Gmail Priority Inbox

Priority Inbox helps you get through your email faster by putting
important messages at the top of your inbox. Gmail uses a variety of
signals to automatically identify what’s important, including which
messages you open and which you reply to. Incoming messages get
separated into three customizable sections: “Important and unread,”
“Starred,” and “Everything else.” To try it out, click the Settings
link in the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail account and visit
the Priority Inbox tab.

NYTIMES-POGUE: Turn an iPod into an iPhone

Do you want the ability to make calls indoors and in other corners of the world where the AT&T signal doesn’t reach, unlimited texting and $30 or $40 a month off your AT&T bill? Check out Dave Pogue’s article on line2, an app which can do all of that and more.

The price has gone done from $15.00 per month to $9.99 per month and line 2 no longer has to be running on top all of the time.

Bloomberg: JPMorgan Based Foreclosures on Faulty Documents, Lawyers Claim

JPMorgan Based Foreclosures on Faulty Documents, Lawyers Claim – Bloomberg

JPMorgan Chase & Co. faces a legal challenge next month that could cast doubt on thousands of foreclosures after a mortgage executive at the bank said she didn’t verify documents used to justify home seizures.

Read her entire deposition here.

CNET: Textfree Unlimited for iPhone 3.3

Textfree Unlimited for iPhone – Free iPhone software downloads and software reviews – CNET

Textfree Unlimited is an iPhone application that allows you to send and receive text messages.Textfree Unlimited lets you send texts for free to US mobile numbers.No charge for replies that come back through Textfree either.Textfree Unlimited does away with the ads and daily message limits.Pinger reserves the right to limit the number of messages sent to ensure no spam is sent using Textfree. Textfree Unlimited messages also get priority for faster delivery.

CNET Editor’s Note: The “Download Now” link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

Civil Case Reports Newly Available Online

News Item > Civil Case Reports Newly Available Online

Reports showing, by U.S. district and magistrate judge, various pieces of federal court business pending more than six months are now available online.

In the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990, Congress required that such reports be prepared and submitted twice a year. The reporting requirements are designed to help reduce costs and delays in civil litigation in the district courts. The information also may be used to evaluate demands on the district courts’ resources.

Included in the reports are all motions pending more than six months, all bench trials submitted for decision more than six months, bankruptcy appeals pending more than six months, Social Security appeal cases pending more than six months, and civil cases pending more than three years.

Growl for Mac

Growl is a universal notification utility that Mac programs can use (such as Dropbox,TransmissionSkypeNetNewsWire, etc.). It’s a handy utility that gathers notifications from several applications in one place, so that each app doesn’t have to develop it’s own set of notifications.

Main page for Growl:

Dropbox is one application that utilizes Growl. For example, if I save a file on my MBP to my Dropbox folder, I will see a Growl notification on my iMac when the file is downloaded and synched on that machine.

I also use it with NetNewsWire so that it tells me when all feeds have been synchronized.

Growl installs as a Pref Pane so you can turn it off universally from System Prefs if you don’t want it. The same Pref Pane also allows you to customize settings for each app. You can also go into your Dropbox Preferences and un-select the option to have Dropbox use Growl.

Here’s a little more info on how Growl works with Dropbox and other apps:

Brett Burney

Canine Detection Evidence

Canine Detection Evidence |

By Ken Strutin, Published on September 25, 2010

For nearly 15,000 years dogs have lived with and served humankind as companions, hunters, shepherds and most recently detectives. The average canine possesses hundreds of millions of receptors for odors, compared with a few million for humans. Their outstanding sensory endowment, olfaction, makes dogs sought after by law enforcement. And in the last century, the cultivation and harnessing of this ultrasensitive faculty has become a part of many facets of criminal investigation.

Detection or sniffer dogs are used to ferret out illicit and dangerous substances, such as accelerants, explosives, illegal drugs, environmental hazards and other contraband. While these service dogs’ abilities are highly touted, the use of an animal’s olfactory sense in ascertaining the cause of a fire or locating drugs raises Fourth Amendment , evidentiary and due process issues.

This article surveys select studies, standards and resources about canine scent detection evidence.

Prof. Salkin: DOJ Issues Statement on Land Use Aspects of RLUIPA

DOJ Issues Statement on Land Use Aspects of RLUIPA ォ LAW OF THE LAND

The Department of Justice today issued a policy statement on the land-use provisions of RLUIPA, with questions and answers, to provide information to individuals, religious assemblies and institutions, and local government officials about the requirements of the law. This Statement of the Department of Justice on the Land-Use Provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is available at:

DOJ’s blog today features an entry on RLUIPA, see: 

New, New NY Power of Attorney (POA) Survey

Here’s your chance to give your opinion on the new, new POA form:

A new law regarding Power of Attorney became effective on September 1, 2009, with substantive technical amendments that took effect on September 12, 2010.

NYSBA, with the support of the Elder Law Section, is interested in examining what problems lawyers in NYS have encountered with the new POA law/form, including drafting the proper form tailored to the client’s needs, problems encountered with the execution requirements and our collective experience in reviewing forms that have been drafted by other attorneys.

NYSBA would also like to determine if the new Agent’s Acknowledgment and/or Gifts Rider achieve the goal of deterring financial abuse, and to what extent New York lawyers have encountered barriers with third party acceptance of pre and post 9/09 POAs.

NYSBA has developed a short survey that will collect your important thoughts and experiences. It is anticipated that NYSBA will take a position with regard to the new POA law/form and will present its position and the findings of the survey to the NYS legislature. Your response to this survey is very important and will assist NYSBA and the Elder Law Section to prepare an empirically based and compelling analysis of the law and its impact on the state’s legal profession. Please complete your survey no later than Friday, October 8, 2010. Thank you for your help and prompt response.

Use this link to access the short survey: