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US Governors Push For Internet Taxation

The Washington Post is reporting that a majority of US Governors will urge lawmakers this week to reject the extension of the moratorium on Internet access taxes unless it is tied to the opportunity for states to create a streamlined system to collect online sales tax.The moratorium, which has been in place since the fledgling days of the Internet to help foster e-commerce growth, is set to expire October 21, 2001."If you care about a level playing field for main street retail businesses, and local c
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Five Strategic Technology Payoffs

Guest Article by Roman Kepczyk, President of Info Tech Partners North America.Technology is impacting every aspect of our accounting practices, and leading firms have found that proper implementation and utilization of technology provide a strategic competitive advantage. The difficulty lies in knowing where to spend your technology dollars to get the biggest return on the IT investment.
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Are Smart Credit Cards Really Smart?

American Express entered the 21st Century by putting a computer chip on its new Blue Card, looking high-tech and positioning itself as a tool for more secure online shopping. It issued over 2 million cards in the first 14 months. A number of the banks in the Visa network will issue over 7 million cards with "smart chips" in them this year. And Mastercard will enter into the competition with its own smart card.But beyond looking really cool, what else do smart cards do? Not much, according to a commentary by Saul Hansell, published this week in the New York Times.Mr.
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Are You At Risk For Identity Theft?

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing a comprehensive program against identity theft -- in supporting victims of identity theft, broadening public awareness and understanding of identity theft, and decreasing the potential victim population. Take this "Identity Quotient" test, offered by the ITRC, to find out if you are at risk of identity theft.I receive several offers of pre-approved credit every week.
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State and Federal Labor Law Posters Via the Internet

Keeping up-to-date on the labor law posters doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming.
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Happy 20th Anniversary, PC!

This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the release of IBM's revolutionary new product, something called a personal computer.It was August 12, 1981.
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PC World Reviews New Version of Peachtree

Peachtree's Complete Accounting 2002 program is now in its testing phase and the staff at PC World Magazine has some nice things to say about the program.The most highly-touted feature is an expansion of the multi-pricing component which enables the user to assign up to 10 prices to each item that is for sale. Prices can be fixed or calculated based on a percentage of the cost.
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Dell Pulls in Reins on Linux

Dell Computer has announced plans to discontinue pre-installation of Linux software on its desktop and laptop computers. The change is due to low demand for the product.Linux is an alternative to the Windows operating system, and the software for Linux can be downloaded at no charge from the Internet."Not that many customers are using Linux for their desktop systems," said Jim Mazzola, a spokesman for Dell.
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Ten Tips for Effective Online Job Postings

With candidates in short supply, there is fierce competition among companies for qualified candidates. Effective online recruitment advertising can be the key to attracting the talent your company needs. The cornerstone of this type of advertising is the job posting.An online job posting must be approached differently than traditional employment advertising.
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Outlook Tip: Color Code Incoming E-Mail Messages

With the huge quantity of e-mail messages that arrive in the average businessperson's mailbox each day, this tip for e-mailbox organization should really come in handy. To make sure you see certain messages when they arrive, try associating colors with important senders. Color code a sender so that all messages from that sender appear in a particular color:Click the Organize button that appears on the toolbar at the top of your Outlook window, or choose Tools, Organize from the menu bar.
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E-Mail Battle of the Bulge Produces New Opportunity

Flooded with rising volumes of customer e-mail, companies face a problem with only two answers: assign more customer service agents to e-mail response duties, or deploy an e-mail management response system. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, a leader in strategic marketing and training, reveals that more companies are implementing e-mail management software to battle customer e-mail backlog and consequently rocketing this market to a projected $2 billion by 2007.
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Second Generation Code Red Worm is At Large

Last week's Code Red worm scare set the stage for an even bigger threat - the Code Red II worm was unleashed this past weekend and is infecting machines that were not patched last week.
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Sage to Brand Products Under 'Best' Name

The Sage Group is to use the common brand name of Best for its US financial and time tracking products after a court ruled in favor of a business software provider that uses the same trademark.A ruling in June demanded that, starting January 2, 2002, Sage must change its brand name because software owned by Quick Technologies (QTI) had been marketed under the Sage name since 1992.Now the software giant, from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, has decided that it will use Best
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1st Global Expands WebPortfolio Distribution

The WebPortfolio computer application created by 1st Global, Inc., a business development partner to tax and accounting professionals, is ready to be distributed to the company's entire network of affiliated Financial Advisors.Earlier this year, in February and in May, 1st Global distributed WebPortfolio to select Financial Advisors.
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Are You Seeing Red?

If you run Windows 2000 or Windows NT on your computer, and Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) Web server software, you are a potential target of the latest nasty virus that is making the rounds.The Code Red worm, which is date triggered and is set to be unleashed at 7 p.m. EDT, July 31, may not appear to cause any damage to your computer. However, if the worm resides on your computer, your system may be made more vulnerable to hackers in the future.The worm has been crawling around for awhile already, infesting approximately 300,000 computers earlier this month.
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AOL Paying $$$ for New Members

Trying to combat the monopoly Microsoft has with the placement of its programs and icons on new computers, America Online is offering computer manufacturers a bounty for new customers that sign up for the program as a result of prominent placement on new computers.Computers that come loaded with Microsoft programs typically include an icon for Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.
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CCH Announces Enhancements to Tax.CCH.com

CCH INCORPORATED announces new enhancements to its popular tax.cch.com destination Web site for tax professionals including free use of its Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations from the convenience of the home page.
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Ten Quick Internet Tips To Save You Time

AccountingWEB has compiled a few tips, courtesy of Microsoft, to help you save time when you're online. These tips are for users of the Microsoft Explorer browser. To search for a word or phrase on a Web page, press CTRL+f to open the Find dialog box.
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Microsoft's Confusing New Licensing Structure

by Gary Boomer, CPA, and Eric D. McMillen, MCSE, CCA, of Boomer ConsultingMany of you have heard that our favorite software company located in Redmond, Washington is introducing a new licensing plan and that it will affect your firm. But how many of you have any idea how it will affect you? I want to clarify how your firm will be impacted by the new licensing plan and what you need to do to prepare for it. Currently, Microsoft has three volume licensing plans for software.
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Should Firms Monitor Internet and E-mail Activity?

Despite the inherent privacy invasion, companies are now and will continue to monitor the Internet use of their employees. However, should all employees live in a Big Brother environment simply because one or two are likely to break the rules?A study just released by the Privacy Foundation, reports that 35 percent of U.S. companies engage in continuous monitoring of the electronic activities of their employees.

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