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BitPay is Working on Alternatives to Bitcoin’s Lightning Network That Don’t Require SegWit

BitPay understands every Bitcoin transaction cannot be made on chain. CEO Stephen Pair claimed that BitPay is working on off-chain payment systems, and discussed the potential concerns bitcoin miners may have with the activation of SegWit.

Purse Held a Hackathon And Here are Some of the Cool Projects

Purse held a hackathon on Sunday and some enticing - albeit early-stage - blockchain projects were put on competitive display. The hackathon's main theme was Purse's Bcoin, an alternative full node bitcoin implementation written in Javascript. Steven Mckie spoke with Crypto Insider about some of the projects he enjoyed over the weekend.

Electrum Introducing Checkpoints to Ease the Burden of a Hard Fork

Thomas Voegtlin, creator of Bitcoin wallet Electrum, believes Electrum users should be “free to choose” between competing branches. Electrum is releasing a new version that will introduce "checkpoints," a feature that will make the lives of Bitcoin users simpler post-fork.

Twitter Error and Downloads in 100 Countries Mark Eventful First Week for BTCC’s Mobi

Bitcoin service provider BTCC’s new wallet Mobi had users from more than 100 countries just seven days after it launched, according to a tweet from the company on Sunday. But the launch hasn’t been sans tribulations. The company ran into several technical difficulties last week with Twitter integration.

The Pros and Cons of Activating Segregated Witness on Bitcoin via a User-Activated Soft Fork

Recently, the idea of a user-activated soft fork (UASF) has gained some attention as a possible alternative to the current, miner-focused activation method for Segregated Witness (SegWit). Some have pointed to a potential chain split caused by miners as a potential downfall of this proposal, while others still see it as preferable over a hard fork.

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