Bitcoin Core 0.16 Released

Main feature of new BTC Core version is SegWit support
26 February 2018   725

Developers of the basic client of the biktoin network announced the release of a new version of their software Bitcoin Core 0.16.0. The client is already available for downloading on the official website of the organization.

As the developers promised earlier, Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 includes full support for the Segregated Witness (SegWit) protocol, activated in Bitcoin's blockchain in August of last year, but has never been widely used by users and companies that make up the crypto-currency ecosystem. According to SegWit.Party, at the time of publication, the share of such transactions is a little more than 15%. It is expected that the inclusion of SegWit in Bitcoin Core will help the further spread of the technology, and at the same time increase the network performance.

In addition to SegWit, Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 includes a number of other improvements and updates in the field of client performance and security.

Version 0.16.0 was the first major release of Bitcoin Core for a long time. Previously, developers reported that the client is ready for 98%, but refused to name the exact date of its release. Version 0.15.0 was released in September last year.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   82

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.