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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.

In a lengthy, 75-page decision, judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York just ruled that the President's blocking of Twitter users from the @realdonaldtrump account violates those users' First Amendment rights.

The decision goes into painstaking detail about not just the legal merits, but also into the technical details of how the platform works. In short, the court found that a government official's Twitter page is in fact a public forum when used by the government official, officially for official purposes. Curiously though, the ruling of the court fell short of ordering the President to unblock those he has already blocked.

While there are certainly critics and skeptics of the relatively recent push from some major law firms to establish tech incubators, these firms are clearly breaking much-needed new ground for the legal industry.

As reported in Above the Law, three major UK firms have recently made headlines over their newest batches of incubatees. Some of the new projects promise to revolutionize document review or even regulation and compliance using machine learning and AI. Other projects focus on helping lawyers make more money in less time. Regardless, the mere fact that these big law firms, which only recently announced their tech incubator programs, are already expanding, is a good sign for legal tech.

Top Legal Tech Predictions for 2020

Here today, dead tomorrow.

Sorry, but somebody wiser than Nostradamus said there is nothing certain about the future but death and taxes. Still, everybody loves a prophet -- as long as there's good news.

So here are what others say about legal tech in 2020. I'll reserve judgment to the bitter end -- death or taxes, whichever comes first.

Legal Scholars, Engineers Fight Against War Robots

Don't worry that robots might kill your job prospects; worry that they might kill you.

This is not a test. It's a real-life situation, and not a scary-movie scenario. Well, it was a movie but that's not important right now.

What's important is that military experts want AI to have an automatic trigger. And of course, they are aiming at lawyers.

While the taxi industry is taking a hit across the country, in San Francisco, one credit union is fighting back, but not against the rideshare industry. San Francisco Federal Credit Union has sued the city's transit authority, the SFMTA, as a result of broken promises regarding taxi medallion sales that the credit union helped finance.

When rideshare services like Uber and Lyft began to take off, taxi drivers in markets across the country saw their pay swiftly decline as they lost market share. In some markets, like San Francisco, where taxi drivers are required to own, lease, or rent a medallion, the cost of a medallion plummeted. And in places like San Francisco, medallions were sold for $250,000 each. Unfortunately for the credit union (and the drivers), many of the drivers who financed medallions could no longer afford the payments.