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Excel Tip: Secrets Revealed in Pivot Table Tutorial

Consultant David Carter has created an exclusive tutorial for AccountingWEB showing how Excel pivot tables can be used to create budgets.The tutorials are a new breakthrough in online learning on AccountingWEB and can be downloaded here to let users work through them at their own pace.To launch his series of pivot table tutorials, David Carter discussed in a recent workshop how pivot tables applied to all manner of financial reporting tasks
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PWC Creates Online Product Marketplace

What's this? A Big 5 firm entering the online stampede to the product marketplace?It's true. PricewaterhouseCoopers has unveiled its new "e-conomy" site dedicated to providing business-to-business products at a discount price.Members would be other businesses who want to obtain anything from office supplies to staffing services and software to travel deals.Why?
Technology

It's a Buggy Time for Internet Browsers

Security still is one of the hottest topics related to Internet operations, and the latest news from the world of browsers finds that both Microsoft and Netscape's browsers have bugs related to security and privacy issues.Just recently, Microsoft presented users three bug patches and is reportedly about to issue another patch.
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Andersen Consulting Invests Heavily in Online Ventures

In an effort to entrench itself even deeper in the lucrative world of dot.coms and related consulting, Andersen Consulting has announced that it will invest as much as $1 billion over the next five years to to create Internet and electronic-oriented companies.The new company, known as Andersen Consulting Ventures, will start with $500 million in funding from Andersen Consulting.
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Eudora Now "Free" With Advertising Commitment

Sometimes the other guy needs some attention, too.Qualcomm, makers of the popular e-mail program Eudora, has announced it will waive the purchase fee of $50 for its "Pro" version in exchange for a commitment to view advertising alongside the e-mail browser.A lesser version called Eudora Light has been available free for some time over the Internet, but this is the first time the Pro version is available at no cost.
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PWC Develops its own Web Seal Program

Following on the heels of continuously beefing up its technology consulting program, PricewaterhouseCoopers has created its own Web certification program called "BetterWeb."The Big 5 firm is offering e-commerce sites the opportunity for a third-party to measure how a site discloses sales terms, protects customer privacy and handles customer complaints.If a site measures up to the firm's standards, PWC will license a seal that companies can post on their sites. The annual fee is $15,000.
Practice Management

Business Card Manager

I’m running, not walking, to the nearest store so I can check out the latest tool I found. The new specialized scanner and software combo, the Corex CardScan Executive, Version 5.0 ($250), is designed to help me put all the business cards I collect into electronic format. A quick calculation of the time involved to enter business cards tells me this is going to be well worth the green.The CardScan 500 scanner has a convenient tray for catching scanned cards and the companion software, CardScan 5.0, now better recognizes international business cards.
Technology

Neat Must-Have Toy: C-Pen Scanner

I was sitting on an airplane last week next to someone who was using a handheld portable scanner no larger than your traditional yellow highlighter. She was effortlessly scrolling through text in an article from Inc. magazine to be stored and shared later with her staff. I came home and looked up the website of C-Pen (http://www.cpen.com) and was amazed to learn that you can store up to 3000 pages of text in the C-Pen, which can then be transferred to any computer documents using infra-red technology.
Practice Management

Candidates Prefer Dot Com Companies Over Firms

Finding qualified employees is getting tougher and tougher, thanks to the rash of online companies. Job candidates are literally lining up to work for high-tech companies with concerns on the Internet and avoiding the brick & mortar routine.What does this mean to CPA firms and companies hiring CPAs? More accounting professionals, especially risk-takers in the younger ages, will go to work for online companies rather than firms.The result?
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Internet Service Offers Expert Financial Advice

Experts knew it would eventually happen, and now the Web is talking the talk and walking the walk as a virtual source for expert advice on various financial matters.Exp.com is a Web site company that has assembled a network of qualified, degreed experts to provide fee-based consulting services to participants in a totally virtual environment.Users can either post requests directly on the site, or contact the company and negotiate with an expert directly for his or her services.
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Former Andersen Accountant Hits the Web - Big Time!

Accountants have a certain knack for analyzing a situation a bit better than the rest of the world based on their training and inert ability to see the fine points. Take Gregory Peters. He saw the forest through the trees and is making a lot of money profiting from making the Web work.Peters has taken his Austin, TX-based company called Vignette and propelled it to more than $25 million in sales.
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Cookies

Cookies aren’t something you bake in the oven for the holidays. They are little files that keep information on your Internet browsing history. They also can be used for some cookie-savvy sites to collect information on you – primarily the sites you visit. Cookies can be good. Sites you visit can store information unique for you so you don’t have to enter a password each time to “enter” a membership zone (think AccountingWeb and Amazon).
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SEC Asks for Help to Regulate Excessive Internet Revenues

The financial repercussions of the yet-to-be-defined world of the Internet has caused the Securities and Exchange Commission to seek the help of organizations like the Financial Accounting Standards Board who issue accounting rules.The SEC wants these bodies to tighten the way they require Internet companies to book revenue in an effort to decrease the amount of fraud in Internet companies reporting high or excessive figures.The SEC also reported it has found Internet companies booking revenue for
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Internet Tip: Discover Online Maps If You Haven't Already

A great way to stay organized and on-time for appointments is to know where you are going before you leave your home or office. If you haven't already come across them, one of the neatest tools available on the Internet is the proliferation of detailed road maps and driving directions from point A to point B. If you're going to a new client or meeting a prospect, type in their address on any of the map web sites such as Lycos' Road Maps and take the printed map and directions with you in the car. You'll never be lost again.
Community News

Venture Capital Funding Hits The Accounting Market

A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey reports this week that $21 billion in venture capital funding was invested in US companies in the first nine months of this year. Here's the story of one accounting/bookkeeping company that snagged $12 million of it this week.Virtual Growth, Incorporated is a pioneer in providing outsourced bookkeeping and accounting services to fast growing small and medium sized businesses.
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U.S. a Step Behind in Mobile Connections

The United States is behind the mobile community in other parts of the world due to the lack of competition between companies controlling digital protocols.Using technology as the backbone, the Federal Communications Commission has issued more than 1,300 licenses for digital protocols in the U.S. Overseas, however, the landscape is very different because governments have agreed to just one system.In a practical sense, for example, using your mobile phone to peruse the Web to check news and other information, or making wireless calls between countries, is very routine overseas.
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Gates Gives "Thumbs Up" at COMDEX

The latest and greatest from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was announced on Sunday during the opening address at COMDEX '99 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel.Gates told the audience that his company is very much devoted to continuing its vision in making the computer and Web interchangable and very personal in nature.
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Internet Tip: Got A Number, Need A Name

You may, on occasion, find a need for a "reverse" telephone lookup -- ie. you have a phone number, and want to know the name and address of the person at that number. Try Infospace Reverse Lookup at http://www.infospace.com/_1_169174148_info/reverse.htm.No reverse lookup system is completely accurate, and the data is updated every few months so if it's a new number you may not be completely successful.
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Internet Market Looking For Strategists

The Internet economy is worth $507 billion. This Internet explosion has numerous corporations seeking, at a record rate, consulting firms to help them plan and implement e-business strategies.Consulting firms eager to cash in on the boom are quickly morphing themselves into "technically enlighted strategists." They are doing this to set themselves apart from the many boutique firms that have popped up in response to the e-commerce Web mania.U.S. Internet consulting services are expected to top $710 million for 1999 and could grow to $4.38 billion in 2003.
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Will Internet Purchases be tax Free?

The tide may be turning towards a tax-free Internet purchase zone if Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III has his way. As head of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, Gilmore has recommended, among other provisions, that levying taxes on virtual purchases would discourage the future of e-commerce.His suggestions also include repealing a federal excise tax on local and long-distance telephone service, and for states to be free to spend welfare money on computers and Internet access for poor people.

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