The latest Bitcoin technology is focused on improving scalability, security, and privacy. Some of the most notable developments include:

  • Taproot: A soft fork upgrade that was activated in November 2021, Taproot makes Bitcoin transactions more efficient and private.
  • Lightning Network: A second-layer network that allows for fast and cheap Bitcoin payments.
  • Schnorr signatures: A new type of digital signature that is more efficient and secure than previous methods.
  • Confidential Transactions (CTs): A proposed extension to the Bitcoin protocol that would allow for completely private transactions.

These and other technological developments are helping to make Bitcoin more usable and appealing to a wider range of users.

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