Block 822636: Important News of the Week

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Tether: We’ve Onboarded US Secret Service and FBI to Our PlatformUS Congress Passed FISA Section 702 Surveillance Program Extension Until April 2024OpenSats Announces Third Wave of Bitcoin GrantsBitcoin FOSS Program by Chaincode Labs Is Accepting Applications Until December 31Legends of Lightning Vol. 2 Winners AnnouncedLolli Raised $8M Series B RoundHuman Rights Foundation Grants $500k to 18 Bitcoin Introduces Foreign Asset Control ComplianceCorrupt Politician Elizabeth Warren Continues to Spread Disinformation to Build Support for Unconstitutional Bitcoin Surveillance BillsPlebLab’s TopBuilder: Competition for the Next Wave of Bitcoin InnovatorsOpenSats Issues Fourth Wave of Nostr GrantsAlby Lightning Accounts Go Invite-only in a Bid to Encourage Self-CustodyArgentina Repeals Forced Legal Tender Laws for Contracts, Confirms Debts Can Now Be Settled in Bitcoin

Updates and releases

Elements Academy: Instructional Videos for Learning Liquid and ElementsCore Lightning v23.11.1 ReleasedBitcoin Design Foundation: Funding For Open-Source Bitcoin Design WorkPhoenix Wallet Android v2.1.0: Request Inbound LiquidityRoninDojo v2.1.2: Removed Bisq Support, Knots Peers BanMempool Goggles: See Who & What Is Vying For Blockspace at Any Given MomentGreen Wallet Desktop v1.2.9 Released8-bit CPU for BitVM: Write BitVM Programs Without Learning Circuit DiagramsBitBanana v0.7.1: LNURL Auth SupportPlebeian Market Gets NostrifiedCashu v1 Protocol Specs Have Been MergedCOLDCARD Mk4 Firmware v5.2.1 ReleasedBTCPay Server v1.12.0: Improvements, PoS Enhancements & MoreOrangeClock v0.2.0-beta: Halving Countdown, Nostr Zap Counter & MoreFlare: A Video Sharing Site Built on NostrCashu Nutshell v0.14.1: Stateless MintWasabi Wallet v2.0.5: ShopinBit IntegrationAmboss Introduces Ghost AddressesSwiss Bitcoin Pay App v2.0.0: Open-Source Code & Other ImprovementsAlby Extension v3.5.0: Firefox Mobile Support, Liquid Web Wallet BountyFountain v1.0: New Design & User Experience UpgradeBlueWallet v6.4.12: Tool to Generate Last Mnemonic Word & FixesHodl Hodl Updated Its Rating & Review SystemOCEAN Pool Now Offers Multiple Block Template Policies For MinersBitcoin Connect: Connect Bitcoin Wallets with Apps

Research and guides

How To Run Your Own Bitcoin Mining PoolNostr Tech Weekly Report – 12.17.2023Bitcoin Optech #282: Year-in-Review Special

Mining stats

Bitcoin mining difficulty had a big upwards adjustment of +6.98% today and is now reaching a record 72.01T.The current Bitcoin network’s hashrate (7-day SMA) is at ~498 EH/s.

Lightning stats

Lightning network has lost another 60 BTC in capacity in the last 7 days, along with 18 nodes and over 200 channels, per

Nostr stats

More than 23000 new users joined the Nostr network this week, per stats.

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