Titan Transnational and Haas-Bioroid Announce Strategic Relationship
In an effort to aid citizens of New Angeles, Titan Transnational has announced a set of sweeping measures in the wake of the 23 Seconds incident.
The most immediate of these measures, an expansion to Titan's Affordable Loan Solution Program, is aimed to help Low- and Moderate-Income homebuyers. The intent is to providing a path to rebuilding credit to those displaced by the recent market crash.
In anticipation of these new homebuyers, Titan CEO Anson Rose announced a commercial partnership with the Oaktown branch of Haas-Bioroid. The newest Fenja-brand bioroids will be deployed en masse to aid in the reconstruction effort, at no cost to the city of New Angeles. These aren't the only bioroids being deployed, however, according to embedded sources. Jotun-brand bioroids have been seen patrolling the streets alongside Argus Security personnel. Haas-Bioroid has declined to comment directly on the matter.
This announcement was accompanied by Titan's third-quarter report, which didn’t immediately reveal earnings or revenue. Instead, it linked to another press release detailing better-than-expected gains...
"Friday, stop the stream."
The digital assistant stopped the financial news stream. Without it, you could hear the sound of the ocean from the open windows. Sunlight filtered into the luxury apartment through hanging silks that waved in the ocean breeze.
"Better than expected?" muttered Laramy Fisk, taking a sip of his mimosa. "Friday, how much is left in the Khantract stipend?"
The AI responded cheerily, still equipped with the Miranda Rhapsody voicepack he'd made when they were dating. It'd been six months, and he hadn't the heart to change it.
"There are still 8000 credits available on the contract from Titan Transnational. The stipulations state that credits will only be dispensed in exchange for sharing server vulnerabilities on Titan Transnational's headquarters."
"Right, right." It was written like a security penetration contract, but had conditions to allow free reign if he could get into their servers. Khan assured him that it was completely legal, but it still cost a pretty penny to have his lawyers draft it. In his opinion, it'd more than paid for itself. "Sounds like I need to pay them a visit."
Putting the glass down, he made his way to the closet. Filled with only the finest smartfabric suits money could buy, there was one for every corporation he'd ever visited. He was popular among middle-managers with more money than sense, the short-sighted folks that let greed get the better of them. The collection of BMI compatible outfits was a personal mark of pride for him.
"Friday, make an appointment for another seminar with Titan Transnational." He picked a dark green suit. The designer claimed that it was the same cut used by Jack Weyland during his press releases, back when he still ran the Consortium. It worked like a charm among the dour faces at Titan. "I should still be on the books from last time."
"Understood. Will that be all?"
"Verify the integrity of that bioroid data from last night." Andromeda's soiree had been enlightening. Who'd have thought there'd be a hacking bioroid? Just more proof that job security was a dying ideal, even in the underworld. "Once it's clear, install it on my rig."
"Understood. Will that be all?"
"Yes." He looked at himself in the mirror. The suit fit perfectly, complementing his profile. He flared the collar of his shirt, casually pitching adages for the investment seminar.
"The secret to investment is networking."
The mesh network woven into the cloth linked up with his glasses, providing him all the access he needed to his hacking rig.
"Timing is everything."
It really was. He'd done the legwork, pressured their remote holdings, and made himself rich in the process. All that was left was to break in, sift through the garbage and find the truth of Titan's dealings.
"When in doubt, run and find out."
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