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New Study Highlights Importance of Company Web Site

Thinking about hiring that whipper-snapper you’ve had your eye on? Well, what does your Web site look like? A new study conducted by WetFeet.com, a leading career site providing online recruitment strategies and research for corporations, one in two employee prospects responded that a company’s Web site is an important factor and does influence their decision of where to work.
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'Value' of Dotcoms Complicated

Performing a valuation of a brick-and-mortar business is often a complex engagement given the historical financials that must be reviewed along with other assessments. Do the same rules apply for the dotcoms of the world?Hardly.
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Orrtax Takes Over TaxSaver from Microsoft

More news to report on Microsoft's transition for its TaxSaver product.AccountingWeb reported a story late last week that Microsoft had ceased offering its TaxSaver software and signed a deal with H&R Block.Now, according to published reports, Orrtax will pick up the ball for Microsoft.
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PWC Says 'No' to SEC Big Brother Campaign

PricewaterhouseCoopers has said this week that the firm definitely would not participate in a bid process identifying firms that could help the Securities and Exchange Commission monitor Web sites.PWC said the SEC's online version of 'wire tapping' might invade the privacy of otherwise innocent people. The accounting firm, along with more than 100 other companies, were invited in January to submit a bid on an automatic surveillance system.The SEC is collecting data from online chat rooms, Web sites and forums to identify potential fraud schemes.
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Big 5 Consultants Form e-Commerce Security Company

With only 2,000 certified security professionals worldwide, a new company stands to make a big splash. Six consultants from Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG just left the security of the Big 5 landscape to form their new company, Foundstone Inc. The company will provide security solutions for companies and plans to address the severe shortage of security experts available today.The founding white hat experts plan to reduce the chasm between e-Commerce and security.
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Email Schemes Continue - Be Aware!

Email has brought tremendous changes to the way we communicate, conduct business and stay in touch. Perhaps more than any other profession, marketers rely on electronic communications to sell a variety of products and services, and to keep an ever-watchful eye on the 'next big trend.'It's here, and it's called 'Tell-a-Friend,' an email feature to encourage recipients to open the piece of mail and read its contents.
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Internet Tip: Control Your Modem Volume

If you don't like the screech of your dial-up modem as it connects, you may want to consider changing the volume, which can be done with just a few key strokes. In Windows, go to Start|Settings|ControlPanel|System|Device Manager, and select your modem from the Modems branch. Click Properties, select the Modem tab, and adjust the slider for speaker volume. Caution: Think twice about silencing it completely - it can be very reassuring to hear that screech and knowing that everything is working properly!
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Dot.com Accounting - Anyone's Guess?

Dot.coms are here to stay, and while Congress keeps debating the pros and cons of Internet taxation, accounting procedures for online businesses is one arena in which there are few rules to follow ... and even so, the rules keep changing.The rules focus on how Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are applied to e-Commerce and online businesses.
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Access Your Favorite Bookmarks From Any Computer

If you're like me, you often find yourself in remote locations checking e-mail, and doing work on the Internet. If you're using different computers all the time (say at a client's office or even at a Kinko's down the road), you can now access your personal Bookmarks or Favorites using Bookmarksync.com. A quick download of free software on your own computer allows you access to the system. When you're traveling, simply logon to their website and you'll have full and immediate access to your bookmarks!
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Macola Develops Partnership to Strengthen Services

Macola, providers of ERP Progression accounting software for the manufacturing industry, has teamed up with SalesLogix to provide turn-key software solutions that cater to the popular back-end office arena.The alliance will improve Macola and SalesLogix's customer service and streamline operations for the complete client base. Macola's 300 business partners also benefit by increased exposure to SalesLogix services.In return, SalesLogix will share its technology with Macola, as well as train the resellers.
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PWC Reports 400 percent Increase in E-Business

PricewaterhouseCoopers reports a staggering 400 percent increase in revenues for this past fiscal year in its e-Business practice. This amounts to $1.6 billion in revenues.Perhaps even more surprising is PWC's comment that it expects all business in its management consulting services practice to be related to the very lucrative, yet very new, area of e-Business.
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Internet Tip: Real-Time Market Research - QuickTake.com

I saw an ad in an airline magazine this week that intrigued me. Billed as "20/20 Hindsight Up Front and Online," QuickTake.com is a new service that conducts online surveys and market research based on parameters that you identify. For a fraction of the cost of traditional research methods, QuickTake.com can help test new business concepts, gauge market potential, determine attitudes towards a service or stance, and validate within hours other research conclusions during the roll out of a new product or service.
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Block Signs on to Snap Tax Center

One of the recently emerging--and popular--dot.com companies is Snap, and H&R Block is counting on the site's popularity to boost its own bottom line.A distributing and marketing agreement was signed this week that makes Block the primary content provider on Snap's Tax Center.Snap is part of NBCi, short for the NBC Network's Internet services division. The Snap site will offer services similar to Block's own tax site, such as online tax preparation and filing.
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Analysis Says TurboTax is Killer App

CPAs and accounting professionals often are asked about the advantages of filing online. Here's a new angle to an already crowded playing field: Annette Hamilton of ZDNet News has christened Intuit's TurboTax the next "killer app."The accounting news channels have been filled with story after story of online preparation sites, including H&R Block, H.D. Vest and Intuit.
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KPMG Tests its Staff on Web Savvy

KPMG has taken a proactive approach to practicing what it preaches. The Big 5 firm's staff is undergoing a special training program to ensure they know the ins and outs of the same services delivered every day to a strong e-client base.The class is known as "Internet 101," and as simplistic as that sounds, it's really a basic course in some of the more detailed, technological aspects related to the Internet.Everyone is required to attend the class as a conduit to support the firm's increasing consulting revenues.
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Traditional Bookkeeping Best for Online Companies

In mid-February, AccountingWeb brought its readers a story about potential changes to accounting rules regarding "pooling of interests."Late last week, members of the bipartisan lobbying firm, TechNet, testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs that the issue of pooling, or changing traditional accounting rules related to mergers & acquisitions, should be kept as it is rather than changing the reporting procedures.The group argued
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Intuit Quickly Corrects Security Error

A glitch in advertising systems on the Quicken.com Web site recently caused a mortgage calculator and credit assessment function to report user information to one of Intuit's advertisers, DoubleClick, Inc. Intuit reports the problem has been corrected.Income, asset and debt information was mistakenly reported to DoubleClick, an Internet ad firm.
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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Web Women

Breaking the glass ceiling within today's CPA firm and accounting marketplace still is a hot topic after all these years, but there's one industry in which women are excelling very quickly: the world of the dot.com.Experts say there is a direct correlation between women who want to take risks and the flexible, often newly discovered, world of the Internet.
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TheCFO.com and ExpertPlan.com Form Alliance

It was announced Monday that TheCFO.com and ExpertPlan.com have formed an alliance to offer 401(K) and 403(B) services to providers and administrators.TheCFO.com is a consulting practice run by Jim Scott that provides financial-related services to a variety of start-up and young technology companies and clients, while ExpertPlan, run by Winthrop Cody, is an Internet-based provider of retirement plan offerings.The gist of the new arrangement is to provide retirment plan services with complete recordkeeping in the
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Cap Gemini Merges With EY Consulting

For months, it has been speculated that Cap Gemini would merge with Ernst & Young's consulting practice. Now, the word is that the alliance is official.The deal is reported to be worth approximately $11.13billion.

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