This Week’s Top Ten Stories

Saturday 3rd May

1) The US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is set to propose new Net Neutrality rules that that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes. From The New Yorker – “It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long term prosperity’.

2) Great piece from @jamescaig – Pop Goes the Algorithm : How data can get it wrong, especially in the very personalised and subjective world of music preferences (and the Pet Shop Boys).

3) Some great stuff in this eclectic list. The Guardian’s most viewed articles since 2010.

4) Time Magazine’s annual list of it’s 100 Most Influential People.

5) Brilliant – The Origins of Office Speak. Including such enduring classics as ‘Run it up the Flagpole’, ‘Circle Back’ , ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ and ‘Soup to Nuts’. Take the quiz to find out what kind of office speak you favour.

6) Snapchat goes after Facebook in a big way as it adds ephemeral text chat and video calls.

7) Not comfortable reading. Aside from phones and computers, Why we need to worry about our planes being hacked.

8) I guess you’ve always wanted to know right? From M.I.T – How to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors. If you thought it was all about a random approach – think again ‘But a closer inspection of their behavior reveals something else….. players who win tend to stick with the same action while those who lose switch to the next action in a clockwise direction (where R » P » S is clockwise).’

9) Want to boost your Creativity? Go for a walk : A new study from Stanford researchers found that a person’s creative output can increase by 60% when walking.

My most recent piece on Creative Thinking from this week – Isolation or Distraction? Which is better for the Creative process? 

10) Some Amazingly Timed Photos – worth looking at for the ‘shark attacking the helicopter’ picture, a few slides in.