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  • Twitter Kills Search Features Useful for Background and Investigative Research
    11/19/2018 - 12:48
    By: Mark Rosch Twitter appears to have disabled its pinpoint geographical search capability, and severely limited its other geographic search capablities. Some less precise geographic search capabilities do still remain. Until recently, it was possible to enter the search instruction geocode (along with GPS coordinates for a specific location) into the search box at Twitter to...

  • American Bar Association Offers Big Cyber Monday Discounts
    11/18/2018 - 16:14
    On Monday, November 26th, the American Bar Association is once again running its Cyber Monday Sale. ALL books will be on sale for 40% off your best price. That includes 40% off of the ABA Member/Division/Section price. The ABA's Cyber Monday sale also includes free shipping. Be sure to use the code:CYBER18 to get your discount. If you're paring paper out of your life,...

  • Google Translate Includes "Handwriting" Feature
    11/16/2018 - 12:46
    By Mark Rosch While many people are familiar with the ability to type or enter a link to a Web page written in a foreign language into the Google Translate tool, fewer are aware that you can also handwrite or draw characters or pictographs of languages (such as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) that do not use the "Latin/Roman/Western" characters used in the English (and other Western...

  • Google Shuts Down Google+ Social Networking Site
    10/08/2018 - 14:18
    Google is shutting down it's Google+ (Google Plus) social networking site. Google is shutting down its social networking site after "reportedly failing to publicly disclose a security bug affecting hundreds of thousands of accounts on the service," (according to CNN). The "security bug" is reportedly far-reaching. According to The Washington Post, "Google is shutting down its...

  • 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...

  • Internet Research Reference Book Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet Now in its 14th Edition
    01/19/2018 - 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
    01/12/2018 - 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...

  • 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,...

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