Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

11th January 2019

“@adcontrarian on why online ads haven’t built brands. ‘..cultural imprinting relies on the principle of common knowledge.  For a fact to be common knowledge among the group, it’s not enough for everyone to know it. Everyone must also know that everyone else knows it.’

From It’s Nice That – ‘In Praise Of Doing Nothing: How to turn boredom into brilliant ideas.’ ‘Being bored is a state of dissatisfaction with the neural stimulations you’re getting,’ says Sandi Mann, author of The Science of Boredom. ‘You’re searching for more neural stimulation. If you can’t find that externally, you will find it internally, because our minds are always active.’

Wired seem to think that this is the year Facebook finally admits it’s a media company. ‘Big tech needs to adopt standards to fight fake news.And that starts with accepting what it is they actually do.’

Rory Sutherland considers that technology wastes as much time as it saves. ‘Email is unbelievably misleading in this respect. If you spend an afternoon replying to emails, you happily imagine you are being productive. In fact — by comparison with voice communication — what you are doing is insanely slow and protracted. If you were in a meeting with someone who spoke at the speed most people type, you would feel the urge to attack them.’

The most interesting new gadgets and gear from CES 2019. Including a folding phone, an air taxi, Samsung robots and an intelligent toilet. ..And CES have decided to revoke a product award won by a female-founded tech company. Seems less than fair when one considers some of the other products they appear perfectly happy with.

Frederic Filloux of The Monday Note, is not upbeat about 2019. ‘The rise of worldwide populism, an insular tech world unable to correct its blunders, a devastated journalistic landscape that gives an open-field to the social mob; there are few reasons for optimism this year.’

Some stunning photos won the annual “Dronestagram” awardsDrones let photographers get shots that would otherwise be impossible.

‘In July of 1316, a priest with a hankering for fresh apples sneaked into a walled garden in the Cripplegate area of London to help himself to the fruits therein. The gardener caught him in the act, and the priest brutally stabbed him to death with a knife—hardly godly behaviour, but this was the Middle Ages. A religious occupation was no guarantee of moral standing.That’s just one of the true-crime gems to be found in a new interactive digital “murder map of London, compiled by University of Cambridge criminologist Manuel Eisner.

Here are Marketoonist’s marketing predictions for 2019.

These cheeky pro-second Brexit Referendum films ask: ‘Shouldn’t We Double Check….?’

Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

5th January 2019

From Quartz. “Black Mirror” isn’t just predicting the future—it’s causing it. Released on Netflix on Dec. 28, “Bandersnatch” charters new territory. ‘Yes, it’s one of the first mainstream attempts at narrative-driven gameplay on a streaming platform. But it’s also potentially the progenitor of a new form of surveillance—one that invades our privacy while wearing the cloak of entertainment.

The Economist runs its first TV ad in a decade to urge viewers to retain childhood curiosity. Never Stop Questioning.

From NY Mag. ‘In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered. How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

So, apparently, parents are now being told to worry less about children’s screen use, as long as it does not replace sleep, exercising and time with the family. 

From Wired. ‘The viral video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing is actually a meta-meme.’ ‘..The reason Ocasio-Cortez’ detractors were able to find the video on the internet in the first place is far more interesting than their criticism. The story demonstrates how copyright law is often used to squash free expression on the internet—and sometimes even potentially erase a video featuring a future member of Congress.’

From VisualCapitalist. ‘Languages provide a window into culture and history. They’re also a unique way to map the world – not through landmasses or geopolitical borders, but through mother tongues.’ This infographic, A World Of Languages, shows the world’s major tongues broken down by country.

Time-lapse photographs capture swarms of airplane lights as they streak across the night sky. 

‘The English writer Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876) is an exceptionally difficult read. In it, a crew of improbable characters boards a ship to hunt a Snark, which might sound like a plot were it not for the fact that nobody knows what a Snark actually is. It doesn’t help that any attempt to describe a Snark turns into a pile-up of increasingly incoherent attributes: it is said to taste ‘meagre and hollow, but crisp, like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist’’. This is what nonsense verse tells us about reality. 

Love this idea, spotted in the loo of the rather charming Riverside Tea Rooms in Eynsford. ‘Toilet Twinning’ is a water and sanitation initiative. Their aim is to flush away poverty, one toilet at a time’.

From Colossal, here are black and white photographs capturing the striking appearance of bare trees against snow-filled landscapes. And..still on an arboreal angle, sciencemag.org suggests the idea that plants can actually help their relatives in taking root. 

Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

21st December 2018

How much money would you want, to quit Facebook for a year? Most people say $1,000.

Creative Review’s Ads Of The Year, including Burger King, Tide, Tesla, Nike, KFC, Apple, Lacoste, Iceland and Libresse. If this is a represents a case of #TLDR then here, Adweek mashes up the best ads of 2018, in one 4 minute video (reg may be necessary).And always nice to see the annual summary from Vimeo; here are their Staff Picks – Best of the Year 2018 (short video).  

Here are Smart Insights’ social media marketing trends for 2019. Including, text-first to visual first, and the rise of social TV & live and vertical video. 

Something spiritual for the holiday season. Perhaps not the obvious angle but wonderful all the same. ‘Breath Of Life” – Shinto is uniquely Japanese, yet embodies a once-universal animistic religion of wind and fire, gods and animal spirits.

Interesting piece from WARC.com, on the travel and tourism sector. ‘British travel sector brushes off the Brexit blues’.’One possible theory why the travel sector may as yet be unaffected by Brexit fears… is that consumers are so sick of bad Brexit news, they just want to get away, whatever the perceived risk.’

For the first time ever, Disney posts a Pixar “short” on YouTube for free. Seven-minute “Bao” debuted as the bumper for this year’s Incredibles 2.

The Alzheimer’s Society releases an intriguing, abstract, awareness-raising animation.

Why the year 536 was the worst year to be alive. This will make you feel a LOT better about 2018, I promise. (there was a reason they were called the Dark Ages).

This tongue-in-cheek video is very nicely observed – ‘Acclaimed skate video director Glen Larsen takes you behind the scenes of his latest cinematic masterpiece’ ‘SHRED OR GET DEAD’

Here are a few videos for holiday viewing. Macaulay Culkin Returns in Google’s Home Alone Homage – KEVIN! …Blue Zoo adds their (very dark) comedic stamp to the festive season by releasing its latest Christmas short, starring merciless duo the Moonies….Trojan Condoms suggest we ‘get down on the longest night of the year’, with their Big Sexy album…and here is the 2018 movie trailer mashup: One Big Trailer to Rule Them All.

Wishing all our readers a very Happy Holidays. The newsletter will be back on 11th Jan 2019.

Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

14th December 2018

‘You might guess that a surefire way to make a hit video on YouTube would be to gather a bunch of YouTube megastars, film them riffing on some of the year’s most popular YouTube themes and release it as a year-in-review spectacular. You would be wrong. This is how YouTube’s year-in-review ‘Rewind’ video set off a civil war.’ 

Has the chatbot bubble officially burst? Google Allo is done. Announced in 2016, it was Google’s big attempt to build a Google chatbot right into your text message conversations. Allo’s death signals something important to the tech industry: Nobody wants a chatbot listening in on their intimate conversations – especially when that chatbot is near useless.

I attended the inaugural TBD Conference at Stratford’s rather cool Here East last week. A really eclectic and energetic range of talks combined to produce a ‘Wired Live’ style event, ‘on steroids.’ This (HT @paul__armstrong ‏)  is the deck from the day. One of the standout talks was from @F_StrategyClub – ‘Brand Meaning In The Age Of Macro Flux’. Well worth a read. 

Nice piece from D&AD, accompanied by loads of examples – ‘Every year on our New Blood Awards, judges call on would-be winners to create insightful work, and recognise the entries rooted in powerful insight. So what is an insight, and how do you find one? An insight is a truth, and it should be the fire in your belly. It could be about anything, from a product to an audience or their behaviour.’ (reg may be necessary)

From NYT. Is Tech Too Easy To Use? ‘After all, the frictionless design of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, which makes it trivially easy to broadcast messages to huge audiences, has been the source of innumerable problems, including foreign influence campaigns, viral misinformation and ethnic violence abroad. YouTube’s most famous frictionless feature — the auto-playing function that starts another video as soon as the previous one has finished — has created a rabbit-hole effect that often leads viewers down a path to increasingly extreme content.  I picked up on this subject in 2017, with my piece –  ‘Facile Externality’ – or when efficiency is inefficient. 

Creative Review on ‘The Big Idea’ (sub necessary) – An advertising idea is a – ‘sentence which can be repeated to another creative anywhere in the world, working in any medium, which gives them the information they need to continue the campaign’. For example, ‘Show how Hamlet cigars provide solace after something goes wrong’, or ‘Demonstrate the excellence of the iPhone’s camera by celebrating the great photos it enables average people to take’.

A new service offered by Ibis hotels in Switzerland appears to suggest that for some Instagrammers, the pressure to post amazing images on the social media site may be so huge that it’s ruining their vacations. To ease the strain, the hotel chain is now offering help in the form of a “social media sitter.”

People from all over the world are sending emails to Melbourne’s trees. Melbourne gave 70,000 trees email addresses so people could report on their condition. But instead people are writing love letters.

This wriggling robot can chase you on land or water. 

Brilliant. Russian state TV apparently became confused yesterday while airing footage of a technology forum aimed at kids. A TV reporter proclaimed that Boris the robot, “has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad.” The only problem? Boris isn’t a real robot. It’s just a man in a suit.

Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

7th December 2019

In the wake of some further, significant, data breaches ( Quora and Marriott ) it is both interesting and sobering to look at Information Is Beautiful’s, visual take on the world’s biggest data breaches and hacks.

From The New Yorker. ‘Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet – this is the friendship that made Google huge.’ And…in the UK, Google is no longer the best company to work for (according to Glassdoor), having been overtaken by Anglian Water. 

A couple of nice pieces, from the always engaging Aeon : ‘Rules in space. If we don’t invent a legal framework for space colonisation the consequences could be catastrophic’….and ‘ At once tiny and huge: what is this feeling we call ‘sublime’?

The Turner Prize winning film Bridgit, captures many of the themes of contemporary life. ‘In the artists thoughtful, poetic meditation, she explores identity, gender, nationhood and how our subjective views can change. All of which is encapsulated in one film, shot rough and ready in fragments on an iPhone. It would have been impossible to make when the Turner Prize was first awarded in 1984. But it’s now within the grasp of anybody with a smartphone and a story to tell.’ 

Ariana Grande’s latest hit thank u, next has become the most viewed Youtube and Vevo video ever in its first 24 hours online. The music video parodies 00s female-led films such as Mean GirlsBring it On and Legally Blonde, recreating iconic moments from the movies with some recognisable faces that featured in the original flicks. 

Here are some rules for your online sanity.

YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Series in a bid to retain his status as the YouTuber with the most subscribers. One fan hacked 50,000 printers over the weekend to print out a message urging people to subscribe to his channel. …and separately, here is You Tube’s highest earner. He is making £17.3 million a year and he is seven years old.

A couple of informative and stimulating pieces from National Geographic. Best Trips for 2019 – the world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead …and some awe-inspiring architecture from around the world.

‘Friendly tower cranes, grinning street signs, and other adventures in augmented reality. In Sketches, the Russian graphic illustrator and motion designer Vladimir Tomin stitches together a series of short, reality (and mind) warping vignettes.

Love this stunning video of single track bike riding in Norway. ‘With newly built mountain bike trails and a strong historic culture of moving through the mountains, the Nordfjord region has endless opportunities for adventure.

Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

1st December 2018

‘Consumer appetite for wellbeing, stress management and health is prompting a continued evolution of new products and services to help soothe unstable, constantly connected lifestyles. Against this backdrop of empowerment and wellness, technology’s reach is being re-examined, making way for an increased focus on ethics and privacy.’ JWT’s Innovation Group presents The Future 100 2019, an annual snapshot of the year ahead and the most compelling trends to keep on the radar.

Eamon Kelly, senior analyst at Edgewater Research, tells Recode that brands are increasingly choosing to end their relationship with Amazon rather than cave in to its demands.‘I don’t think Amazon understands how close they are to blowing themselves up.’ Meanwhile…’Amazon.com Inc. handles nearly half of all online sales in the U.S., giving it a popular platform and a wealth of consumer data. Now it’s on track to become the next juggernaut of online advertising – Amazon, with little fanfare, emerges as an advertising giant’

Accenture Interactive creates a striking campaign to urge people to #takenotice of Breast Cancer Awareness month. If one of the most touched and photographed breasts in the world suddenly developed a lump, would anyone notice?

For advertising people, this is particularly worrying given current UK political shenanigans. From Ipsos MORI – people have more faith in politicians than advertising execs. 

US Army soldiers will soon wear HoloLens AR goggles in combat. Microsoft has won a $480 million deal to supply more than 100,000 augmented-reality headsets to the US Army. 

Future Of Storytelling’s, FoST for Good project continues apace, seeking to make the world a better place, from climate advocacy to women’s rights, from immigration to prison reform.

One, especially for our US readers. Why does “y’all” divide the US north from south, not east from west?’ ‘Researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK …have been investigating regional variations in language in the US, using an algorithm to mine tens of thousands of responses. They suggest one reason for the horizontal spread of dialects could be that the colonisation of the US took place largely in an east-to-west direction.’

‘Conch shells, origami and citrus fruit all stand in for that most unique part of the anatomy. Libresse honours the noble vulva like never before – Viva La Vulva’

The countries where robot adoption is happening faster than expected. Top three in the charts are South Korea,Singapore and Germany.The US are 7th and the UK 20th.

adam&eveDDB subvert the norms of the festive season with a campaign to raise awareness of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ work, to reunite missing people with their families across the world. The one gift Santa can’t deliver. 

How nine men get over a very high wall, very quickly – #teamwork. And finally, a really engaging video narrative from Gamble Aware – Is gambling taking away our love of the game? Can we have our ball back please? 

Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

24th November 2018

Mark Ritson on Gary Vaynerchuck. ‘Here is an overview of the main places where Vaynerchuk is wrong. Note I will not take issue with the personal brand or motivational aspects of Vaynerchuk’s content. That is for others, with expertise on these topics, to comment on. It is the media nonsense that I focus on here.’  (reg may be neccessary)

From NYT. In Praise Of Mediocrity. ‘The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. I’m a little surprised by how many people tell me they have no hobbies. It may seem a small thing, but — at the risk of sounding grandiose — I see it as a sign of a civilisation in decline. The idea of leisure, after all, is a hard-won achievement; it presupposes that we have overcome the exigencies of brute survival. Yet here in the United States, the wealthiest country in history, we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them.’

‘These 64 contenders aren’t just personal favourites. They are the result of months of painstaking meta-analysis of hundreds of “Best Ad Ever” polls, editorials, interviews with industry leaders, TV countdowns, opinion pieces and listicles from the past thirty years. From BBH Labs, this is the World Cup of Ads.  Lots of classic ads here, but the two finalists were Guinness Surfer and Nike Just Do It.  

From Creative Review. ‘In both political discourse and the world of advertising, there’s a range of ideas that are acceptable to discuss. The Overton Window describes the range of ideas permitted in political discourse. For example, we might be OK with chatting about immigration figures and tax increases, but a discussion about putting the over-65s in forced labour camps is less likely to be tolerated….  (reg may be neccessary)

12 Easter eggs you may have missed in Apple’s incredibly detailed holiday ad. From Sonic Youth to streetwear, there’s a lot hidden in plain sight.

This 100 second video from Friends Of The Earth provides a view of the United Kingdom, in the correct time proportions. 28% of the land mass is made up of pasture – for feeding sheep and cows. With one in ten British species at risk of extinction, it seems reasonable to ask  is there space for nature?

Last week was the 30th Google Firestarters, hosted by @neilperkin. I’ve been to a fair few and, in my humble opinion, this was the best. Rob Campbell, Dr Helen Edwards and Mark Pollard (who delivered his discourse via the medium of rap) provided some compelling perspectives on The Brilliance and Brutalisation of Insight. You can see Scriberia’s
pictorial summary of the session here. Last week also saw a Performance Firestarters (for the performance marketing community) looking at The Future Of Search. In this area, the growth of, automation seems to be the big theme. One of the speakers, recently did an interesting voice search piece, on the Econsultancy blog – The future of paid voice search:  How voice could be monetised.

A pretty controversial initiative from the Indian Government, seeks to influence elections in  a novel but surely unethical fashion. ‘In the state of Chhattisgarh, the chief minister, Raman Singh, has promised a smartphone in every home — and he is using the government-issued devices to reach voters as he campaigns in legislative elections that conclude on Tuesday.’

From @timharford. ‘The (building) was indeed completed, but in 15 years rather than five and at a cost of A$102m rather than A$7m — a truly impressive cost overrun of nearly 1,400 per cent. This is what the Sydney Opera House teaches us about Brexit.

Great fun. From SNL, ‘Jeff Bezos’ gives us all the reasons behind the big decisions at Amazon; and they are all to do with one man….

A mum turns her back on her toddler for 5 seconds and all hell breaks loose (spoiler alert, this has a happy ending)

Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

17th November 2018

Iceland’s Christmas advert: The petition to overturn the TV ban on this animated film gains momentum, but as this article observes, the ban is actually a blessing in disguise. Finally in terms of the actual decision, the difficulty with the ‘Rang-tan’ film highlights Clearcast’s (the regulating body) unusual status.

‘Caption Goals’ : How Instagram spawned a cottage industry around words.’As the quest for likes and followers on IG has intensified, so too has the demand for funnier, punnier captions, creating a crowded new market selling cleverness.

In African cities, the “gig economy” is called the economy

Why do we feel so busy? It’s all our hidden ‘shadow work’. Wasn’t automation supposed to take care of the tedious jobs, so we could enjoy more leisure time? (RT @davidpearlhere).

Some buzzwords come and go, but one never truly knows which ones will stick.This piece from Campaign looks at some current words ‘du jour’  – eg: ‘(Un)tethered’, ‘human-in-the-loop’ and ‘story-living.’ All learnt on the IPA’s recent visit to Silicon Valley.

Google Search marked its 20th anniversary with a humorous series about Search Ads

‘The labouring man will take his rest long in the morning; a good piece of the day is spent afore he come at his work; then he must have his breakfast, though he have not earned it at his accustomed hour, or else there is grudging and murmuring.’ Pre-industrial workers had a shorter work week than today’s. This poignant piece echoes elements of Alain De Botton’s 2009 book, The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work.

From FastCompany. Self-driving cars will be for sex, scientists say. Nearly 60% of all Americans have had sex in cars. Just wait until the cars can drive themselves.

Memorable, but not in a good way. An attempt by Hong Kong to bolster its tourism industry has backfired after the territory’s tourist board produced a questionable campaign depicting a man stealing his girlfriend’s passport.

Great if you have a spare 90 minutes to watch, or even press play and come back to every now and again. Soothing and astounding, this is a journey around the earth in real time.

Love this gentle and suspenseful look at the breathtaking craft of logging on a Swiss mountainside – In The Woods. And finally, some compelling entertainment for a Friday. Watch these robots dominate a water bottle-flipping competition – Dozens of teens in Japan brought bottle-flipping into the future for, RoboCon.

Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

9th November 2018

So, the ‘search’ for Amazon’s HQ2 is over and the result looks like a tie–  Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Virginia. in this punchy Winners and Losers video piece, Scott Galloway denounces the process as a sham, and that he knew the answer all along’. 

Will Mindful Technology Save Us From Our Phones—and Ourselves? ‘At what point does the cycle of new products and upgrades reach the point of diminishing returns?  A minimalist tech movement is gaining steam, but not without a cost.’ ‘ The Palm is the latest entry into a new genre of hardware, one that attempts to limit the barrage of digital add-ons that consumers increasingly expect to find in their devices.’ ..And here is the NYT, on how to be more mindful at work.

NESTA’s : Ten Challenges For The Internet. Including  – ‘isolated communities’, ‘isolated issues’, ‘data sovereignty’ and ‘searching for a panacea.’

We still live in the long shadow of Man-the-Hunter: a midcentury theory of human origins soaked in strife and violence’. Aeon, On the hunt for human nature.

Fairly long, but fulfilling piece from the How We Get To Next‘s newsletter. Samira Shackle asks – What makes humans violent to one another?’ Philosophers have long pondered this question. The modern debate in the West goes back to 1651, when Thomas Hobbes famously described the lives of humans in their “natural condition,” without a government to enforce order, as “nasty, brutish, and short.” In the 1700s, Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued instead that the human propensity for violence was shaped by civilisation, not by nature. Among philosophers, social scientists, and evolutionary biologists, this framing of the debate as being one of nature versus nurture, has continued ever since. (go to ‘One Last Thing’ at the bottom of the newsletter to read this piece).

A couple of interesting pieces from WARC this week.A rep ort on how to use creativity to drive effectiveness and an article on Spotify’s personalisation strategy.

According to Wired, you can now search insecure cameras by address. Just another chapter in the Internet of Things’ security problems.

Campaign Magazine on delivering a Brexit deal that works for UK Advertising. ‘As the UK’s departure from the EU moves ever closer, the Advertising Association’s Stephen Woodford looks at what UK advertising needs to see from Brexit negotiations so that it remains a leading creative force.’

How luxury brands use the psychology of sound to make you fall in love with their products. ‘For top-flight car and watch brands, every single tick and rumble is an opportunity to provoke an emotional response.’

In this video, a cat chases a rat, but immediately regrets its decision; whilst another feline friend is a ‘catwalk scene stealer’ at the International Fashion Show held in Istanbul. Finally… this dog sees a big body of water for the first time and has no idea what to make of it.

Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

 

New York Times on Orson Welles and the Birth of Fake News. ‘Many people believed his famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast — but many didn’t. The difference offers a valuable lesson today.

Some interesting sessions at Wired Live yesterday, held for the first time in Tate Modern’s Tanks. Gapminder are seeking to inject greater factuality into information delivery, supported by quizzes and awards.Their project Dollar Street is an original  and insightful piece of consumer insight, as well as an intriguing peek into peoples lives. ‘Imagine the world as a street. All houses are lined up by income, the poor living to the left and the rich to the right. Everybody else somewhere in between. Where would you live? Would your life look different from your neighbours’ from other parts of the world, who share the same income level?’

From The New York Times. Quotation of the Day: A dark consensus about screens and kids begins to emerge in Silicon Valley. “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.”

From Scientific American : Illuminating the Dark Web. ‘It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet. People often think of the dark web as a place where people sell drugs or exchange stolen information—or as some rare section of the internet Google can’t crawl. It’s both, and neither, and much more.’

Had to happen eventually. Influencer Luka Sabbat was sued on Tuesday for failing to live up to an agreement to promote Snap Spectacles on his Instagram account. The Influencer who failed to Influence? 

‘More patrons want to eat at home, and so food chains are renovating their spaces’. Restaurants are shrinking as food delivery apps get more popular. 

From The Conversation. ‘There are no chairs in the Bible, or in all 30,000 lines of Homer. Neither are there any in Shakespeare’s Hamlet – written in 1599. But by the middle of the 19th century, it is a completely different story. Charles Dickens’s Bleak House suddenly has 187 of them. What changed? With sitting being called “the new smoking”, we all know that spending too much time in chairs is bad for us. Not only are they unhealthy, but like air pollution, they are becoming almost impossible for modern humans to avoid.’ Why the chair should be the symbol for our sedentary age.

From Adweek.This Newsstand Is filled with inaccurate headlines you may have seen on social media (NB. reg many be necessary).

From Reuters. ‘Bitcoin, the world’s first and most famous cryptocurrency, celebrates its tenth birthday on Wednesday. Its emergence has spawned a multitude of other digital currencies, brought blockchain technology to global attention, and vexed regulators worried about its crime misuse and weakness to hacking. Here are some major milestones from its first decade.

Snapchat is ramping up its online TV proposition in the UK after snaring 17 media brands to launch content on its new Shows platform, which will include non-skippable ads.

This is wonderful. ‘A third part of the popular series based again on the question: What would these great book covers from the past look like, when set in motion? Even More Covers – A series of 66 animated vintage book graphics’.

And finally, New Zealand Police are back with the latest instalment in their entertaining recruitment ad series. Do you care enough to be a cop?