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20 Free Programs You Should Have on Your PC in 2012

Apps for smartphones are pretty easy — finding and installing programs (the original “apps”) for a new PC is not so easy.  If you have a new PC after the holidays or simply want to make sure you have the right (free) tools which every lawyer should have on at …

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Privacy
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What Are Your Jurors Doing on the Internet?

A persistent problem for the jury system has been jurors using the Internet during jury selection and trial.  Despite media coverage, the problem continues (even internationally). But there may be a positive side of this issue: jurors are, like the rest of us, often tied to the internet or smartphones.  Perhaps …

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Privacy
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U.S. Supreme Court, GPS Darts & George Orwell

The case of U.S. v. Jones is set for oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court next week and may resolve whether police may physically attach a GPS transmitter on a person’s car to track its movements for an extended period of time — without a warrant. Read the article …

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Privacy
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Facebook Security Settings for Lawyers (and Their Families)

As much as lawyers want to use Facebook for advertising, a key concern is security for their “public” accounts… and their personal ones.   This October 2011 article from the Palm Beach Bar Association explains, in step-by-step format, how to secure your Facebook accounts. In light of the recent Facebook …

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Social Media
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CT Judge OK’s Facebook Joking Juror & Juror Facebook-friending

On October 5, 2011, a Connecticut federal court judge declined to order a new trial after the defendant in a tax evasion case learned that  (a) “Juror X” was posting on Facebook during trial that he “may get 2 hang someone… can’t wait” and “Guinness for lunch break” and (b) “Juror …

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law & order
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Florida Adds New Teen (Anti) Sexting Law — Here Are All of the Official Documents

There has been a rush of news stories about Florida’s new anti-sexting law which went into effect October 1, 2011.  Unfortunately, much of the coverage is inconsistent:  for example, CNN describes the new law as “easing” the penalties for this type of lewd behavior. The Sun Sentinel/Palm Beach Post simply …

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Privacy
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Internet Safety for Parents and Students / Children

While much of the focus on Internet safety is on our children, a lot of what they learn may come from the habits of their parents.  I had the pleasure to speak to a group of parents, and then a group of 7th and 8th grade students, at Rosarian Academy …

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Will Your Law Firm Accept Bitcoin?

The concept of bitcoin, a virtual online currency, has been in the news in 2011.  The good news is that it has been somewhat stable, received media attention, and survived an attempted hack (arguably better than major corporations and some nations).  The bad news is that it remains a shadow-currency …

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iOS
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Using iPhone Location Data in Discovery

Remember the “news” that our smartphones are tracking user locations and storing them in files on the phone?   This article discusses how the iPhone accumulates and stores location data — and how it can be obtained by lawyers in civil cases. Originally published in the Trial Advocate Quarterly, Volume …

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Social Media
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(Intermediate) Facebook for Lawyers & Law Firms: Ethics, Jury Selection, Marketing, Fan Pages

In 2011, the Palm Beach Bar Association hosted “Intermediate Facebook for Lawyers & Law Firms,” a seminar regarding Facebook: 1.  Current legal ethics issues; 2.  How to use Facebook and social media for jury selection; 3.  Facebook marketing for lawyers; and 4.  How to set up a Facebook fan page …

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Privacy
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Do You Want LinkedIn to Use Your Profile in Their Ads?

Didn’t think so.  But their services agreement automatically opts you in. Here’s the fix: 1.  Log in.  Click on your name in the upper right corner.  Select “Settings” 2.  Find and click on “Account” in the lower right corner. 3.  Select “Manage Social Advertising.” 4.  The box is likely checked.  …

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iOS
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Lawyers Should Turn Off “Sent From My [Smartphone]”

Lawyers, and really anyone, should pay attention to whether their smartphone is appending “sent by my iPhone”-type messages at the bottom of business emails.  It’s an unnecessary advertisement for someone else’s product in your communication AND sends a variety of poor messages. Don’t believe it?  Read this article, from the …

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E-discovery
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Digital Photos Have Metadata Too

Lawyers and businesses overlyfocused on e-discovery often raise interest in other parties’ metadata (as well as concern about their own).  Good practices call for companies and firms to scrub email attachments before sending.  But digital photos are often forgotten and, worse, overlooked by common scrubbing software.   Even in our …

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Sending Large PDF Documents by Email

Lawyers (and others) often send emails with large PDF and other attachment. This article from the May 2011 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin will give you some tips and tricks to get around firewalls and other e-barriers.  

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South Park’s Use of WWIB Video Deemed Fair Use

A Wisconsin federal court judge dismissed a case against the makers of South Park where the plaintiff had alleged a copyright violation of its use of an Internet viral video, What What in the Butt.  In the April 2008 episode, “Canada on Strike,” character Butters Stotch “replicates parts of the …

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