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What's smart (and dumb) about the latest smartwatches

What's smart (and dumb) about the latest smartwatches | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Why wear a smartwatch? You might have said the same thing about carrying a smartphone before those got smart enough to be truly useful. Smartwatches are a sort of mini tech trend of the moment, but here's the brutal truth: we wouldn't recommend that our friends buy any of these, unless they're early-adopter watch fetishists.

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Homeowners with more equity want to improve their homes

Homeowners with more equity want to improve their homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homeowners are watching their home equity levels rise, but tapping into this pool of home equity to finance remodeling projects remains difficult in today's lending environment.
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Use of third-party artwork in video backdrop is fair use

Use of third-party artwork in video backdrop is fair use | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the unauthorized use of an artist’s illustration in a video backdrop featured in rock band Green Day’s stage show did not violate the Copyright Act, finding, in part, that the use was sufficiently transformative and did not affect the market value of the work.

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Zillow Talks GSE Reform With Bipartisan Policy Center, Seeks to Educate Consumers on Various Policy Proposals

Zillow Talks GSE Reform With Bipartisan Policy Center, Seeks to Educate Consumers on Various Policy Proposals | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Recently, Zillow® Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries sat down with Barry Zigas, director of housing policy for the Consumer Federation of America® and a commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission, to discuss the BPC's plan for housing finance reform. 

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Prudential Rubloff Congratulates Chicago Five Star Real Estate Agents

Prudential Rubloff Congratulates Chicago Five Star Real Estate Agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Michael Pierson and Chris Eigel, principal partners of Prudential Rubloff Properties, are pleased to announce that 29 of their sales professionals received the 2013 Chicago Five Star Real Estate Agent award. 

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First FDA-approved bionic eye ready for commercial launch in US (video)

First FDA-approved bionic eye ready for commercial launch in US (video) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Watch this video on CNET TV: After more than 20 years in the making, the world's first FDA-approved bionic eye will soon be launching commercially in the United States.
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Airbnb bristles at New York AG subpoena in 'bad actors' battle

Airbnb bristles at New York AG subpoena in 'bad actors' battle | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The company says that a recent request by the New York Attorney General's office will not be taken lightly, and it will 'fight' for its users. Read this article by Don Reisinger on CNET News.
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Important Adobe Customer Security Announcement

Important Adobe Customer Security Announcement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today. Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers. Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. We believe these attacks may be related.

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Tesla CEO: Car fire could have been far worse in a gas-powered car

Tesla CEO: Car fire could have been far worse in a gas-powered car | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Had a conventional gasoline car encountered the same object on the highway, the result could have been far worse. A typical gasoline car only has a thin metal sheet protecting the underbody, leaving it vulnerable to destruction of the fuel supply lines or fuel tank, which causes a pool of gasoline to form and often burn the entire car to the ground. In contrast, the combustion energy of our battery pack is only about 10% of the energy contained in a gasoline tank and is divided into 16 modules with firewalls in between. 

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Bankrupt Electronics Retailer TWTRQ's Stock Skyrockets 1500% As Buyers Mistake It For TWTR

Bankrupt Electronics Retailer TWTRQ's Stock Skyrockets 1500% As Buyers Mistake It For TWTR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Tweeter Home Entertainment was a consumer electronics retailer that sold TVs, car radios, home theater systems, and the like at more than 100 U.S. stores. In 2007 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and had its assets sold to a new owner, which also filed for Chapter 11 a year later.

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iHomefinder integrates Down Payment Resource on IDX websites

iHomefinder integrates Down Payment Resource on IDX websites | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

iHomefinder has now enabled Down Payment Resource (DPR) on all IDX search websites across our shared customer markets, allowing consumers to identify, search and explore the many homebuyer assistance options available throughout the country during their home search. 

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Meet the voice of Siri

Meet the voice of Siri | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Apple’s Siri voice assistant is now two years old. Susan Bennett claims she recorded the now-iconic vocals back in 2005.
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Delinquencies fall at the GSEs

Delinquencies fall at the GSEs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Foreclosure prevention actions enacted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have prevented 2.9 million foreclosures since 2008, with 247,000 home rescues completed by the GSEs in just the first half of 2013, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reports.
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Lawsuit claims Keller Williams mounted damaging PR campaign against Iowa Realty

Lawsuit claims Keller Williams mounted damaging PR campaign against Iowa Realty | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The lawsuit, filed in Polk County District Court on Thursday, comes about five weeks after Keller Williams dropped a lawsuit against Iowa Realty. Keller Williams had alleged unfair competition, among other complaints, after Iowa Realty decided against sharing sales commissions 50-50 with Keller Williams agents when they sell an existing home listed by Iowa Realty.

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Realogy : Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Real Estate Market Report Ranks Most Exclusive U.S. Cities and Zip Codes

Realogy : Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Real Estate Market Report Ranks Most Exclusive U.S. Cities and Zip Codes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Today at the Coldwell Banker Generation Blue Experience Coldwell Banker Previews International® released its latest Luxury Market Report which found that Aspen, Colo., is the only non-coastal real estate market to make the top 20 list of ZIP codes with the most luxury real estate closed sales (16) over $10 million for the last 12 months ending June 30, 2013.

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REALTOR® action improves Cook County watershed management ordinance

REALTOR® action improves Cook County watershed management ordinance | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In July, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District(MWRD) introduced a new Watershed Management Ordinance which would impose requirements on new development as well as on most redevelopment in suburban Cook County.

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Cold-calling service helps brokerages poach competitors’ agents

Cold-calling service helps brokerages poach competitors’ agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Elite Connect, which launched late last year as a cold-calling service that generates listing appointments for real estate agents using expired and for-sale-by-owner listings as leads, is now offering to help brokerages poach agents from their competitors. 

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Samsung and Google working together on 'Gear Glass'?

Samsung and Google working together on 'Gear Glass'? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new rumor points to a Glass knockoff from Samsung coming in the spring, but could it be with Google's blessing? Read this article by Eric Mack on CNET.
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Editor's Corner: A Heads up on Headlines: 4 Rules for Maximizing News Visibility

Editor's Corner: A Heads up on Headlines: 4 Rules for Maximizing News Visibility | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Headlines are like first dates. If you don’t peak your suitor’s interest early, he or she might take a fake phone call in the middle of dinner and claim their house is on fire. It takes time and effort to keep your date interested. The same goes for headline writing. A title should grab your audience’s attention and give an idea of what’s to come.

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Finally! Google Glass Will Get An App Store Soon

Finally! Google Glass Will Get An App Store Soon | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In contrast to an otherwise surprisingly refined Google Glass beta experience, the experience of finding apps for Glass has only managed to evolve from from "nonexistent" to "barely there" over the course of the last six months. Happily, now there's some good news for developers and Glass users alike, delivered via a Google+ post by Glass Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan:

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Google, SAP, Cisco & Samsung Among Potential Tech Buyers For Some Or All Of BlackBerry

Google, SAP, Cisco & Samsung Among Potential Tech Buyers For Some Or All Of BlackBerry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google, SAP and Cisco are among a number of technology companies interested in buying up portions -- or all -- of BlackBerry's business, according to Reuters, which cites several sources close to the matter.
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Inside The Grace Hopper Celebration, Where Thousands Of Women Are United By Tech

Inside The Grace Hopper Celebration, Where Thousands Of Women Are United By Tech | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Life changing,” “amazing,” and “shockingly wonderful” are not often terms that are typically used to describe industry conferences. But that’s exactly how people talk about the Grace Hopper Celebration, an annual four-day event dedicated to bringing together women in computing to talk about technology and their careers.

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Patriot Wins Patent Infringement Suit Against HTC Corporation

Patriot Wins Patent Infringement Suit Against HTC Corporation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Patriot Scientific Corporation PTSC -9.16%announced today that it has won its patent infringement lawsuit against HTC Corporation. In litigation before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, HTC was found to infringe multiple claims within Patriot's US 5,809,336 patent. 

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Want to see Google Glass at work in the hospital? Philips, Accenture offer a preview

Want to see Google Glass at work in the hospital? Philips, Accenture offer a preview | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Philips and Accenture have teamed up for a proof-of-concept video showing how Google Glass could be used by doctors in the operating theater and emergency room.
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