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Alternative currencies a hot topic at Contagious conference | JWT Blog

Alternative currencies a hot topic at Contagious conference | JWT Blog | money money money | Scoop.it

The conference also touched on the concept of Alternative Brand Currencies, one of our 100 Things to Watch for 2013. While in-game currencies (think Farmville credits) have existed for some time, virtual currency is expanding: This month Amazon is planning to introduce Amazon Coins, with which Kindle Fire owners in the U.S. will be able to buy apps, games and in-app items. In Egypt, where retailers often lack the coins to give adequate change, Vodafone and JWT created Fakka Cards, top-up vouchers for mobile phones that can replace these small denominations with airtime. In Mexico, Nike’s “Bid Your Sweat,” created by JWT, was an online auction of Nike products that let bidders “pay” with kilometers they had tracked on a Nike+ account. (We outlined some other interesting initiatives here last year.)

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The Lessons of the North Atlantic Crisis for Economic Theory and Policy

The Lessons of the North Atlantic Crisis for Economic Theory and Policy | money money money | Scoop.it

In analyzing the most recent financial crisis, we can benefit somewhat from the misfortune of recent decades. The approximately 100 crises that have occurred during the last 30 years—as liberalization policies became  dominant—have given us a wealth of experience and mountains of data.  If we look over a 150 year period, we have an even richer data set.

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Roubini: Fed Risking Sequel To 2008 Financial Crisis - Here Is The City - Here Is The City

Roubini: Fed Risking Sequel To 2008 Financial Crisis - Here Is The City - Here Is The City | money money money | Scoop.it

The Federal Reserve's commitment to loose monetary policy is likely to lead to asset and equity bubbles in the next two years which could be worse than the previous crisis, renowned economist Nouriel Roubini said in an opinion piece for Project Syndicate.

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Living On Bitcoin For A Week : Solving My Transportation Troubles - Forbes

Living On Bitcoin For A Week : Solving My Transportation Troubles - Forbes | money money money | Scoop.it

After one day of living only on Bitcoin, I’ve become very tired of having to walk everywhere. The San Francisco public transportation system won’t accept my digital tokens. I contacted Lyft, Sidecar and Uber to see if any of those tech savvy ride services would take my virtual coin, but to no avail. (Fred Ehrsam of Bitcoin exchange company Coinbase mentioned that he’s in talks with a ride-sharing or –giving company about accepting Bitcoin but wouldn’t say which one, and regardless, it wouldn’t help me much this week.) When I inquired about paying in Bitcoin at a bike rental place, the clerkresponded, “Bit what?”

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The Power of Alternative Currency for People and Communities. - NewsReleaseWire.com (press release)

The Power of Alternative Currency for People and Communities. - NewsReleaseWire.com (press release) | money money money | Scoop.it


I'm pleased to announce that I've been invited to the EU and UK for a multi-stop tour on the power of currency for people and communities. My itinerary is still evolving but so far I am slated for presentations, workshops and consultations in the Netherlands, Sweden, England, and Greece. I will be hosted for a few days by STRO (Social Trade Organization, then attend the 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague, where I will make a presentation titled Reinventing Money: How Complementary Currencies and Mutual Credit Clearing Can Create a Sustainable, Regenerative Economy, and sit on two panels: The Future of Currencies, and another which will consider the legal and regulatory aspects of complementary currencies. 

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Apple's $17b debt product launch: is it ethical? - Computerworld (blog)

Apple's $17b debt product launch: is it ethical? - Computerworld (blog) | money money money | Scoop.it

Despite my huge respect for the company, I can't help but think that in the event corporations changed their approach to taxation then the money put inside international coffers could help ease the austerity burden currently carried by some of the most disadvantaged members of the global population.

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David Graeber, DEBT: The First 5,000 Years [2012]

David Graeber, DEBT: The First 5,000 Years [2012] | money money money | Scoop.it

“Graeber carefully shows that everything from the ancient work of law and religion to human notions like ‘guilt,’ ‘sin,’ and ‘redemption,’ are deeply influenced by ancients debates about credit and debt.  It is no accident that debt continues to fuel political debate, from the crippling debt crises that have gripped Greece and Ireland, to our own debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling. Debt, an incredibly captivating narrative spanning 5,000 years, puts these crises into their full context and illuminates one of the thorniest subjects in all of history.”

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Bitcoin - Overview

An introduction to the mechanics of bitcoins and an overview of how transactions take place. 
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The Fiat Emperor Has No Clothes

The Fiat Emperor Has No Clothes | money money money | Scoop.it
Paul Krugman (Image by DonkeyHotey) A piece from Paul Krugman in The New York Times this week criticizes bitcoin for being antisocial and for not having a State-controlled supply while secretly admiring its powerful abstractness.
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Brief 2: Taking the Brixton Pound to the next level | Made in Lambeth Community

Brief 2: Taking the Brixton Pound to the next level | Made in Lambeth Community | money money money | Scoop.it

Since 2009 the Brixton Pound (B£) has been championing local sustainability through a currency that benefits Brixton’s local independent traders. After a successful few years growing the currency, B£ has reached a tipping point and needs your help to break through to the next level…


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The Antisocial Network of Bitcoins

The Antisocial Network of Bitcoins | money money money | Scoop.it

Bitcoin’s wild ride may not have been the biggest business story of the past few weeks, but it was surely the most entertaining. Over the course of less than two weeks the price of the “digital currency” more than tripled. Then it fell more than 50 percent in a few hours. Suddenly, it felt as if we were back in the dot-com era.

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eBay May Begin Accepting Bitcoin for Online Payments | IdeaFeed | Big Think

eBay May Begin Accepting Bitcoin for Online Payments | IdeaFeed | Big Think | money money money | Scoop.it
The online commerce giant eBay is considering accepting the virtual currency Bitcoin. The retailer would use its Paypal payments network to exchange the currency online for goods and services.
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Roger Ver: "For the first time in history, anyone can transact with anyone else, anywhere in the world" - Bitcoin Magazine

Roger Ver: "For the first time in history, anyone can transact with anyone else, anywhere in the world" - Bitcoin Magazine | money money money | Scoop.it

Roger Ver is an entrepreneur, investor and Bitcoin Pioneer. He has bet a lot of intellectual and monetary capital in the Bitcoin revolution, which he supports not just because it is a technological advance in our financial infrastructure, but also because of the new hope for human liberty that it represents.

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B. Martin's curator insight, May 1, 2013 2:01 AM

I think Bitcoin can be used in so many new ways that the ease of use for cryptocurrency transactions can really change the world as much as a lot of the analog to digital transitions has done.

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German role in steering euro crisis could lead to disaster, warns expert - The Guardian

German role in steering euro crisis could lead to disaster, warns expert - The Guardian | money money money | Scoop.it

Jürgen Habermas, the Frankfurt professor whose political thinking has helped shape Germany over the past 50 years, called for the EU to be turned into a supranational democracy and the eurozone to become a fully fledged political union, while lambasting the "technocratic" handling of the crisis by Brussels and European leaders.

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Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish Interview With "Bitcoin Jesus"

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish Interview With "Bitcoin Jesus" | money money money | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago I decided to do another search for businesses that accepted bitcoins. I was surprised to discover that a new entity, the Bitcoin Store, offers 500,000 electronic products for sale, accepting only bitcoins as payment. The products include high-end digital cameras.

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B. Martin's curator insight, May 1, 2013 1:06 PM

An interesting interview with Roger Ver.  Seems the interviewer wasn't a convert by the end, but it's still an intersting read.

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Chris Dixon: Why Silicon Valley Is Obsessed With The Bitcoin ...

Chris Dixon: Why Silicon Valley Is Obsessed With The Bitcoin ... | money money money | Scoop.it

Chris Dixon, like many other Silicon Valley investors, is really excited about Bitcoin. He says he's invested a significant amount of money into it.

 

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It's All About the Bitcoin, Baby - New York Observer

It's All About the Bitcoin, Baby - New York Observer | money money money | Scoop.it

Created by a Japanese programmer named Satoshi Nakamoto (a pseudonym) in 2008, bitcoin is what’s known as a cryptocurrency. It’s both a decentralized currency and a payment system that exists entirely online, allowing users to exchange money anonymously. How much a bitcoin is worth in dollars is determined by the market. At its peak a few weeks ago, bitcoin was trading at $260 a coin on Mt. Gox, a bitcoin trading platform, before the bubble burst and it shot back down to $60, eventually settling somewhere around $100.

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B. Martin's curator insight, May 1, 2013 1:14 PM

Read about the nightclub EVR [Ever] owner that allows it's patrons to pay by Bitcoin.  A lengthy and interesting article.

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Printing local money to take globalisation head on

Printing local money to take globalisation head on | money money money | Scoop.it
The lingering global financial demise is prompting astute communities to take money matters into their own hands.
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PayPal eyes Bitcoin's disruptive potential

PayPal eyes Bitcoin's disruptive potential | money money money | Scoop.it

PayPal, eBay's payments subsidiary, may be closer to accepting Bitcoin in the future, with the company saying it is well-placed to exploit the disruptive potential of the virtual currency.

 



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Local currencies: 'In the U.S. we don't trust'

Local currencies: 'In the U.S. we don't trust' | money money money | Scoop.it
A growing number of communities are using alternative currencies to stimulate their local economies and protect themselves from the nation's broader economic woes. (Oh Portland. Does your local currency have to be called the CHE?
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Will Bitcoin Be Accepted by PayPal?

Will Bitcoin Be Accepted by PayPal? | money money money | Scoop.it
EBay may open its wallet to the virtual currency Bitcoin.The e-commerce heavyweight is exploring ways to integrate bitcoins into its PayPal payments network, Chief Executive John Donahoe said in an interview.
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Bitcoin Is Gold 2.0: Venture Capitalist - CNBC.com

Bitcoin Is Gold 2.0: Venture Capitalist - CNBC.com | money money money | Scoop.it

The bitcoin boom is just getting started, two venture capitalists said Monday at theTechCrunch Disrupt conference.

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B. Martin's curator insight, May 1, 2013 3:26 PM

Bitcoin is the pressure release valve for the pent up frustration in the financial tech industry.  I think it's headded in this direction as well.

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Alternative Currencies and Economies with Jeff Dicken, Paul Glover and Edgar Cahn

Alternative Currencies and Economies with Jeff Dicken, Paul Glover and Edgar Cahn | money money money | Scoop.it

Today we focus on using local currencies and economies to opt out of Wall Street and build resilient and sustainable communities. Alternative currencies are founded on principles that value all types of work, reciprocity, interconnection and building community. Our guests are Jeff Dicken of Baltimore Green Currency, Paul Glover who started Ithaca Hours and Edgar Cahn, author of “No More Throw Away People.”

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How To Draw Line Between Recent EU/Euro Crisis And Asia's Success Story ... - Eurasia Review

How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU/EURO crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is that Europe well knows there is no alternative – and therefore is multilateral. Asia thinks it has an alternative – and therefore is strikingly bilateral, while stubbornly residing enveloped in economic egoisms. No wonder that Europe is/will be able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize its successes.

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Canada Revenue Agency To Tax BitCoin Transactions - Slashdot

Canada Revenue Agency To Tax BitCoin Transactions - Slashdot | money money money | Scoop.it
First time accepted submitter semilemon writes "The Canada Revenue Agency has started paying attention to BitCoin transactions, as it says users will have to pay tax on all transactions using the currency.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation