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How Much is Your Car Worth?

The end of the year signals a hurried rush to either buy a car, trade in your old one or settle with what you have.
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Bill Gates Predicts an Intelligent Internet

In an essay for The Economist's publication, "The World in 2001," Bill Gates predicts that "tomorrow's Internet will look a lot like today's - but it will be a whole lot smarter."Web pages are only a picture of the data you need, not the underlying data itself. Manipulating the underlying data is hard to do.
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Bridge21 to Offer WAN Access to QuickBooks

Bridge21, North America's largest trainer for Intuit's QuickBooks software, has announced a partnership with InsynQ to deliver Internet access to QuickBooks for Bridge21 members.The arrangement will allow for 140 Bridge21 members and their clients to use QuickBooks on a Wide Area Network provided by InsynQ, Inc. Participating Bridge21 members will be able to offer real-time assistance to their clients who use QuickBooks."It will allow the CPA to provide real-time financial reports and advice for the small business client," according to K.C. Truby, CEO of Bridge21.
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Wisconsin Prepares for Pilot 'Net Tax Collection

Anyone who has bought goods or services over the Internet, or is participating in e-Commerce themselves, knows how loud the tax man is knocking on the door of cyberspace to begin collecting tax. However, coming up with a viable method that can be collected, both intrastate and interstate, has been difficult at best.Wisconsin is one of four states that have agreed to participate in a pilot project to electronically charge tax.
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On-Line Crossword Puzzles? Take a Break & Test Yourself!

Next time you're working through lunch, or need a break from the day-to-day grind, check out an on-line crossword puzzle. The Chicago Sun Times has new puzzles on-line weekly. To test your crossword knowledge go to Chicago Sun Times Crossword.
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EBay Tackles Operating System Market

Online provider eBay already has captured the majority of the e-commerce business related to auctions, and now is going after a bigger piece of the pie.The company has come out with "eBay API," or Application Programming Interface. In layman's terms, APIs are hidden functions that make it easier for software developers to integrate their products with an operating system.
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Holiday Shopping Without the Crowds!

If you are looking for a way to avoid the crowds this holiday season, consider shopping online for your client, coworkers, or family. Whether you are looking for corporate gifts, electronic gadgets, clothing, the most sought after Top 100 books, candy, or wine, online shopping can make the holiday rush seem like someone else's problem.
Practice Management

Don't Miss This Trade Show Resource Site!

In today's competitive marketplace, you can't afford not to keep up on your client's needs and industries. By attending trade shows regularly, you can open the door to better practice development, marketing, and customer satisfaction, not to mention all the free giveaways and raffles.An Internet site called tsnn.com allows you to search around the US and the globe for trade shows by industry, date, or location. The site has information on lodging, flights and more. Check it out and see where your next marketing stop could be!
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The Top 100 Software Products for 2000

ZDNet has come out with their annual reviews and listings of software, the Top 100 Software Products for 2000.The list includes software covering all types of applications, including productivity, personal finance and graphics. Reviews of each product are included, along with pricing information.In addition, some titles are available for download.
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Vest Begins Personalized Portal

Is there room for one more portal? H.D. Vest thinks there is, and has come out with 'MyHDVEST.com' as a way to continuously market its products and services to its clients and potential customers.Using real-time applications, the portal is designed to provide information on investment planning, along with links to Vest services and other resources.The portal marks the second time this year that the Dallas-based company has banked on the power of the Internet; in January, it debuted the Web site and provided the ability to file tax returns via the Web.
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New Internet Suffixes Create Much-Needed Expansion

It took five years to do, but yesterday's announcement that there will be seven new Internet domain suffixes is welcome news.The problem was an overcrowded playing field.
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Internet Companies May be Circumventing Tax Rules

The IRS has been charged with the responsibility of determining the effect that an Internet presence has on the administration and compliance rules relating to the collection of income tax.As part of that effort, the upstate New York IRS district office conducted a research project that confirmed the concerns of the Treasury Department, that companies operating on the Internet may not be paying their full share of income tax.The study covered six distinct market segments, all identified through 18,000 Web sites delivering goods or services.
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Pentium 4 Chip Available Thanksgiving Week

The green men on the latest round of Intel commercials touting the strength of the Pentium 3 chip either will have to hire a fourth person or clone themselves.After months of anticipation, Pentium announced this week at COMDEX that their Pentium 4 chip would be ready on Monday, Nov. 20.
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Palm Strikes Gold in new Offerings

A technology-hungry world just can't escape the market domination enjoyed by Palm and their Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). An announcement made at COMDEX in Las Vegas confirms this fact, and more ...
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Is E-Commerce Profitable Commerce?

Is E-Commerce Profitable Commerce?Presenter: Robert Gold, MBA, CA, the most "Internet Savvy" CA in CanadaAre your clients considering moving some or all of their business to the Net? Do you have a new stable of online clients?Robert Gold's workshop provided participants with tips for separating the wheat from the e-commerce chaff.
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Ebank Exits 'Net; Returns to Brick & Mortar Roots

What seemed like a great idea just didn't work. ebank, an Internet-only bank that has operated online since June 1999, has significantly reduced its dependence in cyberspace in favor of the traditional, community bank scenario.As an online venture, ebank has lost more than $6 million. Initially operating as Commerce Bank in Atlanta, management flocked to the Internet in much the same fashion as online rivals Wingspan and NetBank.
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Bill Gates Spreads Optimistic PC View at COMDEX

The notion that we can continue operating by only conducting business over the Internet is "thin-brained," according to Bill Gates, who provided the huge crowd at this year's COMDEX show in Las Vegas with his thoughts about the future of the personal computer.Gates, the new Chief Software Architect for his company, believes that large screen desktop stand-alone computers will stick around as long as people continue using computers to perform tasks such as tax return preparation, spreadsheet analysis, forecasts, homework, laying out the family photo album, and more.
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Gateway Invents Plug 'n' Play Web Appliances

Gateway has partnered with America Online to produce a device called the Connected Touch Pad, a tabletop appliance that can surf the Internet using AOL. At a price of $599, the system comes with a 10-inch touch screen to enable users to access email and surf the Web. The typical AOL monthly fee is extra.Another new jointly-produced device is called the Connected Music Player, and is designed to play audio files stored on a PC into a stereo system or MP3 player.
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Hot Topic of Digitial Signatures Addressed by IBM

For the last several years, digital signatures and the encryption of data for sending private files over the Internet, have been hot topics for the CPA community.
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Shakeup at Speech Recognition Software Leader

Soon, the name of one of the most popular speech recognition software providers may be changed due to the resignation of the company's namesakes.An SEC investigation into financial statement irregularities related to licensing issues in Europe have forced Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie, co-chairs of Lernout & Hauspie, to resign their positions. They will be replaced by Roel Pieper, formerly the head of Tandem Computers Inc.

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