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  • Robert Ambrogi is reporting at his LawSites blog that Fastcase has acquired Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer. Financial details of the deal were not reported, but Ambrogi confirmed the transaction with both companies. Ambrogi also reported: Subscribers will be migrated to the Fastcase service sometime before Nov. 30, when the current Loislaw site will be shut down. Existing subscriptions will be...


  • For the past few months, the consumer technology press has been gushing about the new "Events from Gmail" feature that auto-recognizes events (e.g., flights, restaurant reservations, concerts) listed in incoming emails and automatically adds them to your Google Calendar. An important fact these stories left out was that the feature was only available for consumer Gmail accounts and not Google...


  • The full text of ProQuest's database, which includes journal and newspaper articles and working papers, is now indexed in Google Scholar. This allows Google Scholar users to view abstracts of ProQuest's materials for free in their Google Scholar results and then to access the full-text of ProQuest's materials for free, if their public library has a subscription to ProQuest. In a press release...


  • Yahoo, has made a subtle change to the way it displays its search results. The search engine has moved the placement of its links to "cached" versions of Web pages that appear in its organic search results. Access to the cached versions of pages in Yahoo search results (when available) is now hidden behind a less-than-obvious down-arrow to the right of the results' URL. Hovering over the down-...


  • For a limited time, Ancestry.com is offering free access to a new database U.S. Wills and Probate records. The site claims its "never before available online...new and exclusive" collection contains  "more than 170 million documents from all 50 states."          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript...


  • 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...


  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Nationwide Gravesite Locator (http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/) - 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...


  • 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.        ...


  • 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 least not...


  • 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 federal...


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