In Brief: Jan. 15, 2001

FAST FOOD Lingering over dessert is fun; languishing while you wait for your change is not. Now Wirca Inc. of Overland Park, Kans., has a solution. When the check comes, you dial up Wirca, punch in the amount you owe and leave. Its wireless cash network knows where you are and settles the bill between the restaurant's bank and yours. Now being tested in Kansas City, the service will roll out nationwide in April.

SCOUT MASTER That stack of business cards waiting to be entered into your address book is not getting any smaller--and you're not getting any younger. Scout, a...

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