Welcome again Bitdevs Taiwan

Our eleventh Socratic Seminar event will be held at our typical location 9 LiShui St. Da’An Dist. Taipei.

We will start the socratic seminar discussion with general introductions and follow with discussion on the latest bitcoin developents and news.

Learn about bitcoin development. Share, debate, and discuss trade offs in progress. We discuss a variety of developments, from industry updates and press releases, pull requests in popular git repositories (e.g. Bitcoin Core, lnd, c-lightning, rust-bitcoin, Joinmarket, WasabiWallet), research papers, technical blog posts, IRC logs, network monitors and more. Please add to the discussion topics on GitHub. We’d love to hear from you. After the event the we socialize over food and drinks.

我們每月舉辦的蘇格拉底式的研討會活動旨在促進辯論、信息共享和開放討論。在活動前幾週,聚會成員會從各種來源去整理討論主題:流行git倉儲(例如 Bitcoin Core、lnd、c-lightning、rust-bitcoin, Joinmarket、WasabiWallet)中的pull requests、研究論文、技術博客帖文、IRC 日誌、網絡監測等。經過一段時間的討論,一些活動會有來自開源項目、公司、研究和其他相關內容的介紹。隨後是反饋和問答部分。活動結束後,我們會在活動場地進行社交。

Discussion Topics

Bitcoin v25.0 released

Bitcoin Core version 25.0 is now available from: link to client

Damus, Nostr Client to be removed from App store

“Damus will be removed from the app store in 14 days, Apple says zaps are not allowed on their platform because they could be used by content creators to sell digital content,” said the app’s developer jb55.

link to nostr post further articles

Binance, Coinbase, and others under scrutiny from the SEC

SEC issuing charges on crypto exchanges for listing unregistered securities, co-mingling funds, and circumventing US financial regulation. Important to point out that Bitcoin is outside of this

SEC press release Binance SEC press release Coinbase

Binance adds lightning network support

Bitcoiners have noticed a node on the Lightning Network called “Binance” with large 5 BTC channels going to lightning-enabled exchanges Kraken and OKex/OKcoin. Binance clarifies that is indeed them.

Their node is not open for public channels

Binance Twitter post

BlackRock registers for a Spot Bitcoin “ETF”

Asset management giant BlackRock took the first steps Thursday to launch a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund, which has long been a point of contention between crypto advocates and federal regulators.

The firm filed an application with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to launch the iShares Bitcoin Trust. If approved, the ETF would allow easy access for investors to get exposure to crypto in a product from one of Wall Street’s largest companies.

As exciting as it is to have BlackRock enter the space so thaat Grayscale is no longer the only game in town, it is important to remember that Larry Fink once called Bitcoin an “index of money laundering”, and this product does not have any form of gurantee for actual Bitcoin redemption/settlement

news article criticism: Allan Farrington - Just trust me, bro Fidelity also joins in the fun?

Ledger Live update debacle

Ledger Recover is a custody service offered to Ledger users. Users were outraged to find out that updated versions of firmware are able to gain private key access, CEO and CTO offers to clarify Ledger’s position. Hardware wallets all have security trade-offs

Ledger CTO blog post

BTCPrague Are Ordinals Retarded?

Giacomo Zucco gives a 30 minute presentation on the history of the concept of colored coins and data encoding on the blockchain. Using the definition of “delayed development” instead of the colloquial insult. It is important to tell the truth about what happened in Bitcoin so that others can learn from mistakes of the past. BTCPrague Presentation

Blockstream Greenlight announced

Greenlight is a set of software tools to utilize Blockstream’s infrastructure to utilize the lightning network in a self-custodial way

blog post

Floresta, a utreexo-based Electrum server

Electrum is the backend for many Bitcoin wallets, electrum requires a fully indexed bitcoin core node. utreexo is a way to lessen the burden to run a Bitcoin node


Ark, another proposal for a Bitcoin second layer

Ark allows recipients to receive payments without acquiring inbound liquidity while preserving their receiver privacy. The protocol is as private as WabiSabi, as convenient as on-chain, and as cheap as Lightning

Burak’s announcement

Postr, payjoin over nostr

Payjoin over nostr


Nostr, zaps and stuff (again)

Taiwan BitDevs would like to explore Nostr with the audience by generating an npub with the audience present to follow along. Nostr stands for “notes and other stuff transmitted over relays” it is a protocol designed around censorship resistance which can be used for social media. Nostr is a lot of fun and a great way to use Lightning Network (NIP-57 / zaps / LNURL)

github link

web client

Amethyst android

Damus iOS