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Google is now publishing entire countries' citizen movement data, thereby actively helping governments with their dystopian attacks on our most basic freedoms.

google.com/covid19/mobility/

Anonymizing your location data doesn't magically turn this into not abusing your location data for something that you didn't agree to. Not sure why you would continuously send your location to Google in the first place, but you should be aware of the fact that they will definitely use it for whatever they want.

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If anyone is interested in trying it out, there is a static binary build of JoinmarketQt available now at joinmarket.me/static/joinmarke with a corresponding *.asc gpg signature (on my key) at the same location.

Tested on a few debian and ubuntu flavours, if you feel like it and you have a BitcoinCore instance network-accessible, then test feedback would be nice. It should be fully functional wrt existing JoinmarketQt.

I guess I will add this to the releases from now on.

#joinmarket #bitcoin

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"If you’re concerned about privacy and want one of the most well-protected browsers available — and don’t mind that it may prevent you from using certain websites — then you should try the Tor Browser." theverge.com/2020/2/21/2113840

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Every time I get bored with logging into and checking my Mastodon account Twitter goes and does something stupid to remind me why this exists.

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I've been having an especially hard time focusing on work for the past week, for the obvious reason. I'm just putting this out there in case anyone else is having the same problem focusing and wondering if it's just them. It's not.

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Joinmarket v0.6.2 released:

github.com/JoinMarket-Org/join

.. a bit overdue, so it has quite a few functional changes, see release notes and feel free to share. Python2 is deprecated from this version.

#joinmarket #bitcoin #coinjoin

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I applaud everyone who has been cancelling events to slow the spread of COVID-19. I know cancelling an event you've been working on for months is incredibly hard to do and may cost you large amounts of money, but your sacrifice is likely contributing to saving thousands of lives. Thank you!

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RT @bitcoinoptech@twitter.com

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #87 is here:

- describes BIP340 schnorr keys/sigs update
- seeks feedback on node startup feature negotiation
- examines preventing hardware wallet key leak using bad nonces
- links to secure taproot hash properties analysis

bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters/

RT @moneyball@twitter.activitypub.actor The positive contributions @jon has been making to Bitcoin Core the past year make it really easy for us [at Square Crypto] to support his future contributions! Keep up the great work.

Vulgar language 

Bitcoin and stock price talk 

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Important PSA for people living in the US: The FCC has been forced to reopen public comment on the Net Neutrality decision following a court case by Mozilla. The influx of bots (suspiciously using the names of telecom subscribers) that were anti-Net Neutrality has caused this. The FCC is trying to bury this, and very few are reporting on it.
To (re)file your thoughts on the FCC's decision, go to fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Proceeding 17-108 is Net Neutrality. This ends in March.

Person sitting across from me on the bus was reading from a kindle and I realized I kinda missed the old days when books had covers and you could start a conversation with, "hey, I read that book..."

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The thread on dual funding workflow for LN is interesting, h/t @harding

lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipe

I am seeing similar to discussions as we had before about P2EP/Payjoin - how to create backout facility in case of maliciousness, how to avoid probing. PoDLE is one idea, but there are others as per discussion. h/t @ZmnSCPxj also.

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RT @bitcoinoptech@twitter.com

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #80 is here:

- requests help testing the next version of LND
- summarizes a discussion about soft fork activation mechanisms
- describes a few notable changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software

bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters/

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bitcoin.stackexchange.com/ques

A very old post from @lukedashjr, with a clever way to create an auction using #bitcoin payments.

Seems even more relevant now, PSBTs would make this a lot simpler to implement.

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