Lightning App for Sending Bitcoin Tips on Twitter Is Now Easier to Use

A Twitter app for tipping by way of bitcoin’s experimental lightning network is now easier to use thanks to a new update. Launched earlier this year, took Twitter’s crypto community by storm by making it possible to tip Twitter users with the experimental micropayment layer lightning. The still-nascent network is being built by a […]

Scaling Bitcoin: Is the Lightning Network a Viable Solution?

In laymen’s terms, the Lightning Network (LN) is a protocol built on top of the Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Monero blockchains; these protocols are called “layer two protocols” because they run on top of an existing network. By moving away from the main chain, layer two protocols help the overall network experience less latency as it […]

Lightning Network Is Driving Bitcoin’s Resurgence

By CCN: Bitcoin must have been struck by lightning – the Lightning Network. That’s what some crypto observers are saying is behind bitcoin’s price surge. As part of its blockchain Week coverage, CNBC has hosted a series of crypto players to analyze what’s going on in the suddenly-roaring industry. Bob Iaccino, the chief market strategist […]

Proposal’s Merger Paves Way for New Bitcoin Lightning Features

A new routing proposal is expected to be merged today into the official “specifications” of lightning, the technology many advocates trumpet as the fix to bitcoin’s long-standing payment problems. Christian Decker, one of the most prolific lightning developers who engineers for the tech startup Blockstream, pointed out that the proposal, which he wrote, is moving on […]

Tor Makes Launching Bitcoin Lightning Nodes Easier for Users, Casa Finds

The privacy-minded network Tor helps users to leapfrog one of the trickier aspects of setting up a bitcoin and lightning node, according to bitcoin startup Casa. Casa CTO Jameson Lopp addressed this point during a talk at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 conference, where he discussed what Casa has learned about its product – a plug-and-play bitcoin […]

Bitcoin’s Lightning Comes to Apple Smartwatches With New App

You can now receive bitcoin’s experimental lightning payments with a few taps of an Apple smartwatch. Launched Sunday by Bluewallet, one of the more popular lightning network wallets, their new app for Apple Watches allows users to receive bitcoin over its new, risky (but nonetheless promising) payment technology: lightning. Transactors can use the smartwatch app […]

Bitcoin Startup Unveils ‘Thunder Bird’ Lightning Code for IoT Devices

Japanese startup Nayuta is releasing an in-progress lightning implementation with a compelling new focus: the internet of things (IoT). As revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Nayuta is publishing the first lightning implementation geared specifically toward IoT, or networks of connected devices that feed data to one another. The idea behind Nayuta’s release is that it connects […]

Spend Bitcoin on Amazon, Thanks to Moon and the Lightning Network

By You can now spend your bitcoin on giant Amazon, thanks to an ingenious lightning network solution, Moon. Moon is a crypto payment-processing start-up that works by allowing lightning network-enabled wallets to be used through Moon’s browser extension. The extension allows shoppers to connect their cryptocurrency wallet to it, for example, a Coinbase wallet, […]

US Rapper Lil Pump Starts Accepting Bitcoin via Lightning Network on Merchandise Store

American rapper Lil Pump has started accepting bitcoin (BTC) payments through his merchandise store Unhappy, according to his website. Fans of the 18-year-old, known for his catchphrase “Esskeetit” and his most recent album Harverd Dropout, can select crypto as a payment option at the checkout. The rapper has 17.8 million followers on Instagram, 1.2 million followers […]

Lightning Labs Releases Lightning Network Client for Bitcoin Network

Lightning Labs has hit a new milestone as it was announced on April 23, 2019, that they have released the first alpha version of the Lightning Network client for the main Bitcoin network. The Road to Bitcoin As anyone who’s been active on Twitter over the last few months, one might have come across something […]