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 […]

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Bitrefill’s ‘Thor Turbo’ Lets You Get Started With Bitcoin’s Lightning Faster

Bitrefill has launched a new service that seeks to simplify the process of setting up payment channels on the lightning network, the experimental, layer-two initiative being built on top of bitcoin. Demoed for the first time Friday at the Understanding Bitcoin conference in Malta, the new service – dubbed “Thor Turbo” – helps users to […]

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This New Lightning App Aims to Make Getting Paid in Bitcoin Easier

A new app today has launched that aims to tackle the problem of “inbound capacity” on bitcoin’s lightning network. One of the challenges facing the still-in-development payment network centers around the need to have sufficient funds on the opposite end of their lightning channel, known as inbound capacity. Put more simply, users need to undertake […]

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‘I’m Freaking Out’: How It Feels to Hold the Bitcoin Lightning Torch

“Hey are you set up with lightning? To send and receive lightning payments?” The day I held the Lightning Torch was the day I learned how the lightning network works. Living in Venezuela, the experimental payments network had somehow skipped my Twitter feed until I received the following message from renowned crypto advisor Jill Carlson. […]

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Blockstream Releases Lightning Upgrade With New ‘Plugin’ Functionality

New improvements to an existing code repository are set to make it easier for developers to build their own features into bitcoin’s lightning network, the in-progress tech layer many see as the cryptocurrency’s best hope for its use in payments. Announced Thursday, Blockstream is making the largest upgrade to its c-lightning software in eight months, releasing […]

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State of Lightning: What’s the Path for Network Adoption in 2019?

This is a visualization of the lightning network taken at 22:29 (UTC) on Friday. Created by blockchain analytics startup 1ML, the snapshot represents all of the nodes running lightning software and creating public payment channels atop the bitcoin blockchain. Looks complex, right? And believe it or not, this network is getting progressively larger each day according to […]

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