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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Google will shut down Google Hire in 2020

TechCrunch: “Add another one to the Google graveyard. Google has disclosed that it will shut down Google Hire, the job application tracking system it launched just two years ago. Google built Hire in an effort to simplify the hiring process, with a workflow that integrated into Google’s G Suite (Search/Gmail/Calendar/Docs etc.) things like searching for applicants, scheduling interviews and providing feedback about potential hires. It was built mostly for small to medium-sized businesses, with a price that ranged from $200 to $400 a month depending on how many G Suite licenses you needed. Hire came into existence after Google acquired Bebop — a company started by VMware founder Diane Greene — for a reported $380 million in 2015. Greene went on to act as the CEO of Google’s Cloud division, but left the role in early 2019. In an email to customers, Google says:

While Hire has been successful, we’re focusing our resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio. We are deeply grateful to our customers, as well as the champions and advocates who have joined and supported us along the way…”

US border officials are increasingly denying entry to travelers over others’ social media

TechCrunch: “Travelers are increasingly being denied entry to the United States as border officials hold them accountable for messages, images and video on their devices sent by other people. It’s a bizarre set of circumstances that has seen countless number of foreign nationals rejected from the U.S. after friends, family or even strangers send messages,… Continue Reading

Helsinki Central Library Oodi chosen as the best new public library in the world

“On Tuesday 27 August Helsinki Central Library Oodi was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Public Library of the Year award in the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), which is currently underway in Athens. The annually presented Public Library of the Year award is… Continue Reading

Lawyering Somewhere Between Computation and the Will to Act: A Digital Age Reflection

Lipshaw, Jeffrey M., Lawyering Somewhere Between Computation and the Will to Act: A Digital Age Reflection (August 5, 2019). Legal Studies Research Paper Series Research Paper 19-21 August 5, 2019. Available at SSRN: or “This is a reflection on machine and human contributions to lawyering in the digital age. Increasingly capable machines can… Continue Reading

Quickly and easily search case citations using your camera

Your Legal Helper powered by Google Scholar – Why Opinion Minion: Speed – In a time-pressed court room, you don’t have time to go to the internet and type in a case citation. Opinion Minion takes you right to the case you need! Text-Recognition – Opinion Minion utilizes text-recognition software and a custom algorithm to… Continue Reading

Many Workers Would Choose Wearing Jeans to Work Over a $5,000 Raise

randstad US survey finds casual dress is (almost) always in fashion in today’s workplace. 33 percent of employees prefer an informal dress code to an extra $5K in salary – “Randstad US today released results of a survey exploring American employees’ attitudes regarding workplace fashion. The findings not only revealed casual dress appears to be… Continue Reading

Facebook revises policies to clarify who buys political ads

UPI – “Facebook said [August 28, 2019] it’s changing company policies to add transparency and clarify exactly who pays for political advertisements that appear on its social platform. The company said it wants to avoid a repeat of the 2016 election, in which Russian actors spread disinformation and encouraged divisiveness online through targeted ads. “People… Continue Reading

A Primer on Using Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Profession

LexBlog – A Primer on Using Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Profession: “What’s artificial intelligence (“AI”) and why should lawyers care about it? On a practical level, lawyers should be aware that software powered by AI already carries out legal tasks. Within a few years, AI will be taking over (or at least affecting) a… Continue Reading

New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government’s Prepublication Review System

Just Security – “For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to “prepublication review.” Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, contractors, and even interns must submit… Continue Reading

Long Tail. Fat Risk. Why You May Want to Rethink Your “Platform” Strategy. Right Now

Via LLRX – Long Tail. Fat Risk. Why You May Want to Rethink Your “Platform” Strategy. Right Now – Tech savant, innovator and prognosticator – Jason Voiovich: “How many times in #marketing, #innovation, and #product strategy do we find ourselves looking only at the upside? In our TAM calculations, how often do we subtract out… Continue Reading