Lawyers who need to track when a company, Web site, product or name is discussed in Usenet newsgroups have a new tool they can use. NetNews Tracker is a bot that searches newsgroups twice each day for the phrases that you choose, then delivers new hits to you via e-mail. Each hit includes an excerpt and link to the full posting. NetNews Tracker was created by Kevin Savetz as a personal research tool. When colleagues showed an interest in it, Kevin added a Web interface and made it available to the public.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.