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Qtum Completes First Atomic Swap With Bitcoin on Mainnet



Qtum, a blockchain platform that merges the strength of Bitcoin’s blockchain with the Ethereum Virtual Machine to build decentralized applications, has completed its first atomic swap with Bitcoin on mainnet. This is a big, first step for atomic swaps, a feature that allows for on-chain exchanges, or transactions, between cryptocurrencies on two separate blockchains without […]

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Bitcoin Wallet Forced to Drop Key Privacy Features From Google Play App



Privacy-focused bitcoin wallet Samourai is having its hand forced by Google. According to a Samourai blog post, the wallet provider is disabling privacy features that are key to its design before its latest version, 0.99.4, hits the Google Play store tomorrow. The removed features include Samourai’s Stealth Mode, remote text message (SMS) commands, and SIM […]

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San Francisco’s “Bitcoin Mafia”: How Bitcoin Started in the City on the Bay



The early Bitcoin community in San Francisco was originally comprised of revolutionaries: Individuals who believed in the freedom and opportunity that a permissionless distributed system would bring the world. We were widely regarded as unsavory and unpopular. Most people associated bitcoin with drugs, money laundering, and the dark web. On dates, dinner parties at friends […]

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Ten Years Later, a Reflection on Bitcoin’s Genesis and Satoshi’s Timing



October 31, 2008, and January 3, 2009. The two dates have cemented themselves with Promethean significance into Bitcoin’s lore. On the October 31, Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin white paper, a constitution of sorts for his revolutionary monetary system and its intrinsic currency. On January 3, this constitution came alive with Bitcoin Block #0. Also […]

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