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Dotcom Disasters Keep Insolvency Practitioners Busy

Loss of investor confidence in dotcom companies has created a mini-boom for insolvency practitioners, according to British financial recovery and restructuring specialists, Kroll Buchler Phillips.The firm, known for its high-profile work with ailing British football clubs, has been at the forefront of the Internet insolvency boom."We've moved on from football," said Kroll Buchler Phillips business recovery partner Lee Manning.
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German Government to Tax Internet Surfing

Germany's Finance Ministry appears to have been watching too many episodes of John Cleese's Fawlty Towers after it came up with a novel method of raising more taxes, according to UK.internet.com.Employees surfing at work for private recreation will be taxed on their endeavors as a perk of the job, in the same way that they would be taxed for the private use of a company car or indeed any other benefit.German employers have hit back at the unworkable proposal saying it is insane and impractical.
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Dotcom Accounting: SEC is a Part of Your Life

The media and online news sources have been full of stories about the SEC’s hearings on independence issues, yet one sector that is fully aware of the Commission’s monumental presence—apart from the independence issue—is the dotcom accountant.Why? The world of the dotcom is about spending money to make money, and the way income or losses are reported is paramount to regulators.
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Make Meta Tags Work for Your Web Site

You may be asking what is a META tag, why do I need to know this and if I do how do I use it? Fortunately, this is an easy thing to work with. META Keyword tags are used by many of the major search engines to determine the content of your site for appropriate indexing. META tags are similar to HTML tags except for one thing: You need to insert all META tags between the < head >< /head > tags on your page(s). These will be invisible to your site visitors but visible to browsers and search engines. And what's HTML?
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E-mail Anytime, Anywhere?

Sprint announced it is scheduled to launch a new service next month and it may be just what business people who aren’t chained to their desk have been waiting for. Right now most mobile workers have to find a regular phone line to plug into for the remote access needed to check e-mail or access personal files found in their company’s internal network.
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Pikachu Virus Begins to Grow

Nicknamed the 'Pokey' virus, Trend Micro has confirmed that the virus named after the popular Pokemon character is spreading slowly in the United States.The virus has the ability to do similar damage as last spring's Love Bug ILOVEYOU virus.When a user opens an email attachment, an email is sent to everyone in the user's contact address book. When users open an attachment, an image of a pensive Pikachu appears on the screen with the nonsense message: 'Between millions of people around the world I found you.
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Sage Software Brings Sales Pro On Board

PRESS RELEASE:IRVINE, Calif., August 23, 2000 - Sage Software Inc., a leading provider of mid-range business management software, today announced the appointment of Lee Hagen to vice president of enterprise sales. In his new role, Hagen will be responsible for the sales, pre-sales and consulting groups of Sage Enterprise Suite. "Lee is a great addition to the Sage team, and brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to enterprise sales," said Phil Nasser, vice president of sales for Sage Software.
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Low-income Households Fastest Growing in Internet Use

While the number of US Internet users with annual household incomes under $25k has grown nearly 50%, outpacing the growth of total users, they still only represent 9.7% of the overall Internet-using population. Media Metrix' clickstream Internet behavioral data shows the digital divide gradually narrowing as lower-income households increase their ranks online by a significantly wider margin than the total population. The overall composition of the web, however, still skews toward a higher-income user base.
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Dow Fires 40 in E-Mail Violations

Dow has announced plans to fire 40 employees for sending inappropriate e-mail messages in the workplace. Offensive messages range from off-color jokes to nude pictures to violently explicit material.Union officials claim Dow's search of 6,000 e-mail accounts in response to one complaint about offensive e-mail is nothing more than a "witch hunt" and an opportunity to fire people.Last month, Dow fired 50 employees and disciplined 200 for e-mail violations.
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Macola's new Backbone Spurs CRM Business

Macola is banking that a new architecture for its Progression SQL product will help improve not only sales, but customer needs for some time to come.Specializing primarily in accounting software for the manufacturing industry, Macola's new product is designed to supercharge data access performance, integration with other Microsoft desktop products, scalability, ease of use and data security.According to a company press release, Macola's software includes one of the most tightly integrated Customer
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Pay Model Returns to Yesteryear for Dotcoms

Just when dotcoms seemed to break out of the mold and offer compensation models truly above and beyond the traditional bricks & mortar environment, high-tech companies have taken a step backwards.Gone are the days of stock options. Since tech stocks have fallen somewhat out of favor since last Spring, dotcoms have returned to cash incentives rather than the promise of a soon-to-be IPO in the future.This and other conclusions were made by a recent study commissioned through PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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QuickBooks is Driving Me Crazy!

Tuesday afternoon, AccountingWEB hosted Gail Perry, CPA, and author of several books including "The Complete Idiot's Guide to QuickBooks" in a return engagement as a workshop presenter and facilitator in solving many of QuickBooks' thorniest problems.In addition to problem-solving, Perry presented some of her favorite QuickBooks tips, including:Adding favorite reports to the Navigation BarMemorizing recurring transactionsCreating a General Ledger report for one account Making adjustments to 1099 vendorsCompressing dataChanging account balan
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KPMG Points Out the E-vil of the New Economy

KPMG Consulting has warned businesses to steer clear of the seven deadly 'e-sins' that could cripple their online operations.E-business partner Paul Baker says that the path to 'e-virtue' lies in avoiding the following:Sloth - the key top e-business is speed;Envy - don't simply copy the successes of other companies;Greed - Don't be afraid to collaborate;Pride - Share your data;Gluttony - Delivering online grub can be complicated;Lust - The proliferation of porn sites makes a clearly defined policy on permissable personal browsing a must;
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ILOVEYOU Suspect Goes Free

Here's a riddle for you: who causes $10 billion worth of damage and walks away, Scott free?The alleged author of the ILOVEYOU virus, of course!Charges were dropped Monday against Onel de Guzman because the Justice Department claimed the charges did not apply to computer hacking, and there was not enough evidence to back them up.de Guzman claims he may have released the virus by accident, but denied that he had anything to do with actually writing the virus.
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Touchy, Feely Mice are on the Horizon

All of us have morphed with the mouse. We've evolved from the archaic mouse of yesteryear that was a basic, point-and-click device to a mouse that has a left thumb button. And, of course, there's the remote, wireless mouse.In an effort to continue with mouse innovations, Logitech has unveiled their new iFeel Mouseman, a interactive device that actually makes the user feel a part of a Web page.For example, if the mouse were to roll over an image of an ice cube, the effect would be very smooth to the touch.
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Word Tip: Displaying the Filepath in a Word Document

A recent tip regarding the placement of the file path and name in an Excel worksheet header or footer sparked some requests for a similar tip for Word documents.If you need to display the path and filename in a Word document, either in the text or in a header or footer, here is the technique:1. Click in the spot where you want the path and filename to appear -- either right in a header or footer, or somewhere in the text of your document.2.
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The Password is ... 'Aggregator' - and it's Risky!

Convenience is great, especially on the Internet, but familiarity breeds insecurity and invasions of privacy when it comes to putting all your eggs in one basket.Aggregators is the newest wave to hit cyberspace, and is basically one portal in which you can control all your finances, purchases and other buying decisions from a single source. Examples include AOL Finance, Microsoft MoneyCentral and iVillage.com.So what's the problem? Keeping one source isn't a good idea, say analysts who research online security and privacy for a living.
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Life After the PC: Diverse Solutions are key

Pricing wars between large PC manufacturers and clones or alternative machines, along with a decrease in demand by consumers, has hit the industry right where it lives ... and derives most of its profits. So what will IBM, Compaq, Dell and Gateway do now that the luster of buying a PC has worn off?Get into the service business, naturally.
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E&Y Adds to the Flock of Big 5 Start-Up Companies

The latest entry in the Big 5 divestitures arena comes to us from E&Y.
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It's a PDA World: BYU e-Business School Goes Paperless

A pilot program at Brigham Young University's e-Business Center is supporting a paperless environment. The pilot kicked off this summer with one class testing the concept; the school hopes to expand the program this fall.Students use a PDA (Palm Pilot, for example) and laptop at their tools, and submit or retrieve class work totally over the Internet.

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