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Just by downloading a picture of this Starbucks Charge Card to your phone, you can pop in to a Starbucks and get free coffee.

Jonathan’s Card is an experiment in social sharing of physical goods using digital currency on mobile phones. Based on the similarity to the “take a penny, leave a penny” trays at convenience stores in the US, Jonathan adopted a similar “get a coffee, give a coffee” terminology.

At the time of writing this, there’s $40 on the card balance that anyone can use to pop into a Starbucks and grab a drink.

Even if this is a viral marketing trick from Starbucks, it’s very interesting– and heck, it’s free coffee!

Balkan Beat Box

When we first heard Balkan Beat Box, the awful connotation of ‘world music’ received a makeover in our minds. The project by former Gogol Bordello member Tamir Muskat takes the rhythmic bounce of traditional music and brings it into the realm of modern production. JDub records, a non-profit label established to shed light on innovative Jewish music around the world, gives us a free listen into the Balkan Beat Box remix album entitled Nu Made. Also available for free play is The Sway Machinery, somewhat of a supergroup lead by guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat Box and members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Antibalas and Arcade Fire.

Turnleft's Free Urban Guides

We’ve written about plenty of travel guides, but this time we thought a) what’s one more? and b) it’s free! Whether you have a hankering for a happening lounge or a dose of architectural innovation in a distant land, Turnleft has got you covered. While their sphere of tourist influence currently only encompasses Paris, Helsinki, Amsterdam, and Berlin, the around-the-world adventure advice guides will be expanding their reach from the Americas to Scandinavia shortly. Pretty soon you’ll be able to find a tasty concept restaurant in Reykjavik or a dope design spot in Denmark. Did we mention it’s free?

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