micropayments

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Bitcoin's Unfinished Business: Why Micropayments Still Matter
Tiny, cheap-to-deliver payments can open new markets for small digital goods. Can a new wave of crypto-inflected startups plug a longstanding gap in the internet? This piece is part of CoinDesk's Payments Week.
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How Crypto Payments Shift Revenue to Creators, Not Platforms
Blockchain cuts out the social media middleman. This article is part of CoinDesk’s Payments Week series.
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Former Ripple Execs to Launch Micropayments Platform to Tackle Transaction Fees
The pingNpay platform will use local currency-backed stablecoins to power microtransactions at a fraction of the cost of typical debit card-based payments.
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Hacker Noon Raises $1M From Former Ripple CTO's Firm for Content Micro-Tipping
Tech site Hacker Noon is adding micropayments following an integration with Coil that runs on the Interledger protocol.
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keys, security
Bitcoin Lightning Network Specs Pass First 'Formal' Security Test
A pair of researchers have released the results of a formal verification of the lightning network, saying it's "as secure as bitcoin."
keys, security

Lightning
You Can Now Buy Lightning-Powered Bitcoin With a Credit Card
Payments startup Breez has unveiled a new feature allowing lightning-based bitcoin purchases directly from its mobile app.
Lightning

Construct 2017, Stefan Thomas
Ripple to Give Away 1 Billion XRP in Massive Bid to Fund Online Content
Ripple is making a major investment in Coil, a media platform that pays content creators XRP.
Construct 2017, Stefan Thomas

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Imgur Raises $20 Million From Ex-Ripple CTO's Micropayments Startup
The popular image hosting site Imgur is tying up with a micropayments startup founded by Ripple's former CTO.
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awabar, beer
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 using the experimental payments network.
awabar, beer

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Proposal's Merger Paves Way for New Bitcoin Lightning Features
A routing proposal is expected to be merged today into the official "specifications" of the lightning network, paving the way for new features.
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