Plz let me know if something's wrong with it, learning as I go :)

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Site keeping track of Taproot signalling blocks:

Keep in mind, it shows only the current signalling period (2016 blocks), of which there are six overall. Only one of them needs to achieve 90% signalling threshold.

As always,
@AaronvanW does an excellent job of describing the current status of the LOT=true/false debate in regards to Taproot activation path, and why it's important. Recommended read.

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #137 is here:

- describes the results of discussion about choosing activation parameters for a taproot - includes selected questions and answers from the Bitcoin StackExchange
- notes changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software

With my current(!) understanding this looks like the most likely/most reasonable scenario (Bitcoin Core release with lot=false as default, without easy config option for the user; up to others to release a client with lot=true if they want):

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #136 is here:

- describes development of a new constant-time algorithm for generating and verifying transaction signatures
- mentions proposal to stop processing unsolicited transactions
- summarizes proposed BIP for setting up multisig wallets
- shares insight from a discussion about managing escrows over LN
- links to new discussion about bidirectional upfront LN fees
- mentions new protocol for mitigating risk of malicious hardware wallets

Nice and easy readable (non-technical) thread on op_return's:

- origin
- purpose
- pros and cons
- random tidbits of knowledge

Bank of Russia chairwoman (Elvira Nabiullina) on bitcoin:

"My attitude towards private cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, has not changed. And this price increase only shows the potential for volatility of such private cryptocurrencies. [...] There is interest in this asset, but the risks remain and maybe even intensify. The fact that this is a very volatile asset - how it quickly grows in price, in the same way it can fall - history has shown this."

New Joinmarket release (0.8.1): Basic PSBT support, yield generator config, signet and various bugfixes

A marathon of answering questions today in the Mentor Monday thread, which (unsurprisingly) is breaking its historic all time highs as well. Noobs stampede!

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