Thursday, June 27, 2013

Week in Review

This week, technology is affecting how we do business, how we plan for the distribution of property at death, and how we enforce the laws. Nevada is the latest state to adopt a social media privacy bill. Businesses are harnessing the power of social media and on-the-go apps, and a new start-up is helping connect foreign farmers to the market place. An Ohio judge upheld the validity of a will that was written and signed on a tablet, finding that it met the state's legal requirements. At the intersection of technology and law enforcement, Montana became the first state to require police to obtain a warrant before using a suspect's cell phone to track his or her location. The FTC took on the subject of online ad transparency, and the 1st Circuit upheld a $675k verdict against a former student found guilty of illegally downloading music.

Technology and the Workplace
Nevada Now Has Social Media Workplace Privacy Law Too (Employer Handbook)
How to Turn a Social Media Disaster into Higher Sales (Forbes)
Start-up Gives Farmers Shot at Fair Prices, Market Access Via Text Messages (ARS Technica)
Mobile Apps That Help You Run a Business While Running Around (Forbes)
Doc Posts Woman's Nose Job Pics Online, She Sues for $18M (NBC)

Technology and the Law
Judge Rules That a Will Written and Signed on Tablet is Legal (Chronicle Online)
U.S. Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Net Neutrality Case on Sept. 9 (Reuters)
1st Circuit Upholds $675k Award Against Tenenbaum in Long-Running RIAA File-Sharing Case (ABA Journal)
Montana Requires Warrants for Cell Phone Tracking (WSJ)
FTC Tells Search Engines to Label Advertising as Such (NTY)

There's an App for That
PasswordBox is New App for Managing Passwords with "Master" Key (LA Times)
Apps to Manage Time, Track Time, and Pass the Time (NYT)
Moving on From Google Reader (CNN)
Measure Your Water Usage in Real Time with MyWater (Mashable)

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