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BY CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO 

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Concerns that data gathered from peoples' interactions with their digital devices could potentially be used to identify individuals seeking or performing abortions have come into the spotlight with the news that pregnancy termination services could soon be severely restricted or banned in much of the United States.

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This is not a theoretical threat -- prosecutors have already used phone data to establish intent to terminate a pregnancy.

In a 2017 case in Mississippi, Latice Fisher was charged with second degree murder after showing up to a hospital after having lost her pregnancy. An investigation was launched based on suspicions tied to her failing to return for an ultrasound after admitting to being pregnant during a check up. Prosecutors used searches for the medical abortion pill misoprostol on her phone, which she turned over voluntarily, as evidence in their argument that she had "intentionally" terminated her pregnancy.

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If Russia Invades Ukraine, TikTok Will See It Up Close | WIRED

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ON THE SNOWY roads near Kursk, tanks and military equipment stop traffic. Videos from around the Russian city--roughly 100 miles from the border with Ukraine--show cars waiting in line to cross train tracks being used to transport tanks from one place to the next. Dozens of military vehicles have been filmed parked together. And shaky footage shows tanks rumbling across snowy ground alongside a busy road. All of these records have one thing in common: They were shared on TikTok.




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"There is a lot of data out there," says Benjamin Strick, investigations director at the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), a nonprofit organization that focuses on countering influence operations. The CIR team, along with other open source investigators, have been busy verifying and mapping videos of troop movements in Russia and Belarus for several weeks, painstakingly comparing landmarks in video footage with satellite images and other official data to confirm their authenticity. The CIR's map of verified videos plots the movements of military equipment and troops all around Ukraine's eastern flanks. In January, the CIR mapped 79 pieces of footage; in February, it has verified 166 videos so far.

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WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers urged the Biden administration to take further action against Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, days after the company was blacklisted alongside fellow Israeli spyware firm Candiru.

The two companies were added on November 3 to the "Entity List" of foreign companies engaging in malicious cyber activities contrary to the United States' national security or foreign policy interests.

A group of Democrats in the House, Tom Malinowski, Katie Porter, Joaquin Castro, and Anna Eshoo, who led the push for the administration to act against NSO following investigative reporting into its Pegasus spyware, praised the administration for blacklisting the firms as a victory for human rights in their joint statement.

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How to Decide Which MacBook is the Best MacBook for You--Gizmodo

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With four models to choose from and dozens of configurations, buying a MacBook has never been more fun--or more difficult.


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The MacBook lineup has just expanded with brand new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros available to buy. But there's also the existing MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, and they all run on custom-made Apple Silicon chips, all with various configurations available when you buy them direct from Apple. So which of these next-gen Apple laptops is the one for you? 

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Failing to understand technology is not just for outside counsel!

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FTI Consulting and the Blickstein Group surveyed various stakeholders within corporate legal departments earlier this year to produce Law Department Operations Technology Survey: The Journey To Modernization, a rich report for those of us trying to take the temperature of the corporate legal department space.

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The Best iPad (2021): Which Apple Tablets to Buy, or Avoid | WIRED

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BUYING AN IPAD should be simple. You just buy whatever's new, right? If only. Apple sells four main iPad models, each with its own strengths. In addition, a growing number of older iPads are floating around the eBays of the world. Since all these devices look pretty much the same, it's important to know what you're buying and what you should pay for it. This guide covers the best iPads available right now, the important differences between models, and every old model that exists (including the ones you shouldn't buy at any price).

Be sure to check out all our buying guides, including the Best iPad AccessoriesBest iPhonesBest iPhone 12 Cases and AccessoriesBest Tablets, and Best MacBooks.

Updated September 2021: We've added our thoughts on the 2021 iPad and iPad Mini 6.


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By Sean Lyngaas, CNN Business

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(CNN Business)Apple has updated its software for iPhones to address a critical vulnerability that independent researchers say has been exploited by notorious surveillance software to spy on a Saudi activist.

Researchers from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said the software exploit has been in use since February and has been used to deploy Pegasus, the spyware made by Israeli firm NSO Group that has allegedly been used to surveil journalists and human rights advocates in multiple countries.
The urgent update that Apple (AAPL) released Monday plugs a hole in the iMessage software that allowed hackers to infiltrate a user's phone without the user clicking on any links, according to Citizen Lab. The Saudi activist chose to remain anonymous, Citizen Lab said.
    Apple credited the Citizen Lab researchers for finding the vulnerability.
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    A powerful hacking tool called Pegasus, sold to governments around the world by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, has been used to spy on journalists, human rights activists, the fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and others, according to a months-long investigation by 17 news organizations, including FRONTLINE.

    The investigation of the spyware was coordinated by the journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories, with technical support from Amnesty International's Security Lab. Forbidden Stories and Amnesty had access to a leak of more than 50,000 records of phone numbers concentrated in countries known to be NSO clients. NSO has disputed the findings of the reporting and said it will investigate all credible claims of misuse and take appropriate action.

    FRONTLINE is producing a documentary with Forbidden Stories. We are linking here to major stories from our partner news outlets.

    ARISTEGUI NOTICIAS | DARAJ | DIE ZEIT | DIREKT36
    FORBIDDEN STORIES | HAARETZ | KNACK | LE MONDE | LE SOIR
    OCCRP | PROCESO | RADIO FRANCE | SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
    THE GUARDIAN | THE WASHINGTON POST | THE WIRE


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    In response to Covid-19 many states, including New York, implemented temporary orders authorizing remote witnessing and notarization of wills.  In January 2021, in Matter of Ryana Will was admitted to probate in New York under the remote witness and notarization law.

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    In the News--new podcast

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    The news you need to know from the past week covering iPhones, iPads, and related mobile technology. Brought to you by Brett Burney from www.appsinlaw.com and Jeff Richardson from www.iphonejd.com 


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    Apple Maps now displays COVID-19 vaccination locations - Apple

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    Ask Siri or search within Apple Maps to find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers throughout the US, with operating hours and links to important information

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    iPhone J.D. is published by Jeff Richardson

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    Apple released an update to iOS yesterday, iOS version 14.4.  Similarly, iPadOS 14.4 was released yesterday.  The update adds some very minor new features, such as the ability to scan even smaller QR codes, and fixes a few bugs.  But what caught my eye is that Apple says that this update patches two vulnerabilities in the operating system that "may have been actively exploited."  I cannot remember Apple ever before using that phrase with an iOS update. 

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    (Open up the Settings app, tap General, and then tap Software Update.) 

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    • Typewise (free): This small, helpful app is the first product from a company that's working on a 100-percent private "next word prediction engine." The distinctive honeycomb keyboard claims to reduce typos by up to 80 percent. (WIRED)
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    Although Apple started to sell the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on October 23, 2020, that was only half of the iPhone 12 family.  Apple is now taking pre-orders for the other two phones:  the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.  The new phones go on sale this Friday.  Apple provided review units to select journalists, and their initial reviews were posted yesterday.  If you are trying to decide if these new phones are right for you, these reviews may help you to make your decision.  The reviews convinced me that the medium size was best for me, but I'm sure the small and large sizes will be attractive to lots of folks.  It is great that you now have so much to choose from in an iPhone family.

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    How to use the compact iPhone call interface in iOS 14 - 9to5Mac

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    A long-requested feature that arrives with iOS 14 is a new compact iPhone call interface that doesn't take over the whole screen. Here is how it works and the different ways you can use it.

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    The new compact iPhone call interface is a banner-style alert at the top of your screen that lets you easily silence calls with a swipe, answer a call and keep doing what you were doing, or expand to the full-screen UI for the dial pad/audio options/mute/etc. in the Phone app or third-party apps.

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    Apple adds built-in COVID-19 Exposure Notifications to iOS 13.7 - 9to5Mac

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    Hat Tip to Lorraine Coyle

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    For users, you can now enable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications directly in the Settings app on their iPhone. The process is as simple as just a few taps, including agreeing to the public health agency terms. Users will also be able to opt-in to receive a push notification when their local public health authority adopts Exposure Notifications Express.

    Once you enable exposure notifications in the Settings app, your iPhone will begin monitoring with Bluetooth to log possible exposures so you can be notified of a potential COVID-19 exposure based on the guidelines set by your local public health authority.

    Apple and Google hope that this expansion of the Exposure Notifications Express system will dramatically increase adoption, both from users and public health authorities. The first public health authorities in the United States to adopt the Exposure Notification Express system will be Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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    Download iOS 13.7 for your iPhone

    1. Open Settings on your iPhone
    2. Swipe down and tap Exposure Notifications just above Battery
    3. Contact tracing (Exposure Notifications are off by default)
    4. Tap Turn on Exposure Notifications to see if the feature is available in your area
    5. You can only use the feature if a local health authority has made it available
    6. You can toggle off "Availability Alerts" if you don't want to know when contact tracing is available in your area.

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    Legaltech Week Journalists' Roundtable - Aug. 7, 2020

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    This weekly Roundtable of Legal Tech experts is well worth watching...just click on the link

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    Law Tech Weekly with Jeffrey Brandt and Jeff Richardson (7.23) - YouTube

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    Jeff Richardson, lawyer and editor of iPhone J.D., the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads, joins host Jeffrey Brandt this week on Law Tech Weekly. --- Litera TV is a two-hour live stream of content Monday - Friday; covering all areas of legal tech....and then some.
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    iPhone + Apple Watch - Apple

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    A surprising number of people continue to force-quit iOS apps and restart or shut down their iOS devices as a matter of habit. Except when recovering from a frozen app or misbehaving device, those behaviors will reduce battery life and hurt performance. Here's why.

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