Bitcoin Shopping Gets a Boost From Social Distancing

As fear of the coronavirus drives many to stay indoors, causing widespread disruption to the larger economy, some digital sectors are counting it as a boon.  State-imposed quarantines, decisions to socially distance, and policies set to work-from-home, has led to surges in screen time use and online shopping. Earlier this week, major outlets like Walmart […]

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Lightning Wallet Zap Launches in-App OTC Desk for Bitcoin Buyers

Wallet developer Jack Mallers, the founder of Zap Solutions, wants to improve the Lightning Network’s user experience. To achieve that goal, Zap is launching a dollar-denominated bitcoin buying feature inside its lightning-friendly mobile and desktop wallet. Zap is kicking off the feature with an invitation-only beta release in late September. “We’ve architected the [wallet] codebase […]

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Bitcoin Lightning Wallets Are Gaining Traction in 2019

Lightning-centric bitcoin wallets are gaining traction in 2019 and making small transactions affordable by reducing network fees. The bootstrapped Spanish startup Bluewallet garnered 35,000 downloads so far this year, according to co-founder Nuno Coelho, a significant jump from the 5,000 users it had in 2018. Coelho told CoinDesk the wallet’s built-in lightning marketplace, offering connections […]

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