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Lawmakers are pushing gadget manufacturers with the Right to Repair movement

The amount of electronics that we are throwing away each year is growing at an exponential rate, and this toxic trash is hazardous to both people and the planet. What are we supposed to do when our smartphones or other gadgets stop working? According to lawmakers in the United States and Europe, there is one option that should be available instead of getting rid of them— fixing them. Lawmakers in at least 18 states— and the European Parliament— believe that manufacturers should make it a priori...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Europe, Design, News, Microsoft, Electronics, Law, California, Virginia, Tech, Legislation, Smartphones, Earth, United States, Carbon Emissions


Junior Lawyers Are Going Extinct And Nobody Knows What To Do About It

Technology will reduce the market for junior attorneys and that carries with it some significant ripple effects.
Tags: Technology, Law, Law Schools, Biglaw


"The idea that the #10YearChallenge might be a shady astroturfed meme intended to capture innocent user data isn’t so extraordinary, as far as social-media folklore goes."

"There’s a widely held conspiracy theory that Facebook is eavesdropping on conversations through our smartphones — how else, the idea goes, could Facebook serve up advertisements about things I was literally just talking about?...  Facebook doesn’t need to eavesdrop on you: The data it already has and is able to extract continuously... is more than enough....  The breathtaking scope of contemporary surveillance and data-extraction processes doesn’t just make conspiracy theories about astroturfed...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Law, Conspiracies, Ann Althouse, Fool You New York Magazine


Fifth Circuit: Apple not liable for crash of driver reading texts

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has a rejected a products liability claim against Apple alleging that a woman’s neurobiological response to looking at a text message on her iPhone 5 while behind the wheel was the cause of a car crash that killed two people and paralyzed a child.” [John Council/Texas Lawyer, Tim Cushing/TechDirt; Meador v. Apple] Tags: Apple, cellphones, deep pocket, Fifth Circuit
Tags: Apple, Law, Uncategorized, Cellphones, Fifth Circuit, U S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Deep Pocket, Meador, John Council Texas Lawyer Tim Cushing TechDirt


The best thing about this mural is the way the cigarette smoke...

... continues beyond the door onto the wall and around the corner.I framed the image from a Google street view in Alicante, Spain. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Google, Smoking, Law, Spain, Alicante Spain, Murals, Ann Althouse, Google grab


The Turducken of Services Challenge

Traditionally, most businesses used software installed on their own systems that was documented by a software license.   It is becoming more common to use cloud based software or SAAS that is documented by a services agreement.   One difference is that there can be multiple layers. The services agreement may be subject to or intertwined with a software license, a cloud platform provider, and a reseller. Those can all be different parties with different terms. Each layer may impose the terms o...
Tags: Technology, Law


"Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme — Right?"

Writes Kate O'Neil in Wired.Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics, and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g. how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous data set with lots of people's pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Law, Aging, Looks, Exif, Ann Althouse, Creepiness, Kate O Neil


January 16 roundup

The two new heads of the judiciary committees in the Pennsylvania legislature are nonlawyers, and the legal community appears to be fine with that [Max Mitchell, Legal Intelligencer] Long after his downfall in one of the worst U.S. legal scandals in years, Stan Chesley was still listed as holding an honored position at a major charity until a reporter started calling [Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward, I’m quoted; update (Chesley’s name removed)] National security restrictions form an important pa...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Georgia, Copyright, Pennsylvania, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Baltimore, Mike Masnick, Clark, Carl Malamud, Chesley, Daubert, Free Trade


Startup’s New Messaging App for Lawyers Offers Security and Storage

A Chicago-area startup founded by a lawyer who was concerned about his inability to securely message with colleagues and clients today launched a secure messaging app for iOS and Android that is designed to meet the security needs of legal professionals. Call EIE Legal, the app provides lawyers with a secure, encrypted method of mobile information exchange and an archived, unalterable record of those communications, stored encrypted in the cloud, not on the device. Founder David M. Buddingh say...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Michael, Naperville, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, EIE, David M Buddingh, EIE Legal, David M Buddingh David S Buddingh


A Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest Week In Legal Technology

For anyone in legal operations who has not yet attended Legaltech, it can be a little overwhemling. Here's some advice to get you through it.
Tags: Technology, Law, LegalWeek, Legal Operations, Mike Quartararo, Legatech


Startup’s New Messaging App for Lawyers Offers Security and Storage

A Chicago-area startup founded by a lawyer who was concerned about his inability to securely message with colleagues and clients today launched a secure messaging app for iOS and Android that is designed to meet the security needs of legal professionals. Call EIE Legal, the app provides lawyers with a secure, encrypted method of mobile information exchange and an archived, unalterable record of those communications, stored encrypted in the cloud, not on the device. Founder David M. Buddingh say...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Michael, Naperville, ABA Techshow, EIE, David M Buddingh, EIE Legal, David M Buddingh David S Buddingh


Here’s the Recording of My Guest Spot on the final episode of ‘This Week in Law’

I had the great pleasure to be a guest last week on the final episode of This Week in Law, the video podcast that Denise Howell has hosted for 12 years, most recently with cohosts Stefan Szpajda and Matt Curtis. If you missed the live broadcast, the recording is now available to view. This week’s episode, Odious Buffoons (no doubt a reference to the guest), was the show’s last. We rounded up a variety of topics in the news: including remix culture copyright, strangers may be watching your Ring v...
Tags: Apple, Google, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Bob Ambrogi, Denise Howell, Matt Curtis, Stefan Szpajda


Gearing Up For Legaltech 2019

Check out these events at this year's show.
Tags: Technology, Law, Ediscovery, Legaltech


Here’s the Recording of My Guest Spot on the final episode of ‘This Week in Law’

I had the great pleasure to be a guest last week on the final episode of This Week in Law, the video podcast that Denise Howell has hosted for 12 years, most recently with cohosts Stefan Szpajda and Matt Curtis. If you missed the live broadcast, the recording is now available to view. This week’s episode, Odious Buffoons (no doubt a reference to the guest), was the show’s last. We rounded up a variety of topics in the news: including remix culture copyright, strangers may be watching your Ring v...
Tags: Apple, Google, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Denise Howell, Matt Curtis, Stefan Szpajda


RIFs, WARN, OWBPA, Disparate Impact – An Alphabet Soup for a Future Downturn

In my prior post, I wondered aloud whether there were some rough waters ahead for employers.  Apple recently announced that it would not meet it’s earnings estimates in the first quarter of 2019, in part because of soft demand from China. Other companies are expected to announce some similar issues. Honestly, I’ve had enough conversations in the last few years with HR professionals who just haven’t lived through a major downturn. Think about this way: For anyone who joined the workforce since 20...
Tags: Apple, Layoffs, Law, China, Recession, Statistics, Class Actions, ADEA, Performance Review, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Discrimination & Harassment, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Owbpa, Reduction in Force, Rif


LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai

 What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at Smith.ai say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with Smith.ai’s Justin Maxwell, cofounder and chief ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Law, Maxwell, Silicon Valley, Smith, Justin Maxwell, Martin, Bob Ambrogi, LawNext, Maddy Martin, Google Apple Mint Intuit Sony


Greasing The Gears Of Legal Commerce — Automatic, Systematic, Hydromatic (alt.legal) Innovation

Close your eyes and picture a magically perfect legal services market.
Tags: Technology, Law, Biglaw


LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai

 What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at Smith.ai say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with Smith.ai’s Justin Maxwell, cofounder and chief ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Law, Maxwell, Silicon Valley, Smith, Justin Maxwell, Martin, LawNext, Maddy Martin, Google Apple Mint Intuit Sony


Announcing COMO Brussels, the Fourth Edition of the “Content Moderation at Scale” Conference Series, Feb. 5

I’m pleased to announce that there will be a fourth edition of the popular content moderation conference series, this time in Brussels. The event is titled “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale” and will be held on February 5, 2019, in the European Parliament. It will follow a similar format as the SCU and DC events. You can register for free. I plan to attend. As part of my trip, I have two completely open days in Brussels, February 3 and 4. If you would like to get together during those days...
Tags: Google, Law, Manhattan, Brussels, Tripadvisor, European Parliament, Mike Masnick, Eric Goldman, Sen Ron Wyden, Dave Willner, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Emma Llansó, Colin Sullivan, Kate Klonick, Scale Santa Clara University


Sheila Warren Of World Economic Forum: Solving Corruption Problems In Colombia Using Blockchain

Her methodology leverages design-thinking methods to create tools that use blockchain technology to address this challenge.
Tags: Corruption, Technology, Law, Colombia, Blockchain, World Economic Forum, Olga V. Mack, Sheila Warren, Colombia Using Blockchain


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Kyle Jahner: Drugmakers Head to High Court for Clarity on Patent-Sale Timing (Source: Bloomberg Law) Sara Salinas: Apple CEO Tim Cook Rips into Qualcomm, Leaves Little Chance of a Settlement in Patent Dispute (Source: CNBC) Jeff John Roberts: IBM Tops 2018 Patent List as A.I. and Quantum Computing Gain Prominence (Source: Fortune) Arif Bacchus: Lenovo Patent Application Hints at a Future Laptop with a Flexible, Folding OLED Display (Source: Digital Trends) ...
Tags: Law, New York Times, Tim Cook, Uspto, Ibm, Lenovo, Patent, Cnbc, Jeff John Roberts, Sui Lee Wee, Christopher J Walker, Keith Bradsher, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Kyle Jahner, Bloomberg Law Sara Salinas




WIRTW #537 (the “Roma” edition)

We are contemplating spending Spring Break in Rome. For those who've been, what's you best tip for first-time visitors? Sights not to be missed? Things that are off the beaten path? Where to stay? Best pizza? Best gelato? Drop a note in the comments below and let me know your Rome tips. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Google sued for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct allegations — via Engadget  Boys and Thrones and Sexual Harassment — via HR Examiner with John Sumser Liti...
Tags: Google, Law, Rome, Ada, Omega, ERC, McConnell, Troutman Sanders, NLRA, Eric Meyer, Kavanaugh, Spring Break, GrubHub, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


Is Google programmed to teach us not to write "Democrat Party"?!

In a post earlier this morning, I noticed the congressional Democrats have something called "New Democrat Coalition" and wondered why they accepted using "Democrat" like that when they adamantly oppose "Democrat Party." It's a coalition of Democrats, so Democrat Coalition is fine grammatically. You can use a noun as an adjective when it makes sense. It's the Optimist Club, not the Optimistic Club. Why rankle at "Democrat Party"? And why think you're insulting them by calling it the "Democrat Par...
Tags: Google, Law, Israel, Grammar, Republican Party, Rats, Spelling, Democratic Party, Democrat Party, Hertzberg, Ann Althouse, Optimist Club, Hendrik Hertzberg, New Democrat Coalition, Mesquito, Democrat Coalition


Empirical SCOTUS: Which Supreme Court cases are generating the most interest?

This Supreme Court term, like the past several before it, has been slow out of the gates. It also marks another term with a new justice – this time Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The justices often find consensus both early on in a term and after a largescale change, defining or redefining their jurisprudential boundaries only later. The justices have released five decisions in argued cases so far, all of them free even from concurrences. This is a new high count for unanimous decisions without a conc...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Alabama, Indiana, Pepper, United States, New York Times, Madison, Apple Inc, Hyatt, American Legion, Frank, John Roberts, Murphy, Weyerhaeuser


'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar


'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar


5 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing in 2019

Having high quality content on your website, blog, and social media pages is the best way to improve your Google search ranking and online authority. When people — your prospects — like what you have to say online, you are rewarded by Google as well as by those who are ready to hire an attorney to help them solve their legal problems. But creating good, consistent content is not easy. Too often, the task of continually pumping out articles and posts for all your online properties falls by the wa...
Tags: Google, Law, Bing You, Kparser



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