Lightning Network simplifies money transmission

The forward looking technology turns introduces cryptocurrency exchange without any intermediarie
24 November 2017   820

The Lightning Network, or LN, is one of the most expected protocols. It can help to solve the problem of transaction’s speed. The main difference is that the blockchain doesn’t includes the information about accomplished micropayments. It means, that users can make so many payments as they need and only a total balance of transactions will be recorded in the blockchain.

There is nothing to worry about safety because a recipient can’t get money until he or she signs a special agreement. According to this document a remitter can get paid back, if other party of the contract fails to comply fully with the requirements.

Speaking of advantages of LN, it should be noticed that the technology allows to make micropayments without any impacts on the blockchain. Users can also exchange cryptocurrency without intermediaries with the help of so called atomic swap. The essence of this process is in specific terms of a bargain. A transaction must be fully accomplished or the deal is off.

Atomic swaps has already been tested with the following blockchains: Litecoin, Decred, Vertcoin and Bitcoin.

BitPay to Receive New York's BitLicense

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers
17 July 2018   98

The well-known cryptocurrency processing service BitPay obtained a license to work with virtual currencies in the state of New York. Known also as BitLicense, this license is issued by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and grants its holders the ability to conduct activities related to cryptocurrencies in the state.

NYDFS has carefully studied the company's application, including its policy on measures to combat money laundering, customer identification, fraud prevention, cybersecurity. The financial situation of the company was also thoroughly analyzed.

New York state has one of the strictest policies around businesses involved in cryptocurrency and working through the approval processes to obtain a License was important to BitPay. We believe this hard work will pay off as New York presents significant business opportunities for BitPay.
 

Stephen Pair

CEO, BitPay

Having received BitLicense, BitPay can now conduct business with New York-based companies and consumers: the first will be able to use the company's processing services to accept payments in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the latter will pay for various goods and services using these two BitPay supported cryptos.

Note that BitPay was only the eighth company that received BitLicense. Other license holders are Square, Xapo, Genesis Global Trading, bitFlyer USA, Coinbase, Ripple and Circle. In addition, special permissions for operations with crypto-currencies are exchanged by Gemini and itBit.