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  • Fastcase 7: Better Than a Tesla
    07/10/2015 - 06:36
    by Carole Levitt President, Internet For Lawyers In July 2014, at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting, I got a sneak preview of Fastcase 7 but was sworn to secrecy. Then, in August 2014, I visited Fastcase’s headquarters in Washington, DC where CEO Ed Walters demonstrated some additional new features…still sworn to secrecy. This was its first re-design since 2003...

  • Searchable Database of Military Cemeteries and Other Veterans’ Graves
    06/25/2015 - 19:04
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Nationwide Gravesite Locator ( - a searchable database of the burial locations of “veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a...

  • Google’s News Search is in Even Worse Condition Than we First Thought | Another in an Unfortunately Growing Series of Articles about Google Search Problems
    06/16/2015 - 21:21
    We previously reported that Google has quietly increased the date coverage of its News Search, which previously had covered only the most recent 30 days. However, the change was so “quiet,” that the available Google News documentation is out of date and incorrect – and there is no reliable way to know how far back results will now go for any News search.     ...

  • State by State Directory of Official Sources for Criminal History and Criminal Records Searches
    05/21/2015 - 16:26
    One of the most frequent questions we get when presenting our live Internet Investigative Research MCLE seminars regards "comprehensive criminal background searches." Seminar attendees are almost always surprised, and disappointed, when we explain that, despite all of the ads on the Internet suggesting the contrary, there is no such thing as a national criminal records database - at...

  • How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? | New Tool Allows You to Find Out
    05/19/2015 - 21:17
    Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects data from law enforcement agengies (at all levels) regarding crimes in their jurisdictions and compiles an annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The FBI describes the UCR this way: The FBI’s UCR Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and...

  • Display a Map Showing a Radius Around a Location Point or Address
    05/13/2015 - 19:18
    If you had to figure out exactly what's contained "within a x mile radius" of a specific location or address, how would you do it? We've just had an issue where we needed to create a list of major cities within a 200 mile radius of a specific address. To answer this question and create a map showing those cities, we used's Radius Around a Point tool. It allows you to enter a...

  • Author-Speaker Carole Levitt Named One of the 'Women You Need to Know: In Law and Technology'
    04/24/2015 - 17:40
    Author/speaker Carole Levitt has been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Law Technology Today publication as one of the “Women You Need to Know: In Law and Technology.” The article serves as a resource list of “women who write and speak about legal technology” for those who might otherwise express a difficulty in finding such women. More generally, the...

  • The 'Death' of Willie Nelson, Judd Nelson, Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, et al | The Importance of Verifying Sources on the Internet
    04/12/2015 - 02:54
    by: Mark Rosch Note this story was first posted in 2010. Updated April 12, 2015.   Despite widely shared reports on the Internet, neither Willie Nelson nor Judd Nelson are dead. Upon closer investigation, the site that hosts the Willie Nelson story appears to have no other pages that the one with the false story about singer Willie Nelson's supposed death. It IS NOT the site of...

  • Microsoft Killing Internet Explorer Web Browser
    03/17/2015 - 20:10
    Microsoft will be replacing it's once market-leading Web browser Internet Explorer. Starting with the release of Windows 10, a new browser, currently code-named "Project Spartan" will be the default browser. According to the announcement on Microsoft's IEBlog, "Spartan is a single browser designed to work great across the entire Windows 10 device family - from keyboard and mouse on the Windows...

  • Legal Ethics Considerations for Lawyers' Use of Cloud Computing Services
    03/08/2015 - 16:49
    We often get questions about the security of "cloud computing" services like Google Apps and whether that security is tight enough for lawyers to use them. Google Apps, for example, meets the security standards put in place for the online storage of government agencies' information set out in the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2000 (FISMA 44 U.S.C. § 3541, et seq.). Cloud...

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