Gov. Cuomo signed New York Airbnb bill – Business Insider

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that could deal a blow to Airbnb‘s operations in New York State.

The bill is a follow-on to a 2010 law that bans rentals of less than 30 days in a multi-unit building if the tenant is not present, which was aimed at cracking down on illegal hotels.

The 2016 bill bans the advertising of such rentals, meaning that hosts could not list a full apartment for rent on Airbnb for less than 30-day increments. Hosts caught listing their unit would be fined up to $7,500 — more than most Airbnb hosts in New York make in a year. 

The bill passed in both houses of the New York State Legislature in June and arrived on Cuomo’s desk on Tuesday, meaning that the governor had 10 days to make his decision. The governor signed the bill Friday and Airbnb says it will immediately file a lawsuit against the city of New York and the state attorney general — who are charged with enforcing the new law — on grounds that the law violates the First Amendment and the Communications Decency Act.

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A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices – The New York Times


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The attack on the infrastructure of the internet, which made it all but impossible at times to check Twitter feeds or headlines, was a remarkable reminder about how billions of ordinary web-connected devices — many of them highly insecure — can be turned to vicious purposes. And the threats will continue long after Election Day for a nation that increasingly keeps its data in the cloud and has oftentimes kept its head in the sand.


But hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of those security cameras and other devices have been infected with a fairly simple program that guessed at their factory-set passwords — often “admin” or “12345” or even, yes, “password” — and, once inside, turned them into an army of simple robots. Each one was commanded, at a coordinated time, to bombard a small company in Manchester, N.H., called Dyn DNS with messages that overloaded its circuits.


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Vermont Wind Project Needs Support, So Company Offers to Pay Voters – The New York Times


Opponents were outraged at the payments, perceiving them as an attempt to buy votes, and complained to state officials.

But Michael O. Duane, senior assistant attorney general, said the payments did not violate state law. The proposal “doesn’t say that the funds go only to those people who signed a sworn statement that they had voted for it,” he said.

Still, the payment proposal has left a sour taste. As The Rutland Herald put it in an editorial on Sunday, “The naked offer of money to individual citizens may be even more corrosive to the civic life of the town than the potential environmental effects of the wind turbines.”


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Centuries of Buddhist Tradition Make Room for Bhutan’s First Law School – The New York Times

HAA, Bhutan — Under the gaze of the Buddhist god of wisdom, embodied in the form of a craggy hillside here, an American academic stood in front of 500 teenagers and posed a simple question: “What does a lawyer do?”

As the vice dean of Bhutan‘s first law school, the American, Michael Peil, has been doing a lot of explaining lately. Draped in the country’s national dress, Mr. Peil and a Bhutanese colleague have spent the better part of six weeks traversing this Buddhist kingdom armed with fliers and a PowerPoint presentation.

For many students here in this western village, it was the first they had heard of plans to open the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, which will admit its inaugural class of about 25 students next spring for instruction at a temporary campus in Thimphu, the capital. A permanent campus is being built in Paro, to the west.

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University at Albany – SUNY – Professional Development & Parent Seminars

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants living in NYS.


Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.


Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.


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ScanSnap Compatibility Problem with macOS Sierra – Fujitsu Global

For all Mac Users with ScanSnap machines…do NOT…do NOT…upgrade on or after September 20, 2016 to macOS Sierra until further word from Fujitsu.  Remember, there is no going back.

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Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program

The City of New York is reducing penalties and interest for many violations* issued by the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, and other city agencies.


Take advantage of the amnesty program before it expires! Amnesty will run from September 12, 2016 – December 12, 2016. Stay informed.

Violations must be in judgment. This means the City of New York has taken the legal step of filing a public record of your liability in court for the entire amount due, plus additional interest. Criminal violations and violations over $25,000 are excluded. Other limitations, exclusions and eligibility requirements apply. 

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