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List of articles in the headlines today by prophecy topic…(I will continue to update it with additional articles throughout the day.)

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Very interesting, and good points.  With 600 million users and our propensity toward using what is easiest, this could be a vehicle or at least help forge the way for a universal currency.

I like the line about “to the bunkers!”

Good Article…

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Gold Bugs Take Note: Facebook Credits Now “Universal Currency”

Jan. 24 2011 – 3:48 pm | 807 views | 1 recommendation | 5 comments
By DAN BIGMAN
Image representing Mark Zuckerberg as depicted...
Credits are coming: Bernanke take note. Image via CrunchBase

Is Facebook about to put a toll booth on the social media superhighway?  As we discussed in a profile of Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year, Facebook’s Next Big Thing is Credits, which started its rollout today. An online payment system not unlike PayPal, the company says the plain-sounding-but-ominous-in-a-sci-fi-way Credits will streamline commerce on Facebook (games first), and, with Zuckerberg and Co. taking a 30% cut of every transaction, perhaps fatten the bottom line one day.

Forex traders and global conspiracy theorists take note: with close to 600 million people using the system, we could be watching a Dollar rival spring to life. To the bunkers!

Facebook is announcing the next phase in its roll-out of its virtual currency Facebook Credits, which is leaving beta testing today. That means all Facebook game developers will be able to start using Credits as their payment system for virtual goods — in fact, Facebook is requiring them to make the switch by July.

The company planned to make the announcement at noon Pacific today, but it’s releasing the news a little early after TechCrunch got the scoop from an unidentified source and predicted that decision would “ruffle some feathers”. That’s probably true, though the transition is already well underway. In the past year, Facebook held occasionally tense negotiations with the biggest social game developers like Zynga to bring them on-board with the program.

Facebook confirms plans to make Credits the mandatory “universal currency” | VentureBeat.

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List of articles in the headlines today by prophecy topic…(I will continue to update it with additional articles throughout the day.)

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Most of us think of the Amazon river and think of lush tropical river basin.

But have you seen pictures recently?

Check out what it looks like today.

Prophecy coming true?

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“Alarming” Amazon Drought—River Hits New Low

A waterway in the Amazon Basin affected by drought

River’s End

Photograph by Rodrigo Baleia, LatinContent/Getty Images

This gallery is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues.

Hard-hit by a months-long drought, a waterway within the Amazon Basin trickles to a halt in Manaus, Brazil (see map), on November 19.

The Negro River, a major tributary of the Amazon River, dropped to a depth of about 46 feet (14 meters)—the lowest point since record-keeping began in 1902.

(Related: “Amazon Losing ‘Flying Rivers,’ Ability to Curb Warming.”)

About 60,000 people in the Amazon have gone hungry as falling river levels paralyzed transport and fishing. Millions of dead fish have also contaminated rivers, leading to a shortage of clean drinking water, the Reuters news agency reported. (How much do you know about drinking water? Test your knowledge with a quiz.)

Caused by El Niño—a cyclical warming of tropical waters in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean—such a severe drought usually occurs once in a century. But the 2010 disaster comes just five years after the latest Amazon “megadrought,” according to Reuters.

The drought also fits within predictions of climatic extremes this century due to global warming, Reuters reported. (Explore an interactive map of global warming’s effects.)

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