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AT&T Gives Up Against Google Fiber

Google resistance is futile.

Seriously, Google it. It's a Borge expression from another universe, but here it means you can't stop Google's fiber network. AT&T tried and failed.

Last year, AT&T sued to keep Google Fiber from getting faster access to utility poles in Kentucky. A judge dismissed the case, and now AT&T is giving up.

When it comes to getting rid of old client files of the paper variety (after at least five years, of course), there's really only a couple good options: burning or shredding. The latter is much more environmentally friendly, as shredded paper can be recycled, whereas burnt paper just releases chemicals into the atmosphere needlessly.

However, for old digital files, neither burning nor shredding will really get rid of them (okay, maybe burning might, but it might not and you'll never really be sure, and it's probably not worth the risk, dangers, and bad smells, of burning electronic equipment). And just taking a hammer to a hard-drive won't prevent dumpster diving tech thieves from trying to reconstruct digital files on destroyed drives.

Storing old files can be rather costly. Depending on where your practice is located, storing a bankers box worth of client files for five years, or however long is required by your state bar's ethics rules, can add up, especially as the boxes of files stack up.

Given the advances in digital file storage, it makes sense to digitize closed case files for storage. After all, even if the storage costs aren't an issue, managing the physical box (including security and privacy of client information contained therein), and actually destroying the contents, takes time and money. Fortunately, the number of services that provide scanning services means that you can find competitive pricing, so you don't even have to waste an unpaid intern's time scanning docs.

Here are three important tips on digitally storing your old case files.

Tech IDs 4,000 Fraudsters From DMV Records

If standing in line at the DMV weren't bad enough, new facial recognition software is turning that trip into an arrest in New York and other states.

New York has used facial recognition technology to arrest more than 4,000 people for identity theft and fraud crimes. According to reports, that number will likely skyrocket because the DMV technology is getting better.

"The use of this facial recognition technology has allowed law enforcement to crack down on fraud, identity theft, and other offenses -- taking criminals and dangerous drivers off our streets and increasing the safety of New York's roadways," announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Law Firm Creates 'Virtual Hub' for New Partners

Another law firm is branching out on the internet, setting up a virtual office to complement its brick-and-mortar presence.

Taylor English Duma, which brands itself as a new breed of law firm, is hiring partners to become part of a virtual hub. Unlike purely virtual firms, the Atlanta-based firm calls it a "hybrid" model that will give partners more support to work at home.

It also represents a trend in law firms branching out on the web to serve clients across the country.

Microsoft's New Server Can Serve Lawyers

One thing for sure about the future of legal tech, there will be upgrades.

In that tradition, Microsoft has announced its newest edition of SQL 2017 -- a server that features software upgrades that may serve lawyers well. It is not a lawyer product, per se, but it has tools that can help attorneys manage their workloads.

The most promising features for the legal profession, according to reports, are improved analytics and artificial intelligence that may even predict outcomes.

3 Digital Security Resources for Lawyers

One thing is for sure about technology: it will become outdated.

It usually happens just as you think you understand the "old" technology. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say "they" plan it that way -- like automakers plan cars to fall apart exactly one day after the warranties expire.

Addison Cameron-Huff, who blogs as a "tech lawyer, Torotonian, entrepreneur and programmer," tries to keep current with lawyerly technologies. After running a webinar titled "Digital Security for the 2017 Lawyer," he posted a list of resources from the presentation on his blog site.

Fortunately for the learning curve, some oldies have made a comeback. Here are a few:

Megaupload Data Trapped on Servers for Five Years

Kyle Goodwin, a videographer of high school sports, got T-boned along the information super highway.

He was stopped at an information intersection when a reckless driver rear-ended him and sent him helplessly into internet traffic. A crossing vehicle smashed into him and there he sat -- or at least his video information sat -- stuck in a third-party server.

Unfortunately, it's been five years and his digital videos are still trapped in the same place. In internet years, that is like five lifetimes.

You want to protect your firm and your client data from cyberattacks. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure. But prevention is only one part of a full cybersecurity plan.

Detection is just as important. After all, if you can't tell when someone's gotten through your defenses, you can't properly respond to a cyberattack. And for many organizations, detection is a serious weakness. Most companies don't recognize that their data has been breached until months after the event.

Age Discrimination Is Built Into Some Job Search Websites

It makes some sense that a technical gaffe caused online job sites to winnow out older workers.

The drop down menu on one job site only scrolled back to 1956 for applicants to indicate a graduation date on their resumes. Most tech workers these days weren't even born back then.

Unfortunately for the online companies, the math did not work out right for Illinois' top prosecutor. Attorney General Lisa Madigan sent letters to six job sites about the problem, which involved potential violations of the Illinois Human Rights Act and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

"Today's workforce includes many people working in their 70s and 80s," Madigan said. "Barring older people from commonly used job search sites because of their age is discriminatory and negatively impacts our economy."