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Numbers, Part Ten: eBay and PayPal

It’s been a while since I logged a numbers blog, the last one was in November, but it takes a while to find one that’s worthy.  So I was gratified today to find one – eBay.  Now, what has eBay got to do with financial technology, you may ask?  Well, …

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Phishing the Phishers

Interesting podcast from the British Computer Society today discussing a Moroccan phishing kit called "Mister Brain" that you can download and use for free.  It allows you to create a nice little phishing site of your very own.  They even provide templates for spam e-mail including brands such as Bank …

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Phishing the Phishers

Interesting podcast from the British Computer Society today discussing a Moroccan phishing kit called "Mister Brain" that you can download and use for free.  It allows you to create a nice little phishing site of your very own.  They even provide templates for spam e-mail including brands such as Bank …

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Want to see an alternative future for money?

I’ve spoken about community currencies regularly, but some folks find them hard to visualise. Well, there’s one project alive and kicking in the Devon town of Totnes, as described in the Observer and many other articles.   This BBC coverage of the Devonian Totnes pound shows the concept best though, and …

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Want to see an alternative future for money?

I’ve spoken about community currencies regularly, but some folks find them hard to visualise. Well, there’s one project alive and kicking in the Devon town of Totnes, as described in the Observer and many other articles.   This BBC coverage of the Devonian Totnes pound shows the concept best though, and …

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The end of the EU, euro, SEPA and MiFID is nigh?

There’s been a recent storm of controversy over the ECB’s decision to accept mortgage backed bonds from Spain.  In effect, Spain has had a disastrous subprime mortgage collapse and has been bailed out by the ECB.        This Investment Markets note of last week explains the process well, saying …

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The end of the EU, euro, SEPA and MiFID is nigh?

There’s been a recent storm of controversy over the ECB’s decision to accept mortgage backed bonds from Spain.  In effect, Spain has had a disastrous subprime mortgage collapse and has been bailed out by the ECB.        This Investment Markets note of last week explains the process well, saying …

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SIA to compete with SWIFT

A mate pointed this out from International Banking Systems Journal, December/January issue:  "Italian payment network provider, SIA-SSB, is seeking to move firmly into SWIFT’s domain, with plans to extend its SIAnet broadband network. It is taking its current infrastructure, which provides connectivity between banks and corporates in Italy, as well …

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SIA to compete with SWIFT

A mate pointed this out from International Banking Systems Journal, December/January issue:  "Italian payment network provider, SIA-SSB, is seeking to move firmly into SWIFT’s domain, with plans to extend its SIAnet broadband network. It is taking its current infrastructure, which provides connectivity between banks and corporates in Italy, as well …

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A beginner’s guide to robbery in the 21st century

I know I shouldn’t post this, as some folks might take note for illicit purposes, but what I’m writing is nothing new.  It’s already well-known by the criminal fraternity, so I might as well share it with you.  It’s also well known in the risk and security community, but they …

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A beginner’s guide to robbery in the 21st century

I know I shouldn’t post this, as some folks might take note for illicit purposes, but what I’m writing is nothing new.  It’s already well-known by the criminal fraternity, so I might as well share it with you.  It’s also well known in the risk and security community, but they …

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A beginner’s guide to robbery in the 21st century

I know I shouldn’t post this, as some folks might take note for illicit purposes, but what I’m writing is nothing new.  It’s already well-known by the criminal fraternity, so I might as well share it with you.  It’s also well known in the risk and security community, but they …

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Chris Skinner’s Book on Banking Provokes

Chris Skinner, who has established a global reputation as a banking provocateur, is in good form with his new book, “The Future of Banking in a Globalised World.” (John Wiley & Sons, 196 pages, £34.99) In it, he points out many of the more obvious problems in retail banking – …

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