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Why Does Montreal Have A Bitcoin Embassy?

In the heart of downtown Montreal, between a boarded-up bar and a poutine shop, there’s a three-story glass building. It looks for all the world like realtor’s office — that is until you spot the sign swaying in the wind: “Bitcoin Embassy”.


Watch A US $50 Note Get Rubbed Off To Reveal A $10 Note

If all the numbers say it’s a 50 dollar note and it feels like a 50 dollar Note… it still might not be a 50 dollar note. This counterfeit $US50 is actually hiding its true self: a 10 dollar bill. And it’s doing a good job too! Since it’s likely that most people’s over trusting eyes would just see the 50 and assume it’s a 50, people wouldn’t even bother to realise that its Alexander Hamilton on the note and not Ulysses S. Grant.


Android Pay Is Google's Plan For The Mobile Payments Future

We suspected that Google would announce a new payments system at I/O, and we were right. Enter Android Pay.


Stratos Card Review: This Smart Credit Card Is Still Too Dumb

Technology is a conquerer. The evidence can be seen in mounds of dead pagers, flip phones, and CDs. When companies and startups agree to kill something off, it’s usually not long for this world. But one piece of tech has become an unkillable cockroach — the credit card.


The Worst PayPal Horror Stories

Yesterday, PayPal agreed to pay customers $US15 million for ripping them off over the past few years. After I wrote about it, reader horror stories started flooding my inbox and comments.


I Got Skimmed In Mexico

When I got back from holidays in Mexico, my bank sent me an alarming email with the subject “Declined Purchases”, which struck me as weird, because I didn’t get declined the whole trip. The bank listed the locations — a perfume store and an Autozone in a town I didn’t visit — and I yelled: “I’ve been skimmed!”


US Federal Reserve's Cold War Bunker Had $US4 Billion Cash For After The Apocalypse

New York and DC are piles of ash, but at least your cheques are clearing. That was the idea behind the Culpeper Switch, a sprawling bunker built by the US Federal Reserve to keep the banks running after nuclear apocalypse. But even some Cold War-era politicians thought it was silly.


Neat Animation Shows What European Coins Looked Like Before The Euro

The German mark. Lithuanian litas. Estonian kroon. Irish pound. Slovenian tolar. Portuguese escudo. Greek drachma. Slovak koruna. Maltese lira. Finnish markka. Dutch guilder. Spanish peseta. Luxembourgish franc. Belgian franc. Italian lira. Cypriot pound. Austrian schilling. French franc. Latvian lats. All got replaced by the euro.


What Are These Bizarre Anti-Banking Ads Doing In New York's Subways?

Bizarre ads for TransferWise, a P2P money-transfer system, have cropped up overnight in NYC’s subways. I had many questions: who is this guy? Why his face? What is he selling me? Turns out the more you try to learn about TransferWise, the sketchier the whole thing becomes.


Withdrawing Cash With A Smartphone Could Beat The Card Skimmers

The U.S. loses more money to card fraud than the rest of the world combined — something that’s mostly down to the magnetic stripes that make their cards incredibly hackable. Although more secure technologies are coming, they will require time and money to adopt. But one kindly Canadian bank has a secure system that only needs a smartphone and a QR code.


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