Weekly Roundup

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In case you missed it, here are some great reads from the worlds of technology and real estate: • You've certainly heard a lot about the iPad, but here is the official demo video (via Mashable):

"Even though the Apple iPad won’t be available for another 60 or 90 days (depending on the model), Apple already has its official iPad website up and running. In addition to showing off some of the applications, features and design and technical specifications, the website also features an eight-minute video with Apple's design and development team discussing the device and showing it off."

• A collaboration portal for architects that won't even require you to spare a dime:

"Coming soon in the first of the year Architecture 5¢.com is going to become the hub where Architects and clients can come to talk to one another. A place where architects from all over can talk to each other and collaborate. A place to show your work, talk to home owners, answer questions, and most importantly help you get back to work."

• Real Estate CEOs are more positive about improving market conditions this year than in 2009 (via REALTOR® Mag):

"The 110 members of the Real Estate Executive Roundtable are more positive about their industry in the first quarter of 2010 than they were in 2009 with the sentiment index at 73, up from 63 in the fourth quarter of 2009. The sentiment index measures confidence in real estate market conditions. However, a common concern of respondents is the employment picture."

Foreclosure filings jumped in Las Vegas, which had the largest number of foreclosure filings of any city last year (via CNN/Money):

"In cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Miami and Bakersfield, Calif., soaring home prices of the mid 2000s drove homebuyers to desperate measures, such as taking on hybrid adjustable rate mortgages, also called toxic ARMS. These products only remained affordable as long as home prices grew; once prices stopped rising, borrowers began to default."

• The buzz about Google mapping just went from Street View to Store View (via Search Engine Land):

"I received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.” I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions. They also took pictures of products. Google Store Views will allow people to essentially walk into the store, off of Google Street Views. "

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