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Can You Guess The Most Bizarre Insurance Claim From Last Year?

The lesson from this year's list of the weirdest insurance claims? Don't, under any circumstances, lock a badger in a shed, or let a baby near your laptop. Read More >>

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Some Lucky People Can Already Use NFC Payments on the Tube

Looks like Transport for London is steaming ahead at full power with those NFC trials, as 5,000 contactless-payment-wielding customers are already participating in a pilot programme, with the full thing set to roll out later this year. Read More >>

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Would You Want to Know Your Death Date?

The government's considering a seemingly quite morbid plan to issue pensioners with an estimated date of death, as part of a shake-up of the pension scheme designed to encourage people to take better care of their finances in old age. Is that horrifying, or would you actually like to know when you're likely to die? Read More >>

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A Barclaycard Credit Card is Your "0% Balance Transfer for Over Two Years" Deal of the Day

Are you paying the rent on your credit card again because you spent all your wages on karaoke bars, 300 Primark tops, endless mid-priced wine and fried chicken? While that's completely admirable behaviour, if you're leaning on your cards, you might be interested in getting a new one. Read More >>

money
Intel is Haemorrhaging Money Over Mobile

The rise and rise of mobile computing is hitting Intel's bank balance hard. Fresh financial postings today reveal that the company's Mobile and Communications group, responsible for its Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular divisions, as well as its mobile processors, lost  a staggering $3.15 billion (£1,881,608,400) in 2013. Read More >>

money
The Infrastructural Mystery at the End of Michael Lewis's Flash Boys

What an awesome way to end a book: literally in the last paragraph, and this gives away no spoilers, Michael Lewis's excellent Flash Boys drops a weird infrastructural mystery, right when you were ready to turn out the light and go to sleep. But, right there, in the final six sentences, Lewis lights a fire. Read More >>

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Insane Clowns Ready Juggalo Bitcoins for Rubbish Rap Fans

Not content with already having their own festival, social network and wrestling league, the Juggalo group now also has its own payment system the JuggaloCoin, which it's hoping to roll out across all of its events, including the Gathering of the Juggalos and on the Insane Clown Posse website. Read More >>

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BlackBerry Boss Hints at Hardware Exit Unless the Money Starts Coming in

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has hinted that the company may exit the handset business unless there's a dramatic turnaround in the near future, saying: "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business." Read More >>

transport
Commuter Cashback Scheme May Encourage Londoners to Walk or Bike to Work

London's Mayor is open to considering a scheme that would enhance the part-time travelcard scheme with new incentives for commuters, including a plan that could hand out cash rebates on season tickets for days when travellers dare to cycle or walk instead. Read More >>

transport
London Underground Investing £330m in Mass Tube Station Jazz-Up

Transport for London has announced a plan to throw £330m at London's tube network, with the money set to be spent on refreshing around 70 stations over the next seven years. New floors, walls, efficient lighting and yet more CCTV cameras to catch you weeing in the tunnels will eventually hit the city's underground world. Read More >>

networks
EE, T-Mobile and Orange Award Themselves 2.7 Per Cent Contract Pay Rise

The mobile conglomerate responsible for running EE, Orange and T-Mobile in the UK is god-damn SICK of bravely protecting us from supplier price rises and inflationary pressures, and has finally, despairingly, decided it's time to pass a 2.7 per cent cost increase on to its users. Read More >>

money
Three Rules for Jobseekers Allowance Introduced to Deter Benefits Cheats

New measures are to be introduced by the government to make it more difficult for people to abuse the unemployment welfare system, with all those signing up to collect Jobseekers Allowance first requiring a good CV, working email address and registration with the official jobseekers website. Read More >>

energy
Nest: "Heat or Eat" Dilemmas Could Disappear Thanks to Learning Thermostat Savings

Launching in the UK today, Nest's Learning Thermostat aims to smartly save you money on your energy bills by adapting your heating schedules as it learns your preferences and habits. But with a £179 initial outlay (£249 including a recommended installation fee), will cash-strapped Brits take to the gadget the same way their US counterparts have? Read More >>

money
Why the Future of Bitcoin Depends on the Silk Road Trial

Over the weekend, Ross Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, filed a motion asking the court to dismiss all charges against the Silk Road kingpin. It's largely what you'd expect from a bullish defence attorney. But here's the twist: Dratel throws Bitcoin under the bus. Read More >>

money
Switching Fonts May Not Save the US Government Millions After All

We all love stories about teenagers schooling the government, but sometimes we get schooled, too. Last week, we wrote about 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani's research project that suggested the government would save $400 million (£240 million) by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. Turns out, it's a little more complicated than that. Read More >>

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Why California's Drought is Good News for Gold Prospectors

Having found a gold lining to the otherwise devastating drought on the west coast of the US, prospectors are flocking to the record-low rivers of the Sierra Nevada foothills. A mini gold rush has kicked off in previously inaccessible riverbeds, not far from the site of California's original gold rush. Read More >>

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