An Avaya and IBM agreement will allow Avaya to expand its ReadyNow private cloud services by adopting IBM's hybrid cloud offerings. As a result, Avaya can use artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies and give its customers IBM cloud data center access.
Verizon has been granted a patent for the concept of a blockchain-based virtual SIM card that could eliminate the need for physical SIM cards. The patent describes how mobile devices could access one or more vSIMs, and the cards could be temporarily assigned to other users.
Congress should enact a strong federal data privacy law for the benefit of the economy, consumers and innovation, writes Carl Schonander, senior vice president for global public policy at SIIA. He explains how a carefully written preemption provision can offer equal protection nationwide while allowing states to address concerns specific to their jurisdictions.
When pursuing the goal of handling less paper in the office, the PDF computer file format offers the most flexibility, writes Dee Dee Kato of Foxit Software. In this broad analysis, she notes that PDFs "can be shared with others and annotated in real-time, which increases the efficiency of team projects."
London-based law firm Travers Smith has taken an unusual step with its proprietary MatMail software for managing email: It's making it open source, available to share. "We hope that many other law firms openly share projects that don't provide a competitive advantage," says Shawn Curran, the firm's head of legal technology.
San Francisco-based litigation finance firm Legalist uses algorithms to pick what it thinks will be winning commercial cases in which to invest. It recently raised $100 million and plans to pursue up to 200 cases over the next two years, receiving repayment only if the case is won and funds are recovered.
Andrew Arruda, CEO of artificial intelligence company Ross Intelligence, visits the "Legal Rebels" podcast to discuss what AI can do for the field of legal research. Legaltech blogger Bob Ambrogi and Jason Tashea of the ABA Journal also join the conversation.
All law firms should have plans for how to deal with a data breach, attorney Nicole Black writes. As a starting point, she cites ABA Formal Opinion 483, which covers obligations related to representation of clients but does not address notifications that might be required by privacy laws or other statutory requirements.
San Jose, Calif., is poised to become the largest city in the US to ban the installation of natural gas infrastructure in new homes and low-rise apartment buildings, and the city council expects to extend the ban to more building types. The ordinance would also require that all new multifamily buildings have electric vehicle infrastructure.
The city of Cleveland is working with an engineering firm on a plan to make a smart network out of the city's 61,000 streetlights. The 18-month, $35 million project is expected to sharply cut the city's electricity costs and will also provide a "generic backbone" for future smart city services.