Jack Dorsey’s Spiral Announces Dev Kit For Lightning Network

Cementing his commitment to building on Bitcoin, Jack Dorsey’s “Spiral” (formerly “Square Crypto”) has released its Lightning Development Kit (LDK). The kit is available on GitHub and it helps people “build a lightning node without worrying about implementing low-level lightning logic correctly.” That means developers have received an easy-access resource for integrating Bitcoin payments into other apps. The Lightning Dev Kit Spiral announced its new coding library through a humorously presented video trailer on Monday. Its inspiration comes from an…

World’s First Bitcoin Lightning Payroll Processed by BitWage

History has been made in the realm of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payments. For example, Bitwage – a cryptocurrency payroll and asset services company – recently processed the world’s first lightning network payroll. In what seems like a growing fusion between Crypto and Sports, the payroll belonged to USL professional soccer player Alex Crognale. Powering The Bitcoin Salary BitWage revealed the milestone in a statement to Bitcoin Magazine earlier today. Both Crognale and Bernard Parah – CEO of Bitcoin native Fintech…

Strike and Lightning Network Issues Highlighted by the El Salvador Integration

A narrative has been making rounds that Strike preserves the LN properties because it is built on top of it. The information is, however,  incorrect. To this effect, many Bitcoiners do not know that the wallet is a custodial service. Strike, the largest digital wallet on the Bitcoin Lightning Network welcomed last month's law announcing its adoption by the U.S. currency of Bitcoin as a legal tender for El Salvador as the first sovereign nation in the world. This action…

A Look at Bitcoin Fungibility and Why It’s So Important

Bitcoin fungibility has long been the center of a debate that has waged on since its early days. In Bitcoin's infantile stage, most people wrongly believed the coin to be anonymous. However, nowadays, it’s well-known that Bitcoin isn’t private. In most ways, due to its open blockchain, it’s quite the opposite. This realization has led to some heated debates regarding the world's fungibility's first cryptocurrency. What is fungibility To understand the Bitcoin Fungibility debate, you first need to understand what…

Lightning Pool Goes Live: Offers a Non-Custodial P2P Liquidity Marketplace

In a blog post, the Lightning Network (LN) has announced the release of Lightning Pool. It's a non-custodial and peer-to-peer marketplace for acquiring inbound liquidity. With the Lightning Pool open for business, the network has opened gates for earning a yield on Bitcoin by leasing liquidity on Lightning. What is Lightning Network, and how it works? Lightning Network (LN) aims to solve the issue of stability on the Bitcoin blockchain by building a second layer on top of it. Therefore,…

Best Bitcoin Lightning Network Wallet Options for New Users

The Lightning Network is a second layer protocol that enables new functionality and efficiency within the Bitcoin ecosystem. This off-chain solution introduces private payment channels that enable users to send and receive payments without adding congestion to Bitcoin's blockchain. Only once the channel closes, the transactions are sent to the blockchain. In this way, the Lightning Network plays a vital role in large scale adoption.  Lightning Network transactions are both faster and cheaper to send. Additionally, the Lightning Network now…

Bitcoin Dapps – Are there any Dapps on the Bitcoin Blockchain?

Dapps or decentralized applications are a part of the whole Smart Contracts ecosystem. When you think about it, the applications you use on your smartphone and computers are just generalized agreements between two parties: I agree to use a product produced by the developer who agrees to satisfy my desire and increase my utility. People realized that since blockchain is on a roll to decentralize everything, why not decentralize applications? And what better way to do that than using smart…

The Trustless Feature of Bitcoin and Lightning Network

There is an inherent lack of trust in the decentralized network and Proof of Work consensus algorithm of Bitcoin. Nevertheless, Bitcoin’s growth turned it to the leading asset worldwide, thereby bringing up issues like scalability. Hence, second-layer solutions such as the Lightning network have been introduced to solve the problem. The question now is about possible depletion of the trustless domain on which Bitcoin is based on by the Lightning network. Lisa Neigut of Blockstream spoke on the Stephen Livera podcast concerning Lightning network…

Between Scalability and Centralization of Bitcoin

Many cryptocurrency market participants and Bitcoin enthusiasts are looking forward to wide usage of Bitcoin as currency. However, scalability is among the greatest challenges hindering the achievement. Bitcoin’s proof of work consensus algorithm is exceedingly essential based on immutability viewpoint; however, it has not been able to do as expected regarding transaction speeds when in competition with other forms of payments. People argue that Bitcoin is suitable as a store of value asset and not as a medium of exchange.…

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