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The technology world is full of hackers and they're not all identity thieves, anti-adultery activists, or Chinese saboteurs. Instead, many are so-called "white hat" hackers, computer security experts who specialize in finding flaws in others' systems. These white hat hackers are an important, respected part of the computer security ecosystem.

Which is what makes a recent dispute between computer security companies so surprising. FireEye is a security firm that reports on flaws in Adobe, Apple, and Google, and provides its own malware protection products. And now it's suing a German security firm to keep it from doing essentially the same thing that FireEye does -- reporting dangerous flaws in FireEye's own products.

Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley tech incubator, is getting into the legal tech industry. YC, which made its name providing initial funding to tech companies like AirBnB, Dropbox, and Reddit, is currently funding the legal tech startup Ironclad.

Ironclad, part automated forms company, part contract management system, part productivity app, is focused on the legal needs of startups themselves, looking to help startup companies avoid some of the cost and inefficiency of the traditional legal system.

The legal community now has its own platform for sharing anonymous data on cybersecurity threats. The forum, the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization, launched this Wednesday and should help the legal industry collaborate on and avoid security threats.

As we are fond of reminding our readers, cybersecurity threats are a major issue, threatening everyone from adulterers to government workers to adulterous government lawyers. Law firms are no exception. Eighty out of the 100 largest U.S. firms have been hacked over the past four years according to a report by cybersecurity consulting firm Mandiant.

While the NSA is out training 13 year olds to "hack the planet," all those olds on the bench are still struggling to get by without their gramophones. At least, that's the idea you might get from tech journalists complaining about the tech illiteracy of an ever aging judiciary. They're not alone in their assessment, however.

Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, from the S.D.N.Y., agrees, telling attendees of Bloomberg BNA's Big Law Business Summit that judges are struggling to remain competent in evolving technologies. Appellate judges? They "know nothing about it," according to Judge Scheindlin.

Are you on the Best Coast with a few days to spare next week? We'd recommend devoting that free time to LegalTech's West Coast conference. The conference, in gloomy San Francisco, will be filled with legal tech companies, practitioners, and scholars.

Those who attend can expect to see everything from presentations on data privacy and security to round tables with top counsel from eHarmony, Google, and TiVo -- it's an eclectic mix. If the New York version is anything to go by, attendees can count on a fair amount of fancy swag as well.

Have you seen FindLaw's 99 Things to Do With Your JD, Besides Practice Law? Though it's six years old now, it's still incredibly popular -- thanks, Google! It might be time to tip the list over into the triple digits with the addition of the newest ex-lawyer trend: lawyers leaving practice to become coders.

Can lawyers make the switch from the United States Code to computer code? Probably. Should they give up the law for programming? Well ... it depends.

Perhaps you've heard of a firewall. If you're an architect, you might be thinking of the actual fire-proof walls used to stop the spread of blaze from, say, apartment to apartment. If you're pretty much anyone else, a firewall is one of the many network settings you may have tinkered with when configuring your Internet. A computer firewall is a network security system that controls incoming and outgoing traffic, creating a barrier between your internal network and the flaming, virus-filled Internet.

Firewalls have been common since the 90's. Which is why it might be surprising to learn that an "inventor" patented firewalls in 2000. Though he let his patent expire, it has recently been picked up by a patent troll, who is using it sue pretty much everyone who sells products related to network security.

Google I/O, the tech company's annual developer conference, came and went last weekend. The conference focuses on encouraging development in Google platforms such as Android and Chrome. But for the non-techies out there, it's much more of a two day press conference about Google's new developments.

Google I/O had some good news for lawyers, from simple developments like longer battery life and easier email, to potential game changers like virtual reality and NSA-connected toasters.

Here's an overview of five promising developments.

Tech folks often have their eye on the future, but when it comes to dealing with issues of culpability and liability in computing, some are arguing that it's time to start looking to the past.

When it comes to holding those responsible for complex systems accountable when something goes wrong, at least one Mircoserf suggests that we bring bring back medieval law. The legal revival isn't quite the "if she floats, she's a witch!" attribution of blame, however.

The ABA's Techshow took place in Chicago last week, gathering lawyers and tech vendors from around the world to look at the potential future of technology in the legal world. (As an aside, the ABA would like us to refer to the conference as the TECHSHOW, but we will politely decline.)

From exhortations to test lawyers' tech skills, to warnings that computers could dumb us all down, the program presented a nice mix of the useful and trivial, the inspiring and worrisome.

If you couldn't make it yourself, here's a few highlights of what you missed.