Footnotes: Independence and Religion; Deloitte’s $15,000 a Day PITA; Twitter Still Defying Financial Logic | 12.30.13

A former accountant at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is accused of stealing $145,000 from UWM's "Surplus with a Purpose" program [Wisconsin State Journal]

Very soon, you could be sitting on a plastic chair made from harvested cow farts [USA Today]

Get your Greg Kyte fix in Independence, Objectivity & My Inability to Become an Expert on Anything, which he writes for his new-ish blog You know how we're not supposed to talk about religion in polite company? That's because (1) no one's independent when it comes to religion, (2) people who aren't independent get pissed off, and (3) it's not nice to piss off polite people (no matter how much fun it is to watch them). [Certified Public Agnostic]

What's in Store for Accounting and Auditing Next Year [Compliance Week]

Pretty sure we told you this already but just in case we all missed it, Deloitte is being fined $15,000 A DAY by the state of Florida for the crappy unemployment site they built. Oh, and that $3 million Florida owes them? Yeah, you'll see that when the stupid thing works, k thx [Computerworld]

Missed this one due to Christmas, SORRY. KPMG is attempting to switch their domain from .com to .kpmg, which someone over there thinks will boost SEO because clearly .kpmg is authoritative for all things KPMG as far as those menacing Google bots are concerned. One problem, Google debunked that misconception over a year ago: "…as an engineer in the search quality team at Google, I feel the need to debunk this misconception. Google has a lot of experience in returning relevant web pages, regardless of the top-level domain (TLD). Google will attempt to rank new TLDs appropriately, but I don’t expect a new TLD to get any kind of initial preference over .com, and I wouldn’t bet on that happening in the long-term either.” [Marketing Land]

Meanwhile, across the pond, PwC wants you to think about what happens to your extensive collection of illegally downloaded porn and cat photos when you die. Uh, I mean digital assets you bought. I've got four words: wipe my hard drive. [Telegraph]

Wall Street has a chub for Twitter and it's the hottest non-money-maker to hit the market since Pets.com. Or Webvan. Or… you get it [NYT]

A poor grocery store employee has been sacked for making an amazing video in light of his store closure and impending unemployment. And to think I never got fired that time I changed the deli codes in the machine to read "FUCK THIS PLACE" instead of "DELI TURKEY" [Daily Mail]

 

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