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Palm Reaches new Market With M100

In an effort to expand its ever-growing market share and perhaps appeal even more to younger audiences, Palm has just released its M100 model to replace the best-selling Palm IIIe.Analysts say Palm's appeal to a younger sector is evident through the M100 and its fashion color, interchangeable color covers.There are several other major differences in the new model, too. The screen is smaller than any other Palm devices. However, a Hotsync cradle no longer is needed because the Palm connects directly to a PC for syncing with a serial port cable.
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AICPA, Other Countries Discuss Online Privacy

Officials from the AICPA traveled last week to the city of lights to meet with representatives of 12 other countries and discuss the foreboding issue of online privacy and risks associated with e-Commerce.AICPA chairman Robert Elliott commented that 'As the representative of over 335,000 individual members of the accounting profession who deal with confidential information on behalf of both individuals and businesses, we feel strongly about the need to protect private information.
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10 Steps Towards Protecting Your Privacy on the Internet

The AICPA's Bob Elliott joined representatives of other global accounting professional bodies in Paris this week to discuss the opportunities and risks inherent in e-business.The group issued the following guidelines for protecting your privacy on the Web:Be cautious about giving personal informationUse a secure Internet browser Make sure the merchant site is secure and review its privacy policyPay by credit or charge cardBeware of "Trojan Horse" programs - downloading programs off of the Internet from an unknown sourceNever give your passw
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MS Word: How to Place Borders Around Text

You may already be familiar with how to place a border around a paragraph using the options in the Borders and Shading dialog box.Sometimes, however, you may want to use a border to emphasize one or more words of text for a specific reason. For example, you may want to highlight some words that should be recognized at a glance.To do place a border around specific words, select the text around which you'd like to create a border. Then choose Format/Borders And Shading from the menu bar.
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Internet Tip: Find Home Prices

Here's a great site for you if you're interested in finding out about the price that homes have sold for in your neighborhood.
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Have You Implemented SysTrust with Your Clients?

Erin Mackler, CPA, oversees the AICPA's Systems Reliability Task Force in the development and implementation of the new CPA SysTrust service. SysTrust is the name for a service that tests and verifies a system's reliability.
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Airlines, Rental Cars Reach out to Small Business

Let's face it: you're not an Arthur Andersen or MobilExxon, and you'll never be in the big leagues when it comes to purchasing power. Nevertheless, the small business traveler may go on just as many trips or rent just as many cars as the big guys, so why should they get all the perks?Changes are very much in the works across all vertical travel industries. For example, several airlines, like Delta and Northwest, have revamped their Web sites to aid the small business traveler in make all arrangements through a one-stop shopping portal.
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Web-Based Accounting Services Rated and Reviewed

The Ziff-Davis Smart Business Labs rated and ranked Web-Based accounting software as part of a longer article examining the ins and outs of companies outsourcing accounting functions to a Web-based service.Accounting services reviewed include NetLedger, Flagship, Sage's MAS 90 and Intacct.
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A Focus on the Secret Service Cyber-Crimes Unit

With more and more CPAs and their staffs specializing in fraud-related engagements, especially forensic accounting investigations, a look inside the Secret Services' cyber crime fighting division is a fascinating study in high-tech surveillance.Known as the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP), the division itself has grown over 900 percent in the last three years.
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Columbia Law Professor Offers Auditor/SEC Compromise

"The contemporary auditing firm has moved from providing a single service at relatively modest cost to becoming a multi-faceted vendor of business advisory services," according to Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. of the Columbia Law School who testified today in the auditor independence hearings before the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Clear the Decks! I've got too Much Email!

Employees in companies, those working from home or anyone ... anywhere else for that matter, are screaming in protest of too much email!All of us agree technology is a good invention, but sometimes, too much email is a real time-waster, and a way to remain truly unproductive. You think you've got it bad? Take a look at a few examples. The Washington, D.C.
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Is That a New Hat, or a Computer that You’re Wearing?

The desktop computer on which you are probably reading this story may soon become an unwieldy artifact of the past as computer developers are coming up with more and more ideas for changing the way in which we look at and use computers today.Handheld computers are only the beginning. Look for computers to appear in the guise of mobile phones, watches, in the guts of cars and household appliances, and even as an add-on to your wardrobe. Not only will computers be everywhere, but they will be networked.
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Tips for Maximizing Home Office Phone Lines

Telecommuting and the home office are popular staples in today's business marketplace, but how wisely are you using your telephone lines? Chances are, you're not being as productive as you could be when it comes to the ins and outs of home wiring and line details.Here are some tips for productivity: ISDN is Possible - ISDN isn't only for the standard office environment. However, you'll need two lines to make an ISDN connection to the Internet.
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Does Your Boss Read Your Email?

To date, courts have upheld an employer's right to monitor an employee’s email because the employee is using the employer’s computer equipment on the employer’s time. Employers are not required to inform employees of their intent to monitor email, voice mail, and other communications which may include personal content. However, members of Congress are considering legislation that would require employers to advise employees of their intent to monitor such communications.
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AICPA Loses Peck to Dot-Com

Charles Peck, the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Product and Organizational Development at the AICPA, has been tapped to become Chief Executive Officer of TheGlobe.com, an online community network and service provider, effective August 1, 2000.While at the AICPA, Peck led the re-engineering program that helped the Institute realign itself into a performance driven team based organization.During his tenure at the AICPA, Peck was also involved in spearheading several strategic acquisitions, initiating process improvement programs, and forming over
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Get that Junk Mail Out of Your e-Mailbox!

The House has passed H.R.3113, “Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Act of 2000,” which may cause junk e-mailers to look for a new way to make a living. The bill nearly passed almost unanimously (427-1), and so should have an easy ride through the Senate. The dissenting vote was cast by former Libertarian turned Republican Representative, Ron Paul, of Texas.The provisions of the bill require that anyone sending an email message will be required to provide a valid return address, so that recipients may request that their name be removed from the mailing list.
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KPMG and Microsoft Find New Way to Hold Hands

The Bill Gates prophecy is for a world where all computers can communicate easily with one another, fueled by the vision that that the electronic language computers will use will be a common language.
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Is a PDA In Your Future?

A recent report by the Giga Information Group indicates that Personal Digital Assistants, the most popular of which is the Palm, are still considered a luxury rather than a necessity in the business world.Although some individuals, such as sales professionals, can benefit greatly from use of the devices, most companies find it difficult to justify the expense of acquiring, supporting, and administering such devices for the majority of employees.But that doesn't mean there isn't
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Cisco, Conexant and Hughes Join to Speed Dial-up Downloads

Cisco Systems and Conexant Systems have announced their support for the new V.92 dial-up modem standard that was presented last week to the International Telecommunications Union for determination. Cisco Systems and Conexant each contributed key technologies to the new V.92 dial-up modem specification, which significantly reduces the time it takes to establish a dial-up connection, improves upload rates, and adds the ability to receive and initiate phone calls during a dial-up modem session.
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Dot.com, Dot.net, Dot.whatnext?

All Internet site names end with a period and an extension. The most popular extensions are .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov. There are actually seven extensions available (can you name the others?) for web sites, but that doesn't seem to be enough.Just as big cities outgrow their area codes, the Internet is outgrowing its domain name extensions, and the International Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers is about to do something about that problem. All extension names must be approved by the ICANN, a California-based group.New extension names will be announced some time next year.

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