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Patent Trolls: From Litigants to Lobbyists

Patent Trolls: From Litigants to Lobbyists | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

When considering the policy implications of laws that punish patent trolling, it’s easy to overlook the hurdle created by the lobbying efforts of trolls themselves. This past July, Intellectual Ventures, one of the largest patent trolls in the country, started lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill to strike down legislation that could hurt their ability to litigate patent infringement claims. Intellectual Ventures argues it is concerned with legislation that could negatively affect litigation by making it too defendant-friendly for anyone asserting their patent rights in court.

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Internet Whisperer Mary Meeker On The Trends Driving Our Virtual Existence

Internet Whisperer Mary Meeker On The Trends Driving Our Virtual Existence | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Long known as one of the greatest interpreters of consumers’ and businesses’ activities on the Internet, Mary Meeker is at it again.


Today, Meeker, a partner at the A-list Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, gave her annual talk on Internet Trends.

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As smartwatches gain traction, personal data privacy worries mount

As smartwatches gain traction, personal data privacy worries mount | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"Consumers need to demand, at a minimum, clear information about what exactly the collected information will be used for," said Irina Raicu, director of Internet ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in an email. "The broader privacy concern is that information collected from various [wearable] sources is increasingly being combined to create profiles from individual users and draw inferences about their future actions, preferences, etc."
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Freddie Mac completes sale of $201 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans

Freddie Mac completes sale of $201 million pool of Ocwen-serviced loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Freddie Mac sold 1,052 deeply delinquent Ocwen serviced non-performing loans from its mortgage investment portfolio as part of its Standard Pool Offerings, marking its third sale of seriously delinquent loans in 2015
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Freddie Mac eliminates Loan Prospector fee

Freddie Mac eliminates Loan Prospector fee | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Starting on June 1, Freddie Mac will no longer charge lenders $20 to use its automated underwriting service, Loan Prospector, in order to make doing business together simpler.

Loan Prospector is a risk-assessment tool that gives lenders ready access to Freddie Mac’s credit and pricing terms.
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ditech expands its consumer direct channel in Florida

ditech expands its consumer direct channel in Florida | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania-based Ditech Mortgage Corp expanded its consumer direct channel into the Jacksonville, Florida, area, with plans to hire a team of direct-to-consumer home loan specialists and processors over the next two months.
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Facebook adds restaurant reviews

Facebook adds restaurant reviews | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Facebook is trying out a new feature that integrates critic review when you search for and visit pages of restaurants on the social network. The publications that are part of the program include New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, the San Francisco Chronicle, Condé Nast Traveler and Eater.
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New home sales jump in April even as prices gain

New home sales jump in April even as prices gain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of new single-family houses in April 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 517,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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The Biggest Pet Peeves of CRO Experts

The Biggest Pet Peeves of CRO Experts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) isn't a widely known field, even among digital marketers. If you need a quick refresher, CRO is the process of creating an experience for your website visitors that'll convert them into customers.
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CareFirst breach demonstrates how assumptions hurt healthcare

CareFirst breach demonstrates how assumptions hurt healthcare | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Last week, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) reported a data breach that was initially discovered last year. When the incident was first noticed, the company assumed they had taken care of the problem - only to learn that wasn't the case ten months later.
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Mobile Rising, But Desktop Isn't Declining

Mobile Rising, But Desktop Isn't Declining | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Data from comScore covering 2013-2015 shows that mobile Internet usage is indeed growing fast, from an average of just over 400 minutes per month in February 2013 to almost 900 minutes per month in April 2015. But over the same period desktop held steady at around 500 minutes per month, showing no serious variation.
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Jim Leath Joins Altisource as Vice President Enterprise Sales and Business Development

Jim Leath Joins Altisource as Vice President Enterprise Sales and Business Development | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (“Altisource” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ASPS), a leading provider of mortgage, financial and technology services for the real estate industry, today announced that Jim Leath has joined the company as Vice President Enterprise Sales and Business Development for all Altisource® services.
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25 of the weirdest houses from around the world

25 of the weirdest houses from around the world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's no place like home. Particularly when home is built upside-down, made of shipping containers, or erected in the likeness of the Pyramids.

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.
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There's no place like home. Particularly when home is built upside-down, made of shipping containers, or erected in the likeness of the Pyramids. 

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.

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Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008

Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The report showed that foreclosure starts were down 22% from March to April, falling to a level of 73,500. That total is also down 7% from a year ago.

Additionally, national inventory of loans in foreclosure continued its decline toward pre-crisis norms, falling roughly 25.5% from last April to 1.51%, the lowest it’s been since January of 2008.
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How Snoops Can Track Your Wearables and Phone From Half A Mile Away

How Snoops Can Track Your Wearables and Phone From Half A Mile Away | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Bluetooth is everywhere these days—from your Android Wear smartwatch and fitness tracker, to the iPhone in your pocket. Thanks to the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) profile, they can connect to each other easily without draining your battery power. 
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Why Property Valuation Methods Must Be More Robust

Why Property Valuation Methods Must Be More Robust | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The most significant cause of continued instability in the real estate market is the ongoing struggle to determine accurate housing valuations. The lack of an objective risk management system makes it difficult for the government sponsored enterprises and others to establish appropriate fees and generates uncertainty for the mortgage backed securities market.
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Carrington Loan now available through wholesale lending division

Carrington Loan now available through wholesale lending division | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Carrington Mortgage Services made its Carrington Loan available through its national wholesale lending division, widening the door for the underserved market and first-time homebuyers.

The Carrington Loan offers borrowers a simplified home loan process with no closing costs or upfront financing fees to facilitate home purchases.
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Caution: GSE reform could have serious unintended consequences

Caution: GSE reform could have serious unintended consequences | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While most now consider the GSEs to provide an implicit guaranty, as opposed to Ginnie Mae’s explicit guaranty, all three play a critical role in making mortgages available to many Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford a home.
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Apple passes Google as the world's most valuable brand, ranking says

Apple passes Google as the world's most valuable brand, ranking says | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Before the search giant ousted it last year, Apple had enjoyed a three-year run at the top of the ranking, which Millward calculates by using market data and millions of consumer surveys to suss out the portion of a company's value that can be attributed to its brand.

This year, Apple's brand surged 67% in value to a staggering $247 billion, compared to Google's 9% jump to $174 billion, a commanding lead for the Cupertino company.
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16 Reasons Why People Leave Your Website

16 Reasons Why People Leave Your Website | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You’ve written some really compelling copy for your website. Your product images are polished. Your overall site design is professional. And thanks to marketing initiatives like these ones, you’re getting traffic to your site.

So why is it that so few of those visitors are converting into leads and customers?
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Calif. Desert Association of Realtors finds new CEO

Calif. Desert Association of Realtors finds new CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of the Coachella Valley's largest trade organizations, the California Desert Association of Realtors, is welcoming a new CEO this month.

John Gronewold has joined the 3,200-member group after a six-month search.
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Charter Communications acquires Time Warner Cable in a $78.7 billion deal

Charter Communications acquires Time Warner Cable in a $78.7 billion deal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Charter Communications has acquired Time Warner Cable in a deal worth $78.7 billion to take on the country's largest cable operator, Comcast Corp.

The deal will see the two companies — which are the second and third largest cable operators in the U.S. — merge in a new company called New Charter. The new company will be one of the largest pay TV and broadband operators in the U.S.

Charter is paying $55.3 billion in cash and stock, and the rest of the price comes through Charter taking on some of Time Warner Cable's debt.
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Jony Ive Is Apple's First Chief Design Officer

Jony Ive Is Apple's First Chief Design Officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Jony Ive, former senior VP of design at Apple, is now the company's first Chief Design Officer. He will still oversee Apple hardware and software, albeit less directly, focusing more on bigger-picture projects.

According to an all-staff email written by Tim Cook, leaked by 9to5Mac, "Jony will remain responsible for all of our design, focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas, and future initiatives."
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Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors selects local broker as new CEO

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors selects local broker as new CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The board selected Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty broker Ulrich Salzgeber from 15 applicants to be the new CEO; Salzgeber will work to set policy and organize continuing education and certification for about 300 member brokers.
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21 awesome aerial photographs show Earth from another angle

21 awesome aerial photographs show Earth from another angle | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes breathtaking images of Earth from the sky.
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Calif April pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif April pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With the California housing market continuing its upward trend, pending home sales registered their fifth straight annual gain, with the last three months being in the double-digits, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
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