MintChip: 2012’s Bitcoin?

Canada’s Royal Mint is launching a digital currency called MintChip. Its suppose to allow small or large, anonymous transactions. Sounds familiar, no? The transaction has to take place between two specifically equipped hardware devices (potentially a microSD card) but that has not been fully worked out yet. What has been worked out is a contest! Developers can access the MintChip code to use in apps and the winner will get one 10-ounce wafer of pure gold.

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Square scores Google Wallet co-founder

The exodus continue from Google Wallet with Square adding Rob von Behren to an unnamed position. With the recent moves from other key Google Wallet leaders, Jonathan Wall and Marc Freed-Finnegan, one has to wonder what is going on at Google to make key people leave.

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Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – Van Session 17

Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers record covers while they travel between shows. This is an awesome version of Hall and Oates – I Can’t Go For That with a rocking kazoo solo.

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Beautiful US wind map

The wind map project by Google’s Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg is interesting both for its aesthetic presentation and the data it displays. Sometimes when you go looking for something, you find it and much more. This was one of those times.

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On the brink: life in a connected world

GigaOm points to a new concept video by Ericsson that looks at the various ways the “everything is connected” digital ecosystem will change and shape life and work.

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iPhone & Android OS update infographic

The Understatement blog compiles a nice infographic of the update history for iPhone and Android OS, highlighting the fragmented ecosystem of Android phones in the wild.

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Four horses of the Internet infographic

Fast company looks at the business operations of the Internet’s big four companies; Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. who packs the most disruption? You decide.

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Steve Jobs
1955 – 2011

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Broadcom 40NM NFC CMOS chip: for payments and beyond

Broadcom is gearing up for the P&T/Expo Comm in China this week with the announcement of its new 40NM NFC chip. Broadcom will be demoing the new chip set at the conference and has high hopes that it will provide a solid product to capture the rapidly growing demand for mobile communications options.

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Facebook f8 and NFC

GigaOm is reporting that NFC integration will be announced at F8 today. Watching now… False Alarm.

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