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PWC Creates VeriSign Competitor

PricewaterhouseCoopers has developed its own digital certificate system to compete with market leader VeriSign.The new company is called 'beTrusted,' and is based in Columbia, MD with 120 employees.
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Andersen Signs on With Telemate.Net

Arthur Andersen just announced that it has signed on with Telemate.Net to beef up the Big 5 firm's technology and e-Business risk consulting services.Telemate.Net offers software that tracks Internet usage.
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Four Prominent Consultants Join Forces

Four of the most experienced and knowledgeable consultants in the accounting and financial services industry have joined forces in a collaborative new venture called The Advisory Board.Founding members of The Advisory Board include:L. Gary Boomer, CPA, CEO of Boomer Consulting in Manhattan, Kansas, email: lgboomer@boomer.comAllan D.
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Postal Service Creates New Bill Paying Service

Long lines, one clerk serving all windows, and spending untold amounts of time may quickly become icons of the past as more and more of us use online bill paying services, electronic postage and other services for which we usually go (and still are, for the most part) to the neighborhood post officeEven though first-class mail continues to increase, the U.S.
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Voice Mail While You're on the Internet

If you've got a computer at home, don't have the luxury of two phone lines, and are worried about missing important phone calls, a service called Pagoo Call Catcher could be your salvation. For $4.95 per month, the service will allow people who call you while you're online to leave a voice message, and that message is then stored in your computer and you are notified by email or your pager that there is a voice message waiting in you in your Pagoo Mailbox.
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AICPA Considers Massive Restructure, IPO Options

The Electronic Accountant is reporting that the AICPA is finalizing plans to massively restructure itself into three business divisions - one of which would be an Internet portal that would be positioned as an IPO.The divisions would include:A corporation co-owned with the State CPA Societies to focus on membership services and administration;The traditional AICPA professional association focusing on regulatory, standard setting and ethics activities;A publicly held for-profit Internet por
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Competition Reigns! EY Tapped for Extranet

Who says you shouldn't conduct business with competitors? In the 'new economy,' nothing could be further from the truth as evidenced by a UK consortium of oil and gas companies known as Logic.Extranets are hot commodities, and Ernst & Young has been asked by Logic to develop services related to its external Internet system.Logic is an organization of British oil and gas companies.
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CPA Software Giants Join XBRL Effort

A number of prominent accounting software companies have signed on with Big 5 firms, the AICPA and international organizations to step up the push for XBRL.XBRL is short for Extensible Business Reporting Language, and is the brainchild of a consortium seeking to establish an international language to report financial information over the Internet.A few of the software companies participating in the effort include Navision, Best and Sage.
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$500,000 Profit in 90 days

We tried to tell you.Back on the 20th of January, AccountingWEB ran a story on the auction of the domain name www.taxes.com.At the time the asking price was just $260,000.Here we are 90 days later, and the current bid for the domain name is at a whopping $700,000!Some quick thinking deep-pocketed firm could have made a nice windfall this quarter. So, the price is now $700,000.
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The Future of Financial Reporting

A number of leading accounting organizations, including AICPA, Arthur Andersen, Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers, are backing a new XML-based financial standard to exchange information online.Known as the XBRL Project Committee, the goal is to roll out the standard--Extensible Business Reporting Language or XBRL--by July 1.XBRL also is supported by some of the most well-known software companies, including Microsoft, SAP and O
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Privacy Software Puts Internet Security Back in Your Hands

Here's one for you. YouPowered.com has developed MyOrby, an Internet privacy software that puts privacy back in your control. It tells you when you're being tracked and gives you the option to stop a site from tracking your activities. MyOrby learns your web surfing behavior - like playing games, downloading music, searching for things, sending emails, chatting, shopping - and uses what it learns to communicate with web sites you are in to find your most preferred experience in that site.
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H&R Block Site Down for Short Time

Tax filing giant H&R Block just can't get a break.This week--when electronic filing will be at an all-time peak--the H&R Block Web site, which has catered in the past few months to thousands of electronic tax filers, accidentally went down for two horus during routine maintenance.Two hours doesn't seem like a long time to the average person, but if you are trying to file taxes and cannot access the site, it seems like an eternity.Naysayers are commenting that this is evidence of the tremendous power of Internet in allowing the filing capability onl
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Not-For-Profit Information Bonanza!

If you work with not-for-profit organizations and are looking for comparative financial information, or you are looking to develop a not-for-profit niche and want to identify prospects in your marketplace, your search is now over.A web site designed to give contibutors access to financial records of the organizations they want to help can also be a boon to the accounting firms who are looking for comparative information from similar entities.Guidestar describes its mission as helping "to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through the
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Solution 6 in $3.5 billion merger with Sausage Software to create leading e-business entity

Sausage's core offerings perfect fit with Solution 6's e-business platform Solution 6 Holdings Limited (ASX:SOH), a world leading provider of IT solutions to professional service firms and innovator in ASP services, today announced that it has proposed a merger with Sausage Software Limited.
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Fax Etiquette 101

If you receive a fax in your office intended for another company, are you obligated to forward it or contact the sender to report a mishap?The answer is no, according to Deborah Sauer, a vice president of marketing at Stamford, Conn.-based Pitney Bowes Inc.There are over 110 million fax machines in use worldwide, and mix-ups will occur. As a good corporate citizen, you can contact the sender and inform them that their fax was misdirected.
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Andersen Cuts Red Tape With Alliance

Who enjoys red tape and long delays? No one, and that's why Arthur Andersen has formed an alliance with govWorks, Inc., an Internet portal.The alliance is intended to reduce the amount of delays in processing business-to-government transactions.
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CFO Seeks Thrills the Dotcom Way

Heidi Miller is no stranger to risk.
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Big 5 Firms Rally for 'Net Privacy'

Consumer privacy and ramifications of the topic still stir controversy even in the most conservative circles. Take several Big 5 firms, for example, who are playing a major role in nailing the coffin shut on any mishaps related to secure information.A new group is being formed called the Personalization Consortium, and Big 5 members include PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
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Web Audit Hits North Asia

The first Web company in North Asia to receive a Web Audit just posted the results. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) performed the audit. Outblaze, the market leader in the development and provision of portal services, hired the Big 5 firm to monitor the site for one month. PwC confirmed that the site registers an average of 8 million-plus page views a day (as of March 28).Information that comes from a third party often helps would-be clients feel comfortable about a purchase.
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Inc.'s Top 10 Web Sites For Small Business

The April 2000 issue of Inc. magazine features a very informative article where CEOs were asked to "test drive" and rate the best reference web sites for small business.General conclusion: all the sites had something of value, but none of them were at a level that sophisticated CEO's needed to help them run and manage their business.The good news is that many of the sites offered their own unique "golden nugget" - an application that really added value to the experience.

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