin network, particularly in the context of expanding Bitcoin's scripting capabilities, the potential risks of on-chain auctions and economic incentives driving predatory behaviors (May 30 | 8 min read).

  • Reason publishes a piece by Nicholas Anthony and Naomi Brockwell on how Americans have lost their financial privacy over the past few decades due to obscure legislation, creating an illusion of privacy that no longer exists in reality (May 30 | 10 min read).

  • Max Keiser, eccentric Bitcoin advisor to president Nayib Bukele, explains how Bitcoin serves as a mirror reflecting societal vices and virtues, accelerating self-awareness and societal change, with anecdotes of personal transformations and reflections on the broader cultural impact of Bitcoin (Jun 1 | 7 min read).

  • Luis Lopez, Bitcoin journalist, argues that Bitcoin's uniqueness, rooted in its design, history, and role in the financial ecosystem, sets it apart from other digital assets, disapproving of the notion of a 'next Bitcoin' due to its unparalleled significance and qualities (Jun 1 | 4 min read).

  • Eduardo Próspero writing for Hackernoon explores the infamous Reddit post from a purported time traveler in 2013, analyzing the accuracy and relevance of their predictions regarding Bitcoin's future in light of developments in 2024 (Jun 1 | 10 min read).

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AFFILIATES & REFERRALS

  • MaxAI.me turns every click into AI magic by enabling customized 1-click prompts, instantly summarizing articles, crafting emails, searching the web with AI, and more.

  • Start9 empowers you to run your own Bitcoin node while also joining the sovereign computing paradigm, where concerns over privacy, censorship, hacks, and fees practically disappear—get a 5% discount by using the code: BITCOINBREAKDOWN.

  • Blockstream Jade is the best hardware wallet for you to take self-custody with—enjoy a 10% discount off of with code: BITCOINBREAKDOWN.

  • Orange Pill App enables you to connect with Bitcoiners and Bitcoin merchants wherever you live and travel.

  • Bitcoin Well is the fastest and easiest way to secure Bitcoin in self custody, offering non-KYC sells and bill payments with a transparent 1% spread, no hidden or withdrawal fees.

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🛠️ TOOLS & PROJECTS

  • Mutiny Wallet releases Harbor, an open-source ecash desktop wallet (in alpha) for better bitcoin privacy (all communication runs over Tor and Mutiny is not involved in any connections or transactions).

  • Boltz releases Chain Swaps, enabling users to swap between Liquid and the mainchain with both sides being regular on-chain transactions.

  • Minibits, a mobile ecash wallet focusing on performance and usability, introduces real-time and encrypted push notifications.

  • Casa adds support for Bitcoin wallet descriptors, offering a more versatile, secure, and future-proof way to manage funds.

  • Bitcoin Keeper is an open-source, mobile multi-sig Bitcoin-only wallet with inheritance features.

  • Corny Chat is an open-source audio space built on Jam that integrates Nostr and Lightning.

  • Wasabi Wallet now allows users to connect to different coordinators to continue using the coinjoin feature after zkSNACKs shutdown.

  • Ginger Wallet launches Wasabi fork with a built-in coordinator.

  • Amethyst, a free and open-source Nostr client for Android, adds support for Data Vending Machines for content discovery.

  • GrapheneOS adds a duress password feature.

  • Go BTC API is a client for interacting with third-party BTC APIs by encapsulating HTTP requests.

  • Tando, an app that lets anyone spend bitcoin anywhere in Kenya, just like cash, opens a Geyser page.

  • Miners4Kids, a project funding a mining machine to continuously mine sats for kids on Roatan, Honduras, launches a Geyser page.

  • Foundation announces the release of Passport Firmware v2.3.1, integrating Theya, Zeus, and Coinbits.

  • Testnet 4, which addresses Testnet 3's issues and maintains core features while improving consensus rules to enhance security, has been launched.

  • Antminer releases ANTMINER L9, a new miner featuring a hashrate of 16G with an energy efficiency of 210J/G.

  • PlebLab workshop on Private Collaborative Custody with Frost to be hosted by Christopher Scott on June 8th.

  • Geyser replaces 'Milestones' with 'Goals', a way to motivate and inspire others to donate by showing what happens when a certain threshold is reached.

  • Daniel Batten launches a Geyser page to support his mission to remove the ESG block that's stopping $35T in sovereign funds from getting exposure to Bitcoin.

  • The Canadian Bitcoin Conference, an annual event that brings renowned speakers to Canada to talk about Bitcoin and celebrate with fellow Bitcoin enthusiasts, launches a Geyser page.

  • Bitfiasi an initiative that empowers African women with financial literacy and Bitcoin education, launches a Geyser page.

  • Fold launches a new ‘Direct to Bitcoin’ feature that allows users to receive some or all of their direct deposits in bitcoin.

  • Fedi adds a new global chat feature that unites communications across different federations.

  • Bitwarden authenticator and passkeys for mobile are now available to all users.

  • Insightful Bits beta results released and show impressive engagement test metrics.

  • Bitcoin Well integrates the Lightning Network, allowing you to instantly sell BTC from any personal Lightning Wallet, with plans to expand services to household bills.

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