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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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Software Tip: Uncover The Secrets of Microsoft Office

You've got to hand it to the folks at PC World who are always looking for new ways to improve the efficiency of today's modern Microsoft Office software user. Follow the link below to review their list of the "Top Ten Office Features You Don't Use (But Probably Should). It's worth a look, and you might even learn something. Go to the pcworld.com page.
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EY Strengthens Presence in Latin America

Ernst & Young has improved its market position in Latin American through a 25 percent purchase of Softtek, a company based in Mexico that provides IT support to large-size companies in many countries.Analysts predict both companies benefit greatly from the alliance.
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A Software Tip Each Day

For those of you who are hungry for software tips each and every day, Internet publisher ZDNet has a solution for you. Register to receive daily tips on the Microsoft Office software suite and more by going to zdjournals.com/zdtips.But for those of you who prefer weekly ideas, try this one: a complete Windows shortcut list, including how to effectively use all those function keys, can be found at pcfuel.com/tips/shortcut.htm.
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Employee Internet Abuse Climbs

The many problems facing employers supplying unlimited, unmonitored Internet access are making them wonder if this is the way to conduct business. Productivity losses, liability risks and security issues are just a few of the problems employers deal with. According to esniff.com, Inc., shopping online, viewing pornography, sending inappropriate e-mail correspondence and checking personal stock performance are just a few of the issues managers face today.
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Windows 2000--What's in it for CPAs?

Thursday marked the debut for the new Windows 2000 operating system, and according to a report, Bill Gates himself said the new OS is much more "reliable" than previous Windows releases.Windows 2000 is complex, with more than 35 million lines of code, and ran one year later in its release than expected ... but what does the release mean for CPA firms and businesses running the software?Actually, firms and companies in the NT environment will benefit the most from Windows 2000.
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Tax-Cut Creators Open Divorce Site

How's this for a change of heart? The creators of the first do-it-yourself tax preparing software, Kiplinger's popular Tax-Cut, have opened up a new Web site devoted to anyone seeking information and assistance for a divorce.The new site by Daniel Caine and Wendell Smith is called Split-Up.com.
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AICPA's Top Ten Tips for Secured Web Sites

Many CPAs and accounting professionals are knee-deep in e-Commerce activities with clients and customers, while others are on the fence waiting for the next "big" reason to join the bandwagon.In response to last week's e-hackers at popular sites like Yahoo!, E-trade and Amazon.com, the AICPA has released its own "top ten list" of tools to help secure Web sites.Here is the AICPA's List of how toprotect yourself and your clients: Conduct a risk assessment of your online business Develop security standards, policies and procedures so employees will first, unders
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Powerful PowerPoint Presentations Made Easy

Run, don’t walk to your computer to blast your boring PowerPoint presentations out of the way. If you are bored by the same old designs, imagine how your audience feels. Today’s professionals see lots of presentations and it’s not hard to spot a Microsoft template, if you know what I mean.Animate it. Bring your charts to life by animating them. To animate an existing chart, select it and choose Slide Show, then Custom Animation.
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Free Daily Computer Software Tips

When it comes to getting tips that you can really use, look no further. ZD Journals has a tip page just for you! Simply, click on this article’s link and daily tips will fill your e-mail in box within 24 hours. All you have to do is complete a quick online registration and it’s free. It just doesn’t get any simpler!Word processing packages supported by this freebie include: Corel WordPerfect and Microsoft Word.
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EY Reports Status of Online Valentine Purchases

Flowers, fragrances, jewelry and electronic well-wishes are among the gifts that will be bought on Valentines Day, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.The Big 5 firm found that about 1/3 of online shoppers will shop the Internet for their purchases this year, and that 38 percent had bought flowers and cosmetics for other occasions on online, while 29 percent had previously purchased flowers.The survey also found that of online shoppers, the majority of buyers will be married men.

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