Cash Cards: Tell Your Pc To Fill `Er Up

CAN YOUR COMPUTER DOUBLE as an automated teller machine (ATM)--giving you access to cash whenever you need it? Well, sort of. The first step is widespread acceptance of "smart cards" such as the ones announced on Apr. 17 by Visa International and MasterCard International Inc. These "stored value" cards can hold electronic "cash" that is transferred over a network from a holder's account. Smart-card holders can then use the cash cards to pay for items at participating vendors equipped with smart-card readers.

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