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USB Device Promises Unlimited Storage

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is filled with new and proposed products that will fill the shelves of your local electronics shop (or online store) in the next six to 12 months. Some are amazing; some are visionary; some are outlandish; some are all of the above.

One of the products that caught my attention at the 2017 show is a USB storage device that claims to be “the world’s first unlimited capacity USB drive,” called &ldquo…

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Size Matters to Google | Increases File Size Limit for Incoming Email Attachments

In a blog post, Google announced that Gmail users can now receive email attachments up to 50MB in size.

By way of an explanation, Google recognizes that, “sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments.” The key phrase here is “direct email attachments.” This cha…

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Gmail Will Stop Working on These Browsers Soon

Google has announced that Gmail will stop working on versions of Google’s Chrome browser older than v53 at the end of 2017.

The announcement cited security upgrades in newer versions of the browser as a reason for not supporting versions of Chro…

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Latest Gadgets to be Introduced at Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Every year, barely after the New Year, the consumer technology industry comes together in Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES¨) – the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. There they introduce and celebrate the latest products and technological innovations in consumer electronics, including office productivity tools – the gadgets many of us love and can’t manage to work without. This year, the International CES runs from Januar…

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Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine Launches Full-Text Search…Sort Of

By Mark Rosch

One of the questions that we are often asked during our live MCLE seminars and MCLE webinars is whether there is a keyword search available for the billions of Web pages collected by the Archive.org’s Wayback Machine. Since its inception in 2000, Wayback Machine users have been able to browse earlier versions of websites by …

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Google Offers Proximity Search

Updated: November 13, 2016
Many paid legal research products such as LexisNexis and Westlaw o…

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Google Introduces (Yet Another) New Name for Google for Work

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.” 

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Opera Web Browser Introduces Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection

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…

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Yahoo Urges U.S. Government to Release Information Regarding E-Mail Surveillance

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.”

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Google Kills Hangouts On Air

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.

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Is Birthdatabase.com Gone Forever? | Update – Back…And Now Gone Again

Updated January 11, 2017

Updated November 14, 2016

One of our favorite unofficial, free sources for dates of birth, Birthdatabase.com, is currently once again unavailable is back online. After an absence of approximately three months, the site’s search form is once agai…

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Google Introduces New Email Security Warning in Gmail

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 …

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Facebook Kills Off Name Search

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…

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Oracle v. Google: The Social Media Research Ban

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…

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Google Kills Blogsearch (Again) – But This Time They REALLY Mean It

Google has completely killed off access to its old BlogSearch database. The integration of Blog results into NewsSearch results continues to be sub-par.

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Bench Reporter Archives California Tentative Rulings Into a Searchable Database

Bench Reporter site offers searchable database of California county courts’ tentative rulings.

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Google Expands Translate Service to 103 Languages

Google Translate adds 13 more languages. Now recognizes 103 languages.

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Update to “New Relationship Report in TLOxp”

TLOxp Investigative Research database’s “Relationship Report,” 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 be

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The Unofficial User Guide to New Casemaker Features

White paper tracks new search features and functions in Casemaker Internet legal research database. We track new developments like these to insure that our in-person CLE seminars on Internet investigative and legal research are as up to date as they can b

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How to Conduct a Quick Google Scholar Search with the Click of a Button

Learn how to search caselaw and articles at Google Scholar without leaving the web page your already on – with the Google Scholar Button.

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Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Cases: Finally, Free Party Name Searching Option

Los Angeles County Civil Court dockets can now be searched by name (party, attorney, and judge) for free, via Plainsite.org.

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The Unofficial User Guide to New Casemaker Features

Casemaker internet legal research database offers many new features that have not yet been added to their official online User Guide.

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Device Offer More Anonymous Surfing, Hides IP Address | eBlocker

eBlocker is launching a new Internet surfing cloaking device that promises to hide much of the identifying information your browsing sessions share with the Web sites you visit. It is currently available for pre-order at a 50% discount.

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Dear U.S. Supreme Court Web Site: Where are Your Briefs?

The U.S. Supreme Court does not post its briefs at their site, AND also fails to provide information on where to find Supreme Court briefs for free.

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Does Passing the Newly Required TLOxp.com Site Visit Automatically Entitle Users to Full Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth?

Does Passing the Newly Required TLOxp.com Site Visit Automatically Entitle Users to Full Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth?

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Are You Searching the Internet as Effectively as You Think You Are?

New York Times article details how IRS agent Gary L. Alford used his online searching skills to correctly identify the previously-anonymous, “nearly-mythical leader” of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road – Ross W. Ulbricht.

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Summary of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee Formal Opinion 127: “Use of Social Media for Investigative Purposes”

In September 2015, the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee (Committee) issued Formal Opinion 127 – Use of Social Media for Investigative Purposes – to address the conflicting ethical opinions from various jurisdictions about how to apply the establi

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Google Cripples Another Feature – Location

Google has crippled yet another of it’s search filters/features. This time it’s the location feature.

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TLOxp Raises Prices, Requires Site Visit for All Subscribers

TransUnion’s TLOxp investigative research and public record database is increasing its fees, instituting a minimum monthly spend (akin to a subscription fee), and requiring all subscribers to undergo a site visit of their physical office location.

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Yahoo’s About to Look Even More Like Google

Yahoo has signed a deal to retrieve some of its web search, image search, and resultant advertising from Google.

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Harvard Law School Teams with Ravel Law To Digitize Case Law | Make It Available For Free

Harvard Law School teams with Ravel law to digitize Library of case law to make it available to search for free online.

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Internet Ninja Research Tricks | Lawyerist Podcast Interview With Carole Levitt & Mark Rosch

In an interview with the Lawyerist Podcast’s Sam Glover, Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch share some of their favorite Internet search tips and “secret” sources.

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Every Lawyer’s Investigative Research Database – TLOxp

Not everything is available for free on the Internet – and sometimes even when it is, that information might be difficult to find or spread over multiple sources. TLOxp

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New ‘Relationship Report’ in TLOxp Investigative Research Database Compares Assets

TLOxp to launch Relationship Report comparing assets (real property, vehicles) of two individuals (people).

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LexisNexis Offering to Match Loislaw Subscription Pricing for “Equivalent Information”

LexisNexis is offering to match Loislaw customers’ subscription price for “equivalent information” in a Lexis Advance subscription in the wake of Fastcase’s acquisition of Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer.

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Fastcase Acquires Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer Blog Reports

Fastcase acquires Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer.

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New Gmail Events Feature Finally Comes to Google for Work Accounts

Google’s Events from Gmail feature comes to Google Apps for Work accounts.

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Content in Pro-Quest Databases Discoverable in Google Scholar Searches

The contents of journals, magazines, and other periodicals in the ProQuest database are now discoverable in Google Scholar searches.

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Yahoo Adopts Worst of Google’s Interface Changes

Yahoo has emulated the way Google hides access to cached versions of web pages in its search results.

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Ancestry Offers Free Access to Database of Wills and Probate Records For a Limited Time

Ancestry.com is offering free access to a new database U.S. Wills and Probate records.

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Fastcase 7: Better Than a Tesla

The Fastcase legal research database launches its first redesign since 2003 – Fastcase Version 7.

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Searchable Database of Military Cemeteries and Other Veterans’ Graves

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Nationwide Gravesite Locator a searchable database of the burial locations of “veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and

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Google’s News Search is in Even Worse Condition Than we First Thought | Another in an Unfortunately Growing Series of Articles about Google Search Problems

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.

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State by State Directory of Official Sources for Criminal History and Criminal Records Searches

Official resources for criminal history and criminal records search resources – from state police agencies, courts, and other law enforcement entities.

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How Many Crimes Do Your Police ‘Clear’? | New Tool Allows You to Find Out

NPR creates tool to search crime clearance rates from FBI Uniform Crime Report.

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Display a Map Showing a Radius Around a Location Point or Address

Mapping tool allows you to display a radius around any map point, location, address, or latitude/longitude coordinates.

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Author-Speaker Carole Levitt Named One of the ‘Women You Need to Know: In Law and Technology’

Author/speaker Carole Levitt has been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Law Technology Today publication as one of the Women You Need to Know: In Law and Technology.

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The ‘Death’ of Willie Nelson, Judd Nelson, Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, et al | The Importance of Verifying Sources on the Internet

Reports of Judd Nelson and/or Eddie Murphy’s death are incorrect. Neither Judd Nelson nor Eddie Murphy are dead. Updated November 2014 and December 2010. People never learn to check sources.

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Microsoft Killing Internet Explorer Web Browser

Microsoft is replacing it’s once market-leading Web browser Internet Explorer. Starting with the release of Windows 10, a new browser, currently code-named “Project Spartan” will be the default browser.

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Legal Ethics Considerations for Lawyers’ Use of Cloud Computing Services

Lawyers must keep legal ethics concerns (and responsibilities) in mind when considering cloud computing solutions for their law firms’ and clients’ information.

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Microsoft Releases Free Preview of Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft has released a free preview version of Office 2016 for Mac.

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Google Quietly Extends Coverage Range of Google News Database

Google has extended the coverage range of sources returned in Google News search results. Instead of just 30 days, results can date back (at least) to 2004.

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Yahoo! and Bing Make Changes to Their Exclusionary Search Connector

Bing has made two significant changes in the way it handles and recognizes search connectors to exclude keywords/phrases or entire domains from search results. The changes also effect Yahoo, because Yahoo Search is powered by Bing.

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