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It’s ‘Back to School’ Time for IRS Computer

The House Government Reform Subcommittee for Management, Information and Technology, headed up by Rep. Stephen Horn (R-CA), issued its first set of report cards for computer security. Averaging all the grades for all major federal agencies, the government as a whole received a D- in computer security. “Obviously there is a great deal of work ahead,” according to Horn.A grade of “F” was issued to computers in the Justice Department, the Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management.
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Gates: 'English' Remains Internet Language

While foreign languages will be spoken in mass this week in Sydney at the Olympic games, the only language spoken over the Internet, according to Bill Gates, will be English.This observation was made by Gates on Sept. 12 during the three-day Asia Pacific Summit of the World Economic Forum held in Melbourne.The statement by Gates flies in the face of a report released by Deloitte Touche Tommatsu that predicts the population of China would boast the largest online component within 10 years.
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Swimming Through the Sea of Software

Software needs seem to change as quickly as new software is developed. In fact, it’s often hard to determine whether you needed the new software before you saw it or realized that’s what you need after the fact. Once you know what you want to do, it’s time to figure out what will work out best for your individual business situation.This is the tricky part because as business grows, you need to continue taking care of all the regular daily chores of making sure your finely tuned instrument continues to run.
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Intuit Launches Online Marketplace

Intuit has announced it will be partnering with vendors such as Office Depot, Gateway and Ralph’s Electronics to offer discounts up to 40 percent on various products offered on the site. The company will make its money by charging commissions on each transaction.
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AmEx Increases Security for Online Purchases

Even though rumors have circulated for years that buying goods and services online isn't secure, most everyone who does shop with their credit cards over the Internet has not ever had a problem. Still, companies are searching for that next level of security that will ease the minds of wary consumers and businesses alike.To come to the rescue, American Express has created its new Private Payments services. A free service, AmEx customers will be issued a number that can only be used one time for purchases versus using the regular credit card number.
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Domain Names for Sale?

Just when you thought all the good domain names were gone, you’ve got another chance. The International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that it will be accepting applications and a non-refundable fee of $50,000 for expanding the Web to feature site suffixes other than .com, .net and .org.The public will have the opportunity to comment on proposals until the cut-off date of Oct. 2. After that, the finalists will be announced in November.
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Third Time's a Charm for Microsoft Handhelds

If the cliché 'third time's a charm' means anything, then Microsoft ought to succeed with their newest entry into the already crowded handheld marketplace.The company began distributing its first foray into the market so capitalized by Palm in late 1998, but failed to make a name for itself with the Jupiter handheld--mostly due to the gargantuan price of $800 to $1,000 each.It was back to the drawing board with the Pocket PC, but that, too, failed.
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NetLedger and ADP Launch Online Payroll and Accounts

Accounting application service provider NetLedger has formed an alliance with payroll company Automatic Data Processing (ADP) to offer an integrated "one-stop" payroll and accounting service on the Web.EasyPayNet is available to customers of both companies and lets them automatically update their accounting records as their payroll is processed.
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Time for a Cookie Break? Munch on This Microsoft Program

If you go to a web site and register your name and password (like you probably did with AccountingWEB, a small file called a "cookie" is left on your computer. The next time you go to the web site, the site recognizes you and you gain instant access. The site recognizes you because it has found the cookie. You may notice that if you are using a different computer and you try to go to a site on which you have registered, you have to provide your registration information again.
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Big Five Firms Have Mixed Messages for Dotcoms

Dotcom leaders work long hours but are only interested in short-term gain, according to reports issued by KPMG Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers.The KPMG Consulting study found that, whilst the leaders of the new economy may dress down for the office, they are still dedicated to their task.
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Fogdog Tempts Fate with Fuzzy Accounting

There's been a lot of business at the Fogdog sporting goods web site as customers are rewarded for making purchases with a plethora of free offers. And the Fogdog income statement looked great - all of the company's promotional items and shipping expenses were categorized as marketing expense, making the gross margin at Fogdog look pretty appealing.Apparently the practice is pretty widespread among start-up Internet companies trying to boost profit margins to attract investors.
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Natural Language Technology is Here

Advanced software that allows computers to understand the exact meaning of questions and answer them with speed and precision has just become available, through an alliance between Andersen Consulting and answerFriend. AnswerFriend develops natural language processing technology to improve e-commerce. QuestionEngine can understand requests in everyday language and specialist jargon.
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Here's a First: Virus Attacks Handhelds

A new virus, that is already dealt with and resolved, illustrates the vulnerability associated with handhelds and their ability to catch a virus.This virus, which really was in the form of a 'Trojan Horse,' was called the Crack 1.1, and was the result of a download program for handhelds.
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Le Club Prive Bilked Members for Millions

The SEC has filed suit against Le Club Prive, an Internet club, offering advice and recommendations about investments to its members. The suit alleges that the club’s pyramid scheme is a “sham” operation and all assets of the club have been temporarily frozen. A temporary restraining order has halted all club activity.Members of Le Club Prive paid $1,495 to join plus a $149 monthly fee. Members could purchase unregistered shares in mutual funds that promised big returns, and received investment advice. The pyramid feature of the club involved recruitment of new members.
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Survey Says: 96% of Accountants Have Internet Access

Harris Interactive, the folks who bring you Harris Polls, have finished conducting the CCH Accountants on the Internet 2000 poll and the results are fascinating.
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Amazon's Debt Load Worries Investors

Admit it. You've been at parties or social functions at which a group of accountants, CPAs or financial professionals cussed and discussed the much-anticipated fate of Amazon.com. It's on everyone's minds as we still sort out the dotcom winners from the dotcom failures.Amazon.com continues to be strong in the eyes of the consumer, but the investor side is a different story completely.
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Word Tip: Customize Spelling & Grammar Tools

Word’s spelling and grammar checker is a great tool, but it is far from perfect. The system often flags "mistakes" that are actually correct. To prevent Word from flagging an item in the future, you can simply click the Ignore or Ignore All button in the Spelling And Grammar dialog box while you're running the spelling checker.
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Make Your Site Search Engine Friendly

When you develop your web site there are certain tricks you can use to optimize being found by search engines. However, there are also a few tricks that you shouldn’t use in an effort to help people find you. Here they are:Do not use popular keywords in your Meta and Title tags that have nothing to do with your site. Make sure they are directly related to your site. Also, don’t “borrow” other people’s Meta Tags and Titles.Do not use hidden text in your website.
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ASPs and the Value of Web-Based Accounting Services

Here's a story about a company in search of a way to enter the fast lane of the ASP (Application Service Provider) superhighway.Insilicon manufactures software that gives a computer chip the ability to communicate across various platforms.
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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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