Here are the stories and links we’ve tweeted, posted, passed around the UK office and shaken our heads at.

Check back later to get the skinny on what our US team has been reading too.

UK consumer confidence recovered in January

A study from Nationwide suggests consumer confidence rebounded last month in a sign that underlying economic conditions are not as weak as feared.

Originally published 16-Feb-12

UK Now Seizing Music Blogs (With American Domains) Over Copyright Claims

Does what it says on the tin, over at Techdirt.

Originally published 14-Feb-12

Underwater dogs – in pictures

Because they’re cute, and we can.

Originally published 14-Feb-12

Ad agency rewards interns’ hard work with nicer lodgings

Brussels ad agency Mortierbrigade motivates its visiting creative interns by upgrading their accommodations when they achieve good results.

Originally published 14-Feb-12

The hollow emptiness in social media numbers – most accounts are fake or empty

Tom Foremski considers the accuracy of social network size on ZDnet.

Originally published 14-Feb-12

PR Agencies: Adapt Or Die

Forrester’s Darika Ahrens on the need for PR agencies to wake up and evolve.

Originally published 14-Feb-12

SpaceCurve scores $2.7M to analyze location data

The start-up scores funding on the promise it can help application developers better leverage the Internet of things.

Originally published 13-Feb-12

Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool

Dan Lyons’ damning attack on ethics within the Silicon Valley start-up circle.

Originally published 13-Feb-12

The Wall Street Journal covers Fashion Week fashionably, finding uses for Pinterest and Instagram

A report on WSJ’s coverage of Fashion Week in New York.

Originally published 9-Feb-12

A Love Story from @JohnFugelsang

Actor and comedian John Fugelsang shares the remarkable story of how his parents…a monk and a nun…met, fell in love, and went on to raise a family.

Originally published 3-Aug-11