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Recently, the next big thing to come to blockchain has been unveiled, and it's a blockchain phone. Notably, there are a few different types of blockchain phones utilizing this revolutionary technology.

While one is being developed to serve as a new form of digital cold-storage crypto-wallet, another is focused on putting the power of blockchain front and center in every aspect. But whether or not lawyers will actually want to use these devices is a different question entirely. Below you can read about why your firm might want to actually invest in one.

While Google may have seemed to come out of the recent walkout fiasco with their reputation intact, it appears that Google's lawyers still hadn't gotten the memo that the company wants to have a pro-worker reputation.

In a pleading filed in an NLRB action weeks after the company CEO seemed to have just barely smoothed things over by rescinding the company policy of mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims, the lawyers traded away all that goodwill by arguing that employees shouldn't have the right to organize via company email.

Is AI Required in the Courtroom?

When lawyers are looking to get fees out of a fee motion, judges can often be a little overly critical. But apparently in Canada, judges might have even more unreasonable expectations.

In one case out of Ontario, a judge cut attorney time from a fee motion for research, among other things, and suggested that the line item could have been taken care of with artificial intelligence software. Though the judge didn't name a specific product, he completely cut out the $900 charge for legal research.

Why You Shouldn't Use Private Email for Work -- Especially Government Work

If Hillary Clinton's email problem wasn't enough, Ivanka Trump's should be enough to remind us all not to use our private email at work.

Of course, their problem was using private email for government work, which is way worse. We'll talk about that in a minute.

But let's start with the fundamentals: so-called private email isn't private at all. It's not the hackers you have to worry about; it's your employers.

Huawei CFO Out on Bail, Deal in the Works?

Caught in the cross hairs of US-China relations, Huawei's chief financial officer bailed out of jail this week.

Meng Wanzhou had been in custody for 10 days after her arrest on fraud charges. She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Bail cost $7.5 million, which is not much for China's telecommunications giant. The stakes in the international market are much higher.

When crypto investors are looking for some advice, the SEC has made it abundantly clear, Floyd "Crypto" Mayweather shouldn't be on anyone's list of trusted crypto advisers.

Despite the boxing great giving himself that ridiculous nickname, his endorsement deal with Centra turned out to be a really bad move, as did the other deals he made to endorse other cryptos. Centra was recently charged by the SEC with fraud and non-compliance in connection with its ICO, and Mayweather and DJ Khaled (who were likely hyped on becoming a Bitcoin billionaire) both got swept up and heavily fined for their endorsements.

Next week, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai will appear before the House to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

As the committee's press release advised, "The hearing will examine potential bias and the need for greater transparency regarding the filtering practices of tech giant Google." However, it is pretty much expected for the tech giant to be grilled on whether and how it is filtering (positive) content related to President Trump, whether political bias influences their practices, and what the company is doing with its work with China.

While robocalls may have cooled down a bit, robotexts are being sent in record numbers. Fortunately, the FCC recognizes that these are mostly an annoyance to the recipients, especially when they don't recall ever consenting to receive the texts.

However, the most recent FCC proposal might end up blocking some of those robotexts consumers want, that are perfectly legal. While the official announcement seems to downplay one critical fact, the big proposal Chairman Pai is making would reclassify text messages from telecommunications services (like phone calls) to information services (like internet service). Basically allowing the service providers more latitude and less regulation when it comes to blocking robotexts.

There's no doubt that the City of San Jose has changed over the years as Silicon Valley's boom has transformed the entire Bay Area.

And while tech company business dealings always seem to be wrapped up in NDAs for good reason, sometimes the very existence of NDAs can lead to bad PR and left-field litigation. Google's new planned San Jose village is a prime example of how the overuse of NDAs can backfire, as their planned company town is now at the center of a public interest lawsuit as a result of secret dealing.

3 Email Tricks NOT to Use in Law Practice

In legal technology, there are good tricks and there are bad tricks.

Good tricks are those that help an attorney practice better, like artificial intelligence. Bad tricks are those that lawyers use to avoid responsibility, like using an email filter.

When it comes to opposing counsel, however, sometimes the bad tricks can be pretty good. Good because it didn't happen to you, that is.