The Monero Moon (Issue 9)

John Foss
9 min readNov 7, 2018


The Monero Moon is a new curated weekly newsletter regarding all things Monero.

October 30th 2018 — November 7th 2018

Development, Releases, and Technology

The Graphical User Interface (GUI) wallet v0.13.0.4 Beryllium Bullet has been released. This release fixes prior Ledger wallet issues some users experienced. It also includes a guide to assist users. Download links can be found here.

The Command Line Interface (CLI) wallet v0.13.0.4 Beryllium Bullet ARMv8 binaries have been added to the downloads page. Find them here.

The Monero Research Lab’s Dr Sarang Noether delivered his monthly research report for October. You can read the report here.

There has been a call made for Monero users to upgrade their Monero wallets to v0.13.0.4 as soon as possible. Midvia “noticed that my Monero GUI on Windows has only been selecting mixin decoys from October 17th and older revealing the real input as the most recent one after October 17th. Reviewing a block explorer shows the same issues on many randomly selected transactions”. Further information regarding this issue can be found here.

Monerujo v1.9.0 We Comin’ Rougher has been released. Information regarding the latest version can be found here.

Cake Wallet v3.1.1 is out now. Update to the new version here. have fully upgraded to v0.13.0.4 Beryllium Bullet.

Mario Dian published How to Setup Monero Wallet with Trezor Model T ahead of Schedule. If you are new to cryptocurrency, you may find it easier waiting for an official release.

The Edgewallet app has not yet upgraded to support the recent protocol upgrade, however their Monero wallet will be upgraded in their next release. If you need to access your XMR you can retrieve the mnemonic seed and restore it in another wallet. In the app, click the three dots to the right of your wallet and select Master Private Key.

Open Monero, a fully open sourced implementation of the MyMonero backend, shared some progress they have been making in developing their web wallet. Check them out over on Github.

i2p-dab shared documents regarding how to configure the Monero daemon monerod as an I2P hidden service. You can find links to the papers here.

Noether’s Gate, a tool for conducting cryptocurrency transactions over the BitMessage network, was revealed. It is basically a transaction proxy on a steroids as the BitMessage network is metadata free in which hundreds of nodes are just reposting messages. Check out their Github page for more information.

The Monero Localization Workgroup recently celebrated its first birthday. The workgroup aims to promote worldwide Monero adoption, and endeavors to achieve this via organizing volunteers to assist with language translations. So far they have translated various major Monero projects into 30 different languages and has proven to be enormously successful. If you would like to join or support the workgroup check out this post here or contact ErCiccione. In addition, The Monero Ecosystem Project has continued to grow and recently added a new repository: submit-tx-via-tor.

Bisq are offering a 500 BSQ bounty for writing a clearly thought out proposal regarding how to integrate a Monero wallet into Bisq. The bounty is for writing the proposal itself, not for coding the actual implementation itself.

Test out Monero multisig transactions on the Mainnet of a Monero friendly fork. For nearly a year now rbrunner7 has worked on a project called MMS which aims to make Monero multisig transactions much easier than they currently are. If you would like to help test multisig transactions, check out this post for more information.

Reminder for Debian users: Monero CLI wallet and daemon are available on the testing (buster) and unstable (sid) distributions. More information can be found here.

Rediscover Monero. Visit the Monero Documentation webpage for in depth information regarding Monero and using it.

Bitcoin’s privacy focused Wasabi wallet v1.0 was released. There has been great debate from both the Monero and Bitcoin communities regarding the level of privacy Wasabi provides. Discussion from the Monero community can be found here, along with the original announcement on the Bitcoin subreddit.

Finally, if you’re new to cryptocurrency then take the time to peruse Monero’s Github page to gain an understanding of the development that takes place.

General News

Dr Sarang will be giving two talks at the Bitcoin and Open Blockchain community meetup in Chicago this week. The Dive into Monero workshop will take place on Thursday the 8th of November, and Privacy and fungibility: how a blockchain does it (and doesn’t) is scheduled for Saturday the 10th of November.

You can now read a transcript of Howard Chu’s recent Monero Talk interview here. In case you missed it, watch the interview here.

Monero contributor Diego “rehrar” Salazar was recently interviewed Hack Crypto at World Crypto Con. Watch the video here or below.

rehrar being interviewed at WCC.

Rehrar also shared a World Crypto Con report after hosting a booth with a fellow Monero enthusiast. Read his full report here.

Monero Outreach posted their October report. Check out this post for a summary of all the good work they are doing. If you’d like to join their efforts, please reach out to them.

The Church of Monero continues to grow and Xeagu shared the Monero Mass Week 10 Report. If you want to participate join the Telegram group @churchofmonero. Mass is on every Sunday 18:00 UTC. If you’re still scratching your head, check out this post or this post to find out what it’s all about.

For the foreign language speaking Monero usersEvildea reklamas moneron en la esperantujo! Donacu se vi parolas Esperanton kaj amas Moneron.

Take a trip back in time and read about how a group of miners found an edge while mining Monero in the very early days.

If you want to relive the recent protocol upgrade, check out this article titled Monero Bulletproofs: a Breakthrough in Cryptography.

Tracing Transactions Across Cryptocurrency Ledgers was published by a group of academics. It revealed that simply by shifting into and out of a privacy coin through a service such as Shapeshift does not greatly increase a user’s privacy. If the paper is too hard to digest, check out the comments in this post for simple explanations.

Monero’s Faketoshi saga further developed over the past week, with a number of cryptocurrency focused news outlets investigating the story. Blokt and Breaker both published stories ousting Ezekiel Osborne as a fraud and speculate whether Forbes Middle East had been paid to publish the article.

Exchanges and Merchants

Following suit of other major cryptocurrency exchanges, Kraken have now lowered XMR withdrawal fees to 0.0001 XMR.

Huobi launched XMR/USDT trading pairs. XMR/BTC trading pairs are coming soon.

LocalMonero now have a Spanish translation. LocalMonero are just like Local Bitcoins where you can buy and sell your Monero utilizing a variety of different transaction methods such as cash in mail.

There is a new electronics store called MoneroIt. At the moment it primarily sells drones and cameras and accepts XMR, along with a few other cryptocurrencies.

MyCryptoCheckout released a cryptocurrency payment gateway for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. You can use their service to receive XMR directly into your wallet.

u/jin1608 reported that they had issues using and It is recommended you do not use WalletMonero, and instead use a legitimate wallet which can be found listed here. If using ChangeNOW, please be aware there have been reports of user issues, so you may want to consider using a service such as or instead.

Oracle Times published ShapeShift Crypto Exchange Is No Longer Annonymous — Users Are Turning To MorphToken As A Viable Alternative To Get Monero (XMR). While ShapeShift in a convenient and easy to use, consider using a different service and strategies if you require enhanced privacy.

If you would like to earn 400 BSQ tokens, then produce a How to buy Monero with Bitcoin on Bisq video. More information can be found here.

A US politician now encourages his supporters to donate their computing power in order mine XMR via CoinHive and raise funds for his campaign.

Bail Bloc, a project run by the Bronx Freedom Fund, and The New Inquiry, allows users to mine Monero and donate it to a fund that posts bail for low-income New Yorkers.

You can now buy a Monero Whitepaper Metallic Print from Lynx Art Collection.

Project Coral Reef are still in business. If you are Christmas shopping for someone that loves music, don’t forget that more than 50 major music artists accept Monero! Pay with XMR and you are likely to receive a 15% discount.

Forum Funding and Proposals

Thank you to all those who helped fund The Monero Moon’s funding proposal or have gratiously donated directly.

There are still a number of proposals to improve the Monero ecosystem that require funding. These include:


Total Monero in Circulation — 16,550,315 XMR (last week: 16,526,515 XMR)

Monero Total Marketcap — $1,871,008,353 USD (last week: $1,718,749,575 USD)

Monero Coinmarketcap Ranking — 9 (last week: 10)

USD Price — $113 USD (last week: $104 USD)

BTC Price — 0.0172 BTC (last week: 0.0161 BTC) Street Price — $116 USD (last week: $129 USD)

Average Transaction Fee — $0.007 USD (last week: $0.005 USD)

Hashrate — 498.5Mh/s (last week:427.6Mh/s)

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