This week, the Lightning community decided it was time to resurrect the Lightning Torch concept for another go. Just like the original torch, the Lightning Torch 2.0 has already traveled around the globe. To date, the torch has been in over 40 counties in just over four days.
At the beginning of 2019 we decided to start a shared Google calendar of events that seemed to be most relevant to what we are doing. Many events were added since then by recommendation from people we met at other events.
Now this calendar got a nicer view, but it still works as a Google calendar too. Send us a note if you'd like to get a shareable link or if you'd like to recommend an event. Many thanks to everyone who has already contributed to the calendar.
Since we started following the Lightning Network development back in 2017 it was obvious that statistics and metrics are important to help understand not only the maturity and adoption rate but also what technical and business challenges will need to be solved and how to think about priorities. There are a few professional statistic resources available, however we thought that brining at least some statistics to attention helps keep in mind that we are in a very dynamic fast growing space. We will try to add some more data to this view when we can.
Bitfinex added support for Bitcoin withdrawals and deposits, through the Lightning Network, thus becoming one of the first major exchanges to offer services on this platform. With the new feature, customers can withdraw and deposit bitcoins on the exchange instantly through LN.
Samson Mow, Chief Security Officer at Blockstream, well known for its work on the Lightning Network, told that today it completed tests to make multi-path payments interoperable. This will allow payments to be split into smaller chunks so that large amounts of bitcoin can be sent both quickly and cheaply.
Fold app users can now book accommodation on the popular Airbnb service using Bitcoin via the Lightning Network
Now users can get a cashback of 3% in BTC for each trip.
The official launch is expected in late 2019 or in the first half of 2020.
Enjoy and learn if you missed any of the talks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtU7ZlxvLL4
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