Week in Review - August 8, 2013


Attorneys often counsel and represent clients as they deal with the consequences of their online misdeeds. This week, for example, a fired employee sued his former employer, claiming that his co-workers shocked him with a Taser and posted a video of the Taser session on YouTube. Sometimes it is the attorneys themselves who get into online trouble, and who face discipline for their conduct. It was reported this week that one attorney was disciplined after hacking into a fellow attorney’s email account, and another attorney was suspended from the practice of law for five years after advising a client to “clean up” his Facebook photos in light of an opposing party’s discovery requests. It leads you to wonder whether all those involved could benefit from new apps that help to sharpen your brain.

Technology and the Workplace
Suit says co-workers shocked employee with stun gun dozens of times and posted videos on YouTube (ABA Journal)
Hiring IT work in the “open talent economy” (Wash Post)
Nearly one in five U.S. adults online use Twitter, survey finds (LATimes)
Less Than A Third Of Top CEOs Are On Social Media (Forbes)
Five Gadgets That Every Business Traveler Should Carry (Forbes)

Technology and the Law
Partner reprimanded after taking plea in attorney email hacking case (ABA Journal)
Lawyer agrees to five-year suspension for advising client to clean up his Facebook photos (ABA Journal)
Samsung seeks smartwatch trademarks (CBS)
Apple-Samsung spat may ignite tech patent war (NBC)
As Twitter Expands Reach, Abuse Policy Gets Added Scrutiny (NPR)

There's an App for That
Five apps that could help sharpen the brain (LATimes)
Windows Phone App Studio Makes Building Apps Simple (Mashable)
Facebook to test Trending Topics feature, show older posts more often (LATimes)
Google testing local news for Google Now mobile app, report says (LATimes)
Instagram video gets import option, works on more Android phones (CNET)

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