TL;DR: Crypto Dev Digest (CDD) documents cryptocurrency development, highlighting the projects and persons working under the hood. Nodes on Bitcoin Cash appear to be entering a new era of transparency. Bloq releases on-demand node clusters. Decentralized messaging platform Stamp Chat is moving along nicely. Those and so much more in this giant installment!
Bloq On-Demand Node Clusters
Bitcoin pioneer Jeff Garzik and his company Bloq announced recently on-demand node clusters. Bloq is a coin agnostic company of “innovators, builders, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and otherwise passionate individuals who are drawn together by the potential of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and tokenization,” its blog hype reads.
Algorand focuses on proof-of-stake consensus, promising “full transparency, protection, and speed within a truly decentralized network. With blocks finalized in seconds, Algorand’s transaction throughput is on par with large payment and financial networks. And Algorand is the first blockchain to provide immediate transaction finality. No forking. No uncertainty.”
Since April, thanks to a grant, Bloq has been incorporating Algorand. “Addressing the ‘Blockchain Trilemma’ — security, scalability, and decentralization — requires that the Algorand Foundation support infrastructure that serves a stable, distributed, thriving ecosystem. To that end, Bloq has started running relay node clusters on behalf of the Algorand Foundation itself, increasing the overall health and resiliency of the network,” Bloq explained.
Bitcoin Cash Clients’ New Era of Transparency
BCHN lead maintainer report 2020-06-15 is Bitcoin Cash Node’s (BCHN) continuing to up the node game within the BCH community. Anon dev Freetrader’s second missive documents the upstart node’s official move from what some early-on dismissed as a protest or hobby node and into being taken seriously.
“Some mining pools supporting BCHN have been crowded out due unprofitable mining conditions on Bitcoin Cash (the aforementioned exploitation),” Freetrader explained, noting ongoing debate about the difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) is needed for this and many other reasons.
He also enumerated BCHN’s notable successes since May of this year, including reaching its crowdfunding goal through Flipstarter (a platform started by BCHN participants), two software updates, stressing, “Our software attained a range of interface performance improvements in its client as well as a new API feature requested by mining pools.” The project now has an official representative, helping to bridge the gap between the West and Chinese communities.
About a week prior, the team released BCHN Financial Report 2020-07-07. It details how “funds are held by team members in a 3-of-5 multi-signature wallet” used “to receive donations and pay for project expenses (general funding of BCH Node operations, including personnel, equipment and contracting),” all of which are on-chain. “Since project start, a total of 83.53292538 BCH has been spent so far,” and the post breaks spending down. Though over half of what was raised has been used, “1083.79584204 BCH was held by the project at the time of writing,” BCHN explained.
Bitcoin ABC May 2020 Transparency Report
Bitcoin ABC May 2020 Transparency Report was posted last month by the team’s business development person, George Donnelly. “During the month of May 2020, Bitcoin ABC made 350 code commits to its source code repository, and made two releases (0.21.6 and 0.21.7),” Donnelly noted. Among the laundry list of work accomplished, “Work on laying some initial groundwork to prepare for Avalanche; Many changes and improvements to the RPC interface; Progress on work to improve the Bitcoin Cash Seeder” were mentioned.
Donnelly also documented how, “In May 2020, Bitcoin ABC received income of $267,500 from USD-denominated sources plus 458.5778932 BCH. In that same month, we had expenses of $73,499.95 in USD, or USD-equivalent, plus 120.78 BCH in expenses.
The income numbers reflect amounts received as part of the Bitcoin ABC 2020 fundraiser at fund.bitcoinabc.org.”
Those funds were used to onboard “a new full-time developer, hire a business development manager and continue the employment of a mid-level engineer. As of 31 May 2020, Bitcoin ABC includes a total of 8 people, as follows: 5 software developers, 1 technical operations manager, 1 business developer, 1 customer relations manager.”
Bitcoin ABC 0.21.11 Released
Bitcoin ABC 0.21.11 has been released. This release removes the deprecated ‘generate’ RPC and bumps the minimum supported Boost version to 1.59.
— Bitcoin ABC (@Bitcoin_ABC) July 14, 2020
CashScript Makes Covenants More Accessible
Covenants are popuar in $BCH smart contracts, and they power @KTrzeszczkowski's Mecenas, @TobiasRuck's becash and @AnyHedge. While they're complex, #CashScript has made them much more accessible. Read the new guide to discover just how accessible!https://t.co/eyiiZxETjP
— Rosco Kalis (@RoscoKalis) June 23, 2020
Interview with Shammah Chancellor of Stamp Chat
An interview with Shammah Chancellor about his new project: Stamp https://t.co/amvYKeRhZb
— Cain#106✂ (@BCHcain) July 4, 2020
New Web3 BCH Wallet for Stamp Chat
Stamp Chat’s First Confidential Transaction
Last night, the first Stamp's confidential transaction for 1 tBCH was broadcast, most of it is in this testnet block
There's still so much to do, but this is a big milestone!https://t.co/YDn7E32w8e
— Shammah (@micropresident) June 29, 2020
Electrum-Cash v1.1.0 Released
Pushed out v1.1.0 of electrum-cash, a quality improvement relase with a handful of minor bug fixes.
— Jonathan Silverblood (@monsterbitar) July 10, 2020
CasaHODL No Longer Supports BTC Payments
— Corentin Mercier (@merc1er) June 8, 2020
Chainalysis Introduced Investigation and Compliance Support for Dash
— Dash (@Dashpay) June 8, 2020
Sunset of Topaz
The pull request for ETH2 "final" phase 0 version 0.12.1 has merged to master for Prysm.
— prestonvanloon.eth (@preston_vanloon) June 9, 2020
SLP Tokens Matter
— Alex Winter (@realAlexWinter) June 10, 2020
Litecoin Core 0.18.1 Released
Litecoin Core 0.18.1 final release is out! Who says Litecoin has no development? 😀
Many thanks to all the developers that worked on this release! 👏
We are already hard at work on the next release, Litecoin Core 0.20, which will bring us in line with the latest Bitcoin Core. https://t.co/JaMq9RcwtR
— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) June 11, 2020
BCHN Vision and Objectives
— Bitcoin Cash Node (@bitcoincashnode) June 12, 2020
Dash Platform v0.13 on Evonet
— Dash (@Dashpay) June 12, 2020
SPV Wallet for Flowee
A little milestone, the SPV wallet for Flowee has successfully created and send a transaction!
Unfortunately I forgot to screenshot it, here is another one: pic.twitter.com/3KxvE7IGDI
— Flowee (@FloweeTheHub) June 13, 2020
First Real-World Purchase Using USDH and SLP
Merchant: Hong Ye Hardware, Saipan
Customer Wallet: @BadgerWallet Mobile
Point Of Sale: CryptoFrontier POS
— Ⓥin Ⓐrmani (@vinarmani) June 14, 2020
History is Made
History is made!
Fee: $0.0157 USDT (a cent and a half)
— Ⓥin Ⓐrmani (@vinarmani) July 8, 2020
Today we release Privacy-o-meter — a tool for Bitcoin users and developers to assess the privacy level of their transactions. Many of you have heard about blockchain surveillance companies. Privacy-o-meter is the first step to defend yourself against heuristics they use. pic.twitter.com/g15TMgSYaw
— Blockchair (@Blockchair) June 24, 2020
— Spice Developers (@spicedevs) June 24, 2020
Flipstarter Now Available on Digital Ocean
Deploy your Flipstarter campaigns in 1 click by following the instructions at https://t.co/jwjsscok3v!
— Corentin Mercier (@merc1er) June 24, 2020
Saipan and Sideshift.ai Team
Nothing has been a bigger roadblock for merchant adoption of Bitcoin than price volatility.
Here on #Saipan, where our point of sale terminals are integrated with @sideshiftai, merchants can accept Bitcoin Cash (BCH) with no volatility risk whatsoever.@AlexanderUgorji explains pic.twitter.com/yLVchKFn4y
— Ⓥin Ⓐrmani (@vinarmani) June 25, 2020
Bitcoin Mining Parliament Lives!
— Javier González González (@JavierGonzalez) July 2, 2020
Zapit v0.1.8 Released
After a month since the previous update v0.1.8 is now available on the playstore and it's packed with a lot of features
⚡ Premium Services: Coin Swap
⚡ Featured, Verified & Unverified tokens
⚡ Interac & Easypaisa
⚡ Scan PrivateKey/PaperWallets
⚡ Wallet creation animation
— Zapit (@zapit_io) July 4, 2020
He Made a Thing
I made a thing!
— Andreas Brekken (@abrkn) July 4, 2020
Why I Sponsored Bitcoin ABC
Why I Sponsored BitcoinABChttps://t.co/5jrnchtIkV
— Eric Reid (@ericreid91) July 5, 2020
Bitcoin Unlimited Improvement Proposal
Jonathan Silverblood submitted a new BUIP "to get a commitment from Bitcoin Unlimited to support a proposal to change how OP_RETURN functions within #BitcoinCash."
— Bitcoin Unlimited (@BitcoinUnlimit) July 5, 2020
Bitcoin Cash Research Monthly Progress Report
Bitcoin Cash Research promotes and operates under a standard of transparency towards #BitcoinCash ecosystem.
Monthly Progress Report – June 2020: https://t.co/W8I79Xbcis
A common and open space for #BCH pioneers, innovators, and developers.
— Leandro Di Marco (@Leandro_DiMarco) July 6, 2020
Fountainhead.cash Nabs $1,000 Donation
— blockparty_sh (@BlockpartySh) July 10, 2020
SOUR Token Paper Wallet Generator
The SOUR Paper Wallet Generator is live!
Now you can store your SOUR & BCH safely offline in a cold storage wallet for staking & airdrops or tip it out as cash. Custom new SOUR Cash designs available! #Bitcoin #BitcoinCash #SimpleLedger #SLP #SOUR pic.twitter.com/1Tu8OyePcR
— SOURtoken (@sourtoken) July 11, 2020
SLP Mineable Token MIST
So long MIST bags – for those of you late to the mist givewaway, know that they'll likely end up in a better place.
— Corbin Fraser (@maplesyrupsuckr) July 14, 2020
SPICE Token Team Will Offer MIST for Tipping
The Spice team is excited to announce we will be introducing Mist, the first mineable SLP token to our Telegram tipping bot. For more information on this you can read it here https://t.co/4pVLXD0yFc
— Spice Developers (@spicedevs) July 15, 2020
Permissionless Software Foundation Air Drops Have Begun
PSF Token air drops have started!
Token ticker: FUND001
Token ID: 832cc2d25d4c91487cc8caad8faa86f8b179bf190e86bf4bc83b30e7bcb8fe1chttps://t.co/y4hfrEB7cP
— Permissionless Software Foundation (@PSF_DAO) July 15, 2020
So Close to Official Multi-Client Testnet
— Terence Tsao (@terencechain) July 17, 2020
Yenom Wallet RIP
Thank you for using Yenom.
We have decided to terminate our service at the end of December 2020.
We will be discontinuing the service on both iOS and Android, so we ask that you move to another company's wallet or exchange.
— Yenom Wallet (@Yenom_wallet_en) July 20, 2020
Haven 1.3.6 Update Released
Haven 1.3.6 update is out 🎉
— Haven App 👐 (@HavenPrivacy) July 20, 2020
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