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  • Internet Archive's Wayback Machine Launches Full-Text Search...Sort Of
    11/26/2016 - 13:13
    By Mark Rosch One of the questions that we are often asked during our live MCLE seminars and MCLE webinars is whether there is a keyword search available for the billions of Web pages collected by the Archive.org's Wayback Machine. Since its inception in 2000, Wayback Machine users have been able to browse earlier versions of websites by entering the URL for a known site into the main search...


  • Is Birthdatabase.com Gone Forever? | Update - No, It's Not | Birthdatabase.com is Back!
    11/14/2016 - 16:52
    Updated November 14, 2016 One of our favorite unofficial, free sources for dates of birth, Birthdatabase.com, is currently unavailable is back online. After an absence of approximately three months, the site's search form is once again active and retrieving birth date results. The site's URL redirects to the blog of an apparently defunct site called seeme.com.   ...


  • Google Offers Proximity Search
    11/13/2016 - 11:00
    Updated: November 13, 2016 Many paid legal research products such as LexisNexis and Westlaw offer the ability to search for keywords within a certain number of words from one another (a number that you define). For example, some pay databases allow you to search w/ (WITHIN any number of words that you indicate, such as w/2), /s (in the SAME SENTENCE), and /p (in the SAME PARAGRAPH). Google does...


  • Google Introduces (Yet Another) New Name for Google for Work
    10/20/2016 - 19:55
    Google has announced yet another new name for its suite of cloud-based office productivity and collaboration software. The product most-recently known as Google Apps for Work in now called "G Suite."  According to Google, "[the] new name ... better reflects [their] mission. The G Suite is a paid version of the tools also available to registered users of Google's...


  • Opera Web Browser Introduces Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection
    10/20/2016 - 19:22
    By Mark Rosch Anyone using public wi-fi hotspots to connect to the Internet should be concerned about the security and privacy of the information they are sending back and forth over those connections. There are many security options you can employ to better-insure that privacy and security - like using services that encrypt your data in transit or Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). For many...


  • Yahoo Urges U.S. Government to Release Information Regarding E-Mail Surveillance
    10/20/2016 - 17:43
    In a letter posted to its Global Public Policy Blog, Yahoo "demands transparency from the Director of National Intelligence" to "provide [US] citizens with clarification around national security orders they issue to internet companies to obtain user data." "While the letter makes specific reference to recent allegations against Yahoo, it is intended to set a...


  • Google Kills Hangouts On Air
    09/04/2016 - 17:49
    Google is apparently discontinuing the public "Hangouts On Air" feature. Hangouts On Air allowed users to broadcast a video stream (lecture, presentation, performance, or other event) and make it accessible to anyone with the URL. Public streaming of events will still be available via Google's YouTube Live feature. The change is part of Google's strategy to target Hangouts...


  • Google Introduces New Email Security Warning in Gmail
    09/04/2016 - 14:37
    Most of you know that when Google detects "spam" messages, Google flags them as "Spam," and automatically moves them into a separate Spam folder, bypassing your Inbox completely. You may have also noticed that Google displays an "exclamation point: in place of the sender's picture or avatar in the upper left-hand corner of the message as a visual flag. Now, Google has introduced a new...


  • Facebook Kills Off Name Search
    05/27/2016 - 16:34
    After many years of hiding the search page where you could search Facebook for a user by name without being logged into an account, Facebook has finally killed the feature off. For many years, searchers could use the search form at http://www.facebook.com/srch.php to perform a name search through the Facebook user database – even if the searcher wasn’t logged into their own Facebook...


  • Oracle v. Google: The Social Media Research Ban
    05/26/2016 - 16:47
    In a verdict handed down Thursday, May 26, 2016, jurors found that Google’s use of basic elements of the Java programming language to build its Android mobile operating system was a fair use under federal copyright law. While this is an important case in the fair use/copyright milieu, an earlier order by Judge Alsup is nearly as important to those following juror social media research...


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