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New Bitrefill Service Aims to Make Lightning Payments Easy

New Bitrefill Service Aims to Make Lightning Payments Easy Stockholm-based startup Bitrefill now offers a way to mitigate bitcoin’s expensive learning curve for new users. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Bitrefill’s new Thor service allows people to give lightning channels to someone else with no setup on the recipient’s side. Lightning was …

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Crypto Is Far From Dead, as These Scaling Projects Show

Crypto Is Far From Dead, as These Scaling Projects Show Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. ——- …

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Blockstream Boosts Bitcoin Satellite Service With Lightning Payments

Blockstream Boosts Bitcoin Satellite Service With Lightning Payments Bitcoin users’ ability to send transactions through outer space has just been given a boost. Blockchain technology firm Blockstream announced Monday that it has expanded its satellite service to the Asia-Pacific region. It’s also added support for lightning network transactions, allowing users …

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Lightning-Powered Blog Sees 20,000 Bitcoin Micropayments in 7 Months

Lightning-Powered Blog Sees 20,000 Bitcoin Micropayments in 7 Months Few projects have done as much to explore crypto micropayments as the year-old Yalls blog created by Lightning Labs developer Alex Bosworth. From April through early November, Bosworth said, blog participants have processed nearly 20,000 invoices with the Lightning Network, a …

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Bitcoin Veteran Jameson Lopp Named CTO of Crypto Startup Casa

Bitcoin Veteran Jameson Lopp Named CTO of Crypto Startup Casa One of the bitcoin community’s most beloved veterans just got a promotion. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Casa has elevated Jameson Lopp to CTO eight months after he joined the crypto custody solutions startup as an infrastructure engineer. In this newly-created …

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The New Effort to Get Bitcoin’s Lightning Network In Every Browser

The New Effort to Get Bitcoin’s Lightning Network In Every Browser Touted as a way to make the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency a more effective payment method, bitcoin’s lightning network has a rather large obstacle ahead – it’s still challenging, even risky, to set up and use. It could become …

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To Scale Bitcoin, Little Improvements Will Need to Go a Long Way

To Scale Bitcoin, Little Improvements Will Need to Go a Long Way Kaizen. The Japanese word for “improvement,” and as it relates to business, it’s the philosophy of continuous improvement on working practices. And with that as the tagline for the fifth edition of bitcoin engineering conference Scaling Bitcoin, it became …

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Bitcoin Startup Acinq Raises $1.7 Million to Double Down on Lightning

Bitcoin Startup Acinq Raises $1.7 Million to Double Down on Lightning Lightning isn’t just a big hit with developers, the promising bitcoin technology is now attracting a little attention from investors. Acinq, one of the leading startups working on the lightning network, a top-level layer aiming to boost the number of …

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Quick Brew? BitFury’s Coffee Machine Accepts Bitcoin Via Lightning Network

Quick Brew? BitFury’s Coffee Machine Accepts Bitcoin Via Lightning Network Blockchain firm Bitfury has come up with a novel product aimed to make it easier to pay for products with bitcoin. To that end, a specialized engineering team within the company has developed a coffee vending machine capable of connecting …

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