Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 08/15/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry Events
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Industry News
Fannie Mae warns of raft of fake employers being used on borrowers’ mortgages
Housing Wire - 10 new potentially fake companies are showing up in mortgage documents

The New Startup South
Bloomberg - This city of 670,000, a onetime hub for textile and apparel production, seems to have found the answer to the question confounding the U.S. right now: How do you revive postindustrial towns and make them part of the knowledge economy?

Is Silicon Valley doomed to become the next Detroit?
Fast Company - There was a time when California’s Santa Clara Valley, bucolic home to orchards and vineyards, was known as “the valley of heart’s delight.” 

Random Acts of Entertainment
JD Supra - While sharing a meal, playing golf or attending an event together can be a very effective way to strengthen client relationships, random acts of entertainment will not result in business development success.

Notice and opportunities to comment
CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) - Check here for notices and opportunities to comment posted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). These requests can include: proposed rules, requests for information, and Paperwork Reduction Act notices that give the public an opportunity to comment on certain planned or existing reporting, record keeping, and disclosure requirements.

Legal News
Fight Over Virginia Tech Sportswriter's Twitter Account: Who Owns Employees' Social Media Accounts?
JD Supra - It is common for a businesses to promote itself through social media and encourage its employees to do the same. So when does a social media account belong to the employer and when does it belong to the employee?  

Sub-Subcontractor Loses Mechanics’ Lien Rights
JD Supra - A recent decision from the Iowa Court of Appeals highlights a significant trap for contractors working on commercial construction. 

The Power to Change an Otherwise Irrevocable Trust (HB121)
Morgan and DiSalvo, P.C. - The GA Trust Code will be modernized and greatly improved beginning on July 1, 2018.

Courts Address Condo Laws, But Questions Remain
DS News - The myriad issues plaguing the Illinois Condominium Law arena have been subject to several recent opinions from two separate divisions within the 1st District Appellate Court. Unfortunately, the contrasting court rulings ultimately serve to confuse more than clarify.

Tech / Social Media
Hackers can steal data from the enterprise using only a fax number
ZDNet - Fax machines are still widely used by businesses and a communications protocol vulnerability is leaving them exposed to cyberattacks.

Swann's home security camera recordings could be hijacked
BBC - A popular wireless security camera designed to safeguard businesses and homes was vulnerable to a spying hack.

New Whitepaper Explores the Future of Blockchain and the Real Estate Industry - Tellus Title Company, a Sacramento-based startup, recently released a ground-breaking whitepaper that explores the possibilities of creating a cutting-edge blockchain protocol designed for the Real Estate industry.

Title Agency & People in the News
Innovating Title Operations for the Future
DS News - With a career spanning three decades in the national title and closing field, Jill Cadwell has honed her expertise in various executive positions at leading title and closing firms. 

Cherry Creek mother-daughter title company execs indicted for allegedly stealing $733K in client funds
The Denver Post - Owners of Foresight and Williams title firms to be arraigned after indictments

Title Agents Go Nationwide
For agents interested in growing their businesses by expanding into multiple states, we’re here to make the process simple and profitable. We offer you one point of contact to streamline your options and solutions.

In Other News
Famous Landmarks, Before They Were Finished
Atlas Obscura - Revealing photos of works-in-progress.

The Complicated Fight Over Walt Whitman's Sole Surviving NYC Home
Gothamist - Walt Whitman, America's bard and eternal pride of Brooklyn, never stayed in one place for very long. During 28 years as a resident of Brooklyn, he had at least 15 different addresses.

Sheep Romps on a Trampoline
Neatorama - A family in Marlborough, New Zealand, has a pet sheep named Bacon, which you have to admit is a slightly better name than Mutton. Bacon is having a great time on the backyard trampoline.

In a Town of 11 People, Mysterious Disappearance Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor
The New York Times - Dusk was falling on the sweltering hot day of Dec. 16, 2017, when Paddy Moriarty went to the Pink Panther, the only hotel and bar in this tiny, dusty town, to end the day with his usual round of drinks.

Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group