Mozilla's newly launched Firefox 71 comes with stronger tracking protection and a multitasking update called picture-in-picture, which allows a video to run its own windows so users can keep watching the video while switching tabs. The company has also launched the next stage of Firefox Private Network Beta, which comes with a limited-time offer of 12 free hours every month for US customers, in a move to offer "a seamless free or paid hybrid subscription service globally to Firefox users" across all connected devices.
A rash of "nuclear" verdicts from judges and juries has led to more use of predictive analytics and artificial intelligence tools, meaning big law firms must adapt or risk losing business. With the insurance industry leading the way, Damon Hart of Liberty Mutual says "a meeting with a firm not using any tools is kind of a disqualifier."
Online research tools have multiplied dramatically in recent years, but 3 lawyers in 4 still use books for research regularly or occasionally, according to the American Bar Association's 2019 Legal Technology Survey Report. Lawyer/journalist Robert Ambrogi examines how other tools thought to have gone by the wayside, including fax machines, are still used.
Instagram offers "a series of repeated opportunities for lawyers to shed a new and different light on themselves and their practice," writes Aron Solomon. But using an Instagram account well is important, he writes, suggesting a review of lawyer-related hashtags to see what is connecting with audiences.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, are stepping down from executive positions at parent Alphabet and are handing Alphabet's leadership to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Page and Brin will remain active as shareholders and board members but say "it's time to assume the role of proud parents."
An October cyberattack on Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland was more extensive than first thought, affecting 5,962 Naviance accounts at six schools. A student is facing criminal charges in the attack, which involved personal data, GPAs and test scores, but not financial information or Social Security numbers.
AWS has launched Amazon Kendra, an enterprise search tool powered by machine learning that allows companies to make their internal data silos easier to sift through. Users can set up Kendra from the AWS console, and it will centrally search across SharePoint deployments, Dropbox folders, knowledge bases and other systems using natural-language questions.
Transportation technology is helping Florida prepare for the next hurricane season. Traffic monitoring systems, dynamic message signs, remote signal management and integrated social media feeds are among the tools the state uses to ensure safe and orderly evacuations.
Nicolette Daniel, chief strategy officer of Patrick Daniel Law in Houston, is working to make sure her firm is at the top of the recommendations made by voice assistants such as Alexa. In this commentary, Daniel writes about the steps she is taking, noting that "meeting your clients where they are now will pay off in 2020 and beyond."
Competing legal research companies ROSS Intelligence and Fastcase are teaming up to develop new products to benefit their customers. The ROSS platform now covers all US states and includes case law, statutes and regulations.