Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 5/3/17
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry News
Governor Cuomo Announces Action to Protect New Yorkers from Unscrupulous Activities in the Title Insurance Business
New York State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo -New Proposed DFS Regulations Crack Down on Business Gifts, Limits Ancillary Fees and Encourages Independence from Affiliates
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The long journey ahead for tax reform and what it means for housing
HousingWire - Tax reform, including housing-related tax reform, still has a long road ahead despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn revealing the  Trump administration’s tax plan on Wednesday.
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The Grave Reality of a Cemetery on Your Property
JD Supra - Can you bury someone on private property in Texas? Most likely yes.
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Buyers Looking to Leave Expensive Metros
M Report - One in five prospective homebuyers searched mostly for homes outside their current metro area in the first quarter of 2017, according to the  Redfin Migration Report. Unsurprisingly, the highest numbers of prospective buyers looking elsewhere were searching from the country’s most expensive metros in coastal California and New York City.
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Technology News
FinTech: Blockchain regulation needed 
  Lexology - Blockchain, the technology on which Bitcoin is based, has spread in recent years as the main promise of the digital economy. Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency created in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto, is now valued $1,243.9 on the Bitstamp Price Index (BPI), and its use is becoming more and more customary. 
 
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How to tell if your phone or tablet has a virus 
  USA Today - Long before ransomware and large-scale hacks became everyday problems, viruses were crawling into our desktops and infecting our screens. Somewhere in the world, there’s a cynical coder with an ax to grind or bills to pay who can’t wait to ruin your day.
 
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Why You Trust Email Way More Than You Should 
NYMag.com / Science of Us - You probably don’t have to think very hard to come up with an email-related scandal that happened sometime in the last few years. New Jersey governor Chris Christie stepped in it when his deputy chief of staff emailed, “ Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” We now know that before the financial crisis Wall Street bankers emailed each other that many of the assets they peddled to unwitting investors were “junk,” “monstrosities,” “big old lemons,” and “ goat poo.” 
 
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And did you know?
Why This Court Decision Hinged on the Oxford Comma
Atlas Obscura - “For want of a comma, we have this case,” a federal judge wrote. The Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma, refers to the comma that appears just after the penultimate item and before the coordinating conjunction of a list of three or more things. As in: “The story you’re reading right now might also be referred to as an item, post, or article”—the Oxford comma, in this case, being the punctuation mark just after the word “post.”
The Muddy Legality of Shooting a Drone Out of the Sky
Atlas Obscura - Can you legally murder a drone?
Wife’s Fitbit Leads to Murder Arrest for the Husband: eDiscovery Trends
JD Supra - At both the Master’s Conference session that I moderated in San Francisco on Tuesday and the  webcast that I conducted yesterday, the topic of discovery from IoT (Internet of Things) devices came up.  This story illustrates how discovery from IoT devices is becoming more and more important, especially in criminal cases.
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Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group
347-987-0677