September 2011 Archives

Tax Tips: Innocent Spouse Relief - YouTube

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The IRS has lifted the two-year time limit on a particular type of innocent spouse request (equitable relief) in this new YouTube video.

Watch this and other videos on the IRS's YouTube Channel.

Better Facebook 5.94 Restores Chronological News Feed

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Better FaceBook fixes a lot of the annoying changes made by FB; but, most important, it restores the chronological news feed as your default setting!!
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Amazon Kindle Fire Official Presentation - YouTube

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Itching for specs? How's about a 7-inch IPS (!) panel, Gorilla Glass coating, a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a chassis that weighs 14.6 ounces. There's also access to things you'd expect to have access to: Android Appstore (though no access to Google's Android Market!), Kindle books, magazines, etc. -- all stored for free via Amazon Cloud Storage. Per Jeff: "Delete it and get it back when you want." Oh, and Whispersync now works with movies and TV shows! "When you get home, switch to your big screen TV. Your movie will be right where you left it." While it's clearly Android underneath, the actual UI looks effectively nothing like it -- considering TechCrunch'sintel that Amazon went and did its own thing without Google's blessing, we guess that makes some level of sense. Oh, and pre-orders are set to start today (but only for Americans... boo), with shipments heading out on November 15th.

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Legal Technology: Change is Good-Nicole Black, Esq.

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Nicole Black's latest SlideShare upload : Legal Technology: Change is Good from her keynote last week: 

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Free PACER Training Site Available

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Are you interested in learning how to access federal court records
online, or want to sharpen the record-searching skills you already have?
A training site for the federal judiciary's Public Access to Court
Electronic Records (PACER) service recently became available.

The site features data from real cases filed in the U.S. District Court
for the Western District of New York in 2007. There's no charge. Current
and future users of PACER can benefit from the training site.

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NYSBA | Join the Lawyer Referral Service In Aiding Flood Victims

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The New York State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service is recruiting attorneys that can provide free telephone consultations to individuals affected by recent hurricane flooding. The need is for attorneys with insurance, landlord/tenant or FEMA appeals experience as well as those who can help with general practice matters. 


Please respond as soon as possible if you can help flood victims in need.


Thank you for your help.


Eva Valentin-Espinal

Coordinator, Lawyer Referral and Information Service



518.487.5700 PHONE

518.487.5694 FAX



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Float is a fun and easy social reading app for your iPhone. Explore your favorite web content, including news, magazines, blogs, documents and more -- all in one 
place, while connecting with friends and readers just like you. Discover content by interests or through friend recommendations on Twitter, Facebook and Scribd.

Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
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Canon adds AirPrint to Pixma printers | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

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Canon today announced 3 of its all-in-one Pixma printers will now support AirPrint from Apple. The printers are the MG8220, the MG6220 and the MG5320. Canon has posted a web page with more details. Some of the printers may require a firmware update to function properly.


Third parties have offered AirPrint functionality to get around the Apple restrictions. Printopia works quite well, and works with almost any networked printer. Another Bonjour-based printing solution is available from FingerPrint,

Read entire TUAW article here.

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America Invents Act

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On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, intended to foster innovation and spur job creation in the United States.   This Act sets into motion the most comprehensive overhaul to our nation's patent system since 1836.

A detailed summary has been prepared by the USPTO, and can be found here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 1:00pm:

Commissioner Robert L. Stoll

American Conference Institute

America Invents Act Webinar 

Registration is complimentary

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Anschutz Exploration Corp. v. Town of Dryden

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A second law suit filed in as many days challenges a New York town's authority to ban natural gas exploration, drilling,etc.

Here are the initial documents:

Verified Petition & ComplaintAnschutz Exploration Corporation_Town of Dryden Zoning Challenge Sovas Affidavit With Exhibit Anschutz Exploration Corporation_Town of Dryden Zoning Challenge Memorandum of Law in Support of Petition & ComplaintAnschutz Exploration Corporation_Town of Dryden Zoning ...

Residents sue town of Middlefield for drilling ban

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From The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY:

A lawsuit has been filed against the town of Middlefield on behalf of Jennifer Huntington and other residents who have signed oil and gas leases, according to a media release from Levene, Gouldin & Thompson LLP, the Binghamton law firm retained for the effort. 

The town passed a local law in June that prohibits heavy industry, including gas drilling. 

Middlefield Complaint-full text:

Middlefield, NY Lawsuit

New York Enacts Complete Streets Law « LAW OF THE LAND-Prof. Salkin

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Share the road sign, New York City.

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Premised on public safety and greener roads and highways, New York now requires all county and local transportation projects undertaken by the State Department of Transportation or for projects that receive both federal and state funding are subject to State DOT oversight, to consider the convenient access and mobility on the road network by all including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation users by incorporating complete streets design features. Such considerations are required in the planning, design, construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, but exempted are projects aimed at resurfacing, maintenance, or pavement recycling. 


The new law explains that complete street design features include: sidewalks, paved shoulders suitable for bicyclists, lane striping, bicycle lanes, share the road signage, crosswalks, road diets, pedestrian control signalization, pull outs, curb cuts, raised crosswalks and ramps, and traffic calming measures.   


A copy of the Legislation can be accessed at:

For a press release from Governor Cuomo see:

For Prof. Salkin's complete post, click here.

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AddThis - The #1 Bookmarking & Sharing Service

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Share anything to anyone, anywhere and boost traffic back to your site with the most popular sharing tool in the world.

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Free PLI Program Looks at Loan-Modification Services 

Attend the free PLI program Mortgage Lending and Loan Modification Services: Regulatory and Enforcement Update on Sept. 30 (in San Francisco and online) for a comprehensive update on the regulation of mortgage origination and loan-modification services, including enforcement priorities of federal and state agencies.

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Amazon to Introduce Book Lending to the Kindle | Inhabitat

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Amazon appears poised to once again change the face of the book publishing industry. As if the Kindle wasn't enough, Amazon's new vision for e-readers could turn your Kindle into a full-blown library, with access to thousands of book titles. According to a report released in the Wall Street Journal, Amazon aims to do to book lending what Netflix has already done to movies by allowing users to pay a flat subscriber fee, and subsequently have access a large selection of books.

Read more: Amazon to Introduce Book Lending to the Kindle | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World 

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Schoelfeld v. State of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District
Legal Profession 

Requirement That Out-of-State Attorneys Maintain Offices in N.Y. Held Unconstitutional (See link below for full text of decision).

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On Wednesday, September 14, CCR will be hosting a panel discussion at the NYU School of Law entitled, "A Decade of Fighting Terror: CCR Reflects on 10 Years After 9/11," featuring CCR President Emeritus Michael Ratner, CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren, and CCR Attorneys Shayana Kadidal and Rachel Meeropol. The event, to be held at D'Agostino Hall, 108 West Third St. (at MacDougal St.) in New York, is from 6:30 to 8:30, and is free and open to the public; space is limited so please RVSP by Monday September 12

If you are unable to attend in person, go to to watch a live webcast.

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From Keith B. Hall : Louisiana Lawyer : Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann Law Firm:

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced today its release of a a lengthy Economic Assessment Report that evaluates the economic effects that would result from the use of hydraulic fracturing within New York.  The DEC stated that its analysis "confirms that high-volume hydraulic fracturing activities could provide a substantial economic boost for the state in the areas of employment, wages and tax revenue for state and local governments."


The information released by the DEC today included: its announcement; a two-page Fact Sheet that summarizes economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing; a two-page Fact Sheet that summarizes local and community impacts; and the full, approximately 250-pages-long Economic Assessment Report.  


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How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows--LifeHacker

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Installing a solid-state drive is one of the best upgrades you can make to your computer, but migrating your Windows installation to a small drive can be tricky, because your data won't necessarily all fit on the drive. Here's how to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows from scratch.

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The great people over at CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), have partnered with the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School to bring free* .epub files of the Federal Rules of Civil ProcedureCriminal Procedure and Evidence. The downloads will currently work on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, and other devices that can read the .epub format (like Mobipocket if you're on Windows). 

Note: These are E-Book formats, so it won't work in your PDF Reader.

Read entire post from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog here.

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Goode's View on Death & Taxes: Tips for iPad

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Best Tip of many useful Suggestions on this interesting new blog:

To use Westlaw on an iPad, I do the following: 1) go into the settings on Westlaw, and turn off link viewer, 2) Download iCab mobile (a web browser) from the App Store and set it to desktop Safari.  Use ICab to view Westlaw.  For some reason the normal mobile safari doesn't work well.  Remember to use two finger scrolling sometimes if the single finger doesn't work.  When you want to email an article to yourself, be sure to select rtf (rich text format) as the .doc version used by Westlaw doesn't seem to work well with the iPad.  These tips can save you from having to spend a lot of money on WestlawNext.

As stated above, sometimes you must use two fingers to scroll so that the entire page doesn't move.

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The Transgender Law and Policy Institute

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The Transgender Law and Policy Institute aims to advance transgender equality through advocating for non-discrimination laws and policy change. The number of transgender people in the United States population ranges from two to five percent and a smaller number are transsexual. Visitors will find that one of the many features on this very thorough site is under the Non-discrimination Laws" link,  which consists of lists, maps, and charts of which states and municipalities have non-discrimination laws that include gender identity and expression. Some of these laws include prohibiting discrimination in public employment and policies regarding restrooms and other gender-based facilities. Visitors interested in reading about such transgender related litigation in criminal, immigration, medical, tax, discrimination, or tort law will appreciate the "Litigation: Case Law" link

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2011.

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Rethinking the 'Never Unsubscribe' Rule for Spam -

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Here's one of those vexing questions I have pondered lately, as considered by David Pogue.


When it comes to junk mail, the rule, for 15 years, has been: Never respond. Don't even try to unsubscribe, even if they give you instructions for doing so. You're just letting the spammer know that your e-mail address is "live," and that you're a dummy who actually opens those messages and reads them. You'll wind up getting put on even more spam lists as a result.

The Times's technology columnist, David Pogue, keeps you on top of the industry in his free, weekly e-mail newsletter.
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Well, I think it's time to revisit that advice.

  Read David Pogue's entire article here.

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