Google is adding election-related features to its voice assistant, search and maps apps to make voting locations easier to find. Google Search now has a dedicated tool for locating a drop box or polling place -- a feature that can also be accessed via Google Maps -- while Assistant-powered devices can recommend voting locations based on users' current locations.
Nonprofit legaltech provider Upsolve has reached a milestone as it helps people file for bankruptcy without a lawyer -- $250 million in debt vacated since its national launch less than three years ago. Co-founder and CEO Rohan Pavuluri says the process works "a lot like TurboTax, or document assembly tools you may have already seen."
Major law firms aren't following the lead of Target, Microsoft, Google and other corporations that are excusing employees from in-office work until July of next year. Dentons operations chief Mark Flanagan says the firm's offices are open with safety procedures in place, but that attendance is "totally voluntary through 2020."
Legislators promoting "diploma privilege" for law school graduates in New York state have released a survey of nearly 500 recent takers of the online bar examination. Three-fourths of respondents considered the experience negative, with more than 40% reporting technical problems during the test.
Tel Aviv is testing a 600-meter electrified road that can charge electric buses as they travel, developed in partnership with ElectReon and Dan Bus. If the test is successful, the technology "will not only benefit the public, but also save resources, improve the operational efficiency of public transportation, and maybe even a new world-class method of electrification will emanate," says Meital Lehavi, deputy mayor for transportation at Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality.
IT managers whose employers suffer ransomware attacks are more likely to feel unprepared for addressing cyberthreats, states a report from UK security company Sophos. "Whatever the reasons, it is clear that when it comes to security, an organization is never the same again after being hit by ransomware," says Chester Wisniewski of Sophos.
More than 3 million credit card records of people who visited Dickey's Barbecue Pit restaurants have gone on sale at an underground market called Joker's Stash. The company is "currently focused on determining the locations affected and time frames involved."
Frameworks such as secure access service edge and zero trust will take on more importance as chief information security officers adjust to employees working from home, writes Raif Mehmet of cloud security company Bitglass. CISOs must determine the new risks and how they can adapt without additional resources, among other concerns, Mehmet writes.
Researchers at FireEye say many recent ransomware attacks are the work of one group it calls FIN11, based in the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes Russia and other former Soviet states. "The main thing that sets this group apart from our perspective is how widespread their campaigns are," says Kimberly Goody of FireEye.
More than half of 350 professionals under age 45 surveyed in the UK, US, Australia, Germany and Singapore say they view artificial intelligence and machine learning as a threat to their jobs, security advisory firm Exabeam reports. The results were a contrast to the 2019 survey, in which only 1 in 10 respondents viewed automation as job-threatening.
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