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It's hard to overestimate the effects social media has had on our lives. Once upon a time, if you wanted to stay in touch with old friends, you had to give them a call -- or at least send them a holiday card. Now, you can simply like their Facebook status. Just a handful of years ago, if you wanted to show off your fancy lunch, you'd have to pull out your Polaroid camera and mail the photos to all your friends. Thankfully, Instagram has solved that problem.

But social media isn't just changing the way we connect to each other, it's having major impacts on how the law is practiced. In a recent post on Huffington Post, Brad Reid, Senior Scholar at the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University, laid out the ABC's of how social media is impacting the law, from advertising to securities law. Here's a quick take on the list, plus one addition of our own.

Uber 'Genius' Algorithm Price-Fixing Suit Must Go Forward

Uber wasn't as lucky in its attempt to stop litigation in its tracks as it was in another lawsuit brought against the transport-app company. A US District judge has decided not to grant Uber's motion to dismiss and instead let the price-fixing issues be heard by a jury.

Uber has to do battle on two front's as its Ninth Circuit Case O'Connor et al. v. Uber Technologies has just few months left before it will be heard on the merits.

Facebook Events: A Lawyer's New Marketing Tool?

Hopefully you’ve made the time investment to start making your presence known online in order to expand your market and to tap into other potential clients. You’ve started a blog, you’re managing your SEO, and you’re handling your social media accounts with a handy dashboard.

Speaking of social media, have you considered a Facebook Event? LawTechnology Today suggests that it is one option that is effective at getting a burst of referrals and social media shares. Keep in mind a few things, however.

Malware Is Infiltrating Businesses Through Social Media

While you're reading this in the office, do you also have a Facebook window open? Are you Facebooking at work? You could be putting your law firm's security and data at risk.

It's true. Malware has found weaknesses in social media security to infiltrate business organizations.

The Internet is a fickle beast. The collective power of just a tiny fraction of the Internet's 3.2 billion users can make your cat famous in a minute, as it did with Grumpy Cat, whose net worth is estimated to be as high as $100 million dollars.

But the Internet's attention can also destroy lives, or unleash torrents of anonymous online hate and harassment. And when faceless Internet hoards target someone for harassment, the law often does little to stop them, according to a recent report by The Washington Post.

It's easy to be a jerk on Twitter. It's so easy, indeed, that the social media network has been flooded with angry young men harassing women and trolls spamming Star Wars spoilers. Twitter has even become one of the main recruiting platforms for both ISIS and Donald Trump.

Now, Twitter has taken a stronger stance against cyber harassment and online bullying, clarifying its policy on abusive and hateful conduct. Once the bullies are taken care of, will terrorist recruiters be next?

Internet of Things and Big Data: More Regulations?

Not too long ago, we wrote a piece describing how the Internet of Things could be used by law enforcement and other entities as a source of evidence. Since billions of devices are constantly tracking an individual's every move, it would be foolish not to consider this wealth of personal data.

Now there is a professional and cultural trend of federal and state regulators pressuring data companies to regulate big data and the IoT. With no particular federal act specifically vesting power in any one agency, it's a bit of a bumpy road.

Lawyers: Don't Forget to Use Evernote to Stay Connected

Lawyers need as much help as they can get in order to stay organized and connected with other people. The amount of technology out there is overwhelming. Lawyers practically need technology to keep up with all the choices.

One pretty popular program application is Evernote. Evernote has been useful to bloggers, researchers, and professionals as a quick and easy repository for online research ideas, URLs, and other information that can easily get lost. But did you know that Evernote can also help you streamline the process of attorney networking? It's true.

You can rent everything from a yurt, to a fold-out couch, to a castle on Airbnb, the online marketplace for peer-to-peer short-term rentals. But you might have a harder time renting if a host thinks you're African-American.

A new paper by three Harvard researchers shows that discrimination against black Airbnb renters is widespread on Airbnb -- often in violation of state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

Facebook went before the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to urge the appellate court to uphold a $3 million award against a now-defunct competitor, Power Ventures. In the late 2000s, Power Ventures operated the website, a social network aggregator that allowed users to access sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, all in one spot. aggressively encouraged users to sign their friends up, using information from Facebook to send out messages to users' Facebook friends. That led Facebook to sue, alleging that Power Ventures illegally accessed information on the social network's site.