Lightning Labs has launched the Taproot Assets mainnet alpha, enabling the issuance of stablecoins and assets on the Bitcoin and Lightning Network. Taproot Assets v0.3, facilitates issuing and managing assets on the Bitcoin blockchain, promoting multi-asset use. The integration utilises existing Bitcoin liquidity on the Lightning Network, broadening Bitcoin's network effects. It responds to strong developer demand for stablecoin applications on Bitcoin, with thousands of Taproot Assets minted on testnets. While an alpha release indicates ongoing development and testing, it's a significant step toward making Bitcoin a global routing network for financial assets.