Blockchain-as-a-service company Blockdaemon recently received an investment from Comcast and was apparently chosen by Stellar as the first Stellar deployment partner. "Stellar is important for us. Because we believe the Stellar ecosystem will be the Ethereum of this year."
SDF is creating technical roadmaps for all of their projects this year, and they are looking looking for feedback on Horizon. If you've used Horizon extensively in the past, please fill out this survey.
"The Stellar Development Foundation is soliciting proposals for basic technical, economic, and legal research advancing the foundation’s goals of financial inclusion, fast and inexpensive cross-border payments, efficient decentralized markets, and other beneficial applications of distributed ledger technology."
Interstellar released a demo implementation of Starlight (Lightning on Stellar) payment channels. The demo looks slick, and for now it is limited to the testnet, channels with two participants, and lumens.
Jo Lang from IBM discussed IBM’s payment strategy at MPC.