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What We’re Reading: April 27 – May 3

One way your email gets on spammers lists, financial spring cleaning, and stolen mobile phones

Find out how Move Inc. is fighting scraping of their listings. Real estate listings are a valuable commodity because of the individual information and information gathered from a multitude of listings.  Hedge funds, banks, other financial institutions and  related real estate services find the listing information valuable to gather statistics and create mailing lists.  Move.Inc looks for suspicious scraping activity of real time queries during a hold period and can block the scraper’s IP address, and discover if the information is ending up online. Please note that NAR never shares, trades, or sells email addresses.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about dusting and putting away the winter clothes. It also applies to your finances. Spring is a great time to review budgets, look at savings, debt, and prune your receipts. Time has 10 ideas for a financial spring cleaning.

Someone swiped your cellphone?  Too bad, so sad, according to The New York Times. You may have filed a police report and your cell phone company, but not much can be done.  The FCC’s database of stolen phone information can inactivate the phone’s individual tracking number, but most stolen phone end up overseas, where the database does not work.

Scientists at IBM have nothing better to do than make stop-motion animated movies by moving individual atoms…

A new use for those stress balls everyone gets at convention trade shows: memory aids.

Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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