Psst…need a cheap credit card for the holidays?

In the thriving internet underground economy, a credit card with CVV2 number will cost you between 10¢ and $25, even cheaper if you buy in bulk. As detailed in Symantec’s Report on the Underground Economy released today, credit card information is the most advertised category of goods and services. Symantec calculates the potential worth of all credit cards …

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Does Spam Work?

Sometimes during my morning spam deletion ritual, in which I remove dozens of emails, mostly for products that I am not biologically able to benefit from, I wonder (as perhaps you do, too): does spam actually work for the spammer? Do people actually buy these misspelled drugs and dubious “enhancement devices”? Photo credit:Benny Yap/Creative Commons At last, a …

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United Nations Statistics Division Launches New Data Portal

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) has launched UNdata: a data portal offering a “single entry point” for UN statistical information and searchable datasets. Quickly access UNdata by entering keywords in the search box or browsing by topical area. Use the UNdata Glossary to find definitions of terms used within the databases. Use the UNdata Wiki to find …

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SDC Platinum 3.0

Thomson Reuters SDC Platinum 3.0 is now available for download and installation. Thomson Reuters encourages users of versions 2.3b and earlier to upgrade to take advantage of the many new features and enhancements offered by version 3.0. See the HLSL SDC Platinum download & installation page for detailed instructions. (HLS email username and password required) Thomson Reuters SDC …

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Constitutional Theory

Stanley Fish has an opinion piece in the New York Times for January 27, 2008 entitled “Does Constitutional Theory Matter?” In this essay he discusses a new book by Sotirios Barber and James Fleming called Constitutional interpretation : the basic questions, which is on reserve at Langdell. This is what PrawfBlawg thinks about the essay.

How is Crime Measured?

A new Congressional Research Service report discusses “How Crime in the United States is Measured“. Crime data collected through the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) are used by Congress to inform policy decisions and allocate federal criminal justice funding to states. As such, it is important …

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U.N. Launches MDG Monitor, a New Anti-Poverty Site

The United Nations recently announced MDG Monitor, “a pioneering online site that tracks progress towards decreasing global poverty by 2015, a global campaign known as the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs.” The new site, developed in partnership with Google and Cisco Systems, provides the most current data available as well as bird’s-eye views of global efforts to fight …

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Building a Better Legal Profession

Skadden: D. Choate, Hall: C+. Ropes & Gray: B-. Looking at a law firm? Check its report card first. Building a Better Legal Profession, a grassroots movement begun by law students at Stanford, wants law students, law schools, and law firm clients to exercise their market power by engaging only those firms demonstrating a commitment to demographic diversity, …

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