Announcing Taro: A New Protocol for Multi-Asset Bitcoin and Lightning 🍠💱🌍

Ryan Gentry
April 5, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce Taro, a new Taproot-powered protocol for issuing assets on the bitcoin blockchain that can be transferred over the Lightning Network for instant, high volume, low fee transactions. This announcement marks a big shift to a multi-asset Lightning Network with the potential for the world’s currencies to route through bitcoin liquidity on the network. At its core, Taro taps into the security and stability of the bitcoin network and the speed, scalability, and low fees…

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Lightning Pool Update: Costs Go Down, Profits Go Up

Michael Levin
December 16, 2021

Today, we're excited to announce the latest release of Lightning Pool with a number of new features requested by our users. Lightning Pool is a non-custodial, peer-to-peer marketplace for Lightning node operators to buy and sell channels. With Pool, Lightning developers and node operators can streamline their channel management and focus on serving their customers instead of worrying about liquidity. When node operators can more efficiently deploy their capital, it improves the network as a…

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Lightning Node Connect: A Technical Deep Dive

Olaoluwa Osuntokun
November 30, 2021

Today we’re excited to announce the alpha Lightning Node Connect (LNC) a new streamlined way to allow an application/wallet (and even a web application using WASM!) to connect to a remote Lightning Node using a macaroon-scoped gRPC connection. LNC is new a fundamental primitive for Lightning application development, as it allows a user to easily (but securely!) pair their node with a given application/wallet or web application. The recently released web version of Lightning Terminal leverages…

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Announcing the New Lightning Terminal: From Pleb to Web! 🕸️

Michael Levin
November 30, 2021

Today we're excited to announce that we're bringing Lightning Terminal to the web, providing a simple web UI for node operators to improve the quality and liquidity of their node. The goal of this new release is to make running a Lightning node simpler, easier, and more accessible, lowering the barrier to instant, high volume, low fee bitcoin transactions for all. With this launch, we're taking a major step toward managing a Lightning node in a secure, private, and non-custodial manner by…

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Announcing lnd 0.14 beta: Scale and Security Go Up

Michael Levin
November 18, 2021

Note: The 0.14.1 release of LND is recommended for everyone who updated to LND 0.14.0 and it corrects a variety of issues reported by users who installed or upgraded the 0.14.0 release. We're pleased to announce lnd 0.14 beta, our final release of 2021! Building on our commitment to make the Lightning Network more reliable, robust, and secure, our latest release includes: Revamped replicated storage backends + optimized etcd database support for increased redundancy in the stack Initial support…

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Announcing lnd 0.13-beta: Get Amped on Lightning!

June 17, 2021

We’re pleased to announce lnd 0.13-beta, our second release of 2021! Building on our commitment to make the Lightning Network more reliable, robust, and secure, our latest release includes initial support for atomic multi-path payments enabling larger and more reliable spontaneous payments, a new clustered lnd operating mode, payment optimizations for robustness, and a slew of wallet enhancements to enhance security. This release wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support from the…

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Sidecar Channels: For Onboarding A Billion People to Bitcoin, Lightning Is Needed

Ryan Gentry
May 26, 2021

Today we are excited to announce a new addition to Lightning Pool: sidecar channels, a feature that makes it easier to onboard new users to Lightning without the need to commit funds. In late 2020 we released Lightning Pool, a non-custodial, peer-to-peer marketplace for Lightning node operators to buy and sell channel leases. Lightning Pool connects node operators who need access to bitcoin liquidity with those who have capital to deploy on the Lightning Network. With Pool, node operators are…

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Welcome to Terminal Web - Make Your Lightning Node the Very Best!

May 11, 2021

Today we’re announcing Terminal Web, a new web-based interface for Lightning node operators to gauge their node’s performance and get actionable recommendations on ways to improve. This is our first step towards providing a more unified experience for node operators that need to be able to measure, track, and manage their node’s performance. What’s more, by helping node operators, we can help the Lightning Network evolve into a distributed network for bitcoin transactions that is more durable…

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Announcing lnd 0.12.1-beta, Onboarding Users with Sidecar Channels, and Additional Updates

March 16, 2021

At Lightning Labs, we’re building the technology to bring bitcoin to the next billion people. Our goal is to make the easiest platform for anyone to integrate internet-native digital money using Lightning. This is part of a regular series of blog posts aimed at keeping users apprised of our latest product updates. In this update, we’re announcing the release of lnd 0.12.1-beta with timestamped signatures, improved graph data propagation, and numerous bug fixes. We’re also releasing an early…

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The Lightning Pool UI is Open for Testing and More Product Updates!

February 16, 2021

At Lightning Labs, we’re building the technology to bring bitcoin to the next billion people. Our goal is to make the easiest platform for anyone to integrate internet-native digital money using Lightning. This is the first in a regular series of blog posts aimed at keeping users apprised of our latest product updates. We recently shipped lnd 0.12, our Lightning implementation optimized for reliability, performance and security, and this week we’re announcing updates across several of our…

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