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One of the natural applications of the technology behind digital currencies, the payments space has blossomed into a leading sector for development. Our articles aim to bring these developments to light.

Adoption & Community

Shopify Merchants Can Now Accept Lightning Network Payments With OpenNode

The e-commerce platform Shopify has partnered with OpenNode to enable Lightning Network payments for its more than 500,000 merchants.

Aug 28, 2019

Coffee, Crypto and the Hodling Merchant’s Perspective

Denet Lewis helps paint a picture of the pros and cons of accepting bitcoin as a small business owner.

Aug 14, 2019

Alex Gladstein and the Moral Case for Lightning

This episode features Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation discussing his recent essay “The Moral Case for Lightning.”

Aug 7, 2019
Op Ed

Op Ed: How Layer 2 Protocols Can Improve Bitcoin for Remittances

Layer 2 protocols like the Lightning Network and the Liquid sidechain can make it easier for those who leverage bitcoin for remittances.

Aug 7, 2019

Square Doubles Bitcoin Revenue in Q2 2019

The payment startup, which runs Cash App, generated $2 million in gross profits which it attributed to the bitcoin price rally.

Aug 2, 2019
Adoption & Community

Newegg Expands Bitcoin Payments to 73 More Countries

Online tech retailer Newegg will now give users — in the vast majority of countries it serves — the option to make bitcoin payments.

Jul 24, 2019
Adoption & Community

First City in Canada to Trial Bitcoin Tax Payments

Canadian citizens in the city of Richmond Hill will soon be able to make municipal tax payments in bitcoin.

Jul 15, 2019
Adoption & Community

We Used Lightning Payments for Private SMS Messaging: Here’s How It Worked

Kriptode’s LNSMS.world and Receive SMS allow for quick and private text messaging through Lightning payments.

Jul 12, 2019

Fold Now Lets You Buy Credit for Amazon, Whole Foods, Uber With Lightning

“Lightning in this context proves that it’s just as easy — if not easier — to spend satoshis at all the major retailers,” Fold CEO Will Reeves told Bitcoin Magazine.

Jul 10, 2019

Bitrefill Brings Lightning to Coinbase With ThorAPI Kit for Exchanges

With Bitrefill’s ThorAPI, Coinbase users will be able to easily leverage the full capabilities of the Lightning network through their Coinbase accounts.

Jun 25, 2019
Adoption & Community

Lolli Expands Popular Travel Category With Hotels.com Partnership

Rebate platform Lolli has struck a deal with Hotels.com to allow users to earn 3.5 percent sats back on all bookings on the website.

Jun 25, 2019

Lightning Labs Strikes on iOS, Android With Noncustodial Mobile Wallet

Lightning Labs is bringing their Lightning wallet to mobile with the launch of their iOS and Android apps.

Jun 20, 2019

Breez Announces Beta Version of iOS Lightning Payments App

Crypto wallet provider Breez has announced an initial version of its Lightning payments app for iPhones.

Jun 18, 2019

Shadow Banking Explained: How Crypto Companies Play With Money in the Dark

What exactly is shadow banking? And how expansive is the web of third-party payment processes that prop up some of the space’s most popular exchanges?

Jun 13, 2019

The Coinbase Card Expands to Six More European Countries

Coinbase has made its crypto-powered Visa debit card available in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Ireland.

Jun 12, 2019

Watchtowers Are Coming to Lightning

Watchtowers, a new technical feature from Lightning Labs, will keep an eye on Lightning Network channels and potential bad actors.

Jun 3, 2019

Hyperloop: A New Concept by Lightning Aiming to Solve Liquidity Problems

To make managing liquidity as efficient as possible, Lightning Labs has developed a proposal called “Hyperloop,” a concept that aggregates swaps so that individual transactions don’t occur on-chain with individualized signatures and outputs.

May 29, 2019

Tippin Enters Version 1.0, Promising New Feature

The Lightning Network app Tippin.me has released a version update to add new features, improve user experience and increase the user base.

May 28, 2019

Op Ed: Lightning Network Consensus Is a Marketplace and That’s Okay!

“There is no such thing as consensus on the Lightning Network; instead, we have compatibility. That means you can literally break the rules of the majority, as long as there are other people that have an incentive to break the rules with you. “

May 21, 2019

Flexa Enables BTC Payments at Popular Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Flexa has announced the launch of SPEDN, an app that allows users to make purchases with cryptocurrencies at stores like Whole Foods and Nordstrom.

May 13, 2019

Out of Testnet and Into Alpha: Lightning Labs’ Desktop Application Is Live

Lightning Labs has released an alpha version of its Lightning Network wallet. The desktop application is now compatible with Bitcoin’s mainnet and it leverages Neutrino to give users a lightweight option to control their own funds.

Apr 23, 2019