News

Bitcoin Core 0.18.1
https://bitcoincore.org/en/releases/0.18.1/

New C-Lightning Release
https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning/releases/tag/v0.7.2.1

Bitmex Watchtower
https://blog.bitmex.com/lightning-network-part-4-all-adopt-the-watchtower/

Bitmex Flows
https://twitter.com/coinmetrics/status/1156183016655511553

Matt Joining Square Crypto
https://twitter.com/TheBlueMatt/status/1163852530142654464

Ira Kleinman Case
https://www.coindesk.com/judge-recommends-ruling-in-favor-of-kleiman-in-craig-wright-case

Github CI Discussion
http://www.erisian.com.au/bitcoin-core-dev/log-2019-08-08.html#l-464

Stats & Network Info

Segwit Adoption Flat
https://charts.woobull.com/bitcoin-segwit-adoption/

Optech Compatibility Matrix
https://bitcoinops.org/en/compatibility/

P2PKH Usage Increased
https://p2sh.info/dashboard/db/pay-to-pubkey-hash-statistics?orgId=1&from=1552365620811&to=1565838757627

Comparitive Analysis of Bitcoin Forks
https://coinmetrics.io/a-comparative-analysis-of-bitcoin-forks/

Analysis of Fork Legitimacy
https://coinmetrics.io/an-analysis-of-fork-legitimacy/

New Work & Research

Miniscript Updates
https://twitter.com/pwuille/status/1163592166062473217
http://bitcoin.sipa.be/miniscript/

Proposal to switch to 32-byte keys in Schnorr and Taproot
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2019-August/017247.html

Nayuta Lightning Shield (Will bring hardware to meetup)
https://shop.nayuta.co/product/lightning-shield/

Suredbits Playground
https://suredbits.com/ws-playground/

BIP 155: addrv2 BIP proposal
https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/pull/766

Modeling a Steady-State LN Economy
https://github.com/gr-g/ln-steady-state-model

Bitcontracts: Expressive smart contracts on Legacy Chains
https://eprint.iacr.org/2019/857.pdf

Bitcoin PRs

Improve privacy through udpdates to rebroadcast logic
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/16698

p2p: supplying and using asmap to improve IP bucketing in addrman
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/16702

Allow createwallet to take empty passwords to make unencrypted wallets
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/16394

Lightning PRs ⚡

C-lightning: Cowsay plugin 🐄
https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning/pull/2985

C-lightning: Multiple DB Support
https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning/pull/2924

C-lightning: wireshark dissector revamp
https://github.com/ElementsProject/lightning/pull/2345

RFC Tests
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc/pull/655

LND: multi- implement new safu commitment format
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/3365

LND: Track Peer Uptime
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/3332

LND: Pathfinding Optimizations
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/3418