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instant web payments via the lightning network

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:04:32 +0100
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To: Web Payments <public-webpayments@w3.org>
I am curious if any of this group is interested in the lightning network
[1].

For those that are unaware, it is a system built on top of block chains
that allow zero cost instant payments in a zero trust environment.

There has been lots of innovation already this year, and it seems to be
growing fast.  One service that impressed me is a custodial service built
on top of twitter that allows you to add a tip jar based on your twitter
account.

https://tippin.me/

This is a really easy way for non technical people to experience web
payments and bitcoin in the browser, without the overhead of a high
technical barrier to entry, or downloading a wallet.

Additionally I have added this to my sollid profile using the the foaf :
tipjar predicate that has been around for about a decade but never really
used.  The I have added it looks as follows :

In turtle :

</#me> <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/tipjar> <https://tippin.me/@melvincarvalho>
.

In RDFa :

<a target="_blank" rel="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/tipjar" href="
https://tippin.me/@melvincarvalho">https://tippin.me/@melvincarvalho</a>

There are also new solutions such as a mobile wallet that receives payments
(blue wallet), decentralized apps (Lapps) and ability to run your own node
eg on a raspberry pi.

If anyone is playing around in this space would love to hear from you, or
if you'd like to get started and have, say a tippin me account, I'd be
happy to send some satoshis (the unit of currency) to play around with.

I think this brings forth an exciting new era of instant payments in the
browser.  Would love to hear from anyone else that is interested in this
tech.

[1] http://lightning.network
Received on Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:05:06 UTC

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