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Pro2Net Calls it Quits

After a six year run as a premier accounting industry Internet portal, Pro2Net (formerly AccountingNet) has decided to close its doors for good. The company was the first true Internet portal devoted exclusively to the accounting profession. Over the past year, they expanded in scope and in staff to address multiple professional business segments, and hired many industry insiders to stake out a dominant position in the professional marketplace.
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Internet Tip: How Current is that Web Site?

There are billions of pages available on the Internet today.
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Job Search Web Site Focuses on Big Five Alumni

Columbus, OH, – Workventures.com, an internet-based community for staffing professionals announces the launch of BigFiveTalent.com, a web-based staffing organization focused solely on Big 5 experienced professionals."Using BigFiveTalent.com, employers can quickly identify the most highly skilled professionals in Tax, Audit, Finance, Consulting, and Technology," according to Bikram Roy, co-founder and Partner of BigFiveTalent.com.
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Tip: Display Two Time Zones in Your Outlook Calendar

We all know how frustrating it can be scheduling meetings, conference calls etc. with clients, and business associates in different times zones. The ability to view two time zones at the same time is a must if you are conducting business in different times zones. To add another time zone to your Microsoft Outlook® calendar: On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Preferences tab.Click Calendar Options.Click Time Zone. Select the Show an additional time zone check box.
Tax

Tax Mama Highlighted in Inc. Magazine

A recent article in Inc. magazine analyzed seven top web sites where tax pointers can be found. Included in the seven was Eva Rosenberg's site, www.taxmama.com, and the article described the site as "A joyful and occasionally informative romp through the tax world." The site is geared primarily toward the consumer. Visitors can submit questions and read Q&A's in Tax Mama's e-mail newsletter. Ms.
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ACCPAC Unveils Multi-User SOHO Accounting Solution

ACCPAC International, Inc., a division of Computer Associates (NYSE: CA) interBiz group, has announced the availability of ACCPAC Simply Accounting Pro-the first multi-user version of Simply Accounting, a comprehensive business accounting solution for small offices and home offices (SOHOs).
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FiNetrics Ceases Operations

FiNetrics, a start-up ASP service designed to provide accounting applications to small businesses through their CPA firms, has ceased operations this week. FiNetrics was developed and funded by divine interVentures, a technology venture capital firm.
Technology

'Naked Wife' Computer Virus – Don’t be Tempted

A damaging computer virus has hit at least 30 organizations and one federal agency according to an article in CBS NEWS.com.This latest virus, called "Naked Wife," takes advantage of users baser instincts, according to one antivirus company official. The virus, which appears with the subject line, "FW: Naked Wife," deletes Windows and system files with .bmp, .com, .dll, .exe, and .ini extensions, and leaves the computer disabled.
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Is Microsoft Trading On Your Good Name?

Many Internet users who sign up for Microsoft's free e-mail service, Hotmail, are unwittingly placing their vital statistics in a White Pages database which makes the information available to other services on the Internet.When signing up for a Hotmail e-mail account, users have the option of unchecking a box and opting out of the White Pages service.
Technology

IRS Unveils Small Business Community Website

The following article is provided courtesy of CCH, Inc.At a February 26 press conference, IRS officials announced the launch of the Small Business and Self-Employed Community page on the IRS website. The Small Business page is the first segment of the IRS website to be revamped.IRS Commissioner Charles O.
Technology

Minimizing E-Mail Exposure in Your Firm

Did you know that a deleted e-mail message can be used in an audit, in courtroom litigation, or as evidence in harrassment issues? If you thought you could delete all evidence of unwanted messages, think again. Electronic evidence, especially e-mail, is playing an ever-expanding role in litigation, not just because e-mail has largely become the preferred method of communication in the workplace, but also because of its distinct qualities.
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Computer Security a Necessary Cost of the Future

Speaking to a group of CEOs and CFOs in Omaha last week, Mary Pat McCarthy, KPMG's vice chairwoman of information, communications, and entertainment business, warned the executives of the ongoing need to budget for computer security systems.Her message was that hacking is here to stay, and that the cost of not protecting your company's on-line presence can be astronomical. The "I love you" virus that circulated last year, for example, cost businesses throughout the world $10 billion in damage to computer systems.
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KPMG About to Unveil Internet Tax Portal

In an effort to help corporate clients assemble, analyze, and stockpile, tax information, KPMG has announced its intention to unveil Tax Portal, a service that initially will be aimed at Fortune 500 companies. The service will encompass both income and property tax.In addition to collecting tax data for clients, Tax Portal will provide services whereby companies can study scenarios for minimizing taxes.
Technology

New Study Shows Number of E-Filers Up 300%

A revealing study by Forrester Research shows that an estimated 6 million households will file tax returns online this spring. The number represents a 4 million or 300 percent increase over last year.The increase in online filers is attributed to the increase in readily available online tax filing services, the ease of tax software programs, and a growing comfort level toward electronic filing.
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Tip: Use AutoCorrect to Help Speed Up Your Typing!

If you would like to increase your words per minute, or are required to type long names, words like "Cognitor" that you have to stop and think about or repeat a certain word throughout your document, try the AutoCorrect Feature in Word.The AutoCorrect feature allows you to set up typing shortcuts, so you only need to type in part of the word or a special code such as xyz and Word fills in the rest. For example, if I need to type Employee Retention Survey (referencing a project throughout your document), you can just type ers; then press the SPACEBAR, presto, Word does the rest.
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On-Line Surveys Provide Important Client & Employee Info

AccountingWEB has located a Web site where firms can obtain on-line surveys to help gather information about the characteristics, behaviors, opinions, and knowledge of your client base or employees. Survey results can produce pertinent information regarding a specific problem, new products or new ideas.A web site called Web Surveyor can assist your technical team in creating an on-line survey to give to your clients, or an employee survey for internal use on your Intranet.
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Tips For Using the Web Wisely and Efficiently in Your Business

Promoting your product(s) or service(s) is just one of many ways you can benefit from using the Internet. To unlock the vast potential of the Internet, consider using it for:Customer research. Get the latest information on prospects before meeting with them. A general search of a client's name on the Web can lead you to press releases, news stories, and advertising material that may not be found in trade magazines or newspapers.
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FreeEdgar Will Cost $9.95 per Month

The free e-mail service, FreeEdgar that provides consumers with an e-mail notification of SEC filings of particular companies will begin charging a $9.95 per month fee for customers tracking over five companies. Customers can still look up information for free on the site, noted Senior Vice President Jay Sears.
A&A

SBA & Great Plains Software Offer Free Online Conference

The Small Business Administration will sponsor its first-ever Internet conferences for small businesses on February 20 and 22 hosted by Great Plains Software, Inc. The one-hour online conference, titled "Jump Start Your Business Success," is designed to teach techniques on how to grow successfully and to serve as a question-and-answer forum.
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Intuit Releases 'Site Frame' Web Sites for Small Businesses

Intuit recently released a new version of QuickBooks Site Solutions for small businesses. The new version includes the service "Site Frame," that enables small businesses to insert third-party developed applications directly into their QuickBooks Site Solutions Web sites with a plug and play interface. The new applications will assume the look and feel of the business' Web site. "Small businesses want robust Web sites that help them run their businesses more effectively," said Intuit's Small Business Division vice president and general manager Dan Nye.

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