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Cryptocurrency Going For A Song On Bitcoin’s 10th Birthday

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– eToro launches unique karaoke cash machine that ditches the pin and asks users to sing for free bitcoin –

eToro, the global investment platform with over ten million registered users, is helping Brits celebrate the tenth anniversary of Bitcoin today by giving away £10,000 worth of the cryptocurrency via a unique ATM machine that’s activated by song.

The machine, that responds when people sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to it, has popped up today (31st October) in London’s Finsbury Avenue Square, 10 years to the day that Bitcoin’s whitepaper was released. The ATM is offering vouchers worth between £20 and £250 in bitcoin to successful singers stepping up to its screen and creating sweet har-money.

As well as grabbing free bitcoin rewards, people who visit the ATM can opt to have their singing experience captured on camera for sharing on their social channels with a chance to win a further £1,000 in bitcoin currency.

The first of its kind song-activated ATM was made by a specialist team of computer programmers, tech experts and sound engineers. Using advanced audio and voice technology, the ATM detects when a specific melody is being sung to it, in this instance the song ‘happy birthday’ and the volume of the singing. A digital display on the ATM lets users know how loudly they are singing, whether they need to increase their volume and how much of the song they need to complete to activate the dispenser.

Publicly announced in 2008 in a white paper entitled Bitcoin: A peer to peer electronic cash system written by an anonymous developer called Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, allowing people to send and receive payments from one party to another without going through a financial institution. Whilst eToro’s innovative ATM celebrates the ground-breaking 10-year history of bitcoin, the musical machine also looks to the future, encouraging people to explore the possibilities of a currency designed for the digital age.

Iqbal V. Gandham, UK Managing Director at eToro says: “Bitcoin has demonstrated resilience over the past decade and remains the world’s dominant crypto. In the next 10 years we could well see the mass adoption of bitcoin for payments and money transfer.

“Currently, the level of understanding of crypto is one of the barriers to wide-scale user adoption of, and investment in, cryptoassets. It’s a barrier that we’ve looked to address at eToro as part of our vision of opening up global markets to everyone. Our ATM machine is a fitting and fun celebration of bitcoin’s 10-year anniversary, and one that we hope will give even more people the opportunity to learn about crypto.”

  • WHAT: The eToro Bitcoin Birthday ATM is free to use and is available on a first-sing-first-win basis. Those who can demonstrate their singing skills will be in with a chance of receiving a voucher for the equivalent amount in bitcoin.
  • WHERE: Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, London
  • WHEN: From 11am, 31st October

About eToro:

eToro empowers people to invest on their own terms. The platform enables people to invest in the assets they want, from stocks and commodities to cryptoassets. eToro is a global community of more than ten million registered users who share their investment strategies; and anyone can follow the approaches of those who have been the most successful. Due to the simplicity of the platform users can easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their portfolio in real time, and transact whenever they want.

eToro is regulated in Europe by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

www.etoro.com

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Cybersecurity took center stage in 2018 and could present an exciting investment opportunity

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Cybersecurity has always been a topic of importance for both enterprises and individuals. However, 2018 was riddled with events that highlighted just how crucial an issue it is, following privacy breaches such as the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal. With renewed interest in online safety and privacy, cybersecurity stocks are attracting increasing attention in the investment world.

2018 – the year of the hack

The attention to online privacy reached new heights in 2018, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which jeopardised the data of some 87 million Facebook users¹. The scandal put in question many of Facebook’s user privacy practices, resulting in Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress. A month later, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the EU, applying new restrictions on any entity that collects personal data.

The dynamics of online security

One of the reasons cybersecurity is, and will remain, a hot topic is the ever-changing nature of the online world. With so much sensitive information being stored in the cloud and on computer networks, the risks are ever growing and the need for effective cyberdefenses is ever present. From “simple” risks, such as phishing scams, to complex ransomware programs and crypto mining bots, each person and enterprise with an online presence is in danger of falling victim to a cyber attack.

The cybersecurity industry is huge, estimated at more than…

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Mobile payments is a big market – and it’s about to get much bigger

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In recent years, mobile payment has become a key method of online shopping and other forms of eCommerce. With more members of Generation Z, who grew up in a world where smartphones were not an innovation, but a reality, this segment of the financial space is expected to grow tremendously in coming years. With more smartphones in people’s pockets and an increasing number of countries shifting towards cashless economies, it is no surprise that many of the leading payment technology companies in the world are constantly working to introduce new and improved payment solutions.

In 2016, the mobile payment market was valued at $601 billion¹. By 2017, it grew to nearly $720 billion², and it is expected to cross the $1 trillion milestone in 2019³. Forecasts suggest that it will continue to grow, reaching anywhere between $2.7 and $4.5 trillion by 2023. This growth will be prompted by many catalysts, which will both get more people to use mobile payments and make it easier for existing users to conduct more of their transactions with mobile devices.

Going mobile

The introduction of mobile internet and smartphones placed mobile payment at the fingertips of billions around the world. As the industry grew, more users started using mobile payments, due to its seamless, frictionless nature. Moreover, using an application for making payments gives the user more transparency and control over their finances,…

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Big banks, big opportunity? Earnings season kicks off

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Each quarter, publicly listed companies share their earnings reports with their investors and the general public. These reports provide insights into each company’s performance and more often than not, impact their stock prices. Over the next six weeks, companies will be sharing their reports for the fourth quarter of 2018 (Q4), with major banks kicking off the earnings season.

Reporting earnings in a challenging market

This earnings season has a very meaningful backdrop, as Wall Street has been heavily impacted by external forces recently. Firstly, the Fed’s drive to hike rates over the past year, with four rate hikes in 2018, has put pressure on the market.

Perhaps the most important factor causing Wall Street to struggle recently has been the rising yield of 10-year bonds. These bonds, issued by the US Treasury, present a relatively low-risk investment option and produce steady returns twice a year. When the interest produced by these bonds is high, it could push investors away from the stock market, as the safer option is now also high yielding. Recently, 10-year bond yields have been giving investors interest rates of 2.73%.

Entering this earnings season, many companies face the challenge of remaining a lucrative investment option for their shareholders. For some companies in the financial sector, this season might be especially crucial, as they have to recover from less-than-impressive results last quarter.

Banking on earnings

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