I’m joined by guests Miljan, Pablo, Tony & Kieran to go through the list of Nostr updates.

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Opening Quote

  • “Don’t explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Housekeeping

Stats

  • 00:07:25 Stats rundown from Primal:
    • Users: 539,879
    • Public keys: 32,269,387
    • Zaps: 1,355,266 (1 Million Zaps Milestone surpassed 🥳)
    • BTC zapped: 12.32799906
    • Public notes: 63,227,828
    • Reposts: 12,784,967
    • Reactions: 21,826,154
    • All events: 123,958,063

Nostr

Software Releases & Project Updates

NIPs
  • 00:11:15 NIP-90: Data Vending Machine
    • Algorithmic feeds added by Pablo
    • “Data Vending Machine feed algorithms are not only fully voluntary, they also have a very organic long-tail design, where thousands of algorithms can be easily designed (because Nostr has solved the discovery problem!) and where Data Vending Machines could serve a niche so specific that is composed of only 5 or 10 people and still be worthwhile running it.”
    • “Next I’m going to work on building one more reference implementation where I will have a data vending machine calculate a feed for @Highlighter that would be truly impossible to calculate on the client (lists that contains most zapped highlights within a specific domain, e.g. AI).”
  • 00:22:06 NIP-52: Calendar Events, Calendars, Calendar Event RSVPs
    • Terry Yiu put out a request for comments on his pull request for NIP-52: Calendar Events.
    • It’ll enable developers to build calendar apps, meetup apps, and conference apps upon the same primitives
Clients
  • 00:23:52 Primal.net
    • Web App
      • Saved searches
        • Save your favorite searches and hashtags to your Primal Homepage by clicking “add this feed to my homepage” whenever you search on Primal
        • Seamlessly switch between curated highlights, user feeds, and personalized saved searches
      • Primal Highlights
        • On your Primal homepage, you’ll find curated hashtags like #photography, #fitness, #nature, #food, and more
      • DMs
      • Build 0.21.1 Updates
        • Edit profile
        • More stable connections to relays
        • More reliable posting and other actions
    • iOS Now Available on TestFlight
      • Build 0.23.1 Updates
        • Editor: media uploads
        • Main screen: new notes button
        • Feed: note context menu
        • Login via npub
    • Alpha preview release of the Primal Android app
      • Build Build 0.12.4 Updates
        • Simple actions: like, repost, post (plain text)
        • Automatic feed list refresh
        • Infrastructure: testing framework; local nostr account improvements (requires re-auth)
  • 00:37:11 Damus v1.6 (7): “Less bad”
    • Show nostr address username and support abbreviated _ usernames
    • Re-add nip05 badges to profiles
    • Add space when tagging users in posts if needed
    • Added padding under word count on longform account
  • 00:38:35 Snort v0.1.11
    • Live streaming page (NIP-102)
    • Chat system refactor (adding new chat systems much easier now, NIP-29 first candidate)
    • NIP-29 simple group chat support
  • 00:41:16 iris-messenger v0.2.0
    • Created devcontainer.json.
    • Added a link to the desktop app on the about page
    • Moved profile & follow event indexes to LokiJS
    • Improved DM loading
    • Read & write with relays from the user’s contact list
    • Logo click now goes to the last opened feed
    • Added a QR button to the menu
    • Updated relaypool
  • 00:41:54 Amethyst
    • v0.70.6
      • New Post, Relay Choice: Select/Deselect all options
      • New Post, Relay Choice: Fixes missing switch when url is too long
      • Adds missing OptIn when using GlobalScope
      • Refactors Crypto/Hex/Bech classes and dependencies
      • Simplifies relay connection status
      • Moves to OkHttpClient on URL Preview Queries
      • Moves to OkHttpClient on Image uploads
      • Refactoring of the Connectivity Settings
      • Avoids crossfading animations when loading NIP94 and NIP95 content
      • Moves playback service startup to the IO Thread
    • Custom reactions
    • v0.71.0
      • Adds support for the g tag with a precision of 5x5km.
      • Adds support for the following locations
      • Adds support for multiple locations in lists
      • Refactors New Post Buttons to make them more similar to one another
      • Improves Translation-skip Indexes
      • Reviews closing of response.body calls
      • Refactors unused elements in VideoView
      • Refactors Relay class to remove the Synchronized block
      • Improves reachability of the relay screen when the keyboard is visible
  • 00:43:18 Coracle
    • 0.2.34
      • Fix mentions on Safari
      • Fix quoted 30023 events
      • Fix Safari performance issues
      • Small note display bugfixes
      • Fix inability to publish on first signup
    • 0.2.33
      • Add rendering support for kind 1985 (labels and reviews)
      • Add rendering support for kind 9802 (highlights)
      • Add rendering support for kind 1063 (image header)
      • Add rendering support for kind 30023 (long form content)
  • 00:47:27 Nos.social v0.1 (59)
    • Add a loading placeholder for note contents
    • Fixed several crashes
    • Added Dutch, Japanese, and Persian translations
  • 00:47:40 Plebstr v0.7.4
    • fix video where it gets stuck in detail
    • changed icon on post card of share
    • fixes in writing new post
    • fixes in search
  • 00:47:58 Nostur 1.3.0
    • Login with nsecBunker, including support for self hosted version
    • Share screenshots of posts
    • Improved zap amount selector
    • Show previous name when someone changes their profile name
  • 00:48:17 Nostrmo 1.8.0
    • Followed tags
    • Followed communities
    • Bugfix
  • 00:48:24 Arcade v0.3.0-beta
    • Add basic AI chat (v0.3)
    • Add custom contact allows nip05
    • Save channels to private data
    • Swipeable reply layout
    • New message form
Libraries
  • 00:49:48 Rust Nostr v0.22
    • Remove amount tag from zap receipt event builder
    • Add lnurl tag
    • Add support for handling NIP-40 Expiration Timestamp
    • Make preimage optional in zap event builder
    • docs: clarify req_events_of behavior
    • nostr: Also accept displayName in metadata
    • Add more docs for RelayPoolNotification
    • Add support for NIP-58 Badges
    • nostr: remove thiserror dep
    • chore: fix typos
    • Nip47
Other
  • 00:50:56 Highlighter
  • 00:58:16 Habla.news “Welcome to Nostr 🤗”
  • Adds ability to follow hashtags and filter feed by hashtag
  • Adds onboarding flow for new nostr users
  • Adds settings page for profile and relay list
  • 00:58:43 Mostro - A lightning Network peer-to-peer exchange platform built on Nostr
    • First draft of mostro fee
    • Fixes on saving fee
    • Limit order amount
    • Retry test
    • First commit on nip12 filter
    • nip12 fiat name filter tag
    • small test on fee calculations
    • Add settings file
  • 01:01:48 Wavlake
    • Podcasters can now pull music directly into shows and their listeners can compensate all parties in real time.
    • Directly within the podcast player.
    • Any amount, any frequency.
  • 01:02:11 nostr-zap
    • Add wallet selector
  • 01:02:20 Nostore
  • 01:02:34 Nostr Wallet Connect from Alby

Bitcoin Projects Leveraging Nostr

  • 01:02:42 Postr A proof-of-concept for doing payjoin using Nostr
  • 01:03:18 Bitpac: Publicly auditable cooperatives that live on bitcoin
    • Uses bitcoin multisig to enable group control and voting happens over nostr.
  • 01:03:33 Mutiny Wallet Beta
    • Integrated social tipping feature Nostr Wallet Connect
  • 01:05:30 Oak Node v0.3.7
    • Support for NIP-47 Nostr Wallet Connect

Project spotlight

  • 01:07:06 Nostr Birdsite Bridge
  • Scans who you follow on twitter and generates nostr profiles that mirror their posts
  • 01:09:23 agorasocial.app by Andrew
    • Client that focuses on following topics, similar to Reddit
    • It also uses https://rsslay.nostr.moe to generate a nostr profile for subreddits that coincide with the topic followed. For example, if a user follows #cordcutters, it’ll generate a nostr profile from the rss feed of /r/cordcutters and add the #cordcutters hashtag to every post.
  • 01:10:30 nostr.kiwi: A place for you to share notes and curate content in communities.
  • 01:11:24 zapit.live
    • Put any content behind Bitcoin lightning paywall
    • Any content such as Blog, Videos, Audio, Picture & PDF
    • Create paywalled link & share it Everywhere
    • Split Payments (Prisms)
      • Split the zap or forward all payments to your main wallet
  • 01:12:06 Nostryfied
    • Nostryfied offers an Broadcast & Export Service that allows you to download a copy of your data & when you use this service, all of your data will also be Broadcasted to Major Relays on the network.
    • This design ensures that the data is Widely Distributed and makes it more Resistant to Censorship.
  • 01:12:42 Satellite CDN: Scalable media hosting for the nostr ecosystem by Stuart Bowman
    • Upload video and other large files, up to 5 GB each
    • Simple flat-rate pricing, buy storage with sats
    • Fast, free and unlimited data transfer
    • Integrated NIP-94 censorship resistance
    • Developer-friendly API
  • 01:14:40 Nostr Mesh: Self-Healing ESP32 Nostr-Arduino Based Mesh-Network
    • While utilizing WiFi for node connections imposes a range limitation of less than 200 meters, it significantly boosts bandwidth, thereby enabling the sharing of internet access across the mesh network.
    • ESP32 microcontrollers are both highly affordable and widely accessible. With a mere $1 cost for the basic controller, nodes can be effortlessly integrated into passive electronics such as light bulbs, facilitating the creation of a robust mesh network.
  • 01:15:09 Zapple Pay by Ben Carman
    • Lets you Zap from any nostr client
    • Just react to a note UnLoCkAbLe dIgItAl cOnTeNt with a 🤙 emoji and Zapple Pay will notify your lightning wallet over NWC to pay the zap
  • 01:20:52 Zap.Stream: Nostr Native Streaming with Sats
  • 01:29:20 Nostr Sites: Convert your nostr note into a personal webpage.
    • Use your favorite client to post some html as a note (relay must be connected to wss://relay.nostr.band)
    • Copy the note ID, and paste it on Nostr Sites.
    • You will be redirected to your new page that you can share with your friends
  • 01:30:39 Relayable.org
    • A non-profit operating and managing a network of nostr relays
    • Founded to bring a high level of availability and redundancy to nostr relays.
    • Goal is to help grow nostr protocol and usage by providing a high level of service to users without need for forcing people into a pay-to-relay approach.
    • Six geographically distributed relays that use latency based DNS routing to send users to the closest relay with the least latency.
    • Relay locations: US (x2), Brazil, Singapore, Australia, Sweden
    • Relay locations (comins soon): South Africa, Japan, California
  • 01:37:04 Nostrss:
    • Provides a lightweight and flexible bridge beetween RSS feeds and Nostr protocol
    • Provides a CLI to manage your live instance
  • 01:37:46 ostrich.work: Nostr jobs board
    • Post full-time, part-time, and contract work for Nostr projects.
  • 01:37:56 Mostr: A Nostr Bridge announced by the Alex Gleason [Blog post]
    • A new bridge allows interaction between Fediverse and Nostr

News & Noteworthy

Project News

Funding

  • 01:40:00 JeffG is raising funds on Geyser to back contributors and sustain the ongoing development of Nostr.how. JeffG’s ultimate objective is to make it the most comprehensive Nostr resource available online.
  • 01:40:08 Primal secures $1m in funding
    • “Primal has closed a round of financing. We secured $1M from Ten31, Hivemind Ventures and a couple of angels to help us build premium UX on all platforms and form factors to bring us to as many people as possible.” [Citadel Dispatch]

Legacy Social Media

  • 01:41:25 Truth Social Head of Engineering Leaves for Jack-Dorsey-Backed Alternative, Nostr [AP]
    • “Alex Gleason, founder of Soapbox Technology, announced his resignation on Monday as Head of Engineering at Truth Social, the Twitter-alternative platform owned by President Donald Trump, to expand Soapbox to the Jack-Dorsey-backed protocol Nostr.”
  • 01:41:33 Musk explains why he’s rebranding Twitter to X: It’s not just a name change [CNBC(https://www.cnbc.com/2023/07/25/musk-explains-why-hes-rebranding-twitter-to-x.html)
    • “In the months to come, we will add comprehensive communications and the ability to conduct your entire financial world”
  • 01:41:38 Instagram launches Threads

Media & Press

Reads

  • 01:42:12 Here’s a list of our top recently published reads:
    • Why should I care about nostr? by Bitcoin Barry
    • How to use notacomment by SamSamskies
    • All Your (Advertising) Models are Broken footstr
    • Zapplepay: Zap Even if They Say it’s Forbidden by Tony

Audience Questions

  • “How do vanity addresses like those generated with nostrogen work?”
  • “Do we need fully airgapped signing devices for Nostr keys?”

Episode submission ideas

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