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Bill Gates Spreads Optimistic PC View at COMDEX

The notion that we can continue operating by only conducting business over the Internet is "thin-brained," according to Bill Gates, who provided the huge crowd at this year's COMDEX show in Las Vegas with his thoughts about the future of the personal computer.Gates, the new Chief Software Architect for his company, believes that large screen desktop stand-alone computers will stick around as long as people continue using computers to perform tasks such as tax return preparation, spreadsheet analysis, forecasts, homework, laying out the family photo album, and more.
Technology

Gateway Invents Plug 'n' Play Web Appliances

Gateway has partnered with America Online to produce a device called the Connected Touch Pad, a tabletop appliance that can surf the Internet using AOL. At a price of $599, the system comes with a 10-inch touch screen to enable users to access email and surf the Web. The typical AOL monthly fee is extra.Another new jointly-produced device is called the Connected Music Player, and is designed to play audio files stored on a PC into a stereo system or MP3 player.
Technology

Hot Topic of Digitial Signatures Addressed by IBM

For the last several years, digital signatures and the encryption of data for sending private files over the Internet, have been hot topics for the CPA community.
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Shakeup at Speech Recognition Software Leader

Soon, the name of one of the most popular speech recognition software providers may be changed due to the resignation of the company's namesakes.An SEC investigation into financial statement irregularities related to licensing issues in Europe have forced Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie, co-chairs of Lernout & Hauspie, to resign their positions. They will be replaced by Roel Pieper, formerly the head of Tandem Computers Inc.
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Impact of the Vote on News Sites

In the midst of waiting to see who wins the presidential election, the most popular news sites on the Web reported a very busy day on Tuesday, as well as an expected significant increase in Web site hits since the last election in 1996.For example, MSNBC reported its largest day in history. The day peaked around 12-1 p.m.
Technology

Don’t Dial Area Code 809!

According to a reports surfacing on the Internet, a telephone scam is moving quickly throughout North America and beyond whereby a person receives a message on an answering machine or pager asking that he call a number beginning with the area code 809. The message indicates either a prize has been won, a relative has taken seriously ill or even died, or some other message guaranteed to get the attention of the recipient.The phone number to call, according to the message, begins with area code 809.
A&A

Rosy Outlook: Dell Financing Partner Renews Contract

Austin, TX-based Dell Computer Corporation got a shot in the arm when its financial partner, CIT Group of New York, renewed the contract for supporting Dell Financial Services.
Technology

Citigroup Gets Into Online Payment Services Game

Citigroup has decided to jump onto the online cash transfer bandwagon. The company's new service, c2it, will give Citigroup customers the ability to transfer cash online from a bank, brokerage or credit card account to a recipient's designated account through Citibank. The c2it service is available to anyone in the United States with an email address, according to company sources. Using c2it, customers will be able to pay monthly bills and transfer funds to any accounts, reports Anthony Jenkins, a Citigroup executive.
Practice Management

Priceline's Troubles Continue; CFO Resigns

The high-profile Priceline.com, a name-your-own-price Web site for travel, lodging, groceries and other amenities, continues to ride a rough road. News several weeks ago that its price per share had decreased, along with a drop in consumer confidence, has forced the online site to lay off 16 percent of its employees.This equates to 87 of 535 total employees. Also leaving is Heidi Miller, Priceline's CFO, who worked for the company a short eight months.
Technology

E-mail is a Trendy Method to Reach Voters

How many e-mails have you received this election year? If you're like most of us, quite a few. We're on carefully selected databases used by both parties, and as a consumer and/or user of the Internet, you're bound to have made one of these many lists.How effective are these e-mail reminders? Experts say that both parties are hoping for the 'forward' approach.
Technology

Ratings of Two Top Internet Job Sites

According to a new report by Smart Business magazine, the two largest sites on the Internet to post and find a job are Monster.com and HotJobs.com. In fact, the story states that if you can't find a job at either of these two sites, something is terribly wrong, somewhere.But which one is best? According to the testers, the winner is HotJobs with four stars, vs. Monster with three stars. Why?
A&A

AmEx Offers Small Business an Entree to E-Commerce

If you're a small business or firm, chances are you or your clients may accept American Express for payment.
Technology

XBRL: An Update on the Future of Financial Reporting

XBRL UpdatePresented by: Mike WillisTuesday October 31, 20004:00pm EDT,The AccountingWEB Workshop RoomExtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is an open specification that uses XML-based data tags to describe financial statements for both public and private companies.
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Powerful Accounting on the Web

Join David Thomas, President of Intacct Corporation, in a live workshop discussion about powerful accounting on the Web, next Thursday, November 2, at 4:00 Eastern time.Topics for discussion will include: - Introduction to Intacct- Live Demo of the Web- Market Size- Key Features & Benefits of Web Accounting- e-PracticeBring your questions and find out all about how Web accounting is changing the way companies think about keeping the books.Workshop sponsored by Arthur Ander
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The Tale of the Portal: Who Survives?

If CPAs and accounting professionals are like every other profession, members have sought out the likeness of the 'portal,' or gateway to the Internet, to perform a variety of tasks.According to a new report from MSNBC, the news service believes there are only three viable players left in the portal business: Yahoo!, MSN and America Online. Why?The financial impact, mostly.
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Smelly Computers Add Atmosphere to Workplace

Forget to splash on some cologne this morning? No problem - just choose an aromatic scent from the Internet and stay close to your computer. Office getting a little stuffy on a hot summer day? Kick on the cool scent of an evergreen forest and close your eyes. The office may never smell the same again thanks to the efforts of California-based DigiScents, a company that plans to bring smells to computer users via the RealPlayer program.
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Microsoft's Rent-a-Program Set to Launch

Beginning in November, Microsoft will make its products available on a per use basis in the new easyEverything café set to open in New York City's Times Square.
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Marketing Your Web Site

AccountingWEB was fortunate to host Glen Christopher, Internet consultant, in a live workshop that focused on techniques for marketing your web site.Mr. Christopher provided many tips for gaining web site visibility, including these six strategies:1. Use e-mail and e-zines2. Participate in chat groups and forums3. Include your web site address on all business cards and correspondence4. Partner and exchanges links with other sites5. Seek out banner ad bargains6.
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Pay Your Bills Online?

A new service offered by the United States Postal Service, USPS™eBillPay, enables you to pay and view your monthly bills online for a monthly fee of $6.00 per month for up to 20 transactions. You are able to pay anyone in the United States that you would normally pay by check or automated debit, with the exceptions of, state and federal tax payments and court-ordered payments. The service allows you to set up a payee by entering payee information such as payee account number and the payee's address and phone number.
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New Face in D.C. Could be an IT Czar

If Congress has its way, there may be a new face in Washington politics with the title, IT Czar.The position is considered to be a panacea to the ongoing problems plaguing the world of cyberspace with regard to regulations, security and other issues.A report published yesterday on AccountingWEB describing the lacking of security within Federal government agencies highlights the need for an IT Czar--or what would be more commonly known as a Chief Information Officer--who could take on the role of applying a knowledge of the IT revolution to government.Earlier this fall, Congress held h

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