Autoloop: Lightning Liquidity You Can Set and Forget!

Carla Kirk-Cohen
November 24, 2020

We are excited to announce Autoloop, a new feature in Lightning Loop that allows Loop users to automatically balance liquidity, saving time and making using bitcoin on Lightning more efficient. Now users can set liquidity and fee preferences, keeping Lightning channels balanced and budgets intact. The introduction of Autoloop marks an important step in the evolution of liquidity automation on Lightning. To get started, update to the latest version of Loop today. How It Works With Autoloop, users…

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Lightning Pool Is Open for Business: Lease Liquidity, Earn Returns, Stack Sats

Ryan Gentry
November 2, 2020

Today we're announcing the release of Lightning Pool, a non-custodial, peer-to-peer marketplace for Lightning node operators to buy and sell channels. Lightning Pool makes it easier to instantly accept Lightning payments, and opens up the new possibility of earning a yield on bitcoin by selling access to liquidity on Lightning. This release marks an important development in the evolution of Lightning financial products, making Lightning liquidity a tradeable asset and enabling users to earn a…

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Lightning Pool: A Technical Deep-Dive

Olaoluwa Osuntokun
November 2, 2020

Today we’re excited to announce our alpha release of Lightning Pool a new non-custodial marketplace that connects people who want to buy inbound liquidity with those looking to earn a return on their bitcoin in Lightning channels, promoting more efficient capital allocation on the Lightning Network. In this post, we’ll be doing a deep-dive into the architecture and design of the marketplace. This marketplace has two natural sides: Taker Maker Description Nodes that need to receive funds over…

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Announcing the Newest Feature in Faraday: Track Your Sats with Accounting for LND!

Carla Kirk-Cohen
September 15, 2020

Today, we’re excited to announce the latest release of Faraday, which now includes full accounting reports to keep track of your sats with lnd. This is the second feature in Faraday’s suite of tools to help routing nodes and businesses run on Lightning. It’s been great to watch the community build and explore new use cases on the foundation of lnd. From financial services to in-game micropayments, the foundation for a Lightning-powered economy is emerging. As a company building services like…

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Announcing lnd 0.11-beta: Let's Get Ready to Wumbo!

Bryan Vu
August 20, 2020

We’ve come a long way since the early #craeful days of the Lightning Network. When building, tinkering, and experimenting, we’ve always encouraged the community to use caution when using the network. To keep your funds safu, Lightning channel sizes were limited to a maximum of 0.1677 BTC. After two years of hard work and extensive testing from the community, we have reached a point where we feel comfortable removing these constraints for those who want larger channels. With this release of lnd v…

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It's LiT! Announcing Lightning Terminal: Your Home for Lightning Liquidity

Bryan Vu and Jamal James
August 4, 2020

Today we’re releasing a new browser-based, self-hosted dashboard for Lightning Labs products: Lightning Terminal. Initially, Lightning Terminal is focused on making it easier to manage channels using Lightning Loop. This is the first of several features that will enable new use cases and open the door to new possibilities with Lightning and with bitcoin. We hope that providing a more visual interaction with Lightning Labs products will make our technology more accessible and intuitive for all…

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Announcing Lightning Multi-Loop: Upgrading Lightning Loop with Multi-Path Payments

Alex Bosworth
May 13, 2020

Today we're happy to announce that the recent release of LND 0.10.0 has enabled Lightning Labs to release the first major upgrade for Lightning Loop since its beta release: multi-path Loop support. As Loop is a non-custodial service that translates Lightning off-chain funds to blockchain on-chain funds, it is specifically designed to service amounts suitable for the Blockchain that are larger and aggregate many off-chain micropayments. To scale this value up we're adding support for Loop…

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Multi-Path Payments in LND: Making Channel Balances Add Up

May 7, 2020

With the release of LND 0.10, one of the most highly anticipated features of Lightning was brought to completion. After an extensive specification and implementation process, we are pleased to announce that LND now fully supports multi-path payments. In prior versions, every successful payment was accomplished through exactly one successful HTLC: one HTLC, one route, and the full payment amount delivered atomically to the recipient. Simple, fast, but not the optimal way to utilize committed…

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Announcing lnd v0.10-beta!

Bryan Vu
April 30, 2020

We at Lightning Labs hope that everyone is staying in good health. We’re grateful that the Lightning and Bitcoin communities live online in a way that allows us to continue contributing and building remotely. Today we’re excited to release the latest culmination of that worldwide effort, lnd v0.10-beta! As always, we’ve included a brief list of the highlights below, with more information included in the release notes. Multi-Path Payments When we released lnd v0.9-beta back in January 2020, we…

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Announcing Faraday: Tame your Lightning Node with Close Recommendations

Carla Kirk-Cohen
April 2, 2020

Today running a Lightning Network node presents operators with a series of tradeoffs and operational requirements. Nobody said building the future of financial infrastructure would be easy, after all. Two tasks in particular seem to dominate: liquidity management and channel management. The objective of liquidity management is to ensure that a node has enough capacity to send and receive funds. Channel management concerns the opening and closing of channels, to ensure that a node is sufficiently connected to the network, and its capital is efficiently allocated.

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