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Google's Crash Took 40% Of Internet Traffic Down With It

Google's Crash Took 40% Of Internet Traffic Down With It | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The outage, which reportedly affected most of Google's services worldwide, led to a staggering 40% drop in global Internet traffic (pageviews), according to analytics firm GoSquared (via Eric Mack of CNET).

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Good thing you weren't in one of those Google driverless cars. :-)

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Judge rules: Bitcoin is real currency

Judge rules: Bitcoin is real currency | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Bitcoin — the volatile online currency — has been ruled “real” by a federal judge, as a part of a case against an online fraudster. The ruling puts Bitcoin in the category of commodity money, like, say, gold and silver (they need no national function or third-party institution or treasury).

 

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Does that mean I can now spend my Monopoly money?

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Brolly Umbrella Frees Thumbs for Texting

Brolly Umbrella Frees Thumbs for Texting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Umbrellas are decidedly low-tech devices. They really serve only to keep our gadgets, and heads, dry. Unfortunately, holding an umbrella usually precludes the use of said gadgets, but Brollytime, a company based in Chicago, has come up with an innovation to change that.

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America's top 10 snobbiest cities revealed...and you may be surprised

America's top 10 snobbiest cities revealed...and you may be surprised | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It's the list that proves being cool can be a blessing and a curse. Travel + Leisure has revealed America's top 10 most pretentious cities, with San Francisco topping the list and New York City and Boston not far behind.
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An Ohio College Ran Out Of Dorm Rooms So Some Students Will Live At A Nearby Water Park

An Ohio College Ran Out Of Dorm Rooms So Some Students Will Live At A Nearby Water Park | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Some of the nicest college dorms in the country have study lounges, a communal kitchen, or maybe even a game room. However, a new housing option at one school is about to offer something no one else can: water slides.

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Walkability and Low Income Housing Tax Credits

Walkability and Low Income Housing Tax Credits | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is using Walk Score to encourage real estate developers to create affordable housing in walkable neighborhoods.

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How To Organically Integrate Brands With Content

How To Organically Integrate Brands With Content | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

How can we make an organic integration between a brand and content? Let’s start by saying that the challenge for brands is to find integrations that are relevant not only for consumers, but also relevant to the content. 

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Realtor.com’s perspective on NAR board vote

Realtor.com’s perspective on NAR board vote | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As president of realtor.com, I’d like to share my perspective on what these outcomes mean for the site, for the Realtor brand, consumers, and the real estate industry as a whole. 

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The first 4G car, the Audi S3, debuts in Europe; U.S. must wait until spring

The first 4G car, the Audi S3, debuts in Europe; U.S. must wait until spring | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The S3 Sportback is the first production car with LTE integrated into the dash — though SIM card is not included. Next spring, the U.S. will get its first 4G car, the Audi A3.
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Goodbye, Dr. Google? Tomorrow, Content Will Be Automated, Personalized And Just-in-Time

Goodbye, Dr. Google? Tomorrow, Content Will Be Automated, Personalized And Just-in-Time | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

However, a day is coming when many may no longer rely on search engines to find health content. Instead, they will receive relevant and personalized health information automatically – sometimes prior to when they start looking for it, or just before it’s needed.

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CoreLogic Releases August MarketPulse Report

CoreLogic Releases August MarketPulse Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

CoreLogic(R) (NYSE: CLGX), a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, today released its August MarketPulse report. In this report, CoreLogic economists share their analysis of refinance activity in the U.S. housing market and also the role that natural hazard risk plays in managing mortgage portfolios.

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Value for High Performance Homes

Value for High Performance Homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Reports such as Building Retrofit and Industry Market Initiative –Reactions to Residential Retrofit Recommendations highlight the importance of transforming the residential real estate transaction home sale to accommodate green features.  Since 2011, CNT Energy has been playing a facilitator role to align the transaction process, players, and assets needed to make such a transformation possible.

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Trulia updates its natural hazard maps to show hurricane, wildfire, and tornado risks to homes

Trulia updates its natural hazard maps to show hurricane, wildfire, and tornado risks to homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Trulia, an online marketplace to help you find your next home, has released an update to its natural hazard map that now includes data around hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes. Potential home buyers can scan to survey what potential disasters await them if they move to a particular part of the United States.

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Fannie Could Curb Low-Down-Payment Loan Purchases

Fannie Could Curb Low-Down-Payment Loan Purchases | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fannie Mae is in discussions to curb its purchases of mortgages that require a minimum down-payment of 3%, according to people familiar with the discussions.
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Where You'll Get Hacked [infographic]

Where You'll Get Hacked [infographic] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

People complain that they want privacy, and then they put all their information up on Facebook. Thus, hacking is ultra-easy. I have seen teenagers post pictures of their first credit card, then a month later their new college student I.D. These kids are so excited to have signs of growing up, but as we grow up our lives need to be more private to guard from hackers.

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Why You Need to See Two Products Before You'll Buy One

Why You Need to See Two Products Before You'll Buy One | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

When people in an experiment were shown two DVD players, 32% indicated they would buy one of the brands and 34% chose the other.

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Create A Police Sketch Of Your Favorite Face With This Excellent Time Waster

Create A Police Sketch Of Your Favorite Face With This Excellent Time Waster | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Dove caused quite a stir back in April when its"Real Beauty" campaign used a forensic sketch artist to show women their perceived and true selves.
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Bethany Alexa May Peterson's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:43 PM

The Real Beuty Sketches video also inspired app makers to create a tool for consumers of the beauty sketches to create their own sketches.  The app allows users to choose from a set of hairstyles, eyebrows, nose shapes, facial hair, lip arches to "sketch" a face.  

 

The video creators claimed that this was an experiment, and any good experiment can be recreated to produce similar results.  The app may not have that intention, but it certainly carries the ability to recreate the essence of the experiment in an amateur, affordable way.

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Stewart Title Names O'Donohue New Division President for Illinois as Saylor Sets to Retire

Stewart Title Names O'Donohue New Division President for Illinois as Saylor Sets to Retire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Stewart Title Company (STC) is pleased to announce the addition of Cindy O'Donohue as the new division president for Stewart Title’s Illinois division. She will work alongside current Division President Barb Saylor, who will retire at the end of 2013, to ensure a smooth transition.

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6 tips to weigh the best resale home improvements

6 tips to weigh the best resale home improvements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made them more willing to invest in renovations that could boost the value of their homes even more in a rising market.

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Meet the man who is building a hyperlocal aggregation platform for the Chicago Sun-Times

Meet the man who is building a hyperlocal aggregation platform for the Chicago Sun-Times | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper group have invested in a hyperlocal news-aggregation startup called Aggrego, which founder Tim Landon says is trying to create a better model for local journalism.
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Google disables Microsoft's YouTube Windows Phone app, blames Internet Explorer

Google disables Microsoft's YouTube Windows Phone app, blames Internet Explorer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The spat between Google and Microsoft may be about more than just a YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google is now alleging that Microsoft’s mobile browser technology makes it impossible to develop modern HTML5 apps.
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Seattle Police Department Handing Out Doritos At A Pot Festival Has The World's Funniest Twitter

Seattle Police Department Handing Out Doritos At A Pot Festival Has The World's Funniest Twitter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Seattle Police Department will be handing out 1,000 free 1-ounce bags of Doritos to marijuana enthusiasts at the city's Hempfest on Saturday. It's called "Operation Orange." But really. One ounce is the maximum legal amount of recreational weed a person can have under the state's new legislation.

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Seattle PD has great sense of humor.

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Official Blog: Just ask Google for your flights, reservations, package delivery info and more

Official Blog: Just ask Google for your flights, reservations, package delivery info and more | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Ever had trouble checking your flight’s status on the go because it meant digging through your email for the flight number? Or wanted to just quickly see whether your package would arrive on time, without having to look up the tracking info first? You’ve told us it would be much easier if you could skip the fuss and just ask Google. 

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Garmin Head-Up Display

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The Garmin HUD is very cool, but in a 1980s sort of way. Driving around with this little, green head-up display projected into my line of sight with its segmented LED text and simple digital readouts made me momentarily feel like the star of an '80s action movie behind the wheel of an experimental sports car or an F-14 Tomcat. In reality, I was in a Ford Escape headed to pick a friend up from the airport or on my way to the office.

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