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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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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.
Technology

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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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.
Technology

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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