Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 12/13/17
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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Industry News
CFPB Stops Collecting Personal Information in Light of Cybersecurity Concerns
JD Supra - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers due to cybersecurity concerns and in an effort to improve the CFPB’s cybersecurity program.

Insurer trying to right the wrongs of an independent agent gone bad
Insurance Business America - An insurance company is trying to right the wrongs of an allegedly fraudulent independent agent who sold non-existent policies in its name.

Be the Best at Being Number Two
Newswire - The greatest personal rewards generally come from being a strong #2. Whether it is Robin to Batman, Keto to the Green Hornet or Mini Me to Dr. Evil.

When Millionaires Squabble Over a Private Street, There Are No Winners
Citylab - In August, after decades of failing to pay property taxes on their private cul-de-sac in San Francisco’s toniest hills, residents of Presidio Terrace were rudely awakened to fact that their street no longer belonged to them. 

Holiday Marketing? No: Lawyers, Focus on Strategic December Business Development Instead...
JD Supra - About this time each year, law industry publications are rife with advice about “holiday marketing.” The advice tends to be about gift-giving protocols and using social events to network and create relationships.

Legal News
What Real Estate Owners and Developers Need to Know about Street Art
Herrick - In 2013, New York real estate developers announced plans to demolish the 5Pointz building and its prominent graffiti wall in Long Island City, and then whitewashed over a portion of the art. In an effort to stop the developers, a group of 21 artists filed a federal suit, alleging that the destruction of the art would be a violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which provides various protections to visual artists.

The South Carolina Deed Recording Fee and New South Carolina Department of Revenue Guidance
JD Supra - South Carolina assesses a recording fee on deeds to real property. The South Carolina deed recording fee is imposed for “the privilege of recording a deed,” and is based on the transfer of real property from one person or business entity to another. 

Public Comment is Broken
WNYC - Federal agencies are required to provide a public comment period for any proposed regulatory changes, such as the FCC's current plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. But this public comment period was unique, both because it garnered vastly more comments than every other comment period combined and because an overwhelming majority of those comments were automated – either via electronic form letters or programmed bots.

New Year, New Poster: Prepare to Prominently Post the "Transgender Rights in the Workplace" Poster
JD Supra - Earlier this year, California employers became subject to new workplace regulations pertaining to protections for transgender applicants and employees. 

Tech / Social Media
CryptoKitties shows everything can — and will — be tokenized
VB - If you’re following the crypto space, you’ve probably heard about CryptoKitties over the last week. The Ethereum-based cat-trading game launched last week and quickly became the highest spender of gas, bringing Ethereum to a new all-time high number of transactions. 

In Other News
The Unexpected Logic Behind Area Codes
Atlas Obscura - Why aren’t they laid out in an obvious way, like ZIP Codes are?

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Mysteries, Explained
Snopes - Learn why generations of young TV viewers grew up perplexed by the odd behavior of a character named Yukon Cornelius in the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Christmas special.

Bringing Interactivity Into the Theater
JD Supra - Interactive cinema is not a new concept. In 1992, Loews released I'm Your Man, a 20-minute interactive film that premiered in a special retrofitted theater in New York City. Equipped with seat-mounted controllers, the in-theater technology developed by Interfilm allowed audiences to vote between three options at six different points in the movie. 

Storm Chaser Captures Slo-Mo Lightning Footage Like You've Never Seen Before
Gizmodo - There’s no denying that a massive bolt of electricity streaking hundreds of miles across the sky is one of Mother Nature’s most impressive demos. But when seen through the lens of Dustin Farrell’s high-speed camera, lightning becomes even more phenomenal as it slowly zig-zags its way from the clouds to the earth below.

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.

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