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Verisign Publishes 2nd Part of 4 Part Series On Why Domain Blocking Of New gTLD's Isn't Good Enough

Verisign Publishes 2nd Part of 4 Part Series On Why Domain Blocking Of New gTLD's Isn't Good Enough | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Verisign just released the second in a four part series of why ICANN's effort to fix the potential collision issue caused by the release of new gTLD's, by blocking domain registrations, isn't good ...
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Memorial Day Tribute

A tribute to the men and women who lost their lives fearlessly defending the freedoms we all enjoy.
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Take 3:21 minutes out this weekend to fully realize what you are celebrating.
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God Bless Our Heroes

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Georgia Tech gives self-driving some redneck spark

Georgia Tech gives self-driving some redneck spark | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Autonomous cars can currently perform most of the basic driving tasks, like switching lanes or parking, but avoiding an oncoming vehicle or avoiding an animal on the road is still too complex for most systems.

That is why Georgia Tech has built two rally trucks, 20 percent the size of normal trucks, to test some of the irregular events that happen on roads.
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This Startup Is Renaming Every Place On Earth

This Startup Is Renaming Every Place On Earth | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
That easier way is a system that Sheldrick and three fellow cofounders developed: an algorithm that gives every 3 square meters (or about 10 square feet) in the world an address using a unique combination of three words (i.e., table-chair-spoon).
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“Don’t Take It Personally” Is Terrible Work Advice

“Don’t Take It Personally” Is Terrible Work Advice | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Work is the place where I’m going to spend the bulk of my waking hours — indeed, the bulk of my life — and yet I’m not supposed to take it personally? I should accept the idea that the bulk of my life from twentysomething to sixtysomething is somehow not personal?
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Chase quietly launches its own 3% down mortgage lending program

Chase quietly launches its own 3% down mortgage lending program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chase also offers a loan program it calls “DreaMaker Mortgage, which requires only 5% for a down payment (3% of which can come from the borrower themselves), and offers flexible funding options for closing costs, reduced mortgage insurance requirements and lower monthly payments compared to other options.
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Bank of America now offers 3% down mortgages without mortgage insurance

Bank of America now offers 3% down mortgages without mortgage insurance | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Bank of America unveiled a new affordable mortgage program that offers consumers the option of putting as little as 3% down and requires no mortgage insurance. The program does not involve the Federal Housing Administration, whose program has recently undergone a lot of scrutiny from big banks. 
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Lenny Partners With FICO To Provide Millennials With FICO® Scores For Free

Lenny Partners With FICO To Provide Millennials With FICO® Scores For Free | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lenny, the first app to offer credit lines to Millennials, announced today a partnership with FICO (FICO) to provide students and post-grads with their FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk. Through its app, Lenny users can now access their FICO® Scores at no cost, learning where they stand financially and how they can build credit history accordingly.  
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The 8 most overlooked mobile app usability issues (and how to fix them)

The 8 most overlooked mobile app usability issues (and how to fix them) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To make your customer's mobile experience truly seamless, everything from onboarding to checkout must work flawlessly. Overlooking something as simple as navigation on a mobile device can mean the difference between a paying customer and a dead end.
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Pending Home Sales Lift Off in April to Over 10-Year High

Pending Home Sales Lift Off in April to Over 10-Year High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, hiked up 5.1 percent to 116.3 in April from an upwardly revised 110.7 in March and is now 4.6 percent above April 2015 (111.2). After last month's gain, the index has now increased year-over-year for 20 consecutive months.
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April pending home sales and price report

April pending home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Led by the Central Valley, California statewide pending home sales reversed a three-month decline and posted higher in April, but a persistent shortage of homes for sale may dampen the upcoming spring homebuying season, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
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Wearable clips onto your steering wheel for eyes-free smartphone control

Wearable clips onto your steering wheel for eyes-free smartphone control | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Team O6 by Fingertips Lab has created a wearable gizmo that offers a way to operate your phone without the need to look at or reach for the screen. The O6 controller is designed to use touch, voice, and gesture input to control apps and listen/respond to messages completely eyes-free.
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Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks

Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Users around the world are logging in to messaging apps to not only chat with friends but also to connect with brands, browse merchandise, and watch content. What were once simple services for exchanging messages, pictures, videos, and GIFs have evolved into expansive ecosystems with their own developers, apps, and APIs.
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The passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act creates important considerations for trade secret plaintiffs | Technology Law Source

The passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act creates important considerations for trade secret plaintiffs | Technology Law Source | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite the ability to sue in federal courts, it is not a sure bet that federal courts will experience a flood of trade secret claims. Certainly there are provisions of the DTSA that would appeal to plaintiffs, and litigants may benefit from the perceived sophistication of a federal court judge. But there are some key considerations that might cause plaintiffs to pause before filing a trade secret misappropriation action under the federal law.
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Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use

Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Software developers can breathe a massive sigh of relief — a jury found today that Google’s implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android qualified as fair use. However, Oracle attorneys have already indicated that they will appeal the decision.
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Gibraltar's landmark wave power station opens for business

Gibraltar's landmark wave power station opens for business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We've been following the Israel-based company's progress for years. First tested back in 2012, in a tank at Ukraine's Institute for Hydromechanics in Kiev, the solution captures energy by harnessing the rise and fall of the waves. The motion is converted into fluid pressure, which then spins a generator to produce electricity.
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Why We Are Better At Making Decisions For Other People

Why We Are Better At Making Decisions For Other People | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever started a sentence with, "If I were you . . . " or found yourself scratching your head at a colleague’s agony over a decision when the answer is crystal-clear, there’s a scientific reason behind it. Our own decision-making abilities can become depleted over the course of the day causing indecision or poor choices, but choosing on behalf of someone else is an enjoyable task that doesn’t suffer the same pitfalls
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First quarter GDP revised higher to 0.8%

First quarter GDP revised higher to 0.8% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Gross Domestic Product, that is, the value of everything a nation produces, increased at an annual rate of 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016, which is higher than the original advance estimate, according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

This is compared to GDP increasing 1.4% in the fourth quarter.
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Wells Fargo now offers 3% down payment mortgages

Wells Fargo now offers 3% down payment mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The new low-down payment program, yourFirst Mortgage, which went live on Monday, offers lower out-of-pocket costs, expands credit criteria and pushes homebuyer education to help more first-time homebuyers and low- to moderate-income families achieve sustainable homeownership.
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CoStar Group Inc. (via Public) / CoStar Group Announces Partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy

CoStar Group Inc. (via Public) / CoStar Group Announces Partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoStar Group announced today an official partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance and promote commercial and industrial buildings' energy usage information. CoStar plans to display building energy efficiency and energy performance information in the CoStar Property® database.
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World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai

World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
3D printing technology promises to revolutionize architecture in the near-future, allowing designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow. Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what's hailed as the world's first 3D-printed office was recently completed.
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FHFA: Home prices increase again, rise 1.3%

FHFA: Home prices increase again, rise 1.3% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While home prices only increased a meager 1.3% in the first quarter of 2016, it’s added onto a long string of increases; 19 consecutive quarterly price increases to be exact.

According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index, this chart shows the seasonally adjusted and unadjusted monthly appreciation rates.
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches First Phase of International Expansion

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches First Phase of International Expansion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The platform, developed in conjunction with Aliso Viejo, CA-based Real Estate Digital, offers the industry’s most complete search experience for global shoppers of U.S. real estate. With two mouse clicks, consumers may choose to translate the website in any of 10 languages besides English including Chinese, French (European and Canadian), German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian and European) and Spanish (European and Latin American). The site also seamlessly converts currency and measurements.
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In France, It's Now Illegal For Employers To Send Workers Emails During Off-Hours

In France, It's Now Illegal For Employers To Send Workers Emails During Off-Hours | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Buried inside a recently enacted — and hotly contested — French labor reform bill is an amendment banning companies of 50 or more employees from sending emails after typical work hours. “The right to disconnect” amendment, as it’s so called, is aimed at minimizing the negative impacts of being excessively plugged in.
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Smart toothbrush Grush wins America's Greatest Makers

Smart toothbrush Grush wins America's Greatest Makers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The toothbrush sends motion to the mobile app in real-time, aiming to keep the brushing kid’s attention for a few minutes. Parents are able to look at the results and see if the child missed some teeth or did not brush enough.
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10 places you should visit in Europe this year, according to Lonely Planet

10 places you should visit in Europe this year, according to Lonely Planet | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The list, which was selected by Lonely Planet's travel experts, includes a mix of destinations that are currently trending, hidden gems that are set to become travel hot spots, and longtime favorites that are offering new experiences for travelers.
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