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Ex NSA Hacker Finds Security Flaw in macOS

Dr. Alexander Fleming famously discovered penicillin by accident.

He found the mold growing in his lab, leading to one of the greatest advances in human history -- a cure for deadly infectious diseases. That's like Patrick Wardle's story -- without the mold.

The software security expert accidentally copied the wrong code and discovered a bypass to "do a lot of malicious stuff" to Apple products. Here's how it happened.

Just about every lawyer has had the experience of having a client with a good case come to them in need of help but unable to pay the full retainer.

Unfortunately, too often, lawyers turn away clients who can't afford the upfront retainer (even on a credit card), but if given the option of a payment plan, might have otherwise been able to pay. This is due to the fear that lawyers have that clients will just stop paying. That fear is rather understandable though, as there is no shortage of anecdotes involving deadbeat clients skipping out on bills without retribution (because what attorney wants to get into a fee dispute or sue to collect from a client?).

Below, you can find three tips on using current tech to make payment plans safe and easy, at least for certain clients.

Legal research just got a little bit easier thanks to the combination of artificial intelligence and Westlaw.

The new product, known as Westlaw Edge promises to provide practitioners with the most advanced legal research software on the market. The updated and new, AI-powered, tools, can still deliver the same high-quality research you've come to expect from Westlaw, but now it's faster and more comprehensive. (Disclosure: Westlaw is FindLaw's sister company.)

Below, you can read about three of the new features.

Clients to Lawyers: Protect Our Data, Or Else

A lot of outside counsel are going to lose their jobs if they don't improve their cybersecurity.

According to a new report, seventy percent of companies are "somewhat confident" that their outside attorneys adequately protect their data. Nine percent are "not at all confident."

For the law firms with superior cybersecurity, that could be good news. For the rest, it's time to get serious about it.

If you live in the modern world, then there's a pretty good chance that you have both a Gmail account and a Dropbox (as well as a Netflix, a YouTube, a Facebook, a Twitter, a Pintrest, a Soundcloud, and the list probably goes on and on and on). 

For those of you who live in Gmail and love using Dropbox, there's good news. Close work between the two companies has finally led to a significant update to Gmail. Now, Dropbox users will be able to access their Dropbox accounts directly from their Gmail, without having to navigate to a separate webpage or open a new tab in their browser.

Apparently lawyers who are poised to take the lead in the legal tech industry may soon be living the most glamorous life out of any lawyer that ever came before. After all, the legal tech industry is thriving, and lawyers finally do have a real chance a recreating the wheel.

But, according to the opinion of one Forbes contributor, lawyers trying to pioneer legal tech are currently lost. Many lawyers with pioneering ideas lack either good legal tech or a good go-to-market strategy. It's up to the nerds to bring the pioneering ideas forward. But does that mean legal nerds are going to take the place of BigLaw trial lawyers in TV dramas in terms of being, in Forbes' words, "the most glamorous"?

AI Assistants: The Most Powerful Marketing Tech Ever

If Alexa is not your office assistant, that's okay.

Chances are you have a different digital assistant working for you. If you've met one smart device, you've met them all.

In any case, Alexa, Google, and Siri are not who you thought they were. They are AI middlemen -- in a generic, non-gender specific, marketing sort-of way. And your AI assistants are far more powerful than you can imagine.

New Tools for Budgeting Legal Matters

Quoting a price for legal services to a client is like playing a piano.

It requires some skill, but more importantly it must sound good. If clients don't like your quote, maybe it's because it sounds like you are just beating a drum.

You can't tell clients the same old story to justify fees anymore. In the modern law practice, a little technology can help adjust your pitch.

How Facial Recognition Helped Catch the Gazette Shooter

The Capital Gazette journalists never had a chance, and neither did the shooter.

Maryland police apprehended the suspect at the scene of the mass-murder, but he had no identification and refused to talk. So they took his picture, ran it through their database and quickly had a name.

Jarrod Ramos, accused of killing five people at the newspaper, is not the only one in the state's facial recognition database. It contains about 10 million driver's license images and mugshots.

Have you received an email threatening you or your firm with a ransomware attack?

If so, you may want to think twice before panicking, or paying the scammers threatening to lock down your files. A new phishing email is making the rounds trying to squeeze a little bit of Bitcoin out of anyone with more paranoia than sense.