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  • 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
    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 casual, or even...

  • 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...

  • Is Gone Forever?
    09/04/2016 - 16:52
    One of our favorite unofficial, free sources for dates of birth,, is currently unavailable. The site's URL redirects to the blog of an apparently defunct site called          Get news like this delivered directly to your inbox. 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 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...

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