Another solution for making money on the Web comes from AT&T, which unveiled the PrePaid Web Cents Service. Disney Online and Speedway SuperAmerica are among the consumer companies using these prepaid cards to pay for Web services such as games. For example, cards for $14.95 or $24.95 can buy two- or six-month subscriptions to Shockwave.com Gameblast. Similar to prepaid phone cards, Web Cents cards are activated at the point of sale. When consumers go to participating websites, they enter the card's serial number and a personal ID number that's printed on the card, and fees are deducted from that card. The technique is designed for small purchases and for consumers who don't want to use credit cards on the Net.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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