As we know, Bitpay sucks. But if you need services that don't require a payment provider - there's a list!
Reading different websites about cryptocurrency I still see the same thing. The same chasing of XYZ cryptovalutes - be it Nano, Ethereum, Steem or EOS, which try to show Bitcoin as something outdated that doesn't change, while other cryptovalutes undergo revolutions of changes reaching higher and higher numbers of "Generations" to show their level of sophistication.
But there are solutions to increase Bitcoin scaling, Bitcoin has Smart Contracts, Bitcoin even develops its own blogging platforms. Is the altcoin era slowly coming to an end? I don't know, but it's worth educating people, especially when it comes to the fact that Bitcoin is not a outdated as people try to tell people. I would say something else - it is probably the biggest cryptocurrency that exists in terms of functionality.
Today I will show Smart Contracts on Bitcoin - the RSK project (RootStock).
Nice interview with Sipa (Dr. Pieter Wuille) and Jonas Nick about Schnorr Signatures, Tapscript, Taproot.
Despite the tragic situation in the country to which politicians have led, the bitcoin community of Venezuela has not given up and fights.
Listen to the podcast about the situation in Venezuela (00: 00-12: 00) and how thanks to talented people in this country, a mesh network called Locha is developed (from 12:00), which will allow communication (including transmission of Bitcoin and LN transactions) without using the internet or even without power from the outlet. All based on open source software, legal radio frequencies, cheap and available equipment (wifi routers), assisted by the Blockstream satellite, and many other interesting ideas.
Locha Twitter: https://twitter.com/locha_io
Bitcoin Venezuela Twitter: https://twitter.com/btcven
BTC support for Bitcoin Venezuela: bc1quxkp0kd9w2mgsw82a6uhax0ev5er9javqlk7aj (do not trust, verify! Always check yourself if the address you find on the network belongs to those to whom you want to send transactions)