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Opera Goes Head-to-Head in Browser Monopolies

Ever heard of Opera? No, it's not the latest version of Wagner's Ring Cycle or a Mozart romance ...
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Business Model Key to E-Commerce Survival

As anyone knows who follows the demise of Internet-based businesses, more often then not, these failed companies did not have a solid infrastructure, hired too many people too quickly or generally lacked customer service skills to get the job done right.A solid business model should be the number one objective, according to CFO Paul Williams of Cyberian Outpost, a vendor of software, hardware and electronics.
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PowerPoint Tip: Improving Overall Design

This is the first in a series of PowerPoint tips written by Scott Stein, PowerPoint consultant.Consistently, I get questions about how to make a presentation look better. A trainer recently commented to me that her PowerPoint backgrounds "look like a 3rd grader made them." To create attractive presentations, PowerPoint users must have a good sense of font use/selection, color compatibility, and art and animation use.
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New Domain Names May Cost $75,000 to Maintain

The addition of new high-level domains (.biz, .info, .name, .co-op, .pro, .museum, .aero), and the ongoing exploitation of over 150 existing domains, will force the average Global 2000 organization to register at least 300 name variants by 2001. These findings by Gartner Group are particularly relevant since the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers recently announced seven new top-level domains. "Organizations have mistakenly assumed that having a domain name with 'dot-com' was enough.
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Notebook Computers are Popular Holiday Gifts

While retailers expect sales of desktop PCs to once again surge during the holiday season, more and more consumers will be looking at notebook computers, instead, as a more-than-viable option to the desktop unit.After all, notebooks have come down in price over the last several years, and their portability cannot be matched by a desktop unit. They have all the bells and whistles associated with larger units, and are tight and compact in size and weight.MSNBC has analyzed several notebooks for consideration, including brands from IBM, Compaq, Dell, Toshiba and HP. Check it out!
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Electronic Postage Debacle: E-Stamp Calls it Quits

News abounded over the Web during the last several months regarding electronic postage providers, especially Stamps.com, which laid off a substantial number of its workforce.Based on valuation of Internet companies and regulation, E-Stamp Corporation has announced its plans to switch the company's business strategy away from Internet postage to Web-based shipping and logistics.
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Block Customers to get MSN Rebate

This spring, certain H&R Block tax customers will receive an opportunity to save money on monthly dial-up Internet service offered by the MSN network.The traditional $21.95/month fee charged by MSN is the same price offered to anyone else, but because of the new arrangement, Block customers who are part of this promotion will receive a special CD entitling them to a $300 rebate on MSN dial-up services if they commit to a three-year contract.The rebate is part of a new partnership between the two companies in an effort to cross-sell each other's products.
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FiNetrics and Financial Keyosk Announce Alliance

CHICAGO - November 27, 2000 - FiNetrics Inc., a business service provider (BSP) developing an integrated and comprehensive suite of financial applications and services for emerging and medium-sized businesses, and Financial Keyosk, a unit of Zurich Insurance Agency Inc., today announced an alliance which will offer FiNetrics' high-growth clients with convenient online access to Financial Keyosk's commercial insurance products from leading insurers.
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Two new, Super-Duper Wireless Technologies

The December 2000 issue of Home Office Computing features two products enhancing wireless communications.The first is from NowSpeed.com, and helps mobile workers receive corporate e-mail and attachments through their company address rather than through a third-party e-mail address--no matter where they are to access the e-mail.
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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.
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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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