June 2012 Archives



IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:


"if this then that"


Channels are the basic building blocks of IFTTT. Each Channel has its own Triggers and Actions. Some example Channels are:

  • Twitter
    Twitter
  •  
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  •  
  • Evernote
    Evernote
  •  
  • Email
    Email
  •  
  • Weather
    Weather

The this part of a Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are "I'm tagged in a photo on Facebook" or "I post a tweet on Twitter."

The that part of a Recipe is an Action. Some example Actions are "send me a text message" or "create a status message on Facebook."

Personal Recipes are a combination of a Trigger and an Action from your active Channels. Personal Recipes look like this: 

if
Instagram
Any new photo by you ltibbets
then
Dropbox
Add file from URL to Linden Tibbet's Dropbox

Shared Recipes are useful templates shared by the IFTTT community. Shared Recipes look like this:
Autosave all your Instagram photos to Dropbox
by Linden on 22 Nov 2011
used 9183 times




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July 25 Webinar: Churches and Religious Organizations-IRS

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A Different Church Building

A Different Church Building (Photo credit: justshootingmemories)

Webinars for Exempt Organizations-IRS



This free webinar explains federal tax rules of interest to churches and religious organizations. Watch this webinar to learn:

• When it comes to taxes, what is a "church?" 
• What is a "religious organization?" 
• How do you apply for tax exempt status? 
• How to stay exempt: Do's and don'ts 
• Special rules for compensation of ministers 
• Recordkeeping and filing 
• Rules limiting an IRS audit of a church




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JURIST - Paper Chase: Germany court criminalizes circumcision of minors

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"Isaac's Circumcision"

"Isaac's Circumcision" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[JURIST][JURIST] A German court ruled [press release, in German] Tuesday that circumcising young boys based on religious traditions is prohibited even if the parents consent to the procedure. The Cologne state court [official website, in German] addressed the issue of whether to criminalize the circumcision of Muslim and Jewish children and reasoned that a child's right to physical integrity is above the freedom of religion and parents' rights. The case involved a doctor who carried out a circumcision on a four-year-old Muslim boy on his parents' request. . [more].




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FCBA Free CLE Opportunity-Federal Rules

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The Federal Court Bar Association is sponsoring a CLE Program in Syracuse on Monday, August 13 on the Federal Rules.  

Panel Members will include:

Suzanne Galbato, Partner, Bond Schoeneck  King, PLLC--Federal Courts Jurisdiction & Venue Act.

Lisa DiPoala Haber, Esq., Career Law Clerk to Hon. David E. Peebles--FRE 502 Waiver of Attorney Client/Work Product Privilege.

Hon. Andrew T. Baxter, United States Magistrate Judge--FRCP 45 Subpoena as a Discovery Tool.


Brian J. Butler, Partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC--Recent Developments in ESI Case Law.

Participants will receive 2.0 credits towards the Professional Practice requirement.  Registration deadline for the CLE Program is 8/07/12.  

Visit http://www.ndnyfcba.org for more details and registration information.

IRS Implements Interim Changes to ITIN Application Requirements

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Logo of Internal Revenue Service, USA

Logo of Internal Revenue Service, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IRS Strengthens ITIN Application Requirements; Interim Changes Will Protect the Integrity of the ITIN Process

The Internal Revenue Service today announced important interim changes to strengthen its procedures for issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) from now through the end of the year.  Designed specifically for tax-administration purposes, ITINs are only issued to people who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number.





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Hero dog prompts women's shelter to accept canines - CBS News

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(CBS News) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Every day, battered women go to domestic violence shelters in this country.

But sometimes, they don't stay because they're not allowed to keep their pets with them.

That was the rule at a shelter in Kansas City, until one victim and her heroic dog needed help.

The rules have now changed. And so has the shelter.




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New study: Tort reform has not reduced health care costs in Texas

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(Unfortunately the primary source--the article, itself,-is behind a pay wall at the Wiley Online Library for at least a month after publication.)

A new study found no evidence that health care costs in Texas dipped after a 2003 constitutional amendment limited payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits, despite claims made to voters by some backers of tort reform. The researchers, who include University of Texas law professor Charles Silver, examined Medicare spending in Texas counties and saw no reduction in doctors' fees for seniors and disabled patients between 2002 and 2009.



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10 Great Android Apps to Boost Your Productivity-TNW

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Android Robot Logo with blue background and Custom Typeface. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here from The Next Web's Android editor is a list of ten indispensable Android apps geared towards helping you spend less time dawdling and more time doing. In no particular order or preference...

 

 

 





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The Microsoft Surface, A 10.6-Inch Windows 8 Tablet From Microsoft

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Watch the NYSBA House of Delegates in action on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m. by clickingwww.nysba.org/HODwebcast and choosing the June meeting from the left-hand menu.


As an exciting accompaniment to the live webcast, NYSBA Secretary David P. Miranda will be tweeting live from the House meeting. If you wish to follow NYSBA's live tweets go www.twitter.com/nysba and follow NYSBA. You will need to register for a Twitter account if you do not already have one. To be part of the conversation use the hashtag #JuneHOD (hashtags serve to keep all tweets about a specific topic together as one thread). Remember to mention @NYSBA as you retweet and discuss this event!

Included in the webcast will be the installation of Seymour W. James, Jr. as President and the presentation of the Root/Stimson Award.

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Verizon High Speed Internet

Verizon High Speed Internet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



There are a lot of details in Verizon's new Share Everything data, voice and text sharing plans, some of which are mentioned in footnotes on Verizon's Web site (pdf format).

Here, Computerworld attempts to explain it for you.

What's new? In simple terms, Verizon will launch on June 28 Share Everything Plans that share unlimited voice and texting across all the devices on a customer's account. Data will also be shared for up to 10 of those devices, including smartphones and tablets.


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Verizon will charge a monthly line access charge per device, ranging from $10 for a tablet to $40 for a smartphone. Basic cell phones will be $30 a month, while Wi-Fi access devices, netbooks and notebooks will be $20 a month.

On top of that, data service will be charged at a rate starting at $50 for 1 GB per month, which can be shared across 10 devices. The rates go up as follows: 2GB for $60; 4 GB for $70; 6 GB for $80; 8 GB for $90 and 10 GB for $100. There is an overage charge of $15 for each 1 GB of data service.

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Taking Steps To Protect Linkedin's Members

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FYI - thought you might be interested in this - See LinkedIn's two blog postings below

 

An Update On Taking Steps To Protect Our Members

Vicente Silveira, June 9, 2012

http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/09/an-update-on-taking-steps-to-protect-our-members/

 

Taking Steps To Protect Our Members

Vicente Silveira, June 7, 2012

http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/06/07/taking-steps-to-protect-our-members/

 

Sincerely,

 

Connie Schin
Marketing Manager
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
518.487.5687 Phone
518.487.5758 Fax
cschin@nysba.org



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Read Nicole Black's Excellent Article in Full here or see link below:

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...Formal Opinion No. 743, issued by the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Professional Ethics, which addressed the issue of how lawyers can ethically use social media for juror research during trials. The committee concluded that pursuant to RPA 3.5 it is ethically permissible for attorneys to conduct research and follow jurors' social media interactions only if the jurors are unaware of the monitoring.

More recently, the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics addressed a similar issue in Formal Opinion 2012. The specific issue addressed was: "What ethical restrictions, if any, apply to an attorney's use of social media websites to research potential or sitting jurors?"

The committee reached the same conclusion as the New York County Ethics Committee and concluded that lawyers can use social media to research jurors, so long as the jurors remain unaware that the research is occurring.

The committee explained that it was important to ensure that a juror did not learn of of the attorney's actions, whether in the form of a notification from the social media site or otherwise. If the attorney knew a juror would be aware of the monitoring, then it would be unethical to conduct the research on that particular site. Furthermore, even if the attorney was unaware that a notification would be sent, if the juror subsequently learned of the monitoring, then it could still qualify as a prohibited communication in violation of RPE 3.5.

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Judge Finds DOMA Discriminates Against Married Same-Sex Couples-NYLJ

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Windsor v. United States, 10-cv-8435Read Entire NYLJ Article by Mark Hamblett here.

The Defense of Marriage Act's denial of equal benefits to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment, Southern District Judge Barbara Jones (See Profile) ruled yesterday.

Becoming the fourth Article 3 judge to find Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the U.S. Constitution, Judge Jones granted summary judgment to Edith Windsor, who sued the government for failing to recognize her marriage to her partner Thea Spyer, after Spyer's death in 2009. Windsor and Spyer were married in Canada in 2007.

Spyer left all of her property to Windsor, including the apartment they shared. Spyer's estate normally would have passed to her spouse without any estate tax. But DOMA prevents recognition of same-sex marriages and Windsor was assessed more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes.




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Matter of Hailey ZZ. (Ricky ZZ.)

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Resolving a split among the four departments of the Appellate Division, the state Court of Appeals last week held that Family Courts have no authority under  Social Services Law § 384-b involuntary termination of parental rights proceedings, to order post-TPR contacts between the respondent parent and the child.

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Electric Cars Built in Madison County in 1950s

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Henney Kilowatt

Henney Kilowatt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Read entire article by Madison County Historian, Matt Urtz, here.

In 1959, the Henney Motor Company factory in Canastota was contracted to work on an electric car project with the National Union Electric Corporation, the Eureka Williams Corporation, the Exide Battery Corporation and a number of utility companies.

The car, which was called the Henney Kilowatt, would be produced by a combination of the companies and be used by utility companies to show the viability of the electric car. The company chose to use a Renault Dauphine chassis, which was supplied without a drive train. The Canastota facility then assembled the vehicle; batteries were supplied by the Eureka Williams Company.


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DataLocker

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http://www.appsense.com/labs/data-locker

Personal cloud services are growing rapidly and they can be quite useful. However, they open up various security concerns and people can be a bit wary of using them. The DataLocker suite of products is free, and it can encrypt and store secure files in any local file system or cloud storage system, including Dropbox. First-time visitors can check out a tutorial on this website to decide whether they wish to download the application. This version is compatible with all operating systems.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2012. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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Subscribe to the FATCA News and Information List--IRS

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Sign up to receive the latest IRS news, guidance, regulations and other public information related to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) including information that affects:

• Individuals with foreign accounts 
• Foreign financial institutions registration, reporting and withholding requirements 
• Non-Financial Foreign Entities 
• Tax and compliance professionals interested in the implementation and requirements of FATCA

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Back in January 2010, this blog had an exclusive first look as Fastcase was about to launch its app to let iPhone users research cases and statutes for free, directly on their devices. Later, Fastcase came out with a version for the iPad. The app proved popular and even won the American Association of Law Libraries award as 2010 New Product of the Year.

Meanwhile, Android users were left waiting in the wings, with no compatible version of the app available for their devices. Tomorrow that changes, as Fastcase will release an Android version of its legal research app. Like its iPhone counterpart, the Android version will be free to download and free to use.

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People v. Leo Leonard 92opn12


Read entire Jurist article here.

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion text, PDF] that a custodial parent can be convicted of kidnapping where the parent's actions are "so obviously and unjustifiably dangerous or harmful to the child as to be inconsistent with the idea of lawful custody." The court made this ruling to affirm the conviction of a father who shared equal custody with the child's mother but, when approached by police officers responding to a domestic violence call, held onto the child and threatened him with a knife when the police came close. The court ruled that this satisfied the element of unlawfully restraining the child "without consent," and that, even as custodial parent, he did not have the right to consent the child to such a dangerous type of restraint. The court made clear that this ruling does not apply when a child is punished inappropriately or even when unlawful child abuse is committed, but only in situations as extreme as this one.





Leo-Ingenious New Earbuds From Arriva - NYTimes.com

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Read David Pogue's entire review of these neat, new earbuds.

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Here again are the bendable, back-of-the-head earbuds. Here again are the big, finger-friendly volume and play/pause buttons at the nape of your neck. The Arriva Leo, as it's called, however, doesn't need an iPod Shuffle. Instead, it has Bluetooth. So it plays the music from an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone, BlackBerry, iPad, laptop or anything else with Bluetooth.

The idea now is that you can keep the phone in your pocket while you run or work out. It transmits your music to the earbuds on this comfortable, nearly weightless headband while you work, jog or run.

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Specs:

  • Bluetooth Version : Bluetooth 2.1 @ EDR (Class II)
  • Support Profile : HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
  • Battery Capacity : 140mAh
  • Continuous operating time : 5.2 hours
  • Stand-by time : up to 20 days
  • Charging time : 1.5 hours
  • Audio Volume : 8 steps
  • Sending Noise Suspression : 80dB
  • Microphone in earpiece
  • Call function is mono to increase call clarity and volume

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