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Lead Story

Diversification versus specialization: Which is better?


Industry Update

NetBank bubble bursts over mortgage loans

Feds propose rules on Internet gambling

Merchants give Congress their take on interchange

Kinks at the QSR drive-thru

Is the PCI DSS pie in the sky? The NRF's Hogan wants to know

Ontario nixes 'use it or lose it' gift cards


The skinny on trade associations

U.K. banks push contactless tech, despite consumer demand for cash

Ron Delnevo
Bank Machine Ltd.


The assault on interchange widens

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group

Coping with the credit crunch

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Clich├ęs, monsters and a dog named Spot


Street SmartsSM:
Next stop: Tradeshows

Dee Karawadra
Impact PaySystem

Using e-mail effectively: Managing lists

Nancy Drexler
Marketing Moguls

Don't let security slide

Steve Schwimmer
Renaissance Merchant Services

PCI DSS implementation: A concise review

Robert Heinrich
Alpha Card Services Inc.

Dam spam with secure e-mail

Michael Petitti

The next ISO widow could be yours

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Company Profile

Comstar Interactive

New Products

PIN protection for online purchases

PIN Debit Service
ATM Direct

A payment plug-in quick as a hare

Skipjack Payment Plug-in
Skipjack Financial Services, Inc.


Optimism is an inside job





Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

October 22, 2007  •  Issue 07:10:02

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#h4 Shortstack

Foreign exchange specialist Travelex is making universal currency - literally. Money is getting a makeover for galactic tourists to carry on their trips to out of this world.

Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination (QUID) - disc-shaped, and adorned with all eight planets and the sun - is made with materials that are better suited for regions outside of our planet. Earth money's sharp edges can be dangerous to astronauts' environments, and magnetic stripes would get corrupted by cosmic radiation.

Made from plastic, QUID's versatility and durability will be able to withstand high temperatures and eliminate the use of potentially dangerous materials. And it comes with its own tubular Velcro wallet for easy storing in a gravity-free atmosphere.

#h4 Loopy laws

Next time you attend a conference in Las Vegas, be sure not to pawn any dentures. It's against the law in that city, no matter how desperate you may be to pay your gambling tab.

#h4 ISQ-Q test
Which of these statements is true?

1. Interchange comprises the coins found between cushions on sofas and love seats, car and truck seats, and lawn furniture modules, as well as between mattress and box spring sets.

2. On Oct. 3, 2007, two gorilla-masked thugs in Orlando, Fla., robbed and pistol-whipped a man at an ATM early in the day. Local police suspect them of other criminal activity in the area.

3. More than 99% of the retailers who accept Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide bankcards are classified as level 1 merchants by the card Associations.

Point here for the answer.

#h4 MLScapes

The boss called one of his employees into the office. "Rob, you've been with the company for a year now," he said. "You started off in the mail room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to District Manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to Vice President. Now, it's time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?"

"Thanks, Dad," the employee said.


#h4 Biz Bytes

  • Marketing is strategic; sales is tactical.
  • Marketing targets groups; sales targets individuals.

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