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.

‘Cash Mobs’ profit locally owned stores

Flash mobs are a thing of the past. It’s all about the ‘cash mob’ now – organised in-person visits to local and independent shops to help them survive.

Originally published 23-Feb-12

Google Authorship adds “More By” to SERPS

Does what it says on the tin.

Originally published 23-Feb-12

You think Pinterest is big? Here comes The Fancy, with a brand spanking new e-commerce platform

Venturebeat reports on The Fancy’s vital statistics.

Originally published 23-Feb-12

Can you spot the difference?

Claire’s Accessories gets accused of plagiarism, again. This time by jewellery brand Tatty Devine.

Originally published 22-Feb-12

Soup firm’s win-a-farm competition leaves a sour taste

A competition by the New Covent Garden Soup Company has been criticised after it emerged no one had won its top prize of a £500,000 farm.

Originally published 22-Feb-12

McDonald’s offers qualification to Olympic volunteers

McDonald’s will offer volunteer workers at the London Olympics the chance to complete a qualification in customer service accredited by City & Guilds.

Originally published 21-Feb-12

The Pirate Bay could be blocked in UK

The Guardian’s latest coverage of the Pirate Bay saga.

Originally published 20-Feb-12

Apps: The Future of Agency Revenue Models?

Digitalbuzz takes a closer look at apps and agencies.

Originally published 19-Feb-12


Microsoft’s punchy anti-Google ad is brave, and very, very funny.

Originally published 20-Feb-12

Kauko Remote Control Design

World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki is running a remotely-controlled cafe, Cafe Kauko, in which users around the world can manipulate furniture, music and lighting using a mobile application at

Originally published 17-Feb-12