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Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

14th June 2014

1) Apparently the Football (Soccer…) World Cup has just started. Here are a few pieces we liked this week – The Problem with World Cup Referees – One would assume that World Cup refs are selected according to merit. Not Exactly.

Brazil’s streets are decorated with murals during the build-up to the World Cup. 

From Time Magazine – The World’s Love Affair with Football , in pictures. 

From the New York Times – The World’s Game – pictures of ordinary people embracing the game around the world. 

2) The @adcontrarian hits the mark again – Ten Dreadful Cliches that the Ad Industry Should Euthanise. 

3) Robert Peston’s Speech warns of the threat to journalism from native ads. From The Guardian. 

4) The CIA has published it’s first tweet. And it is a cracker : “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.” 

5) QuickCoin is now an easy way to send and receive Bitcoins via Facebook. 

6) Uplifting? A Short History of the Executioner. 

7) Mike Lacher’s ‘Client feedback on the Creation of The Earth’ – Brilliant. 

8) If we can’t get everyone to come to terms with the science behind climate change, can we at least agree that we need a new atlas? 

… and due to rising sea levels , this country will shortly no longer exist. 

9) The marvellously erudite Rory Sutherland on branding, behavioural economics and much else besides. 

10) ‘FORM’ is a short film created as a tribute to the style and grace of skateboarding. 

This Week’s Top Ten Stories

17th May 2014

1) The Atlantic on censorship and the EU’s ruling, on the right to be forgotten. Very likely to benefit those who really have got something to hide. 

Jimmy Wales was especially vociferous in his attacks on the ruling, making reference to ‘First They Came’, the poem by Martin Niemoller, regarding the cowardice of German intellectuals, following the Nazi Party’s rise to power. 

2) So, what have we learned from Google + ? Includes – ”building around people problems not company ones, the impact of perceived benefit vs perceived effort, and the “deep dichotomy between… messy reality and software builders’ desire for structured data”. 

3) From Econsultancy – Introducing The Periodic Table of Content Marketing. 

4) For George Lucas’s 70th birthday this week, if Shakespeare had written Star Wars. 

5) The New York Times on The National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero. 

6) The marvellous Rory Sutherland on ‘Removing The Twilight Zone of Uncertainty’ ( video ). 

7) 500 years later, have they found the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s ship the Santa Maria? 

8) World population:
1 China 2 India 3 Facebook 4 Tencent 5 E.U 6 WhatsApp 7 United States 
8 Google+ 9 Indonesia 10 LinkedIn 11 Twitter. 

9) James Surowiecki tries to understand what attracts people to the highly risky world of Internet startups: “The fact that most new businesses fail is hardly a secret. So why are so many people gambling on ventures that are likely to end badly?” 

10) Quite extraordinary ( and of course the reason internet was invented). A cat attacks and chases off a dog that is attacking a child. 

This Week’s Top Ten Stories

14th February

1) Networking site LinkedIn’s shares fell 15% on weak earnings outlook– apparently ‘looking for new sources of revenue’ – Read More 

2) ….and Twitter’s valuation took a battering at the end of last week read more. I only recently reported that Goldman Sachs had endorsed the company’s high valuation, as they considered Twitter was ‘the new Google’ – ‘The enhancements include incremental improvements in existing ad products and targeting capabilities similar to the evolution of Google’s Adwords platform’. Just goes to show that market valuations are extremely unreliable at best – Read More 

3) Great piece here from @rorysutherland in Wired – Why appeals to altruism are dangerous – read more. 
Appeals to altruism are dangerous precisely because they absolve the practitioner from too much criticism or sceptical questioning about the real consequences of their actions, focusing instead on the spirit in which they are carried out. This may explain why we hate Nazis so much more than we hate Maoists or Stalinists: unlike the latter two mass murderous groups, the Nazis didn’t even pretend to be well-intentioned.

4) The New York Times gets into big data – and hires a chief data scientist in order to boost subscriptions – Read More 

5) The Twilight of the Brands – The New Yorker on the interminable decline of the Great Brands and branding – Read More 

6) Irrefutable evidence that Millenials have it worse than previous generations – Read More 

7) Designs of the Year announced. Including one striking ‘Teletubby style’ building from Baku – Read More 

8) So the app phenomenon that was Flappy Bird is over, apparently the creator thought it was ‘too addictive’ – read more. Thank goodness then for the Sesame St alternative – Read More 

9) For all Game of Thrones obsessives – this is what is coming in season 4 – Read More 

10) Pretty windy on Wednesday wasn’t it? This is what Blighty looked like from space – read more. And this from the US – when bad weather is a good thing – Thousands make the trip to see ice caves made accessible by frozen Lake Superior – Read More