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In March, Hulk Hogan won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker, a pioneering Internet gossip website. The litigation came after Gawker published a sex tape featuring the professional wrestler. Faced with a $140 million judgement, Gawker may have to shut down if it cannot win its case on appeal.

But Hogan wasn't the only winner in the litigation. Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and conservative tech entrepreneur also came out on top. Thiel, it was revealed last week, had secretly funded Hogan's lawsuit at the cost of $10 million -- as revenge for being outed by Gawker's Silicon Valley-focused blog, Valleywag.

The Amazing Uses of Drones

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet.

Drones really have become the next big thing. Their uses seem to keep multiplying each day. With each new use there are new questions about drone regulations.

Of course, we hear about military payloads being delivered by drones on very specific targets. Indeed, the recent motion picture, Eye in the Sky, is all about when it is appropriate to use drones for military attacks. Drones also can be used for surveillance purpose. They are very nimble, and they easily can take footage surreptitiously of unsuspecting subjects. This also was portrayed in Eye in the Sky.

Encryption: What Happened to the Government's Push for New Laws?

Do you remember the public furor and spittle that came out of the iPhone versus FBI battle just a scant few months ago? Do you also remember how momentum behind a national initiative to force phone makers into complying with law enforcement access to encrypted data reached a fever pitch? Whatever happened to that law?

It's dead, or at least effectively so, according to Fortune. And this demonstrates a very interesting point about politics, teeth gnashing and the collective memory. Our politicians don't seem to have the endurance to stick it through.

Government agencies are usually pretty slow to adopt technological advancements. The federal Veterans Affairs Administration, to give one example, is still notoriously paper-dependent, with its non-digitized files stacked so high they could pose a safety risk to workers. And lawyers are no better. Even forward-thinking firms have been slow to adopt technologies that are already common in other industries.

But, some government lawyers are bucking the trend, putting data analytics to work, and slowly changing the justice system as a result.

Google's Paris Office Raided as Part of Tax Evasion Investigation

According to Reuters, French police arrived at Google Paris offices Tuesday and raided the location as part of an ongoing investigation into whether or not the Internet company is dodging taxes. The probe, opened last June, is part of an anti-corporation sentiment that started when the public became increasingly aware of multi-nationals taking advantage of tax avoidance schemes across the globe.

Google has maintained that it is compliant with French law.

It costs to be on the cutting edge. When it comes to going digital, going paperless, going hi-tech, you can easily start shelling out thousands of dollars on products and services, some of which may be obsolete in a few years, or even months. But if you shop around, you can stay on top of many tech trends without breaking the bank.

To help you out, here are our best affordable gadget and service reviews, from the FindLaw archives.

Price Gougers Beware: Vermont About to Pass 'Anti-Shkreli' Bill

Gougers can likely look to Martin Shkreli for ruining the game of price gouging customers by going nuts and hiking the price of a desperately needed pill some 5,555 percent. The Internet won't soon forget Shkreli's uncontrollable need to display his contempt for formal hearings, which put him in the running for the "most hated person on the Internet" contest.

Well, several states have reacted to that whole scandal and have proposed laws to counter future Shkrelis. But none have gotten as far as Vermont, which is just on the cusp of passing such a law. It looks like a very lucrative way of doing business is about to get a whole lot harder.

Back in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked and 6.5 million passwords were reportedly leaked. Now it looks like a few more accounts were also compromised -- almost 167 million. And the consequences of that hack are still playing out four years later.

Last week, LinkedIn announced that more than 100 million passwords and matching emails may have been leaked online. If you have a LinkedIn account, here's what you should know, and how you can protect yourself.

When Shannon Liss-Riordan started suing major tech companies last Spring, she was hailed as the woman who could take down "the entire on-demand economy." Uber and Lyft were her two primary targets, but companies like Amazon were in her sights as well.

The Boston labor lawyer's main complaint was employee classification; that on-demand services like Uber and Lyft classified their drivers as independent contractors, making those bear significant employment burdens, while simultaneously managing them as employees.

For some lawyers, social media networks are a way to reach potential customers and build their name. For others, they're a treasure trove of helpful evidence, with the errant Facebook post becoming the modern-day smoking bullet.

There's no escaping the fact that social media is a major part of today's legal ecosystem. Master it, with these social media tips for attorneys, from the FindLaw archives.