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A form of offline payments is being developed for Bitcoin’s Lightning Network

Lightning Rod, a new offline-style payments protocol for the Bitcoin Lightning Network, will enable users to make Lightning payments to a payee without their mobile nodes being online at the same time. 

Developed by Bitcoin payments startup Breez, Lightning Rod delivers a “Venmo-like user experience” for the Lightning Network, according to Breez CEO Roy Sheinfeld. “There won’t be a need for two mobile nodes (payer and payee) to be online at the same time in order to send or receive Lightning payments,” he told Decrypt. The firm has released the protocol open-source, and is planning to integrate the new functionality into its iOS and Android payment apps by the end of this year.

The new functionality is being developed specifically for payments made on the Lightning…

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