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Does Your Firm Monitor Employees at Work?

In April 2001 the American Management Association published its annual survey on workplace monitoring and surveillance. The survey found that 78 percent of employers of large U.S. firms are recording and reviewing their employee’s electronic communications. This surveillance includes the storage and review of telephone conversations, voice mail and e-mail messages, and computer files.
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Create a Virus! Win Big Money!

It may seem like a strange offer, but GateKeeper, a privately owned company that has developed a process for automatically blocking e-mail viruses, is offering $10,000 to the first registered challenger who can create a virus that can successfully penetrate the new GateKeeper Virus Protection System.In an atmosphere of fear that is created by these perpetrators of nasty e-mail viruses, GateKeeper stands alone as a company that encourages - in fact dares - crafty programmers to create a virus that no one has yet dreamed of.GateKeeper developers take pride in their system and note that rec
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Best Online Brokerages

If you're contemplating trading securities online, or if you already do online trading but want to compare the service you're getting with the rest of the players, this survey will be of interest. Money Magazine sent seven brokers out into the Internet with pockets full of money and the assignment to buy stocks from 24 Web brokers.
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Find a Back-Up ISP - Protect Your Firm's Connection

Business-interruption insurance can protect you from fires, floods, and other disasters, but are you covered for the loss of your Internet connection? With ISP's shutting their doors around the country, you need to have a back-up plan in place in case your ISP pulls the plug.There are a few insurers that do provide coverage for temporary disruptions in service, but it appears there are no insurers that provide loss coverage when an ISP shuts the doors for good.
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WARNING - 'Homepage' Virus Spreading Rapidly

A new virus, dubbed the Homepage virus, is spreading rapidly worldwide.You can identify the virus by a subject line of "Hi!" and an accompanying message that reads, "You've [or "You"] got to see this page! It's really cool." Attached to the message is an HTML file with a .vbs extension.Opening the file activates the worm virus that replicates itself throughout your e-mail system, sending messages to addresses in your contact lists.
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Accenture Study Finds Keys to E-Commerce Success

A new study published by Accenture, "Was it an illusion? Putting more B in B2B," produces the somewhat surprising results that businesses hoping to succeed in an online, e-commerce environment, must put service first."The findings in our study were counter-intuitive to what we would believe to be the case in BwB which is that price matters first," said Stephen Dull, Accenture partner and author of the study.
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New Filing Alternatives for Form 941

The Internal Revenue Service has set a deadline of January 2003 to end both the magnetic tape and the electronic data interchange (EDI) methods of filing for Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return. In addition, the magnetic tape filing program for Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return will end at the same time.Instead, the IRS plans to institute an e-file process for both of these forms. Currently, U.S.
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Do You Suffer from Internet Password Overload?

If you spend much time on the Internet, you probably have a password for just about every web site you are a member of, passwords for AOL, passwords for HOTMAIL, passwords for personal online finance accounts and on and on. You get the drift!You may to use the same password from one site to the next, but character limit requirements and other rules sometimes prevent this from being possible or practical. Pasting sticky notes all over your screen isn't very practical either.
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PwC Forms Alliance with EzGov

In an effort to help make government services more accessible to Internet users, PricewaterhouseCoopers has formed an alliance with the technology firm EzGov.
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Microsoft Great Plains and SBA Team Up

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Microsoft Great Plains are co-sponsoring an online seminar on effective strategies for small companies to do business on the Internet and profit from the global expansion of e-commerce.Representatives from Compaq Computer Corporation, a leading manufacturer of hardware and software, also will be on hand to provide expert advice in this area.The free, 60-minute online conference "How to Put the Internet to Work in Your Business" has been labeled a "Webinar" (short for Web seminar) by its organizers.
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Notebook Computer Ignites - 284,000 Batteries Recalled

Dell Computer has announced it will recall approximately 284,000 batteries for its Inspiron 5000 and 5000(e) notebook computers after a design flaw that causes overheating was discovered.At least one notebook computer equipped with such a battery has reportedly caught fire.
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Dot-Biz is Open for Business

If it seems like all the good dot-com names have already been snapped up, here's your chance to get a fresh start. Dozens of accredited domain name registrars are now taking applications for dot-biz and dot-info domain names. Domain applications are not costly, but they also don't ensure that you will actually be able to reserve the name you want. Applications will be held until fall when they will be selected at random and the domain names assigned.
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Purchasing a New PC? Check Out These Tips

The Wall Street Journal has published a list of tips that will help in your next computer purchase. Pointing out that buying decisions may be complicated by the impending launch of the new Microsoft Windows XP operating system, which is due in the fall, the Journal has these tips to help with your choice:Memory: At least 128 megabytes of RAM is recommended. An upgrade to Windows XP will require even more (196 to 256 megabytes).Hard Disk: At least 20 gigabytes is recommended.
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Setting Up a New Company with Quickbooks

After the tax returns are prepared, there is often a period of record-keeping assessment, especially among small business owners, and many companies decide it's time to make a change in the bookkeeping method.
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Securing Your Company On the Web

Yahoo!, the Internet portal, has become a household name. This portal is a force in the electronic realm and one of the most popular Web sites on the Internet. But even a site of Yahoo’s magnitude wasn’t prepared for the assault that transpired late last year. One afternoon, Yahoo! was "off the air" for three hours. This major meta-directory’s official response to the incident pointed to a typical DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. But this wasn’t an isolated incident.
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Video Conferencing Can Improve Service & Collaboration

Over the past few years, interactive videoconferencing tools and video streaming via the Internet and Intranets have helped break down geographic barriers by facilitating interaction with individuals around the globe. Individuals and companies around the world are feeling an increased need to exchange information through engaging and interactive visual presentations.A timesaver and sometimes a lifesaver, videoconferencing and video streaming have addressed the growing need to overcome challenges imposed by time and geography.
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Value Added Services for the Accountant and the Client

The professional accounting industry continues to suffer and endure increasing volumes of low paid and low value added compliance work. In Australia, most recently the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax has added yet another burden on the business community and in turn the accounting profession.
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Senate Bill Provides Tax Credit to Businesses for IT Training

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that will provide business owners with tax credits to offset the cost of information technology training costs for employees.The bill would provide a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for the first $1,500 spent, per employee, on IT training.
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Test Your Internet Connection With This Handy Tool

If you are looking for a new service provider, or just want to know what your options are in your area, check out this tool from cnet.com.What The Test DoesYou will be asked to enter your area code and then your ISP.When you click "Go" during the test, a 100k file is downloaded from the CNET servers, which will calculate your bandwidth from the CNET Web Services site.

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