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Palo Alto Weekly

- September 26, 2008


INVENTING THE FUTURE ... Nineteen of the world's top engineers, inventors, scientists and educators were honored earlier this week by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) in Quebec City, Canada, for their contributions to science and technology. Among them were Palo Alto's Robert Hinden, Chief of Internet Technologies at Nokia, and Stanford's Robert M. Gray, Lucent Technologies Professor of Engineering, who won a technical field award for Internet technology and a medal for signal processing advances, respectively. Of the recipients at this year's global awards ceremony, 15 of the 19 honorees were from California. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) is the world's largest technical professional society. Through its more than 375,000 members in 160 countries, the organization is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE ... Mixing and mingling to help others isn't a totally new idea on the philanthropy scene. But this week through Thanksgiving, the Quattro Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley will donate a portion of the proceeds of its Friday drink sales to support nonprofit BUILD. Each purchase of one of Quattro's special herb garden cocktails — including the Garden of Eden, Lemon and Lace, and Complete Zin, all featuring fresh herbs from Quattro Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini's local garden — qualify for a donation to the Menlo Park-headquartered nonprofit. BUILD provides real-world entrepreneurial experience to empower youth from under-resourced communities to become community leaders and successful professionals.

PAPERLESS PLEASE ... Palo Alto's continues to push for the paperless office with its recent integration into Intuit's popular accounting software, QuickBooks. The enhanced integration features two-way synchronization with both QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online Edition to provide management of accounts payable without having to import or export data. The company says it provides end-to-end data consistency to improve accuracy and eliminate duplicate data entry.'s integration also supports multiple versions of QuickBooks on a single server to aid accountants who manage multiple clients with separate data files.

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