Fold App Enables Bitcoin Lightning Payments at Whole Foods, Starbucks

Fold, a payments platform, is introducing a lightning network protocol that will allegedly enable users to shop in-store or online at several retailers, including Starbucks, Whole Foods, AMC, Home Depot, and Southwest Airlines. Though customers will transact in bitcoin, the payments will be settled in whatever currency the merchant chooses. This eliminates the risk of […]

Continue Reading

Can Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Power Payments in a Japanese Bar?

A bar in Japan is teaming up with a locally-based lightning startup to let customers pay for sparkling wine and soft drinks using the experimental payments network. For the month of June, the Japan-based lightning startup Nayuta will be partnering with Awabar Fukouka to trial the payment system in what they’re calling a “field test.” […]

Continue Reading

Bitcoin’s Lightning Comes to Apple Smartwatches With New App

You can now receive bitcoin’s experimental lightning payments with a few taps of an Apple smartwatch. Launched Sunday by Bluewallet, one of the more popular lightning network wallets, their new app for Apple Watches allows users to receive bitcoin over its new, risky (but nonetheless promising) payment technology: lightning. Transactors can use the smartwatch app […]

Continue Reading

Bitcoin Lightning Tech Expands Beyond Invoices in Step Toward Better UX

Bitcoin’s lightning network has taken a big step toward a better user experience courtesy of new work by one of its principal open-source developers. Widely believed to be the key to helping the cryptocurrency reach a mainstream audience by pushing it to handle millions of transactions, lightning still has a lot of work ahead of it. […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading