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Wasabi Wallet 2.0 Will Offer Automatic CoinJoins by Default to Boost Privacy

Wasabi Wallet, the privacy-focused bitcoin software wallet, has set a broad timeframe for the release of Wasabi Wallet 2.0. The goal is not only to make the wallet easier to use as more people start adopting bitcoin, but also to implement the privacy improvements of the WabiSabi protocol, including making CoinJoins automatic by default.  In …

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Blockstream Is Working on Simpler, More Private Multi-Sig Bitcoin Transactions

With Bitcoin’s long-awaited Taproot upgrade on the horizon, the engineers at Blockstream are working on a new scheme to improve multi-signature transactions.  These transactions, which require signatures from more than one private key to authorize spends, will stand to benefit from Taproot. This upgrade implements Schnorr signatures into Bitcoin’s codebase, a cryptographic signature scheme that …

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Intel enters the laptop discrete GPU market with Xe Max

Enlarge / This is Intel’s DG1 chipset, the heart of the Xe Max GPU. Intel This weekend, Intel released preliminary information on its newest laptop part—the Xe Max discrete GPU, which functions alongside and in tandem with Tiger Lake’s integrated Iris Xe GPU. We first heard about Xe Max at Acer’s Next 2020 launch event, where it …

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Uniswap’s Retroactive Airdrop Vote Put Free Money on the Campaign Trail

Governance, it is often said, is one of the most important issues in the crypto industry. But whether democracy makes blockchain products better or just devolves into fights over wealth remains an open question.  One relevant test case just closed on Uniswap, though, offering a glimpse of what may be more akin to election-season stumping …

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HBO Max quietly restored service to Linux users

Enlarge / Sometimes it seems like Widevine is the DNS of Digital Rights Management. “It can’t be Widevine!” It was Widevine. It’s always Widevine… Jim Salter In August, HBO broke its customers’ access to the HBO Max streaming service by cranking up the settings on its Widevine DRM service—most likely by enabling a Verified Media …

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Raspberry Pi 400 review—the under-$100 desktop PC you didn’t know you needed

Fully unboxed, we see the Pi 400 itself, a 247-page, full-color beginner’s guide, power supply, USB mouse, and one micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable. Jim Salter Raspberry Pi 400 comes in an attractive pasteboard-sleeved box about the size of two or three hardback novels stacked together. Jim Salter The back of the box’s pasteboard sleeve lets you know …

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Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Is Getting a Marketplace for Payment Channel Liquidity

The team behind the Bitcoin Lightning Network’s leading software implementation is launching a marketplace for Lightning users to lease liquidity for payments on the second-layer network. Today, Lightning Labs announced the release of Pool, “a non-custodial, peer-to-peer marketplace for Lightning node operators to buy and sell access to liquidity,” according to a press release. The …

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Blockchain Could Make Dismantling Nuclear Warheads More Secure: UK Report

Nations working to take nuclear weapons out of commission should turn to blockchain to build trust and make the process more secure, according to a new policy report. As reported by King’s College London on Monday, the university’s Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) suggests that using blockchain would help parties to the Nuclear …

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PBoC Governor Says ‘Successful’ Digital Yuan Trials Have Transacted $299M

The governor of the People’s Bank of China praised recent tests of its national digital currency at the Hong Kong Fintech Week conference on Monday. Over 4 million transactions totaling more than 2 billion yuan ($299 million) have been conducted using the digital yuan, Yi said. Financial services in remote areas have been bolstered by …

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