Among the many attempts to create a payments system for the Internet is one that almost meets the old definition of wampum.

This Internet currency, Beenz, can be collected on-line and spent at various merchant sites on the World Wide Web. In contrast to some other, less than successful versions of virtual currency, Beenz have no cash value and are closer to the concept of frequent-flier rewards -- though the kidney-bean logo conjures up notions of bean-counting.

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