Alyssa Hertig

A full-time member of the Editorial Team at CoinDesk, Alyssa is a writer and programmer specializing in bitcoin and blockchain technology. Her work has appeared in Vice, Mic and Reason. Alyssa does not currently hold value in any digital currencies or projects (See: Editorial Policy). Follow Alyssa: @AlyssaHertig.

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Could Bitcoin’s Lightning Power Mobile Communications? This Startup Thinks So

| Alyssa Hertig

New research from mobile mesh networking company goTenna explores how bitcoin's lightning network can help decentralize mobile communications.

Fraud-Fighting ‘Watchtowers’ to Arrive in Next Bitcoin Lightning Release

| Alyssa Hertig

So-called lightning network "watchtowers" -- a much-anticipated next step for securing the network -- are coming soon.

Michael Ford Named Newest Bitcoin Core Code Maintainer

| Alyssa Hertig

Long-time Bitcoin Core contributor Michael Ford has been named the newest maintainer of the open-source software project.

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100 Bitcoin Users Perform What Might Be Largest ‘CoinJoin’ Transaction Ever

| Alyssa Hertig

The startup behind the privacy-centric bitcoin app Wasabi Wallet recently brought together 100 people to collectively execute a "CoinJoin"…

Lightning Co-Creator Releases Code for Bitcoin Scaling Concept

| Alyssa Hertig

Co-author of the lightning network white paper Tadge Dryja has released new code for a proposed scaling solution he's been working on for a year.

Bitcoin’s First Public Mining Pool Is Rebranding

| Alyssa Hertig

The company behind Slush Pool, the first cryptocurrency mining pool to make its services publicly available, is rebranding.

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Can Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Power Payments in a Japanese Bar?

| Alyssa Hertig

A bar in Japan is teaming up with a locally-based lightning startup to let customers pay using the experimental payments network.

Maxwell, Wuille Co-Author Proposal for a Big Boost to Bitcoin’s Bandwidth

| Alyssa Hertig

A new paper outlines a proposed protocol that seeks to boost the bandwidth for bitcoin nodes.

Bitcoin’s ‘Toxic’ Twitter ‘Culture War’ Explained

| Alyssa Hertig

A flare-up between developers, startup members and other members of the ecyostem around bitcoin raised a range of questions over the weekend.

Bitcoin Cash Miners Undo Attacker’s Transactions With ‘51% Attack’

| Alyssa Hertig

Two mining pools recently carried out a 51 percent attack on the bitcoin cash blockchain.