Payments

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.

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

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

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

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

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

“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.
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.

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

Lolli Expands Popular Travel Category With Hotels.com Partnership
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.

Lightning Labs Strikes With Noncustodial Mobile Lightning Wallet
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.

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

Shadow Banking Explained
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?

Coinbase Card Expansion
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.

Payments - Watchtowers Are Coming to Lightning
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.

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

Payments - Tippin Enters Version 1.0
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.

Payments - Op Ed: Lightning Network Consensus Is a Marketplace and That’s Okay!
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. “

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

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

Payments - Cashaa Now Accepts Debit
Cashaa Now Accepts Debit, Credit Cards for Crypto Purchases

Online banking platform Cashaa is set to allow users to purchase bitcoin, ether and Cashaa’s own token, CAS, using major credit and debit cards.

Payments - Moon Enables Lightning Network Payments on Amazon
Moon Enables Lightning Network Payments on Amazon

Crypto payment startup Moon has announced an online web browser extension that allows crypto users to make purchases on e-commerce sites like Amazon.com with Lightning Network payments.

Payments - Coinbase Introduces Debit Card Linked to Cryptocurrency Balances for U.K. Customers
Coinbase Introduces Debit Card Linked to Cryptocurrency Balances for U.K. Customers

“Coinbase Card supports all crypto assets available to buy and sell on the Coinbase platform, meaning they can pay for a meal with bitcoin, or use ethereum to fund their train ticket home,” the platform says.

Payments - Western Union Partners With Crypto Wallet for Cross-Border Transfers
Western Union Partners With Crypto Wallet for Cross-Border Transfers

Crypto wallet provider Coins.ph has partnered with U.S. financial service company Western Union to enhance cross-border transfers to the Philippines.

Payments - Breez Wants to Make the Lightning Network More User Friendly
Breez Wants to Make the Lightning Network More User Friendly

Breez has announced its mobile Lightning wallet is available in open beta, emphasizing ease of use.

Payments - Bitrefill Adds Thor Turbo to Speed Lightning Connections
Bitrefill Adds Thor Turbo to Speed Lightning Connections

The crypto payment platform Bitrefill has introduced Thor Turbo, an upgrade expected to speed up the process for users connecting to its Lightning node.