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E-mail Anytime, Anywhere?

Sprint announced it is scheduled to launch a new service next month and it may be just what business people who aren’t chained to their desk have been waiting for. Right now most mobile workers have to find a regular phone line to plug into for the remote access needed to check e-mail or access personal files found in their company’s internal network.
Technology

Pikachu Virus Begins to Grow

Nicknamed the 'Pokey' virus, Trend Micro has confirmed that the virus named after the popular Pokemon character is spreading slowly in the United States.The virus has the ability to do similar damage as last spring's Love Bug ILOVEYOU virus.When a user opens an email attachment, an email is sent to everyone in the user's contact address book. When users open an attachment, an image of a pensive Pikachu appears on the screen with the nonsense message: 'Between millions of people around the world I found you.

Your Input Needed for 2001 FASB Agenda

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has asked for feedback on its 2001 technical agenda.Specifically, FASB wants to know what professionals believe to be the priorities of projects currently on the FASB's technical agenda, future agenda projects, international activities, and communications with constituents.You may participate by following the instructions at the link below and downloading an executable file to your hard drive.Deadline for sending feedback is Sept
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National Taxpayer Advocate Leaves IRS

The National Taxpayer Advocate, W. Val Oveson, says he will leave the Internal Revenue Service this fall and return to Utah and the private sector.Oveson was instrumental in implementing many taxpayer advocate programs during his two years with the IRS, most notably the appointment of similar positions in each state that reported to him rather than district directors.

EY Partner Addresses Health Care Reform

Dee Balle, Jr., Ernst & Young partner in the health care arena, spoke on RadioWallStreet on the issue of how the November election will affect sectors of the health care industry.In a recent voter survey by The Washington Post, 44% of respondents ranked health care as a concern above education, crime, and economy, and 53% indicated they are dissatisfied with the current U.S. health care system.
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KPMG Consulting to Sell South African Practice

In preparation for the initial public offering next month of KPMG's consultancy business, the firm has announced plans to sell its South African consulting practice for a yet to be disclosed price.The move is seen as one piece in the entire process of breaking the consultancy practice away from the international firm's auditing services so as to be in compliance with expected SEC rulings on auditor independence.The first wave of the IPO is set for September, and a second wave will f
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'Low Tax' Looper Lands in Slammer

Kentucky tax assessor Byron "Low Tax" Looper, who actually changed his name to Low Tax in an effort to gain recognition and win votes, was issued the final assessment Wednesday: life in jail with no parole.Low Tax was convicted of murdering his opponent for state senate, Sen. Tommy Burks, after a witness placed Low Tax at the Burks farm where the senator was shot in his pick-up truck. Low Tax was said to have admitted to the killing even though family members claimed he was with them at the time.Low Tax's attorney has promised to appeal.
Technology

Sage Software Brings Sales Pro On Board

PRESS RELEASE:IRVINE, Calif., August 23, 2000 - Sage Software Inc., a leading provider of mid-range business management software, today announced the appointment of Lee Hagen to vice president of enterprise sales. In his new role, Hagen will be responsible for the sales, pre-sales and consulting groups of Sage Enterprise Suite. "Lee is a great addition to the Sage team, and brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to enterprise sales," said Phil Nasser, vice president of sales for Sage Software.

Got a Bad Apple? Get a New One!

In 1995 Apple introduced the PowerBook 5300 but it’s often referred to as the “Flaming PowerBook.” Apparently when it’s plugged into AC power for recharging the battery sometimes overheats and in some instances bursts into flames.Apple has since made the commitment to recall these bad apples and replace them with new ones.

Michelle Golden, founder, Golden Marketing Resources

Michelle Golden, FounderGolden Marketing ResourcesMichelle Golden founded Golden Marketing Resources to implement business development and management solutions within small to mid-sized professional service firms. Michelle Golden (formerly Gable) enjoyed several years as the marketing director for Williams-Keepers LLP, a mid-sized regional CPA firm.

AccountingWEB Named #2 Portal

A study released today by Harris Interactive, in conjunction with CCH, shows AccountingWEB in a strong position as the 2nd most frequented accounting portal on the Internet. On to the #1 spot!
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SEC Makes Auditor Independence Transcript Available

The Securities & Exchange Commission has posted on its web site the entire transcript of Day One of the auditor independence hearings which occurred on July 26.AccountingWEB provided full coverage of the event throughout the day, and will do so again for the second day of hearings, scheduled for September 13.Speakers presenting testimony before the SEC in July included public accountants, industry accountants, educators, memb
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SEC Accepting Applications for 2nd Hearing

The SEC is gearing up for Round Two of the auditor independence hearings, and applications are being accepted for those who wish to participate in the hearings.

AICPA Adds to its Hall of Fame

The American Institute of CPAs has honored three of its members for their achievements in the profession by inducting them into its Business & Industry Hall of Fame.The inductees are Edward D. Beach, a former vice chairman of Broyhill Furniture Industries and former president of BMC Fund, Gayl W. Foster, president of Sigma Micro Corp. in Indianapolis, and Paul E.
Technology

Low-income Households Fastest Growing in Internet Use

While the number of US Internet users with annual household incomes under $25k has grown nearly 50%, outpacing the growth of total users, they still only represent 9.7% of the overall Internet-using population. Media Metrix' clickstream Internet behavioral data shows the digital divide gradually narrowing as lower-income households increase their ranks online by a significantly wider margin than the total population. The overall composition of the web, however, still skews toward a higher-income user base.
Technology

Dow Fires 40 in E-Mail Violations

Dow has announced plans to fire 40 employees for sending inappropriate e-mail messages in the workplace. Offensive messages range from off-color jokes to nude pictures to violently explicit material.Union officials claim Dow's search of 6,000 e-mail accounts in response to one complaint about offensive e-mail is nothing more than a "witch hunt" and an opportunity to fire people.Last month, Dow fired 50 employees and disciplined 200 for e-mail violations.

Intuit's Loss is Good(?) News for Investors

Intuit, maker of TurboTax, Quicken, and QuickBooks software, posted a fourth quarter loss from operations of 4 cents per share, but overall earnings for the fiscal year ended July 31 are up 35%, and shareholders are cheering. The stock surged to $49 per share Tuesday, after languishing at around $35-$40 per share in recent months. Stock in the software company has risen 73% in the past 12 months.Forecasters had predicted a loss of 8 to 9 cents per share for Intuit's fourth quarter, so the final news was encouraging.

Solving Problems in QuickBooks, with Gail Perry

Presented by Gail Perry, CPAAuthor of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to QuickBooks" and "Using QuickBooks"This Workshop was sponsored By Practitioners Publishing CompanySession Moderator: QuickBooks can be a challenge, but today, we are going to hear from our own resident expert, Gail Per
Technology

Macola's new Backbone Spurs CRM Business

Macola is banking that a new architecture for its Progression SQL product will help improve not only sales, but customer needs for some time to come.Specializing primarily in accounting software for the manufacturing industry, Macola's new product is designed to supercharge data access performance, integration with other Microsoft desktop products, scalability, ease of use and data security.According to a company press release, Macola's software includes one of the most tightly integrated Customer

Accounting Jokes: The Worst of the Web

Well, some of them are pretty terrible, but at least they've made an effort.

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