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Liverpool’s Own Digital Currency Keeps Banks Out of the Loop

Local currency expert Colu is trying to kick the banks out of small communities and businesses across the country, with its app-only digital currency popping up all over the place -- and in the form of the hyperlocal Local Pound Liverpool. Read More >>

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Amid Chaos, We’re About to Get a Whole New Kind of Bitcoin

Less than a week ago, headlines declared that a market-shaking fork in Bitcoin had been averted. But the people backing a new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Cash have now announced that the expected compromise between warring factions is dead. Next week, the huge Bitcoin fork will begin and here’s what it’s all about. Read More >>

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That £100 Note in Your Pocket May be Worth £300

A super-rare bank note from the Napoleonic era has been discovered in the UK, with the £100 note expected to fetch up to £300 at auction. Which is a bit rubbish, actually, as when it was produced in 1814 it would've been worth the equivalent of around £3,500 in today's money. Read More >>

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Penny Dreadful: How George Osborne Wanted To Get Rid Of The One Pence Piece

Can you imagine living without the one and two pence piece? Sure you can, because they're a massive pain in the arse and we'd all be better if they just went away. Well, former Chancellor George Osborne had a plan to withdraw the two coins entirely, but it was nixed at the last minute by David Cameron who feared the symbolism of the Tories getting rid of the coins. Read More >>

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Happy Birthday, Anonymous Automated Cash Dispensers

Today is apparently the 50th anniversary of the first cash machine being installed in the UK, an innovation which ended the social stigma of having to have a human tell you you can't have any money, haven't got any money and no, that cheque hasn't cleared yet either, and holy shit loads of direct debits are about to come out too. Read More >>

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You Might Not Inherit Anything, Either

Grandparents sitting on embarrassingly huge piles of equity thanks to buying houses for £50 in the 1950s are feeling a little guilty about their fortunate timing life win, with many thinking about leaving large chunks of their inheritances to their grandchildren rather than their almost as fortunate children. Read More >>

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We’re Getting Some Coloured-in Coins

An updated set of  Beatrix Potter 50p pieces is launching in the UK later this year, and in a bonkers first for our historic coinage some of them are being coloured in. It's enough to make you embrace the euro. Read More >>

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The Ancient Cheque Will Soon Clear in One Day

The cheque -- a bit of paper upon which you write a promise to have your bank send someone money and, somehow, it happens after about a week -- is about to be updated for the modern need-everything-now generation, with the funds soon to start clearing and appearing in the recipient's bank account within one day. Read More >>

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UK Police Blew £20m on Paying Supergrasses

Over the last five years the various police forces of the UK have spent nearly £20m on payouts to members of their networks of informants, with the average criminal pocketing under £100 a pop for grassing up a mate and greasing the wheels of justice. Read More >>

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Thieves Detonate Wrong Cash Machine and Steal Bank Statements

A group of German thieves thought they'd hit a winner when they detonated a local ATM, only to end up quite dismayed that they'd wasted their improvised explosive device on blowing up nothing more than a statement printer. Read More >>

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Marissa Mayer Will Dry Her Tears With £37m if She Gets Fired From Yahoo

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may be the captain of Silicon Valley’s version of the Titanic, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to drown with her angry shareholders and discarded Yahoo verticals. Instead, she’ll be rolling around in nearly $55 million (£37.4m) worth of cash, stock options, and other assorted benefits. Read More >>

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Five Number Lottery Winners Bag Life-Unchanging £15

Imagine getting five numbers on the lottery. You might not start planning your Kensington super basement, but still, you'd think there might at least be a cheque big enough to buy a new phone off-contract, a few pairs of trainers, and maybe treat the girlfriend to a meal including both a starter and pudding. Read More >>

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Card-Free ATMs on the Way Because Drug Dealers Don’t Take Apple Pay Yet

Virtually every retailer takes card payments these days. More and more even accept services like Apple Pay. But when you really need cash to buy certain things, card-free ATMs could be there to help. Read More >>

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London Cops Told Not to Accept Drinks from Journalists

New guidelines for London's police have been revealed, ones designed to take into account some of the the recommendations of Lord Justice Leveson's report regarding police and media relations and that require cops to inform their bosses if they're friends with a journalist. Read More >>

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Lycamobile Accused of Dumping Rucksacks Full of Cash at Post Offices

A report into the workings of SIM-only mobile phone network Lycamobile makes the business' practises sound quite odd, with Buzzfeed claiming it employs "bagmen" whose sole job is to deposit rucksacks full of cash into Post Office accounts. Read More >>