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Hi Friends,

Stacy and I went to the The Stanford Daily alumni dinner tonight following another Stanford loss to Cal (congrats RS). Thanks to Elna Tymes, whose son Adrian was one of the programmers at FindLaw, did a great job putting together the dinner.

As for the dinner talks, after going through the editorial and business metrics at the paper (happy to report that things are looking good :), former Knight Ridder columnist, book author and blogger Joanne Jacobs gave a talk on… blogs.

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Hi Friends,

Little Sheba the Hug Pug and Justia were written about on Monster.com as part of a Take Your Dog to Work article by Heidi LaFleche. Once again, Sheba was using her cuteness and connections to get Justia some attention, after all – It is her job 🙂

Little Sheba is happy to be on Monster.com
But Sheba is not just in the office sleeping waiting for writers to call. Smiling Sheba often works 24 hour days to make things go on the product side. Helping make stuff like… free case law in the US Supreme Court Center – which is now in its Alpha-Beta 2 release – and of course Sheba came up with the free part of the free law firm Web sites on Freedom.Justia.com. And Sheba even has her own line of Hug Pug tshirts, posters and mugs. Not to bad for a puppy 🙂

Well, the first Monday of October has finally arrived and changes are already afoot. The US Supreme Court returned from its summer recess and welcomed a new Chief Justice to the helm. With the nation’s air waves abuzz this morning over President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers, it seems that the Washington’s attention has been focused on the Supreme Court as of late. Our focus has been on the US Supreme Court as well, but for entirely different reasons.

Today, Justia, Oyez and US Court Forms are proud to release the first beta version of our new US Supreme Court Center. Many features are still under development, but the center does include all US Supreme Court decisions since volume one (1).

You can visit the new center at http://www.Justia.us

Hi Friends,

We just got a brand new 1U blue boxed Google Mini for full text indexing of a new database we are setting up. It took about an hour to get it out of the box, install and index our content set (although we are doing some extra work fixing up our search result templates and scripts to make the output real nice and pretty).

More on our content set later… for now, please enjoy some pictures of Little Sheba the Hug Pug and her newest bestest Google toy.

Since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, I have been absolutely shocked by the magnitude of destruction left in her wake. In California, we’ve experienced our share of natural disasters, including the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. While the damage from that earthquake was extensive, it did not force the evacuation of a major American city or disperse countless families into neighboring states away from their homes, possessions and careers. The manpower, resources and infrastructure needed to handle such a mass migration is unfathomable.

Hurricane Katrina also demonstrated the limitations of our current technologies. Once the power shuts down, the cellular phones go down as well. And, without a communication system in place, the process of contacting family members or coordinating relief efforts proves to be exponentially more challenging.

Fortunately, many Web sites have emerged in the past few days to help survivors reconnect with their family members. Let me share with you some Web sites that I’ve visited to keep up with Hurricane Katrina news.

Last year, Google announced that it was launching a preview release of Gmail, its supercharged seach-based webmail product with 1 Gig of free storage. This, in turn, probably lead Yahoo to unveil its “New and Improved” Yahoo! Mail service with increased storage space shortly thereafter.

Initially, Gmail was only open to a select group of users. However, Google recently opened up Gmail accounts to US mobile phone users. If you don’t have a mobile phone, you can still open a Gmail account the old-fashioned way — find a friend who has a Gmail account and request an invitation.

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From the Gmail Home Page, you will find a Sign up for Gmail using your mobile phone link. Clicking on that link takes you to a sign-up page where you have to enter your mobile phone number as well as the computer-generated characters displayed on that page.

In honor of the first manned Moon landing, Google presents Google Moon, a version of the Google Maps interface that plots the Apollo moon landing sites on a photo image of the moon.

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You can zoom in and zoom out, but if you look too closely, you’ll discover that the moon is made of cheese. 😉

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Google proudly displays the number of web pages contained within its index. At 8 billion pages and counting, this potentially represents an immense quantity of useful information. Indeed, Google is well suited for finding all sorts of arcane trivia tucked into the many recesses of the web.

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However, web researchers already recognize that the quantity of data is only one factor. If the information you are searching for is not within one of the 8 billion pages in Google’s index, you’re out of luck.

For example, let’s look at securities filings. Google surprisingly returns Canada’s SEDAR as the first result (gasp!) and the SEC’s EDGAR as the second result. Sacre bleu! Despite French protestations, it turns out that the Internet really is a tool for foisting Canadian (and not American) values and culture onto the world. 🙂

Hi Friends,

We officially released our brand new Justia Auto Recalls Center this week (legal blog readers of course had advanced notice – Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites [ Post ], Sabrina Pacifici’ BeSpacific [ Post ] ).

The Justia Auto Recalls Center URL is: http://auto-recalls.justia.com

Hi Friends,

Nolo, Justia friend and our main content provider, has relaunched their Web site with a new design that focuses on users’ legal needs. The new Nolo site is segmented into six legal issues channels, leading to a much better user interface. The interface is much cleaner, with everything visible above fold on the home page.

New Nolo.com Web site

As one can see, the Web site is in consumer friendly yellow 🙂