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Solon: A Holistic Approach for Modelling, Managing and Mining Legal Sources

Solon: A Holistic Approach for Modelling, Managing and Mining Legal Sources in Algorithms 11(12):196. DOI: 10.3390/a11120196. Marios Koniaris, George Papastefanatos and Ioannis Anagnostopoulos. Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics, School of Sciences, University of Thessaly, 35131 Lamia, Greece. Received: 31 October 2018; Accepted: 30 November 2018; Published: 3 December 2018 . “Recently there has been… Continue Reading

More Americans are making no weekly purchases with cash

“Americans are becoming less reliant on physical currency. Roughly three-in-ten U.S. adults (29%) say they make no purchases using cash during a typical week, up slightly from 24% in 2015. And the share who say that all or almost all of their weekly purchases are made using cash has modestly decreased, from 24% in 2015… Continue Reading

Evelyn Berezin Built the First True Word Processor

The New York Times: “Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketing the first computerized word processor, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 93…In an age when computers were in their infancy and few women were involved… Continue Reading

Abstract Aerial Photographs Reveal the Beauty of Meandering Waterways

Colassal: “The project Water.Shapes.Earth uses aerial photography and storytelling to bring an understanding to the complex and diverse ways water inhabits our planet, from a radioactive water pond in Huelva, Spain to mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan. The images provide an abstract look at Earth’s surface, presenting purple-hued veins of a divergent river or an icy… Continue Reading

CBO Options for Reducing the Deficit, 2019-2028

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: “Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its “Options for Reducing the Deficit, 2019-2028” report, featuring 121 policy options and their ten-year budgetary effects. The report updates the last set of budget options that was released in 2016. Each option is covered in detail, with a full description of… Continue Reading

Reports – Law firms are having the best financial-growth year in about a decade

ABA Journal: “Law firms increased revenues this year, posting gains during the first three quarters that are the best in about a decade, according to two new reports. The numbers differed slightly, but the conclusion was the same: 2018 is shaping up to be a good year, thanks to higher billing rates and higher demand… Continue Reading

Young lawyers can be technophobes too

ABA Journal – legal tech entrepreneur Monica Goyal – “Many lawyers are reluctant to adopt new legal technology, says Monica Goyal, who developed platforms including My Legal Briefcase, which helps parties in the Canadian small claims courts, and Aluvion Law, which uses automation to cut legal services costs for small businesses. “Even young lawyers—we think… Continue Reading

How HTTPS Everywhere Keeps Protecting Users On An Increasingly Encrypted Web

EFF: “Way back in 2010, we launched our popular browser extension HTTPS Everywhere as part of our effort to encrypt the web. At the time, the need for HTTPS Everywhere to protect browsing sessions was as obvious as the threats were ever-present. The threats may not be as clear now, but HTTPS Everywhere is still… Continue Reading

What Happens When You Reply All to 22,000 State Workers

The New York Times: “Reply All, the scourge that has afflicted office workers everywhere, has hit 22,000 government employees in Utah, demonstrating that decades into the invention of email, many of us still don’t understand its etiquette. This is a public advisory: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY ALL. For at least 20 years now, emailers everywhere… Continue Reading

The 75 Best Book Covers of 2018 According to Book Cover Designers

Literary Hub: “2018 has been many things, but it certainly has not been lacking in great book cover design. Here at Lit Hub, we unpacked the biggest book cover trend of the year, compared US covers to their UK counterparts, and remembered the best and worst covers of Lolita as well as Edward Gorey’s own cover designs. We… Continue Reading

Please Vote for BeSpacific – Best Legal Tech Blog 2019

Greetings friends, colleagues: my blog BeSpacific has been nominated (4 years in a row) in the category Best Legal Legal Tech Blog. Please take a minute – before the December 16, 2018 deadline – and vote for BeSpacific here – https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/legal-blog/bespacific/ and share this request with your friends and colleagues as well. There are no… Continue Reading

Incoming New York attorney general plans wide-ranging investigations of Trump and family

NBCNews: “New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James says she plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and “anyone” in his circle who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month. “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business… Continue Reading