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Are businesses (or their reputation management companies) suing fake defendants in order to get rid of negative online reviews? That's the argument made by Eugene Volokh and Public Citizen's Paul Alan Levy recently in the Volokh Conspiracy.

The duo looked at 25 court cases that followed a suspiciously similar pattern. First, a self-represented company, often with ties to a reputation management firm, sues a defendant for a defamatory online review. Then, the defendants agree to an injunction which quickly results in a court order to take down the allegedly offending content. Suddenly: poof, no more bad review. But when someone tries to find track down those defendants, they're no where to be found. Indeed, they might not even exist.

You're an attorney, not the IT guy, and when it comes to most tech issues, clients usually know to go to (nerdier) experts. But with so many tech problems having legal implications today, you still have to be versed in common tech issues.

To help you out, here are five tech issues almost every lawyer should be ready to discuss with their clients, taken from the FindLaw archives.

In the United States, social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo Answers generally can't be held liable for the content user's post online. Responsibility for defamatory posts, infringing media, or crazy rantings generally falls on the poster's shoulders, not on the platform that hosts the content.

That's not the case in other countries, however, where websites may have greater responsibility for user's content. Case in point: German prosecutors are currently considering whether to force Facebook to take a more active hand in ensuring its user content complies with the country's anti-hate speech laws by removing users racist and threatening posts.

When Google announced it was no longer supporting Google Glass, the recording, texting, streaming wearable, in January of 2015, we thought we were finally done with creepy, techie eyewear. Our sighs of relief might have come too soon, though.

Barely a year and a half after Google Glass's much celebrated demise, the photo messaging app Snapchat has announced its own set of smart eyewear, called Spectacles, which are camera-equipped sunglasses that can record the wearer's surroundings and immediately upload clips to the app. So, will these Snapglasses raise the same privacy concerns as Google Glass?

Since it gained notoriety as a teen sexting app in 2012, Snapchat has evolved to become a major social media force, with more than 150 million users sending temporary photos and texts over the app every day. That's a higher daily user rate than Twitter. Which is to say, when it comes to social media, Snapchat is becoming increasingly important.

Snapchat is no longer something lawyers can ignore, so here's what you should know about the app. (But don't worry, we're not going to ask you to start posting selfies to Snapchat.)

Has Social Media Committed International Terrorism?

A number of lawsuits are pending in federal courts these days and their legal significance cannot be overstated. At issue is whether or not the three biggest names in social media today -- Google, Facebook, and Twitter -- have committed acts of "international terrorism" under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act.

Tips for Handling Phishing, Social Engineering Scams

The con has been on this earth longer than civilization. It seems that somewhere, somehow, someone is trying to pull a fast one on someone else. Cons, scams and schemes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes: "snake oil,", Ponzi schemes, political promises.

Those still exist, but the latest digital scams are getting fancier, more sophisticated and more prolific. Here are a few tips that will help you dodge them.

Bitcoin Is Not Money According to Florida Judge

"Bitcoin has a long way to go before it is the equivalent of money," Florida state court judge Teresa Mary Pooler said in a recent money-laundering decision. The conclusion should be clear to anyone, her court said, with even "limited knowledge in the area."

The decision is an interesting one that will probably end up only having limited geographical import legally. Still, it does deal a blow to the PR campaign that Bitcoin has been trying to mount ever since the crypto-currency got associated with Silk Road's illicit criminal activity.

Over the past dozen years or so, social media has certainly made its mark on the legal profession. Lawyers now connect with clients on Facebook, release legal podcasts, and some even have an Instagram account.

But social media's reach stretches well beyond legal marketing; social networks have change the law itself, along with the way lawyers practice. Here's how.

Digital Footprints That Small Law Firms Should Track

Before the internet age, discovery was a matter of digging through endless paper files. But the problem is that paper can be shredded, torn, burnt. In today's digital world, electronic forensic evidence abounds in every nook and cranny -- sometimes with great overlap.

Small firms must use some creativity to know where to look when dealing in the digital discovery game. These days, it helps to know exactly what digital footprints you should be tracking.