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  • 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...


  • Is Birthdatabase.com Gone Forever?
    09/04/2016 - 16:52
    One of our favorite unofficial, free sources for dates of birth, Birthdatabase.com, is currently unavailable. The site's URL redirects to the blog of an apparently defunct site called seeme.com.          Get news like this delivered directly to your inbox. Birthdatabase.com boasted a database of more than 120 million names and birthdates...


  • 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...


  • Legal Ethics Considerations for Lawyers' Use of Cloud Computing Services
    04/14/2016 - 09:49
    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...


  • Google Kills Blogsearch (Again) - But This Time They REALLY Mean It
    03/28/2016 - 14:01
    We have previously written about Google's move to integrate its BlogSearch results into its already existing NewsSearch results. At that time, we identified a work-around that would allow you to retrieve Blog-only results from the BlogSearch database's previous incarnation. Google recently discontinued access to that work-around - killing BlogSearch once and for all. Results from blogs can still...


  • Bench Reporter Archives California Tentative Rulings Into a Searchable Database
    03/09/2016 - 11:45
    California lawyers will be interested to learn about a new site, Bench Reporter, which archives thousands of Superior Court Tentative Rulings (primarily from Los Angeles County). Tentative Rulings were introduced in the 1960s in Los Angeles. They later expanded to other counties. Judges are not required to use Tentative Rulings. (See California Rule of Court 3.1308 to learn what procedure your...


  • Google Expands Translate Service to 103 Languages
    03/08/2016 - 21:41
    Google has added 13 additional languages to its Google Translate service. This brings the total number of languages Google Translate can translate into or out of to 103.  Google claims that with this addition will, "help bring a combined 120 million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world." Google also claims that with these additional...


  • Update to “New Relationship Report in TLOxp”
    03/03/2016 - 17:31
    In an earlier post, we reported that TLOxp announced a forthcoming “Relationship Report,” which allows subscribers to simultaneously run one report comparing the assets (typically this refers only to real property and vehicles—not bank accounts or stocks) and showing other connections between two subjects. Pricing had not been announced at that time. Now that we have tried out...


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