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  • Bing Launches Twitter Hashtag Search | But Is It An Improvement?
    06/29/2014 - 22:37
    Bing has launched a new search function that allows users to easily retrieve content from Twitter using either the hash symbol ("#") or the "@" sign as part of your search. While Microsoft has touted its "special relationship" with Twitter (dating back to 2009), this new development does not appear to offer significant improvements beyond the search capabilities of Twitter's already-existent...


  • State Bar of Texas Offers Members More Access to Free Legal Research
    06/28/2014 - 21:34
    Texas attorneys now have free access to the two largest nationwide legal research services - Casemaker and Fastcase - as a benefit of membership in the State Bar of Texas. With this new agreement with Fastcase, Texas attorneys are the first to receive access to both Fastcase and Casemaker as a free benefit of their membership in the Bar.          (function...


  • Google Announces Google Apps News at I/O Conference
    06/25/2014 - 18:59
    Google has made a number Google Apps-related announcements today as part of the keynote presentation at its 2014 I/O conference in San Francisco, including: Google Drive counts 190 million active users over 30 days          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis...


  • ABA TECHSHOW Now Accepting Speaker/Topic Proposals for 2015 Conference
    06/24/2014 - 17:21
    The American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW has opened the submission process for speakers and topics for its 2015 conference, April 16-18 in Chicago.           (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document....


  • How Private is your Facebook Friends List? "Feature" Could be Useful for Investigative Research
    06/09/2014 - 20:36
    Even if you have set your list of Friends on Facebook to the most restrictive privacy setting offered (Only Me), that list may still be visible - dependent on the privacy settings of your Facebook friends. Information security consulting firm CyberInt has reported a work-around that can expose portions of your Friends list to anyone on the Internet by comparing your Friends list to that of a (...


  • As Pennsylvania Bar Association Shifts from InCite to Casemaker, Members Will Discover the Benefits
    05/27/2014 - 18:52
    As noted in Carole Levitt's new ABA book, Internet Legal Research on a Budget (co-authored with Judy K. Davis), forty-eight state bar associations subscribe to legal research databases on behalf of their members as a member benefit. Forty-seven of these forty-eight states subscribe either to Casemaker or Fastcase. Currently, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) subscribes to InCite. A...


  • We’ve Been Hoping for a Free Citator Equal to the Fee-Based Shepard’s, BCite, and KeyCite: Has the Time Arrived?
    05/23/2014 - 19:36
    Last year, to review the current state of citator services, we wrote a white paper comparing the citator services of Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker, LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg. As much as we like our free access to Casemaker and Fastcase, we’ve always hoped that Casemaker and Fastcase would add a more robust, free citator (equal to Shepard’s, BCite, and KeyCite). But...


  • Automated Social Media Search at TransUnion/TLO
    05/20/2014 - 10:00
    In a recent press release, TransUnion/TLO announced “a powerful new Social Media Search feature” that allows you to enter up to five email addresses associated with your subject (see next image) and TLO will scour over 145 social media sources to, “Potentially verify identity and gain insight on associations and relationships through data that helps create a more complete view...


  • Internet Archive Now Contains 400 Billion Webpages
    05/13/2014 - 10:00
    The Internet Archive has announced that its "Wayback Machine" collection of archival Web pages has surpassed the 400 Billion mark. This is a significant increase from the first time we wrote about the Archive, shortly after it was released publicly in 2001, when it contained approximately 10 Billion Web pages. The Internet Archive gives us access to old versions of pages that have been collected...


  • Now You Can Rearrange the Google Apps in the Browser Apps Launcher
    04/30/2014 - 08:47
    As we've written previously, last Winter Google introduced the (unlabeled) Apps Launcher in the upper right hand corner of your browser window to access their specialized search databases and your Google Apps.          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google...


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