What gives paper money its actual value?

Money is just tinted paper printed with different numbers on it. So what gives the ol' greenbacks its value? The bills used to be tied to the gold standard but now, it's up to The Fed to control how many bills there are. So why can't they just decide to print out ridiculous amounts of bill to make everyone rich? » 6/24/14 1:42am 6/24/14 1:42am

The Intricate Makeshift Money Germans Relied On Between World Wars

State-issued currency is the scaffolding upon which capitalism was built, but it's always been prone to mayhem. For instance in 1920s Germany, extreme inflation forced German businesses to actually print millions of their own customized paper bills. Now largely forgotten, this notgeld, or "emergency money," was once… » 9/24/13 10:40am 9/24/13 10:40am

Your Carrier's Going to Send You Alerts if You're About to Go Over Your…

You're about to have one less excuse for ringing up a preposterous cell phone bill. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to a voluntary industry standard to send alerts to customers who are about to go over their voice, text, or data plans, or who enter international roaming zones. » 10/17/11 9:22am 10/17/11 9:22am