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President-elect Donald Trump announced that Rudy Giuliani would be serving the new administration as a cybersecurity advisor last week. As "cyberczar" the former mayor of New York will lead a government cybersecurity task force and conduct meetings "from time to time" with corporate leaders.

The post, which comes with no official title, is considered a consolation prize for Giuliani, long one of Trump's main backers. But the choice has also been criticized by many who view Giuliani as unprepared to advise the government on important technological issues, particularly in light of Russian hacking during the past election.

FTC Offers $25,000 Reward for IoT Security

If this were the Wild West, a $25,000 reward might have caught the attention of a lawman like Wyatt Earp.

Earp, a special marshal and gunslinger, was most famous for the Gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881. In a town called Tombstone, the shootout left three outlaws dead and two lawmen wounded.

But this is not the Wild West, Earp is long gone, and $25,000 isn't exactly an enormous sum of cash these days.

In any case, the Federal Trade Commission has offered $25,000 to anyone who can solve security on the Internet of Everything. Any volunteers?

The legal industry isn't winning many awards for diversity. The industry as a whole is severely lacking in racial diversity and gender parity, for example, while there are long-running and well-documented disparities in criminal outcomes across racial lines. What's worse, those disparities are growing. The racial gap in sentencing has expanded between 2005 and 2013, according to federal reports.

But some think that technology might be able to solve, or at least mitigate, some of the legal practice's most stubborn biases. In a recent article in the Observer, diversity consultant Monique Tallon looked at how the legal tech industry is confronting bias in the law. Here are some of the highlights.

5 Top Tech Scandals From 2016

The past year has been good for technology and its fans. The tech industry has let us find Pokemon on our front porch, brought artificial intelligence into law firms, even given us smart speakers that know not to snitch.

But it's not all happy unicorns, robots, and black turtlenecks in the tech world. The past year has seen its fair share of failure, scandal, and schadenfreude. Here are our top five for the year.

2016 may be the Worst Year Ever, but there are plenty of lessons scattered throughout this year's rubble. And no, we're not talking about learning from dead celebrities, international political espionage, or Olympic doping scandals.

We're talking about learning how to be a better, or at least a better-informed, attorney. Here are some lessons we're taking away from the past year.

Technology is rapidly changing how people communicate, work, interact, even vote. And yes, how lawyers practice the law. In the face of such changes, more and more state bars are imposing technology competency requirements on lawyers, echoing the ABA's determination that lawyers must keep abreast of the 'benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.'

But when it comes to staying current on technology, some lawyers are lagging behind -- and they tend to be in smaller firms or solo practices. According to an analysis of the "2016 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report," there are wide discrepancies in tech training opportunities between small law and solo practitioners and their big firm counterparts.

Uber began rolling out its fleet of self-driving cars in San Francisco today, allowing passengers in the ride-hailing company's hometown to take a driverless cab through the city's rainy hills and streets. Uber had previously offered self-driving vehicles to a small number of users in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but its SF aims are grander -- pretty much anyone on the app can get an autonomous car in San Francisco.

There's one catch though. Hours after the service launched, California regulators said that Uber was breaking the law because it lacked state permits for autonomous driving.

IRS Wants to Identify Bitcoin Users, Spy Into Coinbase Records

The IRS is looking for tax money wherever it can, but is finding that it's not so easy in the world of virtual currency.

Bitcoin, a digital currency targeted by taxing authorities, is still safe at Coinbase, the nation's largest exchanger of the crypto-currency. The IRS recently served a summons for information about Coinbase users, but the company is expected to oppose the request. The IRS claims that two people used exchanger to avoid taxes, and it has asked for information to identify all Coinbase customers from 2013 to 2015.

Electronic notarization, or eNotarization, is becoming increasingly common, according to a recent whitepaper by the National Notary Association. Lawyers are submitting eNotarized documents to courts, banks are relying on eNotarized mortgage forms, and law enforcement is using eNotarization to sign criminal complaints.

In most cases, this eNotarization simply takes the form of an electronic signature on a computer or tablet. Yet a smaller, but growing, approach to eNotarization allows documents to be notarized over webcams, eliminating the need to meet face-to-face with a notary.

You're a large firm. You've invested in a skilled, sophisticated tech team: data analysts, programmers, legal tech experts, managers. They've helped you innovate your offices and practices, writing bespoke software tools or analyzing internal data. Now, you're looking for ways to continue maximizing their value. What do you do?

The answer in many law firms seems to be: turn them in to their own, client-facing service.