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7/30/2021

A Chinese law scheduled to take effect this September requires companies to undergo risk assessments, if they handle "critical data," and turn over results to the government. The legislation also mandates annual reviews for companies whose data could affect the nation's security.

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Reuters
7/30/2021

The National Science Foundation is funding 11 institutes focused on seven artificial intelligence research areas. A Washington State University laboratory focused on agricultural use cases and the University of Washington's AI Institute for Dynamic Systems, which applies physics to machine learning and AI, will each get $20 million.

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GeekWire
7/30/2021

Remote law exams returned this week in several jurisdictions, bringing the expected amount of angst related to screen freezes and other technical glitches. The company administering the tests, ExamSoft, says it is working with individuals who experienced difficulties, and there's good news for those worried about technical issues: The National Conference of Bar Examiners says its February exam in 2022 will be administered only in person.

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Legaltech News
7/30/2021

After a "strategic business decision," the eDiscovery Point document review software is slated to ride off into the sunset, with its termination date set for June 30, 2022. Thomson Reuters recommends switching to Lighthouse for e-discovery needs.

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Legaltech News
7/30/2021

Marketplace Priori Legal, where in-house departments can connect with outside counsel, is expanding its scope to include alternative legal services providers and legaltech solutions. The first new offerings: ALSPs QuisLex and Factor, along with LawGeex, which uses artificial intelligence to review contracts.

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LawSites blog
7/30/2021

If you're tired of reading legal documents, Microsoft Word can read them to you, which could uncover typos or ineffective wording. The program has other skills untapped by many users, including the ability to solve formatting problems at the new-document stage.

7/30/2021

The effectiveness of artificial intelligence in e-discovery shouldn't lead to an erosion of soft skills, writes Jim Gill. In this commentary, Gill lists five skills to foster, starting with communication within the firm, because "[a]ny good therapist will tell you communication issues are at the heart of any relationship problem."

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JD Supra
7/30/2021

Rapidly expanding research platform vLex is making another international foray, taking a minority stake in Irwin Law, a Canada-based legal publisher. VLex gains access to Irwin Law's content, and the company also reports developing natural language processing integrations to bolster its searches.

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Artificial Lawyer
7/29/2021

Starting in September, Google's Play Store will remove developer accounts that have been dormant for one year, with exceptions for apps that have at least 1,000 installs and those with in-app transactions "in the last 90 days." Additionally, Google has provided details on its forthcoming safety section to prepare developers for next year's privacy policy requirements for apps in the Play Store.

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Gizmodo, 9to5Google
7/29/2021

New artificial intelligence systems read people's lips by deciphering visemes -- the movements associated with speech. The technology can be useful for noisy situations, patients with vocal cord impairments and movie subtitling, but also raises concerns about corporate surveillance and deepfake production.

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The Hindu (India)