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U.S. Bank tries biodegradable plastic cards; also: Mission accomplished for a St. Paul software firm, and Target hit with $3.1M penalty over $100 bill error

Another reason to clean out your wallet from time to time: U.S.

Another reason to clean out your wallet from time to time: U.S. Bank is trying a new compostable plastic card that biodegrades “wherever microorganisms are present.” The cards, made by CPI Card Group, are being offered to the bank’s Voyager commercial fleet card customers. Throw them in your compost bin and they should be gone within five years.

Mission Accomplished! St. Paul software company Codeweavers offered to give away one of its programs if G.W. Bush accomplished anything in the final months of his presidency. One of its markers was the price of gas falling below $2.79. And we’re there. (Thanks to the financial crisis, not our leadership, it should be noted.) Anyone visiting the company’s website today gets a free download of a utility program that allows Mac and Linux users run Windows programs.

Target has been told to pay $3.1 million to a South Carolina woman after an employee wrongly accused her of using a counterfeit $100 bill, the Greenville News reports. The employee emailed the woman’s photo and information to dozens of retailers and law enforcement agencies telling them to be on the lookout. The bill was legitimate, however, and the customer filed a defamation suit accusing Target of libel and negligence. A federal jury agreed.

A lot of Americans, it turns out, are perfectly OK with their analog TV sets and old-fashioned DVDs, thank you. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that consumers aren’t making the switch to digital televisions and Blu -ray disc players as retailers hoped they would. Target and Best Buy are among the stores that have slashed prices for entry-level Blu-ray players below $230.

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