In what can only be described as a sign of the times, this story describes how people will do real work for virtual pay. Naturally the virtual pay has value in virtual worlds (i.e. World of Warcraft or Second Life) and related gaming sites (Farmville or Mafia Wars), but typically virtual currency is earned by activities that happen in-world. However, as with most things these days, the line between real and virtual is steadily blurring. The article describes CrowdFlower, a web site that works as the exchange pairing willing workers with real jobs that pay in virtual currency. As weird as this may sound, it is undoubtedly a marker of things to come.
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(submitted by Tom)