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Crunch hit governments turn to eBay

24 November 2008  |  3564 views  |  2 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

With tough times upon us, state and local governments in the US are looking to make a few quid by auctioning surplus goods online. Businessweek reports that everything from helicopters to armored personnel carriers to deep fat fryers are up for grabs on sites like eBay and specialist outfit GovDeals.com. The Spartanburg County, SC, Sheriff's Offic...

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All I want for Christmas is a novelty gift card

24 November 2008  |  2457 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 1

With the dire state of the economy forcing people to tighten their belts, it seems most Americans would rather forgo that pair of socks or pointless gadget this Christmas in favour of something they can actually make use of - a gift card. Research from the National Retail Federation suggests 55% of Americans will ask Santa for a gift card this year...

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Pay the robot, or else

14 November 2008  |  2456 views  |  3 comments | recommendations Recommends 1

Dave Birch, on his Digital Money blog, has found what may well be the fintech geek's ultimate fantasy - a payments terminal in the shape of a life-sized android. Developed in Japan (of course) by NEC...

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Matt WhiteFinextra - Toronto

Kazakhstan's super-rich get diamond studded credit card

03 November 2008  |  5135 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

The FT reports the launch of a new Mastercard credit card in oil and mineral rich Kazakhstan. Big deal, you may say, but this is no ordinary piece of plastic - it's inlaid with a 0.02 carat diamond a...

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