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    • Stored Communication Act: New Considerations for Webmasters
      Provided by Andrew Zangrilli of FindLaw
      CIOs, webmasters and managers responsible for establishing and administering policies for websites, intranets and extranets should take note of a recent federal decision regarding the Stored Communication Act. The details of your online use policies could mean the difference between protection or exclusion from this federal law.

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    • The Demographics of Online Porn Access
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      It is an open secret: some Americans do visit pornographic Web sites as part of their use of the Internet. However, it is not well known whether there are differing degrees of online porn consumption based on U.S. geographic regions.

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    • Behavioral Advertising: Thumbs Up or Down?
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Behavioral or target advertising seeks to direct ads to Internet users based on information collected from their prior online browsing. The goal is to customize the Internet experience so that Internet users receive content that reflects their own interests and preferences.

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    • It's My Internet, I Can Do What I Want!
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of Duane Morris LLP
      According to a recent survey of more than 10,000 employees by Burstek, a provider of employee Internet management solutions, employees are roaming free on the Internet for their own personal use while at work. Their anthem in the workplace seems to be "It's My Internet, I Can Do What I Want" (perhaps sung to the tune of The Who's "It's My Life, I Can Do What I Want").

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    • Florida Says Four Katrina Relief Sites Phony
      Provided by Donna Higgins of Andrews Publications
      Florida's attorney general has quickly obtained an injunction against a Nassau County man who allegedly set up four bogus Web sites to solicit donations for Hurricane Katrina relief.

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    • Why the Delete Online Predators Act Won't Delete Predatory Behavior
      Provided by Anita Ramasastry of FindLaw
      Why the "Delete Online Predators Act" bill won't do much to protect minors on sites like MySpace.com and FaceBook.com.

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    • The Court-Ordered Internet Auction of the Unabomber's "Murderabilia": Why, Though It May Be Tasteless, It's Perfectly Legal
      Provided by Anita Ramasastry of FindLaw
      You soon may be able to log on to the Internet and bid on items formerly owned by the "Unabomber," Theodore Kaczynski. Currently imprisoned, Kaczynski killed three people, and wounded many others, with his letter-bombs. Though his first bomb was sent in 1978, he was not arrested until 1996. He avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to his crimes.

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    • Criminal Case Involving New Cyber-Technology Ends in Guilty Plea
      Provided by Robert Woodman McSherry of Andrews Publications
      The first criminal prosecution for using the sophisticated BitTorrent file-sharing technology as part of a cyber-piracy scheme has ended with the guilty plea of a Pennsylvania man who illegally made a pre-released "Star Wars" movie available to more than 133,000 computer users.

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    • Broadband Users Can't Sue Comcast for Alleged Privacy Violations
      Provided by Donna Higgins of Andrews Publications
      Users of Comcast's high-speed Internet service cannot sue the company for allegedly violating a law that protects the privacy of cable television customers, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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    • Personal Jurisdiction and the Web
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of NetGuide Magazine
      Another great American tradition has begun to emerge - lawsuits involving online businesses and service providers. If you want to sue someone over an online issue, where do you do it? Where you live? Where they live? In some cyberjurisdiction?

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    • FAQ: Personal Jurisdiction and the Web
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of NetGuide Magazine
      In early cases involving online disputes, the plaintiffs (people who sued) all sued in their home states and the defendants didn't challenge personal jurisdiction. Now defendants are getting wise to spending time and money on out-of-state lawsuits, arguing that the plaintiffs have no personal jurisdiction over them in the plaintiff's home state. In other words, defendants are arguing, "You want to fight, you come to my backyard."

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    • Sun Microsystems Accelerates Web 2.0 Build Out with First-of-Its-Kind Program for Startups
      Provided by Sun Microsystems
      Underscoring its commitment to facilitating the Web 2.0 build out, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced Sun Startup Essentials, a new program designed to enable early-stage companies to run their businesses on Sun's enterprise-class technologies at a cost that fits their budgets.

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    • Google Apps for Your Domain Expands to Include the Start Page for Organizations
      Provided by Google
      With the Start Page, organizations can make their users' online experience a little more convenient and useful - capitalizing on those fleeting moments of user attention to deliver information like company news, information on the industry, or links to important resources, like a company directory.

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    • Yahoo! Forms Strategic Partnership with Consortium of More Than 150 Newspapers Across the U.S.
      Provided by Yahoo
      In another step towards creating the most comprehensive advertising network in the online industry, Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) today announced a strategic partnership with more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers to deliver search, graphical and classified advertising to consumers in the communities where they live and work.

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    • Yahoo! and comScore Networks Study Reveals Influential Consumers Can Be Reached Through Search, Social Media and Communication Tools
      Provided by Yahoo
      The Internet has become an increasingly powerful resource to help companies extend their brand message online through some of the most loyal, engaged and influential consumers, according to new research from Yahoo! and comScore Networks. Released today, "Engaging Advocates through Search and Social Media" reveals how consumers use social media, search and communication tools like email and instant messaging to research and talk about the brands, products or categories about which they are passionate.

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    • Tussling with Turing Machines
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of Digital Media
      The first tenet of the legal system is that the law is based upon wealth, not logic. The second tenet is that the law is a shape shifter, infinitely changing and variable.

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    • Parental Control
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of NetGuide Magazine
      It's difficult to be a moral monitor nowadays. Video games like Mortal Kombat allow players to yank out a combatant's bleeding heart. Television shows like NYPD Blue saturate the broadcast channels with not only raw language but also raw skin. Howard Stern's radio show lacerates the airwaves turning George Carlin's infamous seven dirty words into an anachronism. To make matters worse, along comes an ungoverned, unregulated, ragtag group of worldwide, networked computers calling themselves the Internet and answering to no one. What's a monitor to do?

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    • Court Rules CDA Unconstitutional
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of Digital Media
      1996 is an election year. If you're an elected official or an official wanna-be, it's an arduous task to adhere to Spike Lee 's admonition and Do The Right Thing. Vote for abortion? Lose the Christian Coalition vote. Vote for minimum wage? Lose the free-marketers' vote. Vote to prohibit online pornography? Now there's a political pollster's paradise.

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    • Now You Can Have Google Gadgets on Your Webpage
      Provided by Google
      Google Gadgets for your webpage can help make a site dynamic and rich with content. Google Gadgets, which have long been available for users to add to the Google homepage and Google Desktop, are now available for webpage owners to add to their own webpages.

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    • The Power of Google Search is Now Customizable
      Provided by Google
      Today, Google is launching the Google Custom Search Engine, a new way to bring tailored search to websites and blogs. In just minutes, anyone can use the Google search platform to create a search engine focused on any content they like - from Hollywood heartthrobs, to favorite sports team, to personal hobbies, and more.

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    • Home on the CyberRange
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of HomePC
      In 1969, the U.S. Department of Defense began blazing a digital western trail by connecting computers that permitted electronic messages and files to be shared worldwide. Designed as a combination public forum and public library, this new frontier was almost devoid of privacy and censorship. But unfortunately, commerce breeds crime. Like the Gold Rush of 1849, cash has pored into the cyberworld and has bred cybercrooks.

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    • DontSueThere.com
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      You may have heard of the Web site DontDateHimGirl.com. The purpose of the site is to allow women to make anonymous postings about specific men. A defamation lawsuit was filed with respect to statements made on the site about a particular man. While the name of the case is Hollis v. Joseph, as owner and operator of DontDateHimGirl.com, et al., perhaps the case should be referred to as DontSueThere.Com.

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    • No Graphics, No Fun? No Way (MUDs and MOOs)
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of Digital Media
      Hordes of Hollywoodians are flocking to Silicon Valley hoping film-like visions of digital sugar plums can entrance the hearts and loosen the purse strings of PC users. After all, enchanting Disney -like animation has lured half a million Myst users to their PCs and film is even more evocative, right? Maybe, maybe not.

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    • Major Search Engines Unite to Support a Common Mechanism for Website Submission
      Provided by Google
      In the first joint and open initiative to improve the Web crawl process for search engines, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft today announced support for Sitemaps 0.90 (www.sitemaps.org), a free and easy way for webmasters to notify search engines about their websites and be indexed more comprehensively and efficiently, resulting in better representation in search indices.

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    • Adding the "D" to Google Apps for Your Domain
      Provided by Google
      Getting powerful communication and collaboration tools up and running for your organization just got a little easier. That's because we've added domain registration services to Google Apps for Your Domain, a platform that allows organizations to offer tools like email and shared calendaring to all of their users -- and have them all hosted by Google so there's no hardware or software to install or maintain.

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    • Networking in a Nutshell for 2006
      Provided by The FindLaw Editorial Staff of FindLaw
      We've assembled some of the top issues in the networking and storage sphere that ran in the Legal Technology Center over the course of the past year, and we offer them up so that you can relive the highs and lows that were 2006. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!

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    • Paying For Privacy
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      There have been countless studies in which consumers respond that they care about their privacy on the Internet. However, simply stating concern about privacy is a far cry from actually taking steps to protect one's own privacy in cyberspace.

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    • Are The Online Kids Alright?
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Some people believe that teenagers are reckless in protecting their private information on the Internet. Others are of the belief that teens are Net-savvy and are at least as smart as adults when it comes to safeguarding themselves in Cyberspace. So, what is the truth?

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    • Waging War Against Cybersquatting
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      There appears to be a new sheriff in town when it comes to cybersquatting - the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA). A non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., the CADNA has just announced the launch of a national campaign against the fraudulent abuse of domain name registration that is at the core of cybersquatting and that the CADNA says threatens the future viability of Internet commerce.

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    • MySpace Defeats Spammer
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      We all know that MySpace.com is a social networking service that allows members to create unique personal profiles online to find and communicate with other people. However, did you know that MySpace is out there in Cyberspace seeking to root out spammers? A recent court victory shows this to be true. Read on.

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    • Judge Dismisses Would-be Governor's Suit Against Ask.com and Yahoo!
      Provided by Kevin Fayle of FindLaw
      A perennial New York political candidate recently lost a lawsuit brought against two websites alleging that they interfered with his "Master Election Plan." William Murawski claimed that Ask.com and Yahoo! had defamed him and violated his right to free speech through their actions, but a judge for the District Court for the Southern District of New York thought otherwise.

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    • 20 Questions with an Online Educator
      Provided by Andrew Zangrilli of FindLaw
      Professor Candace Elliott Person is the Director of the Health Law LLM Program at Concord University School of Law. Professor Person has practiced in the health care field as a clinical practitioner, administrator, and educator for over 30 years. She holds a Masters in Public Health, with a minor in Education from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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    • Privacy Hits Center Stage
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      A decade ago, long before the Internet was a robust commercial medium, I started writing about online privacy issues. At the time, legal colleagues told me that while the issues were interesting from academic standpoint, they had no real world application. They encouraged me to focus "real" upcoming problems, like Y2K.

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    • Virtual Legal Chickens Come Home To Roost In Real Courts
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Netizens spend more and more time living their lives in online virtual worlds these days. Participants pursue their virtual lives through avatars, the visual representations of people in virtual worlds. While most virtual world interactions remain virtual, taking place entirely in fictitious realms, virtual disputes are increasingly landing in real courts right here on terra firma.

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    • Behavioral Advertising: How To Get It Right?
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Internet users tend to desire customized experiences, whereby content that is relevant to their particular interests is brought easily to their attention. Yet, Internet users have concerns about the revelation of their private information.

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    • Problems In Cyberspace Can Cause Real World Hurt
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Internet problems are not esoteric, theoretical issues in Cyberspace. Indeed, they can have real world implications.

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    • Presidential Elections in the Internet Era
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      The Internet is all grown up, and now has an impact on matters of great importance, such as the current presidential race.

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    • The Internet Comes Alive With YouTube
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      The sheer power of the Internet was put on full display Saturday night by the YouTube Live event broadcast from San Francisco with hundreds of thousands of unique real-time online feeds and millions of follow-on downloads. This was YouTube's first live online show, with likely more to follow. The show had a little of something for every Netizen.

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    • Tech Children: Teach Your Parents Well
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Another year is in the bag, and many of us are bidding good riddance to 2008. Apart from economic turbulence, looking in our 2008 rearview mirror, we see that while technological advances have continued to move forward at warp speed, the law struggles to catch up.

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    • New Version of Google Analytics Now Available Worldwide
      Provided by Google
      Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced a new version of its powerful web analytics solution, Google Analytics(TM). The new version of Google Analytics was unveiled today at the EMetrics Summit taking place in San Francisco. Google Analytics, a free enterprise-class solution, enables executives, marketers and website owners to understand how their users interact with their website and help increase online business.

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    • Dismissal Upheld Despite Employer's Google Search for Employee's Prior Work History
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      An employee recently argued that he was improperly terminated based on his employer's Google search relating to his prior work background. Should such an argument stick? Well, it did not in this particular case, Mullins v. Department of Commerce, just decided on a non-precedential basis by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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    • Fantasy Sports Leagues Participation Is Not Illegal Gambling, Judge Rules
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      The many fantasy sports leagues enthusiasts can breathe a deep sigh of relief, as a federal judge in New Jersey has just ruled that their activities do not constitute illegal gambling.

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    • TechnoLawyer eBook Makes Legal Publishing History with Smart Navigation System and Online Distribution via Seventy-Eight Legal Blogs
      Provided by TechnoLawyer
      TechnoLawyer, the popular online network for lawyers and law office administrators, today launched BlawgWorld 2007 with TechnoLawyer Problem/Solution Guide, a free eBook with a proprietary design that will turn heads in the legal publishing world.

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    • Taking a Walk In Virtual Shoes: The Second Life Herald
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Virtual worlds are here, now - as exemplified by the recent explosion of Second Life, the best known virtual world. Indeed, online three-dimensional environments are becoming a real world phenomenon, as companies, educational institutions and individuals are marketing, providing products, undertaking research and featuring performances and artistic works in virtual worlds.

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    • The State of Legal Blogs: A Report From the Frontlines
      Provided by William Gratsch of FindLaw
      Legal weblogs? Law Blogs? Blawgs? Whatever you call them, legal-oriented weblogs are thriving and their collective impact on the legal world is likely to reverberate.

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    • When Are ISPs Legally Responsible for Content Posted by Others?
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      The stakes are enormous. The question is serious. Under what circumstances are interactive computer services liable for content posted by others on their sites?

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    • Presidential Campaign Web Sites: One-Stop Political Shops
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      In past years, it may have been difficult to unravel the banter to figure out where the candidates truly stood on the issues. Those days are over for truly interested voters, as now they can go to the candidates' respective Web sites to find out how they position themselves.

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    • Thomson West Launches Westblog.net at LegalTech New York 2008
      Provided by Thomson West
      Whether law firm leaders and technologists are planning a trip to LegalTech New York 2008 or not, Thomson West will make it easy to keep tabs on the show with a new blog.

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    • Courting Content Liability
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of NetGuide Magazine
      Creating content or supplying services for the World Wide Web can be a worrisome road. Recent court cases and controversial legislation have hinted at huge potential liabilities for three major areas - electronic defamation, copyright infringement, and obscenity.

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    • Can I Borrow a Bit of Digital?
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of NetGuide Magazine
      More than one million people bungee jump into the hurly-burly digital world of the Internet each month and create a World-Wide Web page. Perhaps you're one such stalwart soul.

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    • Playing Music on the Internet
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of NetGuide Magazine
      The Internet is the hottest new arena for emerging and established recording artists to deliver their product to the public. Bands, major music publishers, and a slew of startups have set up shop on the Internet to ply their wares.

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    • Tiger Woods And The Net
      Provided by Marie D'Amico of Digital Media
      Looking to make money on the Net? Take note - real-time reporting of sports statistics is one of the scant success stories on the Net.

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    • Ninth Circuit Denies Website Immunity in Housing Discrimination Suit
      Provided by Kevin Fayle of FindLaw
      The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has just ruled that Roommates.com, an apartment-sharing website, can't claim immunity from a housing discrimination suit based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, largely based on the content of the drop-down menus the site employs during the user registration process.

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    • Google Apps extends protection to web surfing and remote workers
      Provided by Google
      Google today announced a web security product that makes it easy and affordable for companies of all sizes to provide Internet security to users in any location. Google Web Security(TM) for Enterprise provides real-time malware protection and URL filtering with policy enforcement and reporting.

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    • FTC Online Behavioral Advertising Privacy Principles Unplugged
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Behavioral advertising seeks to target relevant content for individual Internet consumers, but to do so, it relies upon information specific to those individuals. As a result, there has been some concern about the proper handling of private information relating to Internet consumers.

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    • 7th Cir. Upholds ISP Search Warrant, Patriot Act in US v. Berkos
      Provided by Kevin Fayle of FindLaw
      In the course of investigating Daniel Berkos for failure to pay child support, federal investigators discovered that he operated two companies connected to websites hosted in Houston, Texas. The investigators applied for, and received, a search warrant from a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois ordering the website hosting company to turn over electronic communications related to the two companies.

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    • Solidifying Immunity For Interactive Computer Service Providers Under the Communications Decency Act
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      StubHub and eBay have just scored a victory in an Oregon class action, furthering immunity for interactive computer service providers under the Communications Decency Act.

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    • This Just In: More People Getting Their News from the Internet than from Newspapers
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      When you think news, do you think of print newspapers? If so, you are outnumbered, as more people now obtain their news from the Internet, according to a recent survey.

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    • Liability For The Online Criminal Conduct Of Others?
      Provided by Eric Sinrod of FindLaw
      Many of us worry about the harm that we might suffer as a result of the criminal conduct of others on the Internet. We probably have not given much thought as to how we unwittingly could become potentially responsible for the online crimes of others, however.

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    • Nextpoint Announces Enhanced Security Provisioning in the Company's Preservation, Discovery and Trial Products
      Provided by Nextpoint
      Latest release of company's SaaS platform introduces rigorous Two-factor Authentication, dramatically increasing security and identity protection.

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