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Things worth reading: 24th February 2010

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The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free – Wired

A simple typo gave Michael Ivey the idea for his
company. One day in the fall of 2008, Ivey’s wife, using her pink RAZR
phone, sent him a note via Twitter. But instead of typing the letter
at the beginning of the tweet — which would have sent the note as a
direct message, a private note just for Ivey — she hit
p. It
could have been an embarrassing snafu, but instead it sparked a
That’s how you should pay people, Ivey publicly
replied. Ivey’s friends quickly jumped into the conversation,
enthusiastically endorsing the idea. Ivey, a computer programmer based
in Alabama, began wondering if he and his wife hadn’t hit on something:
What if people
could transfer money over Twitter for next to
nothing, simply by typing a username and a dollar amount?


Misra quits Chi-X EuropeFinancial

HSBC backs down on pay deal for chief Michael Geoghegan
The Telegraph
Bank of England chief Mervyn King says recovery is
The Independent
UK may intervene on bank debt, says Paul TuckerThe Telegraph
banks have $15bn Dubai exposure

Commerzbank warns on outlookBBC
Wall Street bankers' bonuses jump 25%The Times
Hedge funds do not pose systemic risk, concludes FSA
The Telegraph


Quote of the Day:

"Usually a lack of profits is not considered a good result, but
to the record loss the industry reported a year ago it represents a
significant improvement."

FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair
Banks at risk of going bust tops 700CNN

About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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