Looks like PayPal's not the only intergalactic monetary force to be reckoned with out there.
Amazon is still on track to become the world's number one online shopping destination in the next decade, and now the company is looking to solidify that trend by introducing its own form of currency.
Hackers recently targeted Bitcoinica, an exchange service for the peer to peer virtual currency Bitcoins, and stole more than $87,000 worth of Bitcoins. The company said in a blog post that all money will be repaid, but it does bring back up the security issues involved with Bitcoins.
Please, let this be true. For years, consumers have been annoyed at Microsoft's insistence on using "Microsoft Points" in place of actual dollars to buy their digital wares. A little rumor says Microsoft might finally change its habits by the end of this year.
How crazy is this? The South Pacific island state of Niue is actually going to issue coins emblazoned with Star Wars characters on one side and Queen Elizabeth II on the other. Who on earth is going to ever use these coins to buy a Coke?