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Priceline's Troubles Continue; CFO Resigns

The high-profile Priceline.com, a name-your-own-price Web site for travel, lodging, groceries and other amenities, continues to ride a rough road. News several weeks ago that its price per share had decreased, along with a drop in consumer confidence, has forced the online site to lay off 16 percent of its employees.This equates to 87 of 535 total employees. Also leaving is Heidi Miller, Priceline's CFO, who worked for the company a short eight months.
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E-mail is a Trendy Method to Reach Voters

How many e-mails have you received this election year? If you're like most of us, quite a few. We're on carefully selected databases used by both parties, and as a consumer and/or user of the Internet, you're bound to have made one of these many lists.How effective are these e-mail reminders? Experts say that both parties are hoping for the 'forward' approach.
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Ratings of Two Top Internet Job Sites

According to a new report by Smart Business magazine, the two largest sites on the Internet to post and find a job are Monster.com and HotJobs.com. In fact, the story states that if you can't find a job at either of these two sites, something is terribly wrong, somewhere.But which one is best? According to the testers, the winner is HotJobs with four stars, vs. Monster with three stars. Why?
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AmEx Offers Small Business an Entree to E-Commerce

If you're a small business or firm, chances are you or your clients may accept American Express for payment.
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XBRL: An Update on the Future of Financial Reporting

XBRL UpdatePresented by: Mike WillisTuesday October 31, 20004:00pm EDT,The AccountingWEB Workshop RoomExtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is an open specification that uses XML-based data tags to describe financial statements for both public and private companies.
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Powerful Accounting on the Web

Join David Thomas, President of Intacct Corporation, in a live workshop discussion about powerful accounting on the Web, next Thursday, November 2, at 4:00 Eastern time.Topics for discussion will include: - Introduction to Intacct- Live Demo of the Web- Market Size- Key Features & Benefits of Web Accounting- e-PracticeBring your questions and find out all about how Web accounting is changing the way companies think about keeping the books.Workshop sponsored by Arthur Ander
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The Tale of the Portal: Who Survives?

If CPAs and accounting professionals are like every other profession, members have sought out the likeness of the 'portal,' or gateway to the Internet, to perform a variety of tasks.According to a new report from MSNBC, the news service believes there are only three viable players left in the portal business: Yahoo!, MSN and America Online. Why?The financial impact, mostly.
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Smelly Computers Add Atmosphere to Workplace

Forget to splash on some cologne this morning? No problem - just choose an aromatic scent from the Internet and stay close to your computer. Office getting a little stuffy on a hot summer day? Kick on the cool scent of an evergreen forest and close your eyes. The office may never smell the same again thanks to the efforts of California-based DigiScents, a company that plans to bring smells to computer users via the RealPlayer program.
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Microsoft's Rent-a-Program Set to Launch

Beginning in November, Microsoft will make its products available on a per use basis in the new easyEverything café set to open in New York City's Times Square.
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Marketing Your Web Site

AccountingWEB was fortunate to host Glen Christopher, Internet consultant, in a live workshop that focused on techniques for marketing your web site.Mr. Christopher provided many tips for gaining web site visibility, including these six strategies:1. Use e-mail and e-zines2. Participate in chat groups and forums3. Include your web site address on all business cards and correspondence4. Partner and exchanges links with other sites5. Seek out banner ad bargains6.
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Pay Your Bills Online?

A new service offered by the United States Postal Service, USPS™eBillPay, enables you to pay and view your monthly bills online for a monthly fee of $6.00 per month for up to 20 transactions. You are able to pay anyone in the United States that you would normally pay by check or automated debit, with the exceptions of, state and federal tax payments and court-ordered payments. The service allows you to set up a payee by entering payee information such as payee account number and the payee's address and phone number.
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New Face in D.C. Could be an IT Czar

If Congress has its way, there may be a new face in Washington politics with the title, IT Czar.The position is considered to be a panacea to the ongoing problems plaguing the world of cyberspace with regard to regulations, security and other issues.A report published yesterday on AccountingWEB describing the lacking of security within Federal government agencies highlights the need for an IT Czar--or what would be more commonly known as a Chief Information Officer--who could take on the role of applying a knowledge of the IT revolution to government.Earlier this fall, Congress held h
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Credit Card vs. the Bank Loan: Which is Better?

It's a common problem of our times. You, a client or someone you know wants to buy something, but may not have the cash readily available to make the purchase. What would you do, or advise your client to do?Experts say that the annual percentage rate (APR) probably would be lower for a bank loan, even an unsecured loan, than most credit card rates. Compare the two. A credit card with a 19 percent interest rate versus a bank loan with a 15 percent rate would yield a savings of $70 over a three-year period of paying back a $1,000 loan.
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Amazon Secure About SEC Accounting Probes

Mega online retailer Amazon.com has gotten a taste of what the accounting industry is going through with regard to an SEC probe.The SEC has been in discussions with Amazon for the past month and has now launched an information inquiry into accounting practices revolving around Amazons partnerships with certain vendors.
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GAO: Government Sites Playing 'Big Brother'

When the General Accounting Office (GAO) goes on a fact-finding mission, it often uncovers some pretty strange things.Based on a new report, the GAO found that security and tracking aspects at many of government's Web sites do not meet stated guidelines, and that 13 agencies are secretly using technology to track the habits of its visitors.The report, 'Opportunities and Challenges Facing the FirstGov Web Gateway' outlines these accusations.
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Is Your Web Site Too Big?

The latest survey of web page size and load times conducted by ZDNet reveals that many webmasters still need to sign up for cyber-Weight Watchers!While many web pages have decreased in size over the past few years, the average web site is still much larger than it ideally should be. A study of 150 web sites calculated the median weight (the average number of kilobytes of data on a homepage) at 89KB. Experts recommend an optimum median weight of 60KB. Size determines how fast pages load into your browser's window.
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EY's new Webcasts Target Entrepreneurs

A new effort by Ernst & Young to reach 35,000 entrepreneurs is designed to promote the firm's new 'Excelerate To Win' program.EY has partnered with various content providers to present a series of Webcasts called 'Winning Strategies for Fast-Paced Ventures.' The first broadcast, 'Protecting Your Intellectual Property' will be held Oct. 24 on the firm's Web site, with five more scheduled each Tuesday following the initial broadcast.The firm hopes this new strategic program will help businesses grow for the long term.
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B2B Marketplaces Bring Frustrating ROI

Experts said the B2B (Business-to-Business) revolution was going to change the way companies integrated their services with one another. For the most part, the technology in place has done wonders in advancing the "integration" side, but how realistic have expectations been with regard to Return on Investment (ROI)?The most obvious use of B2B is to use it as a sales channel.
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TurboTax Announces Completely Automated Tax Return

The new Automated Tax Return from Intuit, maker of TurboTax, will electronically import information from the most common tax forms: W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement), 1099-INT (Interest Income), 1099-DIV (Dividend Income), and 1099B (Broker transactions). This information will be placed directly on the tax return without the preparer having to enter any information on the forms.Tax information will be provided by participating payroll and ebusiness services including Ceridian, Fidelity Investments, PeopleSoft, ProBusiness, Salomon Smith Barney, TD Waterhouse, T.
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Workers Do Benefit From The Web

A recent study found that employees who use the Internet during work are likely to be more productive, produce higher quality work, and be happier with their jobs. The results of this survey are based on feedback and responses from over 1000 employees.Below is an overview of the results of the survey:86% of employees said that using the Web has no negative effect on their jobs whatsoever.46% said that the Internet helps them be more productive and better informed. They gather information easier and more efficiently by using the Web.

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