News

Bitcoin Core 0.21.0
https://bitcoincore.org/en/releases/0.21.0/

Bitcoin $1T Market Cap
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/19/bitcoin-hits-1-trillion-in-market-value-as-cryptocurrency-surge-continues.html

Bitcoin whitepaper copyright attempt from scammer Craig Wright
https://twitter.com/opencryptoorg/status/1357757123493384194

Bitcoin Design Community
https://github.com/BitcoinDesign/Meta/blob/master/Collaboration.md

₿trust
https://twitter.com/jack/status/1360114881978982403

Weird “double spend” panic
https://twitter.com/BitMEXResearch/status/1351855414103715842
http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/01/22/2162801/0/en/NexTech-Sells-Its-Treasury-Bitcoin-Holdings-and-Books-a-Profit.html

New mailing list for Discreet Log Contracts
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2021-January/018372.html

Marathon “clean mining”
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/01/05/2153383/0/en/Marathon-Patent-Group-and-DMG-Blockchain-Solutions-to-Form-the-Digital-Currency-Miners-of-North-America-DCMNA-and-Launch-North-America-s-First-Cooperative-Mining-Pool.html

Stats

Increase in node count
https://luke.dashjr.org/programs/bitcoin/files/charts/historical.html

UTXO Live
https://utxo.live/changes/yesterday.php

Mempool backlog
https://twitter.com/murchandamus/status/1361356556428836871
https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/96068/what-if-the-mempool-exceeds-300-mb/96070#96070

New Work & Research

Bitcoin Design Community
https://github.com/BitcoinDesign/Meta/blob/master/Collaboration.md

Analyzing miner tx censorship
https://blog.bitmex.com/bitcoin-miner-transaction-fee-gathering-capability/

Taproot activation discussion
http://gnusha.org/taproot-activation/2021-02-02.log http://gnusha.org/taproot-activation/2021-02-16.log
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Taproot_activation_proposals

Bech32m
https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0350.mediawiki

Formal proof of safegcd Bounds
https://medium.com/blockstream/a-formal-proof-of-safegcd-bounds-695e1735a348
https://github.com/sipa/safegcd-bounds/pull/7

Mempool.space 2.0 launch
https://github.com/mempool/mempool/releases/tag/v2.0.0

Proposal ot stop processing unrequested txs in Bitcoin Core
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2021-February/018391.html

New Multisig protocol BIP
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2021-February/018385.html

Bitcoin PRs

HWI: Enable processing of OP_RETURN outputs
https://github.com/bitcoin-core/HWI/pull/433

P2P Message Capture
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/19509

Guix release transition plan
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/issues/21145

Make whitelist permissions more flexible
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/16248

Bitcoin netinfo update
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/20764

MuHash3072
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/19055
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/18000

Lightning PRs ⚡

multi: support derived public key import
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/5047

[anchors] Reserve wallet balance for anchor fee bumping
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/4908

docker: add verification script
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/4914

basic etcd leader election
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/4998

routing: if MaxShardAmt is set, then use that as a ceiling for our splits, use default of 16 for MaxParts
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/5017