Lightning Hood Weekly Round-Up For The Past Week In Bitcoin, June 24–30, 2019

Major Headlines

1.) JPM is looking to start consumer trials of its cryptocurrency. The coin will function as a stablecoin, with fiat cash being deposited at the bank in exchange for the token, which can then be transferred via a permissioned distributed ledger. The recipient can later redeem the token for cash from JPMorganJPMorgan to Start Customer Trials of Its ‘JPM Coin’ Crypto – CoinDeskJPMorgan Chase is to start trials of its “JPM Coin” cryptocurrency in conjunction with corporate clients. According to…www.coindesk.com

2.) The in-browser app Lolli, which allows users to earn bitcoin rewards for online purchases, just added Hotels.com to its list of partnersBitcoin Startup Lolli Looks to Global Expansion With Hotels.com Partnership – CoinDeskHundreds of people are earning bitcoin by taking vacations. The in-browser app Lolli, which allows users to earn…www.coindesk.com

3.) Cash App formally announced that customers can deposit bitcoin directly to their accounts on WednesdaySquare Is Expanding Access to Bitcoin Deposits for Cash App Users – CoinDeskUPDATE (June 26, 2019 17:50 UTC): Cash App formally announced that customers can deposit bitcoin directly to their…www.coindesk.com

4.) Samourai Wallet has unveiled a beta version of Whirlpool, a CoinJoin service that enhances transaction privacy. This added feature disassociates crypto senders and their recipients, and makes it difficult to track the financial exchangeSamourai Wallet Releases Privacy-Enhancing CoinJoin Feature – CoinDeskSamourai Wallet has unveiled a beta version of Whirlpool, a CoinJoin service that enhances transaction privacy. The…www.coindesk.com

5.) The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has cleared bitcoin derivatives provider LedgerX to offer physically settled bitcoin futures contracts. Unlike the cash-settled bitcoin futures listed by the Chicago exchanges Cboe and CME, in physically settled futures the buyer receives the underlying commodity when a contract expires, rather than the fiat equivalentCFTC Approves LedgerX to Settle Futures in Real Bitcoin – CoinDeskThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has cleared bitcoin derivatives provider LedgerX to offer physically…www.coindesk.com

6.) tZERO has launched a new app that combines a digital wallet with their exchange services. The app, called the tZERO Crypto App, will also users to trade bitcoin and ethereum and includes a private key recovery system that will keep coins safe if you lose a phone or devicetZero’s New Wallet Lets Users Trade Bitcoin and Ethereum – CoinDesktZERO has launched a new app that combines a digital wallet with exchange services. The company, funded by Medici…www.coindesk.com

7.) Craig Wright told the court he was unable to access the coins because the keys to his blind trust (Tulip Trust) were held by various people. The trust has at least 15 different key “slices” according to Wright and eight of them in total are needed to access the funds. Wright detailed that David had some keys and he told Kleiman to give them to bonded couriers. At a later date, the couriers would give the keys back to the rightful ownersBitcoin ‘Inventor’ Craig Wright Claims He Can’t Access Coins in Court Testimony – The Bitcoin NewsOn June 28, Craig Wright, the Australian native who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, spent the day in a Florida court…thebitcoinnews.com

8.) Bitcoin IRA, a firm that offers crypto for individual retirement accounts (IRAs), is partnering with BitGo to offer full insurance plans on these accountsBitcoin IRA Partners With BitGo to Offer Insured Crypto Retirement…Bitcoin IRA, a firm that offers crypto for individual retirement accounts (IRAs), is partnering with BitGo to offer…bitcoinmagazine.com

Community News And Developments

1.) Predictions by Hodl Hodl is a marketplace where you can predict the outcomes of any events in the world and earn bitcoins from other users in the case that your predictions are rightPredictions by Hodl Hodl available on MAINNETFinally, today we officially announce, our new project “Predictions by Hodl Hodl” is available on MAINNET —…medium.com

2.) Grubles has put together a walkthrough of how to build your own Bitcoin service provider with Blockstream Satellite backhaulBuild Your Own Wireless Bitcoin Service Provider — Complete With Blockstream Satellite Backhaultl;dr: A guide to use WiFi to connect your local area with Bitcoin and arbitrary data received with Blockstream…medium.com

3.) An ice cream parlour in Berlin becomes the first in the world to accept Bitcoin and Lightning payments

4.) Bitrefill introduces Rechargethat allows any user or platform to refill a channel with BTC or pay any Lightning invoice through Bitrefill’s nodeThor Recharge – Lightning Network PaymentsBitrefill now allows any user or platform to refill a channel with BTC or pay any Lightning invoice through our node.www.bitrefill.com

5.) Casa announces a new partnership with BlockFiCasa Is Partnering with BlockFi!Today we’re thrilled to announce a partnership with BlockFi! Since launching Keymaster multisig in 2018, we’ve been…blog.keys.casa

6.) Coldcard gets updated to firmware version 2.1

7.) Lightning Labs has enabled Loop In swaps on mainnetLightning Labs Blog – The Official Blog of Lightning Labsby Alex Bosworth In March, we at Lightning Labs announced Lightning Loop, which provides an on-demand non-custodial…blog.lightning.engineering

8.) Nodlannounces a partnership with GetBittr for their European customers

9.) Lngames lightning Wheel of Fortune game got updated to version 4.0 where users can now multiply their bets and prizes

Research And Thought Pieces

1.) Casa has put together a Lightning Watchtowers 101 thatexplains what they are and what their arrival means for the future of the Lightning NetworkCrypto 101: Lightning WatchtowersWatchtowers are coming soon to the Lightning Network! In this post, we’ll explain what they are and what their arrival…blog.keys.casa

2.) Edward Snowden discusses the importance of privacy at Bitcoin conference 2019Snowden: “Mass Surveillance Isn’t About Public Safety. It’s About…If Bitcoin conference keynotes are like headliners at a music festival, Edward Snowden was Bitcoin 2019’s Jack White…bitcoinmagazine.com

3.) Alex Gladstein explores if Bitcoin can keep protest alive as cash fades out and as we enter the surveillance ageOp Ed: As Cash Fades, Will Bitcoin Keep Protest Alive in the…Over the past five years, the art of protest has evolved. Authoritarian governments are increasing their ability to…bitcoinmagazine.com

4.) Q&A transcript with former LedgerX Engineer Bryan Bishop on Cryptocurrencies, Libra and Designer BabiesExclusive: Former LedgerX Engineer Bryan Bishop on Cryptocurrencies, Libra and Designer Babies”I’ve been doing software engineering for a very long time all the way back to the middle school or maybe even earlier…forklog.media

5.) A thought piece by Shin’ichirio Matsuo on how to bridge the gap between Bitcoin and global regulatorsBridging the Gap Between Bitcoin and Global Regulators – CoinDeskShin’ichirio Matsuo is a research scientist in cryptography and information security at Georgetown University and a…www.coindesk.com

6.) Max Hillebrand has published version 2 of histhesis on shared ownership of Bitcoin with MultiSig in the Lightning NetworkMaxHillebrand/LightningMultiSigNon-Simulated Shared Ownership of scarce bitcoin with Multi Signatures in the Lightning Network …github.com

7.) This week’s newsletter announces a pending disclosure of minor vulnerabilities for older Bitcoin Core releases, suggests continued testing of RCs for LN software, and describes a proposed technique to make Bitcoin Core nodes a bit more resistant to eclipse attacksBitcoin Optech Newsletter #52This week’s newsletter announces a pending disclosure of minor vulnerabilities for older Bitcoin Core releases…bitcoinops.org

Podcast Episodes

1.) Stepan Snigirev, Quantum Physicist and CTO of CryptoAdvance joins Stephan in this episode to talk about the Quantum threat to Bitcoin, and we also talk about Bitcoin Hardware Wallets. This interview was recorded in person in San Francisco just prior to the Bitcoin2019 conferenceSLP84 Stepan Snigirev – Quantum Computing Threat to Bitcoin and Next Generation Bitcoin Hardware…Stepan Snigirev, Quantum Physicist and CTO of CryptoAdvance joins me in this episode to talk about the Quantum threat…stephanlivera.com

2.) Conner Fromknecht Head of Cryptographic Engineering at Lightning Labs, joins Stephan to go in depth on Bitcoin Lightning Watchtowers. Understand how Bitcoin’s Lightning Network keeps channel participants honest and how Watchtowers can helpSLP83 Conner Fromknecht – Bitcoin Lightning Watchtowers in depthConner Fromknecht Head of Cryptographic Engineering at Lightning Labs, joins me to go in depth on Bitcoin Lightning…stephanlivera.com

3.) Join Marty and Matt as they are joined by Pierre Rochard, Bitcoin Sign Guy & Francis Pouliot with a special appearance from Paul Sztorc as they discuss: FATF Guidelines, Iranians mining Bitcoin in mosques, COLDCARD new upgrades, Libra, Coin Joining, and much more…

4.) Guy Swann chats with Richard Myers about a lightning powered global mesh network

Lightning Hood’s Selection For Meme Of The Week

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