We May Expect a Bitcoin Rally If Coronavirus Breaks Into a Second Wave

COVID-19 has become a defining moment in the course of our society, but the impact of the pandemic can be seen through its effects on the economy and society in general. From the perspective of a Bitcoin (BTC) investor, there are many things to consider. Coronavirus emergent patterns determine how the infection spreads and sets the society on a particular course into the future. The impact of the novel coronavirus on consumer society has been tremendous. The effect has mostly been seen as the closure of workplaces, resulting in people…

Australian Watchdog Warns of Spike in Crypto Scams During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has identified a sharp rise in investment scams during the coronavirus pandemic and has singled out crypto-related fraud as a particular concern. Between March and May 2020, investment scams of all types have reportedly risen by 20% as compared to the same period in 2019, according to ASIC’s announcement on June 24. Criminals appear to be attempting to take advantage of the economic insecurity that many citizens are facing during the crisis. ASIC’s executive director for assessment and intelligence, Warren Day, warned that…

US Markets Rebound to Recover All Coronavirus Losses — What About Bitcoin?

The Nasdaq, an index which primarily represents tech stocks like Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet, has surpassed 10,000 points to hit a new record high. The move above 10,000 effectively erased all the losses suffered from the coronavirus pandemic, yet, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) remains 50% down from its record high at $19,665. Bitcoin was seemingly correlated with the U.S. stock market throughout March, but now the digital asset is seeing a decline in momentum following a 167% increase in price within three months. The bullish trend and V-shaped recovery…

Revolut Confirms Firing 62 Employees in the Wake of Coronavirus

Revolut fired a number of employees since the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a story from Wired. The European fintech company responded with a statement on the numbers and rationale. “As in many companies, COVID-19 necessitated cost cutting across our business and, in the last resort, we made 62 redundancies globally, representing less than 3% of our staff,” a Revolut spokesperson told Cointelegraph on June 5.  Revolut allegedly asked staff to quit   Job redundancy refers to a certain title or position that companies determine as obsolete or no longer necessary,…

Revolut Reportedly Fires Dozens of Employees for Coronavirus Cost-Saving Reasons

In an effort to trim expenses, European fintech outfit Revolut has allegedly urged employees to leave, according to staff interviewed by Wired. “Some of the employees allegedly pressured to leave have been left stranded in a foreign country without a job or health insurance in the middle of a pandemic,” describes author Emiliano Mellino, collecting stories from multiple Revolut employees. The company reportedly staffed a great number of employees at multiple locations around the world — Krakow, Poland in particular. The Wired report also notes: “While the Polish government has…

Coronavirus Lockdown Boosts Bitcoin Trading in Russia

On June 4, a new study performed by a number of Russia-based crypto exchanges revealed a significant rise in Bitcoin (BTC) trading across Russia since March amid the COVID-19 lockdown. As RBC reports, representatives from the Russian offices of exchanges like Binance, Garantex, and EXMO, highlighted the growth in the number of users in Russia. This number is relative to the increase in trading volumes from March until June. Boost in registrations from Russia users Gleb Kostarev, head of the representative office of Binance in Russia, explained that the number…

Controversial AI Firm Awarded $500,000 Contract for Coronavirus Tracing

AI Firm Faculty will require extensive personal data for purposes that are currently unclear. Key Takeaways U.K. government awarded AI firm a contract to help deal with coronavirus pandemic. The contract shows that data including social media and credit rating scores would be processed. Parts of the document have been redacted, so the purpose of data collection remains unclear. Share this article Privacy campaigners and civil rights groups have been rightly flagging their concerns about state surveillance resulting from coronavirus “track-and-trace” endeavors. The U.K. now appears to be stepping up…

Can the “Trifecta” of Technologies Stop Coronavirus?

Ocean Protocol’s ongoing hackathon is bringing together blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and the IoT to help solve the COVID-19 pandemic. Key Takeaways Ocean Protocol saw the pandemic coming long before it was officially identified by many experts. To help combat further spread, the project has tied with SingularityNET another decentralized AI firm to launch a hackathon. COVIDathon ends on June 1st, and participants are eligible for up to $50,000 in prizes. Share this article Ocean Protocol’s hackathon has brought together a so-called trifecta of technologies to combat the spread of coronavirus.…

Bitcoin May Thrive Despite Coronavirus

The CEO and co-founder of Bitcoin (BTC) investment app Amber, Aleks Svetski, said he thinks the COVID-19 pandemic has bolstered Bitcoin awareness.  “COVID was one of the best marketing campaigns for Bitcoin in history,” Svetski told Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano in a May 13 podcast episode.  Coronavirus has caused global uncertainty Since taking center stage as an official pandemic in 2020, governmental coronavirus prevention actions have caused business slowdowns, rising unemployment numbers, and falling markets. The U.S. government has taken several measures to right the sinking economy, including various…

Fed Chair Blames Coronavirus, Not ‘Usual Suspects’ for Crashed Economy

The worst recession since World War Two and its fallout was not the fault of the fiat money system, according to the chairman of the United States Federal Reserve. In a televised address on May 13, Jerome Powell said that for all the damage done to the U.S. and global economy this year, the culprit was coronavirus — not governments or central banks. Powell: “No bubble, no unsustainable boom” “The current downturn is unique in that it is attributable to the virus and the steps taken to limit its fallout,”…