Week in Review - October 4, 2013


This week the government shutdown dominated the news. Many people were told not to come to work, national parks, monuments, and recreational areas were closed, and access to some government services was limited or eliminated completely. In the midst of the shutdown, people have expressed their outrage on Twitter, while posts by various members of Congress on Facebook have received thousands of likes and comments. Even NASA took to Twitter to announce that it would no longer be able to tweet and then promptly suspended its account. All this activity on Twitter took place as the company moves toward its public stock offering in the coming days. Also this week, new technology is helping with receptionist duties, and lawyers are finding new questions to ask about social media passwords during the discovery process.

Technology and the Workplace
Is Florida too tough on lawyers using LinkedIn and Twitter? (ABA)
Why Employers Should Love, Not Loathe, Social Media (Delaware Employment)
The Switchboard: Five tech policy stories you need to read today (WashPost)
25 Ways To Continue Working When You Lose Your Internet Connection (Forbes)
MyTime Wants To Replace Your Receptionist (Forbes)

Technology and the Law
Discovery of Social-Media Passwords (Delaware Employment)
Peek-a-Boo, I See You: Juror Contact Via LinkedIn (Delaware Employment)
LinkedIn Search In Spotlight At Bank of America Trial (WSJ)
Airbnb wins legal victory in New York City (CNN)
McAfee Dismisses Company Founder Anti-NSA D-Central Device (Forbes)

There's an App for That
Track Your Amtrak Train in Real Time on Google Maps (Mashable)
The three things to watch for in Twitter's IPO filing this week (LATimes)
Post-It Notes go digital with Evernote (CNN)
New App Lets You Settle Check Before Sitting Down (Forbes)
Government shutdown: Voters tweet to Congress to stop being 'stupid' (Politico)


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