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Lead Story

Agents of change


Industry Update

Private label, public dilemma

Fed insures open loop cards

Reading Black Friday tea leaves

PCI help on the way

Boost online loyalty with new tales


From restaurants to revenue streams

The archetype in the mirror

The archetype in the mirror

The archetype in the mirror

The archetype in the mirror

The spend of Holidays past


Consumers' new mantra: Shop smart

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group

Embracing PA DSS compliance

Dave Faoro

Gear up now for PCI PED compliance

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

The case for collecting fees

Ken Musante
Humboldt Merchant Services

The case for collecting fees

Ken Musante
Humboldt Merchant Services


Street SmartsSM:
E-commerce essentials

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services

Shifting focus for 2009

Christian Murray
Global eTelecom Inc.

Recruiting top college grads

Curt Hensley
CSH Consulting

A little analysis, significant rewards

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Looking beyond PCI

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Preparing risk departments for the holidays

Deana Sellens
Take Charge Business Consulting LLC

10 ways to prevent credit card loss

Gino Kauzlarich

Company Profile

On-line Strategies Inc.

New Products

Lift that tradeshow burden

Jelco Inc.

POS in a box

HP rp3000 POS bundle
Hewlett-Packard Co. LP


Ditch the holiday roller coaster





Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 08, 2008  •  Issue 08:12:01

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#h4 Shortstack

Researchers in Madrid, Spain, designed subtitled glasses for hearing-impaired movie patrons. A mini-display hangs over the right lens and picks up text transmitted wirelessly as the action on screen unfolds. ... Archaeologists discovered the ruins of a 6,500-year-old farming settlement in central Greece. Uncovered were remains of wooden homes, pottery vases, ovens, stone tools and unbaked clay bricks. ... A Beatrix Potter watercolor depicting an unnamed rabbit sold at a London auction for £15,600. ... The world's record for the tallest mohawk was broken in Omaha, Neb.; the 27-inch do took about three hours to create with hairspray and blow dryers. ... Spammers can reportedly profit by getting just one response for every 12.5 million e-mails sent. ... Freedom-2 ink, made of biodegradable, plastic-coated dyes, makes it possible to remove tattoos in only one treatment - good news, given that a reported one in five tattoo recipients regret having gotten them. ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 20 percent of high school students smoked cigarettes in 2007. ... U.K. scientists stumbled upon a method for capturing fingerprints from surfaces that fingerprints could not be lifted from previously. ... A jury ordered drug maker F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. to pay nearly $13 million to three patients who claim the acne drug Accutane caused them to develop a chronic bowel disorder. ... A fresh lava flow was recently spotted on satellite images of the Erta Ale Range of Ethiopia's Afar region. ... The 35th anniversary edition of the 1972 classic book Free to Be You and Me by Marlo Thomas and friends was released with new art and a bound-in CD. ... The starburst galaxy NGC 1569 is stuck in the middle of a crowded galactic cluster nearly 11 billion light-years away from Earth. ... A cell phone in the pocket of a Louisiana man reportedly stopped a stray bullet from piercing his chest. It helped that the bullet came at an angle rather than head-on. ... The Espresso (meaning fast, not coffee) Book Machine can produce a 300-page paperback on demand, complete with color cover, in 3 minutes. ... Mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are suspending foreclosures for about 16,000 households during the 2008 holiday season.

#h4 ISO-Q test

1. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council recently disbanded, declaring its mission to secure cardholder data as it flows through every step on the payment chain has been accomplished.

2. TowerGroup expects total gift card sales for the 2008 holiday season to drop nearly 9 percent.

3. The five largest acquirers will phase out relationships with their ISOs over the next three years because they have found a way to completely automate the merchant acquiring and retention processes.

Point here for the answer.

#h4 MLScapes

Here's what they're saying on GS Online's MLS Forum:

I think the current economic conditions have created unparalleled opportunities for funding - cash advance and otherwise.


It is the time to reflect, to be appreciative and to harvest gratitude this Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what we have, acknowledge the favors and give thanks for the big and small things in our lives.


Remember one thing. A contract is only as good as the people on both sides of the contract.

- Approved

#h4 Loopy laws

In Harper Woods, Mich., it is illegal to paint a sparrow and claim it's a parakeet.

#h4 Biz bytes

According to Three Types LLC, there are three types of investors:

Savers spend the majority of their lives slowly growing their "nest eggs" to ensure a comfortable retirement.

Speculators forgo the relatively low returns of a slow-growing, diversified portfolio in an effort to achieve higher returns on targeted investments.

Specialists pick a single investing area and become expert in that area.

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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