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In these digital times, there's very little doubt that attorneys have a duty to keep confidential client digital data as safe as any other.

However, as tech advances, so do the hackers and ne'er-do-wellers. And while lawyers and professionals may not be able to keep up in the cat and mouse hacking game, that shouldn't ever prevent one from doing the right thing and telling the client that their data has been breached. At least, that's what the most recent ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility opined.

Amazon Poached eBay Sellers?

Poaching was not always bad.

In the 1700s, food was so scare in some countries that many people poached just to survive. Poachers were practically a protected class because they also fed the poor.

Times change. Now eBay is suing Amazon for poaching its top sellers, but nobody in this story is poor.

Facebook's Inflated Video Numbers Look Scary

In nature and in lawsuits, discovery can be a dangerous thing.

In nature, it's dangerous if you discover a black widow hiding in your cupboard. In litigation, it's dangerous if a plaintiff discovers more evidence against you.

Facebook found both kinds in a case over videos playing on its platform. Plaintiffs found evidence the company was hiding viewership figures, and the numbers look scary.

When it comes to giving AI control over recruiting and hiring, there's a potential drawback that employers need to be aware of: racism, sexism and bigotry are all learned attributes, and machines can learn them too.

Amazon recently learned this lesson the hard way. It basically had to abandon a project that involved using AI to find ideal candidates when it found out that the AI had learned to be a sexist. What's worse is that the AI learned it from Amazon's own past hiring practices.

You Can Train AI to Spot Legal Issues -- for Fun

It's not exactly a game to train AI to spot legal issues.

Learned Hands is a game, and it does learn from users how to spot legal issues. The fun comes from winning points by giving correct answers in different factual scenarios.

But it's kind of like getting an honorary degree. The pay-off for players is bragging rights -- and maybe an inspirational message.

Imagine walking into an interview and being asked a riddle. That doesn't sound like fun, does it? Or how about instead of a riddle, you're asked, by a mysterious black box, to solve a complex mathematical equation that the company spent months on figuring out ... sounds like something right out of science fiction, right?

Well, like cloned goats and wall-sized interactive television (advertisements at least), the riddle-me-this-impossible-equation-black-box-interviewer science-fiction scenario is no longer a fiction. And if you're wondering who you have to thank (or curse or sue), look no further than Lockheed Martin.

While Uber may still not even be operating in the state of South Dakota, that didn't stop the state from getting its piece of the Uber data breach settlement pie.

The settlement stems from a 2016 data breach where hackers stole private information for 600,000 Uber drivers, then ransomed that information back to the company. Unfortunately for the company, not disclosing the data breach until 2017 led to public outrage, and, not to mention, several states filing lawsuits resulting in the $148 million settlement.

Apple Sued Over Dual-Camera Tech

It's hard to say what came first: the chicken, or the egg, or the dual-camera iPhone technology.

In a new lawsuit, two inventors claim their dual-camera tech came first. Apple, they say, infringed on their patent.

Chickens and eggs actually have nothing to do with the lawsuit, but it's fair to say that the first one will win the patent battle. Or they could settle -- six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Alexa Could Tell If You're Sick or Depressed

Alexa, the voice of Amazon's smart devices, can tell you a lot of things.

The weather, traffic conditions, the news; it goes on and on. Now Amazon has patented a technology for Alexa to tell you whether you are sick or depressed.

When technology can detect your voice, your face, and your heart rate, it sounds like a healthy step forward for artificial intelligence. There is a catch, however. It looks like Alexa wants to be your pharmacist, too.

New Call Screening From Google Fights Robo Calls

Google will take your call.

That's basically what Google Call Screening does. It's a smart phone version of voicemail with an AI twist.

But there's a buzz about the new service, which Google recently announced as part of its AI-driven features and products. It fights robo calls with robo answers.