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  • Facebook Kills Search Features Useful for Background and Investigative Research
    04/05/2018 - 12:26
    Facebook has discontinued many search features useful to legal professionals conducting background and investigative research of users on the popular social networking site. These include searching by email address and phone number to locate someone’s Facebook profile. The changes were spurred by recent revelations that political data mining firm Cambridge Analytica scraped publicly...


  • Twitter Bot Follows Federal Cases of Note; Posts Free Case Documents
    03/18/2018 - 12:52
    The aptly named Twitter robot Big Case Bot automatically follows selected U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and Federal District Court cases of note and posts documents from new docket entries to Twitter. U.S. Courts of Appreal and Federal District Court documents are pulled from PACER. U.S. Supreme Court documents are pulled from another source. The documents are included as attachments...


  • Do Virtual Assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant Have a Place in the Office
    01/09/2018 - 05:58
    by Mark Rosch | January 9, 2018 If you have any interest in technology, you’ve probably been seeing and hearing a lot in the past few months about “virtual assistants,” “voice assistants,” or “smart speakers” like Amazon’s Alexa and Echo, and Google Home (regular and Mini) and the battle for the “smart home.” Many of you might be...


  • Finding the Right Person on Social Media: An eDiscovery White Paper
    01/08/2018 - 11:52
    The pervasive nature of social media has made it an extraordinary source of legal evidence today. As such, there is both a duty to preserve social media content and a need for lawyers to learn how to find relevant social media evidence to use in litigation. The five major social media sites today, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, all have unique "flavors of information,...


  • Internet Research Reference Book Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Now in its 14th Edition
    12/19/2017 - 13:36
    The popular Internet research manual, The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet: Conducting Effective Investigative and Background Research on the Web has been updated to a new 14th edition. The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet features extensive reviews of the best investigative and background research resources available for free (or at low cost) on the Internet.  Unlike others...


  • ABA LTRC Releases TECHREPORT Analysis of 2017 Legal Technology Survey Results
    12/07/2017 - 15:35
    by Mark Rosch The American Bar Association's (ABA's) Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) has released its 2017 Legal Technology Survey Report.  For the past 20 years, the LTRC has surveyed practicing attorneys about their technology choices. In 2017, the findings of the survey are presented in six volumes: Vol. 1: Technology Basics & Security Vol. 2: Law...


  • 2018 CLE at Sea Cruise Offers 12 Hours of Credit in Multiple States
    11/30/2017 - 17:43
    Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch have been announced as speakers for the CLE at Sea 2018, Continuing Legal Education Cruise presented by the Alaska Bar. They will join a line-up of nationally-known continuing legal education speakers offering 12 hours of CLE credit during the seven day cruise. The CLE at Sea 2018 educational programs have been approved for CLE credit in the following...


  • Good News About Facebook Graph Search
    11/29/2017 - 15:29
    by Mark Rosch & Carole Levitt | November 29, 2017 Facebook’s Graph Search allows you to create very sophisticated, relational searches through the information people share about themselves on Facebook. "Graph Search" features appear to have returned to the Facebook search box - with some changes. In the latest edition of The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet, we...


  • Changes Come to Findagrave.com
    11/28/2017 - 12:59
    by Mark Rosch & Carole Levitt | November 28, 2017 Findagrave.com offers a searchable database of gravesite locations for nearly 160 million people. The website and some of its search features were updated in November 2017. You now can search with a partial last name and even a partial first name, by a nickname, or by a maiden name. To choose these options, click into the appropriate...


  • Did Google Mean to Discontinue Instant Predictions Setting
    05/18/2017 - 12:08
    Did Google mean to take away the ability to turn off "Instant Predictions" in search? Or did it just get lost in the last update of the Chrome browser? I had a look at my Google Search Settings today and was surprised by something I saw...or rather, something I didn't see. Ordinarily, Google offers you the ability to (somewhat) manage when you see the page of Instant Search...


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