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Lightning Labs release new update to allow assets to be sent over Bitcoin’s network


Lightning Labs has released the initial code for the Taro protocol that will allow developers to mint, send, and receive assets on the Bitcoin blockchain.

The developers described the development as the first step toward “bitcoinizing the dollar.” The new code release would allow the community to test the code and give valuable feedback that would be used for further improvements before its launch.

According to Lightning Labs, Taro would enable users to “have USD-denominated balances and BTC-denominated balances (or other assets) in the same wallet, trivially sending value across the Lightning Network just as they do today.”

When completed, the Taro protocol will allow users to issue and mint assets such as stablecoins on Bitcoin and transfer them via Lightning Network.

Meanwhile, the developers did not reveal when the final product would be launched.

Lightning Labs first announced it was building the Taro protocol in April and was able to raise $70 million for the project. The Bitcoin-focused company built a layer2 solution -Lightning network- for Bitcoin that improves the blockchain network’s scalability.

Community hyped

The Bitcoin community couldn’t hide their excitement about the new development as many hailed Lightning Labs for the progress.

Bitcoin Isaiah pointed out that sending stablecoins over BTC would be “instant and nearly free over Lightning.”

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