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December 18, 2009    
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Editor's Note
The purpose of our technology newsletter is to keep you up-to-date with tech issues in the accounting arena. This month we have some updates on social networking (what? You're not LinkedIn YET?), and some advice for staying legal while you implement time-saving techniques. As icing on the cake, Chris Wood, aka Captain Excel, explains how sometimes Excel beats the accounting programs when it comes to bank reconciliations.

As always, please feel free to add comments at the bottom of any of our articles or blogs, or contact me directly with your suggestions.

Best wishes,
Gail Perry, CPA
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