Judge extends online ban on 3D gun blueprints; company begins selling flash-drive copies–ABA Journal


Updated: A federal judge in Seattle has found that a former law student’s presumed First Amendment interests in publishing online blueprints for plastic 3D printed guns are “dwarfed by the irreparable harms” likely to be suffered by the states if federal restrictions on the blueprints are lifted.

The preliminary injunction issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik blocks the federal government from allowing publication of the blueprints until resolution of the multistate lawsuit seeking to keep the blueprints offline. Lasnik had issued a temporary restraining order in the case July 31. The Associated Press, the Hill, the New York Times and Ars Technica have stories. The New York Attorney General has a press release.

The former law student, Cody Wilson, announced Tuesday that he is selling the blueprints through his company, Defense Distributed, despite Lasnik’s order, report the Associated PressArs Technica, the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle.


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25 incredibly useful Google Docs tips and tricks–FastCompnay



When you’re working in a word processor, every second you save matters. And while Google Docs may seem simple on the surface, it’s practically overflowing with out-of-sight options that can help you get more done with less effort.

The best part? They’re all already there and just waiting to be embraced. All you have to do is find them-and then remember to put them to use. Here’s a head start.

(Note that the items listed below are mostly specific to Docs’s version for desktop web browsers. Unless otherwise noted, they don’t apply to the mobile apps.)

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Woman sues US Customs over data copied from seized iPhone – Naked Security



On Thursday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group, announced that its New Jersey chapter had filed a case in federal court challenging the CBP’s “warrantless and unconstitutional seizure” of an American citizen’s phone.

Lazoja formally asked a federal judge to force border officials to delete data copied from her iPhone 6S Plus – a legal filing that’s formally known as a Rule 41(g) Motion, or as a Motion to Return Property.

It’s not her physical phone that she wants back. She got that back after 130 days.

Rather, she specifically wants assurances that copies of her data are deleted. As CAIR points out, Rule 41(g) motions are generally used for tangible items, as opposed to easily copied data. But it’s those easily made copies that she wants wiped out: copies that were taken without the CBP explaining its reason for seizure.


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The First Gathering: Preserving Your Legacy – Transferring Your Practice

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monroe County Bar Association | Rochester, NY

2.0 MCLE credits in Practice Management (Accredited by MCBA)
Appropriate for all Attorneys.

This is the first in a series of Gatherings co-sponsored by Local Bar Associations and NYSBA Sections (Senior Lawyers, General Practice and Young Lawyers).
These Gatherings are not your typical CLE: We encourage solo and small  firm practitioners to come prepared to exchange thoughts and ideas related to life or business transitions including: growing a law practice; winding-down a law practice; transferring a law practice; or, just not sure what to do next. This may be a good place to collect ideas.

Cashing in with credit-card processing software–ABA Journal


In prior columns I have covered time-tracking software and legal billing software with the promise that I’d eventually focus on payment processing software for law firms. Well that time has come, and in this column I’ll explain the ins and outs of choosing the right payment processing vendor for your law firm.

You’ll learn why law firms should consider using payment processing software, the types of legal-specific tools available, and how to determine which one will be the best fit for your law firm.

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Logitech Crayon Review & Rating | PCMag.com

By Elisabeth Sullivan

Students and teachers disappointed by the Apple Pencil‘s flaws–its easily losable cap, its tendency to roll away, and of course, its high $99 price (or $89 for schools)–finally have the perfect solution: The Logitech Crayon. Through an Apple Education representative, schools (and only schools) can purchase the kid-friendly Crayon stylus for $49.95, compatible with the current (sixth-generation) iPad, for taking notes and drawing in the classroom. It’s every bit as functional as the Apple Pencil, and in some cases even more so, earning it our Editors’ Choice.

Chrono Download Manager

Chrono Download Manager is a Chrome extension that enhances Chrome’s built-in download features. For example, Chrono provides a “detect all images/audio/video on this page” button that will generate a list of resources it could download. Users may then narrow this list by file type or regular expression filtering on file names. Download rules can also be configured to sort files into different folders based on file type, file name, and other attributes. The FAQ section on the Chrono website provides detailed documentation on the rule system along with examples. Chrono Download Manager is available for Google Chrome via the Chrome Web Store.

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