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Chase Data Breach: What Was Compromised and How to Protect Yourself
Oct 03

Chase Data Breach: What Was Compromised and How to Protect Yourself

JPMorgan Chase, one of the biggest banks in America, confirmed a massive cyber attack which affected 76 million households and seven small businesses on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Although there have been numerous data breaches at major retailers in the recent past — including the one last month at Home Depot (56 million credit card numbers

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An Argument for a Cashless Economy: Canada’s New Plastic Money Melts!
Jul 16

An Argument for a Cashless Economy: Canada’s New Plastic Money Melts!

The National Post reports that Canada’s new plastic polymer bank notes can’t stand the record heat that North America is experiencing in 2012. A bank teller in Kelowna, B.C. made comments to a radio station last week indicating “she had seen melted polymer bills stuck together during a heat wave.” The Bank of Canada claims

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Debtors of the World Unite! Finally: A Karl Marx Credit Card
Jun 19

Debtors of the World Unite! Finally: A Karl Marx Credit Card

Karl Marx’s visage has been recreated in stone all over the nations of Eastern Europe, where his political and economic philosophy held sway for most of the 20th century. A massive sculpture of his face that still stands in Chemnitz, Germany, has made its way onto the front of a MasterCard issued by Sparkasse bank,

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Google Wallet Turns One [Infograph]
May 26

Google Wallet Turns One [Infograph]

Do you remember when Google was just a search engine? That was years ago… eons ago if you think in Internet time. Today Google let’s us call grandma on the phone (Android),  share videos of the kids’ birthday parties with her  (YouTube), share pictures of the little cuties with her too (Picasa), navigate our way

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Money Grows on Virtual Trees: American Express and Zynga Team Up for Virtual Prepaid Deals
May 23

Money Grows on Virtual Trees: American Express and Zynga Team Up for Virtual Prepaid Deals

Good news, social gamers! Thanks to a partnership between American Express and Zynga you can now earn fake money to spend in your virtual world by spending real money in the real world! American Express’ Serve reloadable prepaid card now integrates with Zynga’s FarmVille, offering something called Farm Cash as a reward to Serve users

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Weekly Wrap: Enterprise’s Final Flight
Apr 28

Weekly Wrap: Enterprise’s Final Flight

Yesterday morning in our Brooklyn office, we watched the Space Shuttle Enterprise make a lap around Manhattan in preparation for its final touchdown at JFK International, after which point the ship will be put out to stud aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid. It’s currently trending on Twitter, and surely countless smartphones captured photo and video as

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What Lenders (and You) Can Say on Your Credit Report
Apr 25

What Lenders (and You) Can Say on Your Credit Report

The entire credit scoring system hinges upon lenders reporting information on their borrowers to the credit bureaus. But consumers may be happy to know that there are limits to what a a lender can and cannot tell Equifax, Experian or TransUnion. While lenders typically report information regarding an account’s status, its current balance and accompanying

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Here’s Why Your Student Loans are Messed Up
Apr 24

Here’s Why Your Student Loans are Messed Up

ProPublica reports that, as millions of federal student loans migrate to new non-profit servicers, many students have experienced disruptions in their loan payments. Some have seen their payments go up without explanation, hurting their monthly budget, while other have seen their payments drop, leaving them on the hook for higher interest payments down the road.

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Investing Becomes More Social with Roboinvest’s ‘Copy’ Button
Apr 14

Investing Becomes More Social with Roboinvest’s ‘Copy’ Button

Mirroring others’ trades is an attractive solution to the problem of how to successfully invest your money without actually investing all of your time and effort. Now Robinvest has innovated the concept of mirroring by adding a one-click button that lets you duplicate someone else’s trade.

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Have Rising Commodity Prices Shrunk the Cadbury Creme Egg?
Apr 06

Have Rising Commodity Prices Shrunk the Cadbury Creme Egg?

Declinism, attractive as it is, is an easy stance to take. It can be defended with nothing more than paeans to the way things were, rooted more in sentiment than facts or data. Because of this, the back of a declinist’s head is populated, always, with the nagging suspicion that everyone feels this way about

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