The influential author has finally revealed his thoughts on Bitcoin with this forward to Saifedean's upcoming book, and absolutely nails why most of us are so excited about this technology, and makes me even more anxious to get my hands on The Bitcoin Standard book coming out in a couple of months.
Peter Van Valkenburgh wrote up a great overview of the Energy Use argument against Bitcoin and provided a well thought-out, multi-pronged rebuttal. Next time you see someone Wrong On The Internet™️ about Bitcoin's energy usage, just send them this article.
Paul Krugman, the famous economist and infamously the person most Wrong On The Internet™️ (literally), had a tweet-storm this week making a sloppy argument against Bitcoin. Luckily, Kyle Torpey published this takedown and points out the common mistakes Mr. Krugman and most mainstream economists make when it comes to our nascent distributed value-system.
BitMEX research has published this deeeeep dive on The Lightning Network and covers the trade-offs and constraints of this new network, as well as some of the potential pitfalls.
Aaron van Wirdum continues his work on explaining the Lightning Network with this good introduction to its privacy properties thanks to the use of the Sphinx Protocol, which is a slight improvement on the Tor protocol for privately routing messages through a network.