Xero

There should be an image here!If you’re like me, managing your finances isn’t exactly your favorite thing to do. Some of us have developed bad habits in this area and haven’t been as on top of things as we should be. Of course, in these interesting economic times, we’re all basically forced to keep a closer eye on what’s coming in and what’s going out of our bank accounts. Whether you’re keeping track of personal or business finances (or maybe even both), it doesn’t make sense to use complicated desktop software when you can use the easy online accounting system from Xero.

The dashboard provides full visibility into how your financial health is doing with all of the charts and numbers that you need. For businesses, you can keep track of your individual customer contacts to make sure that they’re current with their payments, and full invoicing functionality is included. Real-time reporting is also a part of the service, and your accountants and advisors can login to get the latest information. Like it or not, it’s time to crunch those numbers.

AP and Google Butting Heads

According to an article over at Forbes, the chief of the AP is making threat towards Google to cut off their copy, soon. The AP has been around for about 163 years or so and has held the newspaper companies hostage by limited the news that can be printed. In the digital age, with television, radio, satellite communication is the AP even still needed?

Maybe I am just naive, but aren’t there other ways to get the news besides the AP? Does modern communications today need an old system of news reporting? According to Forbes it states:

The AP and Google have been debating content and compensation issues for months. In an interview with Forbes on Wednesday, Curley warned that if Google doesn’t strike the right deal with the AP soon, “They will not get our copy going forward.”

The threat follows Rupert Murdoch’s accusation earlier this month that Google is committing copyright thievery when it borrows material from news stories to assemble search rankings. A few days later, the AP weighed in with a similar charge–though it did not mention Google–announcing a content protection initiative and threatening legal and legislative action against news aggregators.

The AP, a 163-year-old cooperative owned by news organizations, won’t discuss its talks with Google, but plans to create landing pages and Web-based “news maps” directing users to original AP stories (and away from secondary sources who post material “borrowed” from the AP). To do this, the AP needs Google’s help. Most likely that means Google creating search protocols similar to those created from the licensing deal the AP inked with Google in 2006.

I must admit that I do not know all of the ins and outs of news reporting, but I do know that Google is the primary search engine on the Internet. One would think they would be setting the terms and not AP when it comes to Internet reporting.

If the AP had their way we would all still be riding trains and airplanes would be outlawed. Isn’t it time that these corporate greed mongers be put in their place?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Forbes article is here.