A great example of the power of data visualization, and a sobering reminder of how big a whole we have to dig our way out of — Smarter Planet Tumblr team

From the feature story: Unemployment, Inc.: Six reasons why America can’t create jobs.

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A great example of the power of data visualization, and a sobering reminder of how big a whole we have to dig our way out of — Smarter Planet Tumblr team

From the feature story: Unemployment, Inc.: Six reasons why America can’t create jobs.

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What Bitcoin (P2P Virtual Currency) Is, and Why It Matters: Can a booming “crypto-currency” really compete with conventional cash?
Bitcoin is underwritten not by a government, but by a clever cryptographic scheme.  For now, little can be bought with bitcoins, and the new currency is still a long way from competing with the dollar. But this explainer lays out what Bitcoin is, why it matters, and what needs to happen for it to succeed [Read more].

sneijers:

What Bitcoin (P2P Virtual Currency) Is, and Why It Matters: Can a booming “crypto-currency” really compete with conventional cash?

Bitcoin is underwritten not by a government, but by a clever cryptographic scheme. For now, little can be bought with bitcoins, and the new currency is still a long way from competing with the dollar. But this explainer lays out what Bitcoin is, why it matters, and what needs to happen for it to succeed [Read more].

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IBM Smarter Banking (via IBMFSS)

IBM Institute for Business Value’s Wendy Feller talks about Smarter Banking with Fritz Nelson from TechWeb TV: how financial services companies can deliver financial market stability and sustainable returns to the real economy with smarter banking that melds innovative trust, service and products with green computing for a better planet.

Bank ING have announced a free app for Android-based handsets, which helps users locate their nearest ATM.  The software takes advantage not only of the T-Mobile G1’s GPS functionality but also its digital compass, presenting directions to the closest cash-machine overlaid onto a real-time view of their surroundings. (via  ATM locater app uses Augmented Reality | Android Community)

Bank ING have announced a free app for Android-based handsets, which helps users locate their nearest ATM.  The software takes advantage not only of the T-Mobile G1’s GPS functionality but also its digital compass, presenting directions to the closest cash-machine overlaid onto a real-time view of their surroundings. (via ATM locater app uses Augmented Reality | Android Community)

By 2012, an estimated 150 million people worldwide will be using their mobile phones to access secure banking and payment services, according to Jupiter Research.

However, the same digitization [of money] that has helped create this challenge is now providing the means to solve it. Intelligence is being infused into the way the world works, including our financial systems. We’re all aware of advances like ATMs, credit cards and online banking. But the transformation happening underneath is far more profound. Unprecedented computing power and advanced analytics can turn oceans of ones and zeros into insights, in real time. Which means we could have a safer, more transparent and intelligent financial system for a smarter planet. (via IBM - Conversations for a Smarter Planet: 9 in a Series)

However, the same digitization [of money] that has helped create this challenge is now providing the means to solve it. Intelligence is being infused into the way the world works, including our financial systems. We’re all aware of advances like ATMs, credit cards and online banking. But the transformation happening underneath is far more profound. Unprecedented computing power and advanced analytics can turn oceans of ones and zeros into insights, in real time. Which means we could have a safer, more transparent and intelligent financial system for a smarter planet. (via IBM - Conversations for a Smarter Planet: 9 in a Series)