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Dear, sweet PACER. Its existence is begrudgingly accepted thanks to the convincing argument, "Hey, there's nothing better out there yet." Its Web 1.0 interface is clunky, but usable. There's something charmingly antiquarian about the interface.

But there's a reason we don't use typewriters anymore. PACER is outdated, but more importantly, its business model is undemocratic. That's why Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org has declared May 1, 2015, to be a "National Day of PACER Protest."

The 11 Most Popular Technologist Posts of 2014

If there was one blog out of our 19 blogs for lawyers that I could pick as my favorite, it would be FindLaw's Technologist: gadgets, tech tips, landmark cases, and other forms of legal geekery, all in one place.

And it shows in our product: not only is Technologist one of our most popular blogs, but it's on the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 (a list of the top legal blogs) for the second straight year. (If you're reading this on December 19, today is the last day to vote for us!)

Here are your favorite posts of 2014, in terms of traffic:

Apple Announces 4-Phone Lineup (Incl. Phablets), Apple Watch

No surprises here, though there is a whole lot of new Apple crack for all you fanatics out there.

Today, the company announced its long-awaited and much-rumored iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch. With the two new phone models, Apple's smartphone lineup expands to four options -- 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus -- and with the Apple Watch, the company will get in on the growing wearables category, challenging notable Android Wear entries from Motorola, Samsung, and LG.

Law and Video Games: Teaching Tool, Being Cool

Today is Video Games Day (or at least one of them). What does this have to do with law? Not a whole lot, admittedly, but heck, give me a topic and I'll make it work on a law blog. (See: Ides of March, dog breeds, and online dating.)

When "Video Games Day" popped up on my calendar, two thoughts immediately popped into my head: a particular Nintendo game and Stephanie Kimbro's startup. One of these will help your coolness factor with the kids, while the other could be a valuable teaching and business development tool.

TX Says: No Important Titles for Tech Gurus, Nonlawyers in Firms

Chief Technological Officer. We don't know about you, but at least to us, those three words carry no indication of a license to practice law. None whatsoever.

But, the Texas Bar ethics committee thinks it does. It's also banned titles like Chief Executive Officer, or really anything with the word "officer" in it, out of fear that it will confuse the townsfolk into mistaking them for practicing attorneys.

It's all part of the ban on nonlawyer ownership. And while the opinion is unlikely to affect most small firms (if you have a CTO, CFO, or CEO, you ain't that small), it seems like some BigLaw officials important nonlawyer people are going to have to order some new business cards.

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5 Biggest Takeaways From Apple's WWDC 2014 Keynote

Despite the name, Apple's annual World Wide Developer's Conference isn't just for developers and Apple staff, it's one of Apple's biggest events of the year for discussing the latest and greatest products and software. Alas, don't get your hopes up for new iPhones or iPads -- those typically get their own events in the fall.

Today is all about the operating system software, with major changes in store for both the desktop/laptop OS X and the mobile iOS. We apologize in advance for the lengthy post.

Become a Glasshole Today Only! (And How It'll Help Your Practice)

There are a lot of reasons not to buy a Google Glass (available today only), besides the incomprehensible price of $1,500. For example:

But hey, it's not all bad. You get to look like Geordi La Forge! Plus, a few lawyers that took part in the exclusive testing of the product have had their own ideas on how the devices could help their practice.

Webinar: Search Term Myths and Avoiding the Big Pond

Let's say you practice DUI defense law in Los Angeles, California.

How many DUI defense lawyers do you think are in that wee little town? Ballpark, let's say half a million. (We're only half-serious.) If you search for "Los Angeles DUI defense attorney" on Google, what'll you find?

A really big pond.

The odds of you appearing on the first page of Google's search results for those terms are about as good as mine are of convincing Taylor Swift to be the mother of my children -- not very high. What should you be looking for instead?

3 Tweeted Takeaways from the Above the Law Blogging Conference

Above the Law. They throw quite the party, don't they?

On Friday, I was lucky enough to attend ATL's first ever Attorney @ Blog Conference in New York City, a symposium on everything blawg -- from search engine optimization to tackling trolls.

And, of course, since we're all opinionated lawyers and bloggers, there was plenty of Twitter interaction throughout the day. Here's a sampling of some of the tweets and topics that stuck with me after a long (and fun) St. Patrick's Day weekend:

Right now, and for the past week, Austin has been the place to be. With SXSW going on, the annual conference on all things interactive (and musical), the gathering has had its share of legal news. Here are some of the legal highlights of SXSW.

Silk Road Founder's Mom Appeals to Attendees

Last October, Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of Silk Road was indicted on charges ranging from money laundering, conspiracy to distribute drugs, and hiring someone to commit murder. Ulbricht's mother, Lyn Ulbricht has made it her mission to help her son, and she's been making the rounds at SXSW, trying to raise money for her son's legal defense, thinking that the "crowd at SXSW would be receptive" to her cause, reports The New York Times. Though she received lots of moral support, there has been no "major uptick in donations," says the Times.