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Cloud essentials for lawyers, 2017 edition

Although there is no reason to trust the security of “the cloud,” right now, small law firms likely need to use it in order to compete. So here are some essential cloud services lawyers could weave together to make a viable virtual office, courtesy of the legal tech site Attorney at Work:
Office 365. I’ve had th ... (full story)

Blockchain legal consortium formed

Well, that was a big week in the blockchain!
On Aug.t 24, The Verge and a couple of other tech news services got a mysterious email supposedly from the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, a person no one has ever met, but who supposedly invented Bitcoin, about updates that he had made to blockchain database technology.
And the next d ... (full story)

IBM’s AI Watson to help Dayton court

The Juvenile Court of Montgomery County, Ohio, which includes the city of Dayton, has become one of the first juvenile courts in the country to have IBM’s powerhouse AI computer Watson handling its files.
According to an AP story, the court is the first to use Watson to coordinate the docket in a juvenile specialty court&md ... (full story)

Hacker or Hero or Both? The saga of Marcus Hutchins

A funny thing happened as the 2017 DEF CON hacker’s and cybersecurity professional’s conference ended in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. One of the world’s latest cybersecurity (white hat) heroes was arrested by US authorities and accused of actually being a black hat dude.
He denies it, and has a lot of people in cy ... (full story)

SCOTUS updates website, will accept electronic filing

The U.S. Supreme Court’s website just got a major overhaul, including a number of upgrades aimed at easing public and bar access to the court.
Most exciting is a nascent attempt at electronic filing, allowing the Supreme Court to join the rest of the federal court system in that regard.
The National Law Journal has gath ... (full story)