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Lead Story

Economic hang-ups: Will payments wilt?

News

Industry Update

Visa shoots for largest U.S. IPO ever

Vermont interchange bill a cry for help

Interchange act coming back stronger

TSYS joins the mobile fray

Data Treasury: Billions in the balance

Features

AgenTalkSM:
Jim McMahon

ATMs and a changing biz model

Travis K. Kircher
ATMmarketplace.com

Optio Solutions LLC. - Kinder, gentler collections

ISOMetrics:
Recessing, depressing economy

Views

Card stripes, prison stripes - security required

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Biting the ISO that feeds it

Dee Karawadra
Impact PaySystem

Shower candidates, grow your ISO

Curt Hensley
CSH Consulting Inc.

Secret's out: How to snag merchants

Maxwell Sinovoi
United Bank Card Inc.

PIN-ing profits

Scott Henry
VeriFone

Annihilate attrition

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Setting the stage for stupendous sales

Daniel Wadleigh
Marketing Consultant

Company Profile

Cutter LLC

New Products

Brand protection the Teleblock way

Teleblock Do-Not-Call Blocking System
Call Compliance Inc.

Software for streamlined processing

NitroSell
Company: NitroSell

Inspiration

Here comes the sun - and the dust pan

Miscellaneous

POScript

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 10, 2008  •  Issue 08:03:01

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POScript

#h4 Shortstack

A short blast of liquid nitrogen, at minus-196 degrees Celsius, can preserve the encryption keys and other data stored on computers' memory chips, according to Edward W. Felten, a Researcher at Princeton University. ... Catbird Networks Inc., a provider of security solutions for physical networks, created a solution designed specifically to secure virtual machines by detecting management errors and hostile threats. ... According to PBN Co.'s IPO Pioneers 3 report, Russian companies raised $29.4 billion in initial public offerings in 2007, more than any other European country. ... Celent LLC's Retirement Income and Distribution Planning report noted that some of the eldest estimated 73 million baby boomers (Americans born between 1946 and 1964) will retire and qualify for Social Security in 2008. ... Yahoo Inc. introduced Yahoo! Buzz, a Web site that provides prominent news stories by consumer vote ratings. Winning stories are then considered for placement on Yahoo's main Web site. ... Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc., and his wife, Louise Riggio, are supplying Project Home Again with $20 million from their family foundation to build homes for low-income families who lost theirs during Hurricane Katrina. ... A newly designed $5 bill will enter circulation March 13, 2008. ... EBay Inc. is implementing a new policy that holds payments sent through PayPal for up to 21 days for certain "high-risk" transactions. ... SFS Aman, a Baghdad-based financial services company, now offers prepaid MasterCard Worldwide cards in Iraq, a cash-dominated society. ... The American Teleservices Association reported that U.S. consumers purchased $900 billion worth of goods and services through telemarketers in 2006. ... The International Association of Dental and Medical Disciplines, a group of medical doctors and dentists advocating their own version of universal health care, now provide online services primarily to their current patients. Aetna Inc. and CIGNA just agreed to reimburse them for these virtual visits; more insurance companies are expected to sign on.

#h4 ISQ-Q test

Which of the following statements is true?

1. It is statistically proven that five in 100 people using the same bank have the identical PIN numbers.

2. Mystery shopper scams in Canada stick unknowing consumers with bounced check fees once the consumer attempts a wire transfer using the fraudster's funds.

3. There are no financial consequences for ISOs whose merchant clients do not comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Point here for the answer.

#h4 Biz bytes

A man is walking with his friend, who happens to be a psychologist. The man says to his friend, "I'm a walking economy."

The friend asks, "How so?"

"My hair line is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation and both of these together are putting me into a deep depression."

Source: ahajokes.com

#h4 MLScapes

Legislative actions and developments are executed by government entities such as the United States Congress or a local city council.

Regulatory actions and developments are executed at nongovernment levels of authority, including industry-specific councils or boards.

#h4 Loopy laws

Hey, watch where you're going, egghead. In New York City, it's against the law to walk down the street while reading.

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