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In the ever-increasing competition for tech business in states, regulations matter. Many cities offer financial incentives to attract business, but a favorable regulatory environment for legal tech has certainly been stifled by a lack of regulation, or perhaps, over-regulation due to a failure to update the existing ones to account for the technological advances of the past decade.

But now, Florida's Supreme Court has a few matters on the bench that could turn Florida into a legal tech hub. A recent feature in AboveTheLaw's tech blog, EvolveTheLaw, discusses the three issues, broadly framing the matters as an opportunity for the state's high court to make the state a leader for the legal tech industry, potentially attracting new businesses and more importantly, innovation in the legal tech sector.

What Are Security Tokens and Where Can I Get Some?

In the dizzying rise of cryptocurrencies, there is a new player in town. It's called a security token.

A security token represents a traditional, private security interest, like a share in a company. But instead of a piece of paper, like a stock certificate, the security token wraps it up electronically.

That's what Josh Stein says, and he should know. His company is working on the next big thing in blockchain technology.

Skim Reaper Device Hunts Card Skimmers

New York police have a new tool to catch credit-card skimmers.

Those are the malicious devices that capture bank information from the magnetic stripe on your credit and debit cards. And then the thieves use the information to buy way too much stuff at Walmart.

Anyway, researchers figured out how to detect the devices at the point of sale. So far, police have found one.

Shocker -- Hackers Can Zap Pacemakers

It's no joke -- hackers can cause pacemakers to deliver life-threatening shocks.

It is not exactly news, either. For years, the federal government has told medical facilities to abandon devices vulnerable to hacking.

The real shocker is that doctors have continued to implant such devices into patients' chests. It's about the failure to update.

Can Courts Keep Up With Tech?

With the speed at which technology hurtles forward, it's amazing if tech companies can keep up. However, recent initiatives have sought to bring the courtroom into the 21st century, hopefully before the robot lawyers of the 21st century show up.

A recent white paper from Thomson Reuters, Bringing the Courthouse into the 21st Century, goes into detail on how some courts are trying to catch up, and how far off we are from the dream of online courts. (Disclosure: Thomson Reuters is FindLaw's parent company.)

When it comes to surviving a tech fail or hack, there's no magic bullet, but humility helps. Depending on what failed, or the extent of the hacking, you could have some serious problems on your hands, especially if it took you a while to even figure out something happened.

If you have a strong backup protocol, you won't have as much to worry about, unless you discover that your backup failed, or was corrupted. In case of a tech fail or hack, you can follow the three basic steps below.

With all the recent talk of dark money in judicial elections, a Senate subcommittee recently met to discuss the impact of cryptocurrency on political campaigns.

Currently, donations of crypto are viewed as in kind donations, much the same as stocks or other assets. Also, just because crypto can be anonymous, the political donation rules require information on the donor to be collected. However, with the rise of Super PACs and the ilk, there are certainly much larger concerns, particularly given what we know about the 2016 presidential election. Some speculate that with cryptocurrency being more widely accepted now, it could play a large role in disrupting campaigns and elections.

Tesla Pushes Back Requests for Crash Data

Tesla is pushing the envelope with its autopilot technology, but it's also pushing back customers who want the crash data on their cars.

The company collects driver-data from its cars to develop the technology. However, Tesla makes customers pay nearly $1,000 for software to access the information.

It is only a summary, according to reports. Drivers say the company is telling them to go to court if they want more.

For those lawyers that find themselves longing for a different kind of desk job, or maybe one outside of the pits of justice, or trenches, or whatever else battle test lawyers are calling the courts these days, there's good news! And you don't even have to leave your desk.

A new partnership between Google and Udacity will offer free online career courses geared toward helping both new and mid-career job seekers. In addition to career "coaching" courses, there will be some technical courses as well. As reported by TechCrunch, the program will help job seekers refresh their resume, write a cover letter, update professional online profiles, and more.

Judges and state bars have had various things to say about the technological competence of lawyers, but so far, only one state bar includes technology training as part of a lawyer's CLE requirements. Perhaps not surprisingly, given that their bar association is just so dang social media savvy, the one state is Florida.

However, two more states may soon be adding their names to the list of places where lawyers are going to be required to take continuing legal technology education. Those states are North Carolina and Pennsylvania. That is, unless the lawyers in those states take action soon.