State of Bitcoin

Is Bitcoin at Risk as Google and IBM Aim for 50-Qubit Quantum Computers?
A looming concern in the crypto community is whether quantum computing will destroy Bitcoin’s underlying protocol. People are worried government agencies or other nefarious entities will crack bitcoin’s code with quantum algorithms and undermine blockchain technology. Read more here.

 

Fractional Reserve Banking with Bitcoin
Will banks try to use off chain transactions to run fractional reserves? Read the story here.

 

Bitcoin Is Bigger Than The Internet

Video with Andreas Antonopoulos, Published on Feb 28, 2017

 

 

The Second Era of Bitcoin Begins, December 17th 2016. Read the full story here.
How bitcoin is used is about to change radically, and for the better. The final perceived limitations to it have been destroyed with SegWit. Now all that is left is building the software and businesses that will take advantage of this new, high-capacity bitcoin.

 

Lightning Network
Scalable, Instant Bitcoin/Blockchain Transactions

Instant Payments. Lightning-fast blockchain payments without worrying about block confirmation times. Security is enforced by blockchain smart-contracts without creating a on-blockchain transaction for individual payments. Payment speed measured in milliseconds to seconds.

Scalability. Capable of millions to billions of transactions per second across the network. Capacity blows away legacy payment rails by many orders of magnitude. Attaching payment per action/click is now possible without custodians.

Low Cost. By transacting and settling off-blockchain, the Lightning Network allows for exceptionally low fees, which allows for emerging use cases such as instant micropayments.

Cross Blockchains. Cross-chain atomic swaps can occur off-chain instantly with heterogeneous blockchain consensus rules. So long as the chains can support the same cryptographic hash function, it is possible to make transactions across blockchains without trust in 3rd party custodians.

 

State of Bitcoin 2015 by Coindesk