First Lightning crosschain swap from BTC to LTC performed

Atomic swap between Bitcoin and Litecoin successfully performed
17 November 2017   2459

First transaction between Bitcoin and Litecoin performed using the Lightning Network.

The ability to instantly exchange currencies using the Lightning solution offers a number of advantages, such as instant settlement, increased privacy and low commission fees.

Under the hood, the Lightning Network uses a special type of payment called a Hashed Time-Locked Contract (HTLC). HTLCs are structurally very similar to the contracts used in our previous example—they use timelocked refunds for safety, and atomically move funds by revealing preimages. In fact, at the scripting level, an HTLC is differentiated only by one additional clause, which can be used to indefinitely extend the life of a channel in the cooperative case.
 

Lightning Team

First successful atomic swap is a big step for whole cryptocurrency community and for the blockchain technology. 

Member of British Parliament Wants to Payl Tax in BTC

MP  comments were made shortly after the Ohio government allowed companies registered in this state to pay bitcoin taxes
11 December 2018   12

Eddie Hughes, a member of the UK Conservative Party, said that the state should make it possible to use Bitcoin when paying taxes and utilities. It is reported by The Daily Express.

Eddie Hughes, who represents North Walsall in parliament, calls himself a "crypto-enthusiast with amateur knowledge." According to him, the blockchain technology attracts a lot of attention, and therefore members of parliament "must understand it."

Eddie Hughes also said that he recently met with representatives of the Royal Society for Water Rescue, which accepts donations in cryptocurrencies, after which he came to the idea of ​​making it possible to use Bitcoin when paying municipal taxes and utilities.

It just feels like it gets talked about a lot, wherever you go in the UK, and as MPs we have a duty to understand it. 
 

Eddie Hughes

MP

Hughes comments were made shortly after the Ohio government allowed companies registered in this state to pay bitcoin taxes, which he also reminded in his interview within the publication.