The Green Sheet Online Edition
February 25, 2008 • Issue 08:02:02
A medical-cannabis vending machine was installed at Herbal Nutrition Center in Los Angeles. The machine, bolted to the floor, takes a special prepaid card loaded with a patient's medical dosage and preferred strain of marijuana. ... BlingNation debuted Blinger, a personal automated teller machine that completes tasks such as money transfers, paying bills and money requests. ... Toktumi Inc. now offers a PC-based phone system that lets customers use a regular corded or cordless telephone with their computers. ... Xerox Corp. launched its most affordable color laser printer that produces up to 12 pages per minute. ... According to IDC, the growing number of small and mid-sized businesses using the Internet will encourage greater use of hosted and software-as-a-service solutions. ... Encompass, HP-Interex EMEA and ITUG consolidated to form the community of users of enterprise HP products and services. The companies will offer peer networking, as well as exchanging information about HP's technologies and solutions. ... First National Bank of Omaha unveiled a new branch design in an effort to enhance human interaction. Features include a virtual koi pond, iris scanning for safe deposit box access, an automated teller machine that scans checks and prints images, and a gourmet coffee bar. ... Singapore-based BuzzCity is now officially running a mobile social networking service called myGamma (www.mygamma.com) in the United States, after quietly launching a trial run in 2007. ... Lloyds TSB launched a multimillion-pound contactless payment trial to determine if it's feasible to maintain a completely cash-free environment at the London 2012 Olympics. The plan is to give spectators and participants one card that provides stadium access and handles transactions in and around the event. ... Borders Inc., partnered with Lulu, now offers self-publishing on its Web site. Customers are able to purchase editing and packing bundles ranging from $50 to $500.
#h4 ISQ-Q test
Which of the following statements is true?
1. The New York State Banking Department released a consumer alert advising that entering a PIN code in reverse at an automated teller machine will not notify police.
2. In 2007, a popular line of POS terminals was recalled because swiping magnetic stripe cards across several models in this line caused enough sparks to catch fire.
3. Hundreds of merchant level salespeople are working undercover to catch and report to the proper authorities merchants who are noncompliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
An applicant was filling out a job application. When he came to the question, "Have you ever been arrested?" he wrote, "No."
The next question, intended for people who had answered in the affirmative to the previous question, was "Why?"
The applicant answered it anyway: "Never got caught."
#h4 Biz bytes
An alpha is the measure of a residual risk.
A kappa is the ratio the dollar price range of an option will increase when implied volatility goes up 1%.
#h4 Loopy laws
It's Ar-kan-saw, folks. Saying the Natural State's name any other way while within its borders is against the law.
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